10th Anniversary Arizona Balloon Classic Updated 2021 Dates

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 10th annual Arizona Balloon Classic, hosted by Arizona Events Group, is taking precautionary measures and will be delaying its 2021 festival from Friday, January 22, 2021 through Sunday, January 24, 2021, to Friday, April 30, 2021 through Sunday, May 2, 2021.

This socially distanced and outdoor event will feature shows and activities throughout the day and evening for the whole family. The Arizona Balloon Classic will be held at the Goodyear Ballpark (1933 S Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338). The schedule of activities includes:

The Arizona Balloon Classic

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, and Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 7:35 am – 8:35 am, the Arizona dawn sky with brilliant blues, purples, oranges, and reds as the hot-air balloons participate in thrilling “Hare & Hound” races from the grassy fields of the Goodyear Ballpark for a spectacular sight of mass and color. 

Spectators can walk on the field right next to the balloons and experience the inflation and lift off.  Photo taking is invited.

Desert Glows

On Friday, April 30, 2021 and Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm come experience a field full of illuminated, tethered, hot air balloons glowing in time to the music.

Family Fun Zone

Ticketed and free activities available on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 7:00, am – 9:00 pm, Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 7:00, am – 9:00 pm, and Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 7:00, am – 12:00 pm.

An assortment of activities including hot air balloon rides and tethered rides, free inflatable games, stunt bike shows, fireworks (Saturday only), live entertainment, sampling, and more.  Retail shopping and commercial exhibits for purchases or browsing. 

Street Foodfest

Our 4th Annual Street Foodfest is truly a culinary experience! Enjoy a variety of beer and wine in our beer gardens, local food trucks and festival food favorites, live music stage, and more!

The Street Foodfest takes place Friday, April 30, 2021, from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 7:00, am – 9:00 pm, and Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 7:00, am – 12:00 pm.

“Desert Winds” Kite Festival

A new outdoor exhibit has been added, the Desert Wind Kite Festival! My Wind Stuff and Premier Kites & Designs will be featuring huge show kites, candy canons, paper rocket making and launching, and parachute ground racing.

Kites for all ages and abilities will be on hand for sale including single line, dual-line sport kites & quad line stunt kites. Kite showtimes will be based on weather conditions.


One day admission for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday is $25 at the gate. It is recommended that tickets are purchased online at www.abcfest.com as some of the more popular events do sell out. Ticket sales will begin online starting Dec 12, 2021.

Active Military and Children 12 & under are always FREE.  Group ticket packages available. General parking is available for $5 at the ballpark.

12 Days of Giveaways

The Arizona Balloon Classic will be hosting Facebook and Instagram giveaways for 12 days from 12/14/2020 through 12/25/2020. These are the chance for fans to win tickets to the festival, just in time for holiday gift-giving! 

Follow on Facebook and Instagram to be entered to win.

Community Tie In

Each year, Arizona Balloon Classic donates a portion of beverage and ticket sales to a local non-profit. This year’s partner is Valley of the Sun United Way. The three-day event in 2020 raised $7,500 for the local organization. Valley of the Sun United Way’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for Valley families.

Additional Information

Please note, no pets allowed. All ballooning events are dependent upon weather conditions. No refunds. Rain checks offered to other balloon events due to cancellation. Valley of the Sun United Way’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for Valley families.

To see all current event information or for questions regarding the event, please visit www.abcfest.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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