Balloon festival at Callaway next weekend

Published 1:58 pm Sunday, August 27, 2017

Callaway Gardens will hold its 19th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival Friday through Monday.

According to a press release for the event, the balloon festival celebrates the end of summer.

On Friday, the balloons will be inflated at sunset and Spencer Daniels and the Rogue Tones will play live music at Robin Lake Beach.

On Saturday and Sunday, guests can take tethered balloon rides. According to the press release, balloons are more active at sunrise and sunset because there is less wind at those times.

There will also be a pancake breakfast for $8 a person at the Beach Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Activities during those days will also include swimming at the Robin Lake Beach, miniature golf and balloon artists. Saturday will also include a classic car show where about 300 vehicles will be featured, said the release.

To stick with the theme of balloons, Callaway Gardens will also show the movie ‘Up’ on both days at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Callaway Discovery Center.

The event will also screen sports games at the Beach Bar on Robin Lake.

On Sunday, the Caribbean Dance Troupe will perform along with stilt walkers.

The balloon festival will feature Kyle Wilson Band on Saturday night.

It will conclude with the Moody Band performing on Sunday, according to the press release.

The same events held on Friday of swimming, miniature golf and giant chess among others, will also be held Monday.

The gardens will also have its Blue Morpho butterfly event, Birds of Prey shows and bicycle trails available to guests.

According to the press release, admission for overnight guests is free throughout their stay.

Festival admission on Friday and Monday is $20 per adult ages 13 to 64-years old, $10 per child ages six to 12 years old and it’s free for children five years old and younger.  Saturday and Sunday festival admission is $30 per adult, $15 per child and free for children 5 years and younger, according to the press release. Reservations can be made at 1-800-463-6990 or by going to