Flying Festival!

Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival - June 1 & 2, 2024

by Giulia Grotenhuis

This high-flying fun festival makes for a great day for families - with Hot Air Balloons, Drone Demos, Music, Entertainment, Food Trucks, Vendors and more! (Hurricane Date: June 8 - 9)

The Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival runs June 1 & 2, 2024. Purchase discounted tickets online through May 30, for $8 per adult, $4 for children ages 4-12 and park-ing is $5. Family packs are available for $35 - up to 5 people in a car and parking included. For a nominal fee, Ticket Protection is available. After May 30, prices are $10 per adult and $5 for children. Parking remains $5.

If you have never attended a hot air balloon festival before, here is what to expect. Balloons are normally on display in the evenings, prior to the scheduled launch time. A tether balloon will set up around 4:30-5:00 pm for rides, should weather conditions allow. Take a short trip up and down for a nice view of the festivities from the air. Pricing is $30 for adults, $20 for ages 4-12, and 3 and under is free with a paying adult.

Warren Community College has one of the top Drone programs in the nation. Learn how to build, repair or fly a drone with WarrenUAS, covering – air, ground or even underwater un-crewed vehicles! Be sure to check out the Drone Demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday and ask questions about the program.

Enjoy the Hot Rides & Hot Air Balloons Car & Truck Show, on Sunday, June 2. All makes and models welcomed. Pre-registration is recommended for the car show, to ensure your spot. There will be trophies for the Top 10 entries voted on by drivers, a people’s choice where spectators can vote, and a Best of Show -- judged.

Enter our first Chalk Art Contest and win some cash prizes. Opportunities for youth and adults. Visit the website for more details. Artists will create on Saturday on the Walking Trail on campus for visitors to enjoy.

Other attractions include the June Jumble Combat Robot competition. Up to 105 combat robots will battle it out, starting at noon on Saturday, with the competitions picking up again on Sunday, until the last Bot in each category is standing.

Henry Skirbst embarks on a spirited journey!

Explore Warren County's Timeline of Technology! Join storyteller, Henry Skirbst on a spirited journey through the past, present, and future of Warren County, NJ. Discover both the histor-ical impact Warren County has made and the innovations being developed right now! Learn about WarrenUAS where the sky's no limit to Warren County's success. Start our (1825-2025) Bicentennial Celebration now because one year is not enough to explore everything Warren County has to offer. Take the Warren County Timeline of Technology Challenge along the 1.2 mile scenic walking trail on campus.

Back by popular demand is the Easton School of Rock House Band on Saturday (6-8 pm) and Sunday (5:30-7:30 pm). Other entertainment includes Balloons the Clown and Grins & Grins juggling, Amethyst Quartet on Saturday and DJ entertainment by Calderon Charities of America Broadcasting Network, and children’s activities at the Fascination Place.

Enjoy some time in the country. The Warren Community College has a large lawn surrounding the balloon port. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs and small games like quoits or corn hole for your enjoyment. Enjoy the 1.2 mile walking trail on the campus. Pets, food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited (with the exception of snacks & beverages for small children).

The popular Fred G. Monster balloon will be in attendance.

Visit www.balloonfestnj.com for pricing on admission, parking, tethered and full balloon flight, and for online tickets. Note, tethered rides are first come, first served and may not be reserved. Tickets may only be purchased onsite an hour before the estimated start time for the day.

However call 908-283-0721 to schedule a full flight balloon ride and check that off your bucket list!

Purchase Discount Admission tickets here!

To keep up to date on the full schedule of events, check Flying Festivals of Warren County. For more information about the event, call or text organizer, Giulia Grotenhuis, at 908-283-0721, or via email.

The Warren County Hot Air Balloons, Arts & Crafts Festival is supported in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism (VisitNJ.org).

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