The annual Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival is expected to commence in Lisle, Illinois in late June of this year. One of the community’s most well-loved events, the hot air balloon festival is anticipating crowds in excess of 80,000 people throughout the entire event.
The excitement filled festival features a variety of type and shaped balloons from sports balloons, exclusively shaped balloons, and corporate sponsored balloons. Generally between 20 to 30 hot air balloons take to the sky as early as 6 am for morning launches and by 6 pm for evening glows.
Tethered balloons will be available (in one to two balloons dependent upon the time of day, each festival day) for attendees to experience a hot air balloon ride while remaining anchored to stationary objects and only elevating to between 50 or 100 feet if not less. Balloon flights and rides at the Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival are entirely weather and wind condition dependent and there will be no balloon rides in untethered hot air balloons.
Tethered balloon rides for the disabled community will be available through SEASPAR and the Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival Committee, Serna’s Song, a wheelchair accessible hot air balloon will be offering free tethered balloon rides to people with physical and developmental disabilities alongside a family member or caregiver. Serena’s Song will be available June 29 through July 1, from 6:00- 7:30 a.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m.
To register applicants, fill out this form
Additional events and amenities include:
A craft fair
Mass Launches, Balloons Glows
Nightly Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
“Serena’s Song”: Wheelchair accessible balloon, which provides tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities, weather permitting
Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival is expected to commence on June 29th and lasts until July 1st. The festivities will be held at The Festival is located in Lisle Community Park located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle, IL 60532.
Parking and shuttle info can be found here
Purchase tickets and see admission prices here
Photo Credit: Eyes to the Skies, Facebook