2023 Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festivals - 13 Shows This Summer! Dates, Map | Howell, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Petoskey, Jackson, Frankenmuth

2023 Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festivals - 13 Shows This Summer! Dates, Map 

By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Last updated: June 26, 2023

This summer, keep your eyes glued to the skies as exciting Michigan balloon festivals take flight all across the state!  Get ready for breathtaking displays of vibrant colors, as majestic balloons paint a picturesque canvas against the backdrop of Michigan's stunning landscapes. Whether it's your first time or you've seen hot air balloon shows a million time, it's always a jaw dropping experience!

Remember: All balloon launches are weather permitting and the times are subject to change based on the weather. Be sure to check your intended Michigan Balloon Festival webpage prior to attending for any updates, cancelations or information

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Where are the hot air balloon festivals in Michigan? Hot air balloon festivals are located in Northern Michigan, Mid Michigan, Southeast Michigan and Southwest Michigan in towns such as Howell, Midland, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids region, Petoskey and Frankenmuth. Keep reading for more balloon festivals near you!

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1. Michigan Challenge Balloonfest (Howell Balloon Fest 2023) Southeast Michigan

When: The 38th Annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is on June 23, 24, and 25, 2023. 

Where: Howell High School, 1200 W Grand River Rd.

Howell Balloon Fest 2023 is an outstanding summertime activity in Michigan, offering entertainment and fun things to do for the entire family! This community event has activities such as carnival rides, kid attractions, fireworks, and super popular balloon launches, fly-ins, and evening glow. Lots of events, entertainment and attractions are planned this year! One of the best hot air balloon shows in Michigan.

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce thanks the event sponsors, committee members, and community partners for their support.

2. Field of Flight in Battle Creek, MI - Air Show & Balloon Festival (Balloon Festival Battle Creek) Southwest Michigan

    When: Field of Flight in Battle Creek, MI - Air Show & Balloon Festival is June 29 - July 4, 2023

    Where: Battle Creek Executive Airport, 15551 S Airport Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037

    One of our favorite Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festivals!  Enjoy air shows, hot air balloons, wall of fire, night air show with pyro, fireworks, carnival, field of rock, kids day, vendors, food and drink.

    Check out our Battle Creek Field of Flight page with details! This is an incredible hot air balloon festival in Michigan 2023.

3. Wayland Balloon Fest - Grand Rapids | West Michigan

    When: September 8-9, 2023

    Where: Wayland Balloonfest is held at Calkins Field in Wayland. 3755 S Division, Wayland, MI

    This exciting two-day event will consist of a Kids Carnival, Car Show, Donut Eating Contest, Vendor Event, Live Music and of course Balloon Flights and a Balloon Glow at dusk! Enjoy Food Trucks and a Meet and Greet with the balloon pilots!

4. Hudsonville Balloon Days (Hudsonville Balloon Festival 2023) | Grand Rapids | West Michigan

    When: June 16 & 17, 2023

    Where:  Unity Christian High School

    So many fun things to do at Hudsonville Balloon Days! Kites, Pilot Meet & Greet, entertainment, food trucks, vendors, balloon glow, remote control balloons and more!

    Hudsonville Balloon Days is FREE to the public! Parking is $10 at Unity Christian High School

  • Make plans to attend this Grand Rapids Balloon Festival 2023!

5. Kalamazoo Balloon Fest 2023 | Southwest Michigan - See Breathtaking Hot Air Balloons This August!

    When: 10th Annual Kalamazoo Balloon Fest is August 11-13, 2023

    Where: Gull Meadow Farms

    Keep your eyes to the sky to see breathtaking balloons float across the skies. Gull Meadow Farms will be offering a discounted admission of $11/person if you choose to enjoy activities while at the farm (purchased in person).

    No pets, $5 parking. Check the Kalamazoo Balloon Festival's Facebook page for all updates and list of events. 

  • Be sure to mark your calendars for the Kalamazoo Hot Air Balloon Festival 2023 this summer!

6. Balloons Over Bay Harbor - Petoskey Hot Air Balloon Festival - Northern Michigan - Hosts Incredible Pilots From Across the Nation

When: September 22 and 23, 2023

Where: Bay Harbor Village, 4000 Main St, Bay Harbor, MI 49770, USA

    The 4th Annual Balloons Over Bay Harbor: Each year, Bay Harbor Village hosts incredible pilots from across the nation who actively compete in national festivals across the country. Check their website for the schedule of flight activities throughout the weekend. One of the finest Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festivals!

    There will be “night glows” where the balloons will light up while grounded on both Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8 pm. This is a lovely hot air balloon festival in Petoskey.

