Hot air balloon festival returns to Fayetteville this weekend

Photo courtesy SOAR NWA

A new festival that debuted in Fayetteville two years ago is set to return this weekend.

The second annual SOAR NWA hot air balloon festival takes place Saturday, Aug. 28 at Drake Field.

The event will include hot air ballon activities (weather permitting), aeronautic events, circus performers, a kids zone, beer garden, live music and various other activities.

“We are so excited to be able to bring this exciting and unique event back to Northwest Arkansas,” said Kelly Sampson, Development Director at Open Avenues. “We had to cancel last year due to COVID, but as things are turning around we’re beginning to plan for an incredible return in 2021.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Open Avenues, an organization with a mission to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The event will kick off at 7 a.m., and will end at around 9 p.m.

Advance entry is $15 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Prices will increase the day of the event. Rides and some activities at the event will be available for purchase.

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