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Cave Creek Balloon Festival set for May 28


CAVE CREEK – The 7th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will be lighting up the night sky at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course on Saturday, May 28, 5:30-9 p.m. This year’s event will include a larger kids’ zone, no-line pre-paid tickets, and a designated lawn chair-friendly concert viewing area. The festival is presented by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions.

The balloon glow itself will begin at 7:30 p.m. when this year’s massive hot air balloons begin to inflate. From free face painting to free balloon twisting and a kids’ zone that can’t be beat, there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do. Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as beer from Arizona’s own Four Peaks brewery and sample food from food trucks, vendors, and restaurants, including The Buffalo Chip, Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread, Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Firehouse Kettlecorn, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee & Gelato, and Frosted Frenzy Cup Cakes.

Live music from Junction 10 and Eagles’ tribute band South of Winslow will be featured on the Sanderson Ford Main Stage from 6:45-8 p.m. This year’s band viewing area will accommodate low-profile lawn chairs.

Also new this year is a separate entrance for all pre-paid and Valerie’s Furniture VIP ticket holders for quick and easy access. Cost for pre-paid tickets is adults $12, kids $7 for ages 12 and under, and children 2 and under enter free (ticket fees apply). VIP tickets are $75 for adults and $35 for ages 12 and under (ticket fees apply). Price includes entrance fee, tax, gratuity, gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill (6:30-8:30 p.m.), private cash bar, and private restrooms. All orders are final. Tickets can be purchased online at

Tickets purchased at the event will cost adults: $15, kids: $10 for ages 12 and under, and children 2 and under enter free. Veteran and active military receive general admission tickets at half-price.

All parking available is at the center of town, 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd., in Cave Creek. Parking cost is $5, and proceeds will go to CCUSD. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event.

For more details and a full event schedule, visit