Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival Weekend Updates:

It is with heavy hearts that the Baraw Family would like to announce that its 34th Annual Stoweflake Balloon Festival is cancelled.

The past 33 years the Stoweflake Balloon Festival has brought people together from all over the country, brought smiles to so many faces and created countless everlasting memories. Our family and The Stoweflake Resort cannot in good conscience bring together thousands of people in a manner that is safe for all. This decision did not come easy as we know it will disappoint the many guests that have called and or emailed us expressing their desire to attend this year’s festival and we know how important the event is to our staff, vendors and pilots. The town of Stowe and its residents have been so supportive of us through the years and have gone out of their way to welcome our guests in there restaurants, shops and throughout town.

As a thank you and in the spirit of Stowe Strong the Stoweflake will go back to its roots and will be launching a handful of balloons for a fly over the town of Stowe. Please step outside the weekend of July 10th through 12th onto your lawns and patios and give us a wave as we fly over to say thanks. There will be no field activities and the gates will be closed but when you look up, we will be there.

About Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival 2021

 

Information subject to change

Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and watch a parade of hot-air balloons soar through the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden.

This 35th annual celebration will include a children’s corner with a variety of activities (nominal fees may apply), live entertainment, delicious food and a beer and wine garden. Festival attendees are welcome to join in on the high flying fun with hot-air balloon rides priced at $300 per person – advanced reservations are required. Tethered hot-air balloon rides will be available for $10 per person on a first come first serve basis. All rides are weather permitting and at the discretion of the pilot.

For more information, call 802.253.7355, ext. 5538 or email [email protected].

Please leave pets and coolers at home for field safety reasons, they will not be allowed on to the festival grounds.

FRIDAY

4:00 pm: Gates Open

  • Children’s Activities Begin
  • Food, Beer & Wine Tent Opens
  • Gift Shops Open
  • Spa Tent Open for Chair Massage & Facials

5:00 pm: Live Music Begins
7:00 pm: Approximate Time for Sunset Launch!

SATURDAY

6:30 am: Approximate Time for Sunrise Launch
4:00 pm: Gates Open

  • Children’s Activities Begin
  • Food, Beer & Wine Tent Opens
  • Gift Shops Open
  • Spa Tent Open for Chair Massage & Facials

5:00 pm: Live Music Begins
7:00 pm: Approximate Time for Sunset Launch!

SUNDAY

6:30 am: Approximate Time for Sunrise Launch

EVENT RECOMMENDATIONS:

Evening Festival Launches (Friday & Saturday Evening):

There is an admission fee ($10 for ages 12 and up) and is recommended for families and large groups looking for the festival atmosphere. All kid’s activities, games, food, and beer/wine garden will open by 4:00pm on Friday and Saturday Evening. Be sure to bring your blankets to lay on! **There is NO Sunday Evening Launch or festival activities.

Morning Quiet Launches (Saturday & Sunday Morning):

Free! This experience is quite different than the evening launches as there is no vendor activity (also meaning, please plan on eating before or after the morning launches as there will be no food or beverages served on the field. We know kids can be hungry this early in the morning). Feel free to wake up before the sun and visit the fields to talk to pilots up close and personal- great for photos as well!

Reminder: No Pets or Coolers allowed at the event. Please do not leave pets in the car while at the festival, weather is hot in July and no place for animals!

Fun Facts About Ballooning!
  • The first passengers on a hot air balloon were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster…after an 8 minute flight they all survived!
  • There are 3 main parts to a hot air balloon. The large balloon on top is called an ‘envelope’. It holds hot air created by a heat source known as a burner, as well as the basket underneath to hold the passengers!
  • The longest hot air balloon flight ever recorded was piloted by Richard Branson. The flight originated in Japan and touched ground in northern Canada. This flight was also the fastest recorded, flying across the skies at 245 miles per hour.
  • Scientist Jean-François Pilâtre De Rozier and aristocrat François Laurent d’Arlandes were the first people chosen to fly in a balloon. On November 21, 1783, the men flew for 20 minutes, becoming the first people to experience sustained flight.
  • Established by Abraham Lincoln, the Balloon Corps had seven balloons, at least 12 gas generators, and a flat-top balloon barge that used to be an old steamboat. The Balloon Corps disbanded in 1863, as it turns out that giant balloons make good targets to shoot at during combat.
  • Hot Air balloons can be as expensive as a new car! You can start with a smaller sport model for about $20,000. These balloons typically carry a pilot and one additional person. The larger balloons that can carry two or three passengers in addition to the pilot will range between $20,000 and $30,000 dollars.
Sponsors

A huge thank you to all long-time returning and new sponsors of The Stoweflake Hot-Air Balloon Festival. All contributions from each local business help continue a 30-year tradition, each one memorable as the one before.