The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival returns to Lake Skinner Recreation area, in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country on May 20-22, 2016. The event includes dawn hot air balloon launches, evening balloon glows, wine tasting, food and wine pairing, chef demonstrations and cuisine tastings, and national performers in concert.
Come experience hot air balloon wonder at the annual Festival. Observe a breath taking sunrise balloon launch, take a free morning tethered balloon ride or experience an amazing evening hot air balloon glow. There are three ways to get up close and personal with a hot air balloon:
SUNRISE MORNING BALLOON LAUNCHES*
Beginning at approximately 6:30AM, Wine & Main Stages
Marvel at the sight of 40 – 50 hot air balloons floating effortlessly over the Temecula Valley Wine Country in Southern California. There is nothing like watching these giants go from a colorful piece of fabric to a glorious hot air balloon. All launches occur at sunrise on Saturday & Sunday morning when the winds are calm and the air is stable for safe flight. Gates open at 6:00 am. Don’t be late as the balloons will land by 8:30am.
MORNING BALLOON TETHER*
Beginning at approximately 7:30AM, Wine Stage
After the morning launch several hot air balloons will set up in the wine stage area for FREE tethered balloon rides. A tethered balloon ride is when the balloon is attached to the ground with ropes. The balloon then ascends 50 – 75 feet giving an amazing view of the Festival grounds. This is a great introductory balloon flight! Balloon tethers will operate for approximately 2 hours on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Lines can be long, so arrive early!
EVENING BALLOON GLOW*
Beginning at approximately 8:00PM, Wine Stage
If an early morning Festival arrival is not your thing, join us after the sun sets for a spectacular night time show as hot air balloons light up the evening sky. The balloon glow is a Festival favorite! The glow begins after sunset on Friday & Saturday evenings when the winds calm. The balloons will inflate and ignite their burners in a magical dance. Bring your chair and family, this is a MUST see!
For more info on the hot air balloons, visit: www.tvbwf.com/join-us/hot-air-balloons/ . (Balloon activities are weather permitting.)
Located just north of San Diego County, California, the Festival has a successful 33-year history of celebrating Southern California Wine Country’s finest assets of clear skies dotted by hot air balloons, mild temperatures, and rolling vineyards. Purchase your reserve tasting package and/or beverage tickets before arriving at the festival to avoid standing in line. For Festival information visit www.tvbwf.com or call (951) 676-6713.