7. Metamora Country Days and Hot Air Balloon Festival - Southeast Michigan (North of Detroit)

When: August 25 - 26, 2023

Where: Metamora MI Hot Air Balloon Festival is held at 3758-3980 N Oak St, Metamora, MI 48455 (East of Flint and Grand Blanc, north of Detroit)

This popular family-friendly celebration draws thousands of visitors to indulge in local food, music, art, parade, crafts and activities! Tons of entertainment for adults and kids! Over 20 hot air balloons will launch both Friday and Saturday nights. Oh, and be sure to see the extraordinary fireworks display on Saturday night. 

8. Midland Balloon Festival During Midland Area River Days Festival - Mid Michigan

When: August 3-6, 2023

Where: Downtown Midland, near the Tridge - Mid Michigan

Come on out for music, food, games and hot air balloons!  Midland Balloon Festival is held during the Midland Area River Days Festival. We love being there during the balloon launches, it's a photographers paradise!  Midland River Days is a great community event.  It's one of our favorite Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festivals!

What's fun: Wander downtown and watch the balloons float over Main Street!

9. Jackson Hot Air Jubilee - Jackson Michigan - South Michigan

When: Hot Air Jubilee – July 21, 22 & 23, 2023

Where: Ella Sharp Park, Jackson, Michigan

Hot Air Jubilee is offering public helicopter rides for two days this year during their annual event! On Friday, July 21st from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday July 222nd 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. on a first come first served basis.  Daily entertainment, so come on out!

  • Live Entertainment!
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Food Vendors
  • Sponsor Tents 
  • Official Jubilee Merchandise
  • Live Music 
  • Evening Launches at Ella Sharp Park
  • Dusk – Balloon Night Glow

10. Frankenmuth Hot Air Balloon Festival - Mid Michigan

When: Balloons Over Bavarian Inn - May 26 – 29, 2023

Where are the balloons in Frankenmuth? Over Bavarian Inn and at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, Michigan

Parking is free and located around the German-styled shopping complex and along Weiss Street. Free event! It's one of our favorite Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festivals!

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn - Enjoy jaw dropping morning and evening flights of approximately 25 hot air balloons over Frankenmuth during Balloons Over Bavarian Inn! Nightly balloon glows take place during Frankenmuth Dog Bowl in the grassy field near River Place Shops. So much fun during Michigan's summer months!

11. Balloons Over Bellaire at Shanty Creek! Schedule - Northern Michigan

When: August 25 and August 26, 2023, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Shanty Creek, 5780 Shanty Creek Rd, Bellaire, MI 49615

Bring your camera for this incredible two-day event! See 15+ hot air balloons at Shanty Creek and Bellaire atop the slopes of Summit Mountain. Located behind the Lakeview Hotel from 6-8pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, teams of balloonists take flight!

Friday Schedule (be sure to check their website to verify prior to travel)

  • 6:30pm  – 7:30 – Balloon launches from the alpine tubing hill behind The Lakeview Hotel.

Saturday Schedule (be sure to check their website to verify prior to travel)

  • 7:30am  – Balloon flight over Torch Lake
  • 6:30pm  – 7:30 – Balloon launches from the tubing hill behind The Lakeview Hotel.

Note: This event is weather dependent. There is no charge to attend. Parking is free. This is exclusively a spectator event, no balloon rides will be given.

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12. Nashville Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Nashville Michigan Hot Air Balloon Festival – 2023 has been postponed as they look for a new venue to support expansion.

Where:  Nashville, Michigan but location my change. 

Balloon Launches - Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning and evening! Balloon Glows Friday and Saturday Evening. Tethered Balloon Rides Nightly (Additional Fees). Free car show on Saturday! Lots of kids activities. Every year on Mother's Day Weekend

13. 2023 Carson City Frontier Days: Hot Air Balloon Flights and Night Balloon Glow!

When: June 2 - June 4, 2023

Where: West Park (Fort Frontier)

Come on out for the 18th annual Hot Air Balloon Shootout during Carson City Frontier Days!

Carson City Frontier Days are hosting 16 hot air balloon pilots.  Each evening during this Michigan hot air balloon festival, balloon flights will launch from West Park (Fort Frontier).  You can watch the spectacular balloons rise and float across the skies from either side of Fish Creek. 

The morning flights will be held in the early hours on Saturday and Sunday.

These are normally multiple task flights as pilots fly from target to target dropping a baggie in hopes of being the closest to the target. Points are awarded to pilots according to how close a pilot's 'baggie' lands near the center of the 'X'. As spectators, stay at least 500 feet away from each target. 

So, this June, bring your lawn chairs or blankets and head to the park in the evenings or mornings to enjoy the view of the beautiful balloons as they take flight. 

Also, don't miss the gorgeous "Light Up The Night Balloon Glow" on Friday and Saturday nights during the festival at West Park (Fort Frontier) at dusk.  The balloons will be returning after their evening flights to inflate and stand up their balloons.  Pilots will use their burners to illuminate the envelopes to showcase their spectacular colors.  So beautiful!

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival

Cancelled - no new dates.

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