Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 06, 2022 — May 08, 2022

May 6th-8th, 2022
This spectacular hot air balloon event returns to the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, Lakeland. And this year promises to be the biggest yet! Tickets are now on sale (see link below).

Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Up Up and Away Festival takes to the sky May 6th-8th, 2022 in Lakeland, Florida.

This aerial event brings the spectacle and grace of evening twilight hot air balloon glows plus early morning and late afternoon mass ascensions. There is just so much going on at this event! A variety of entertainment including balloon rides, tethered rides, balloon night glows, a car show, helicopter rides, a carnival, vendors, and great food will make this 2nd annual event a family must-do.


Live Music and Unbeatable Atmosphere

Live music will keep the energy levels high with bands such as the Rico Monaco Band, Epic Band, Audio Exchange, Damon Fowler, Travey Coryell, Stacy Gabel, The Franchise Players, with many more to be announced!

Download the Event Schedule

Stay up to speed on everything that’s going on during the event. Download the Up Up and Away Event Schedule 2022

Tickets, Camping and Booking a Balloon Ride

Tickets are now on sale for daily admissions, camping, and RV sites. On offer are one-day admission, one-day family passes, while kids under 6 go free. Save with online purchase, so be sure to get your tickets today! If you’d like book your own balloon ride, these fill up fast so be sure to book in advance!

There is on-site camping for tents, and RV’s, and if you book at least two nights of camping you’ll unlock an exclusive 3-day admission pass!

For tickets and to stay updated as plans are made visit or follow the event on Facebook and Instagram.

Make memories that will last a lifetimes, while supporting the community and non-profit organizations!


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