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2023 Plano Balloon Festival

September 21, 2023 September 24, 2023

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The H-E-B | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival is going to soar “High In The Texas Sky” on September 21-24.

Opening day, Thursday, September 21 will showcase the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s family friendly concert on the FOX4 Main Stage. Hot air balloons will inflate and glow* at 7:30 p.m. where the flickering of flames will dance in the sunset.

On Friday, September 22 the gates open at 4:00 p.m. and the night kicks off with live music on the Fox4 Main Stage, then the RE/MAX Sky Diving Parachute Exhibition takes to the sky at 6:00 p.m. The hot air balloon glow* at 7:30 p.m. is presented by RE/MAX, along with a spectacular new event – the “High in the Texas Sky” drone show.

Saturday, September 23 the gates open at 6:00 a.m. for a balloon launch* at 7:00 a.m. presented by Dos Equis, the official beer and hard seltzer sponsor of the festival. The Fox4 Main Stage at 4:30 p.m. features Ice House, an energetic party band of musicians, professional dancers, and dynamic singers. The RE/MAX of Texas Parachute Team Exhibition kicks off at 6:00 p.m., followed by the H-E-B and Central Market hot air balloon glow* at 7:30 p.m. Ending the night is the spectacular new event – the “High in the Texas Sky” drone show.

Sunday, September 24 is the last day of the festival with the gates opening at 6:00 a.m. for a balloon launch* presented by the City of Plano. 

The H-E-B | Central Market Kids Fun Zone is open daily with free craft activity stations in the Kids Korner Art Tent, inflatable slides, and exciting carnival rides. More than 30 food concessionaires provide menus of fair favorites and guests will enjoy shopping local vendor booths between balloon activities. The Ninja Nation Obstacle Course Challenge is on September 23 (advance registration required). 

Balloon Festival Map 2023
H-E-B Central Market Plano Balloon Festival

*Hot Air Balloon Displays, including launches, static displays, glows, and tether rides may be restricted due to adverse weather conditions or wind speeds that exceed safety levels. Hot-air balloons are ONLY in the Park during the scheduled balloon activity dates and times. 

Festival Dates & Hours
September 21 – 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
September 22 – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
September 23 – 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
September 24 – 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Festival offers an efficient cashless payment process at the gates and tickets go on sale in July.
Admission, tickets and parking pricing are as follows:

  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Kids Ages 3-12
  • $5 Seniors 65 and Over
  • FREE for Kids 36” and Under
  • $10 Off-site Parking and $15 Prime Parking
  • $20 All Day Kids Fun Zone Ride Wristband
  • $2.50 Per Ride Kids Fun Zone
  • $20 Kids Ages 6-12 Tethered Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • $30 Tethered Hot Air Balloon Ride

Due to logistical challenges, the Plano Balloon Race series will not be produced in 2023.

2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, TX 75074 United States
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