QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning – Hot Air Balloon
July 23, 24 & 25, 2021
Latest News Is:
The Show WILL BE GOING ON in 2021!
Updates on this page to come as we near the Summer
The Largest Summertime Hot Air Balloon & Music Festival in North America: 100 balloons, 165,000 attendees
For further information call toll free 1-800-HOT-AIR9 or 973-882-5464 www.balloonfestival.com
The largest summertime hot air balloon & music festival in North America features twice a day mass ascensions of 100 hot air balloons; a hugely popular live concert series; fireworks; a nighttime hot air balloon glow; children’s amusement rides; the Running with the Balloons 5K race; family entertainment and attractions; extreme trampoline show; exciting interactive exhibits and hundreds of crafters and food vendors; and more!
* Named the premier family attraction in New Jersey by the USA Today Network *
* Named one of the Top 50 Festivals in America by MSN Lifestyle *
* 100 balloons * 165,000 people * 1 magical weekend *
Friday Night, July 26th after that evening’s concert
Friday, July 26th, 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday July 27th at 6:30 am & 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 28th at 6:30 am & 6:30 pm
** All balloon activity is wind and weather permitted **
2019 Music Performances / Concerts:
Friday Kids Concert
Friday, July 26 at 1:30 pm
Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza
Headlining Friday Night Concert
Friday, July 26 at 8:00 pm
PNC Bank presents Abba the Concert
Headlining Saturday Night Concert
Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 pm
The Band Perry
Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 pm
The Beach Boys in association with Q104.3
Solberg Airport, Readington, NJ Easily accessible from Routes 78, 22, 287, 1, 202, 206, Garden State Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike
1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday, July 28, 2019
6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Adult General Admission Tickets:
$24 :: Until June 23 at midnight
$30 :: June 24 – July 24 at midnight
$35 :: at the Gate :: July 25 – July 28
Child General Admission Tickets:
Children ages 4-12:
Early Bird Saver (until June 23 at midnight): $10
Super Saver (June 24 – July 24 at midnight): $12
Gate (July 25, 26, 27, and 28): $15
Children ages 3 and under: free
BALLOON RIDES (weather permitting): Morning rides, 6:30 a.m., $240 per person. Evening rides, 6:30 p.m., $275 $295 per person. Rides sell out early, reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOT-AIR-9 or through the Festival’s website at www.balloonfestival.com. All balloon rides are wind and weather permitting.
PARKING: $10 on-site; there is also a FREE express shuttle from Raritan Valley Community College
Quick Chek Food Stores In Association with PNC Bank
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
1-800-HOT-AIR9 or 973-882-5464 www.balloonfestival.com
Lions, Lighthouses & Bears Oh My! – This year’s Festival features 10 special shaped balloons:
QuickChek Flighthouse (11 story flying lighthouse — perfect fit for a Jersey summer!)
PNC American Flag (5 stories tall it is the largest free-flying American Flag in the world)
92 foot tall Simba the Lion
105 foot tall Bimbo Bakery bear
110 foot tall Unique Photo panda
80 foot tall Pepsi football
New special shaped balloons
86 foot tall Keystone Willy (Keystone Cops)
84 foot tall Con Air
98 foot tall Kermie the Frog
100 foot tall High Kitty (Japanese cat of good fortune)
A fireworks display, a nighttime balloon glow where balloons and inflated and lit up like giant lanterns; an extreme trampoline show; age-appropriate entertainment includes magicians and performers; the PNC Mobile Learning Center; interactive exhibits from leading consumer brands; a walk-through balloon to be explored; and of course the children’s featured concert with Dan Zanes + Claudia Eliaza.
General admission into the Festival includes concert lawn seating Advance tickets
Available at all QuickChek store locations, by calling 1-800-HOT-AIR9 or online at www.balloonfestival.com.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Children’s Miracle Network
Available on site all 3 days; Free Express Shuttle Bus from Raritan Valley Community College starting at 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.
1-800-HOT-AIR9 or www.balloonfestival.com
The Festival is the premier family entertainment event in the Northeastern United States and features 39 hours of affordable, non-stop, morning-through-night attractions including 5 scheduled mass hot air balloon ascensions with up to 100 sport and special shaped balloons from around the world; live concerts; a fireworks extravaganza; a nighttime hot air balloon glow where balloons are lit up like lanterns; the Quick Chek Hospitality Tent with age-appropriate children’s activities and entertainment; ‘and plenty more.
2019 Press Releases:
COUNTRY-POP GRAMMY® AWARD WINNERS PERFORM JULY 27
READINGTON, NJ — Grammy® Award-winning superstar sibling trio The Band Perry, best known for their #1 single “If I Die Young,” will headline the 37th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank on July 27, 2019.
After selling two and a half million albums, 13 million singles, and racking up over a 1.75 billion combined streams of their songs, the story of Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry is again evolving in incredible new ways.
Since releasing their groundbreaking crossover #1 single “If I Die Young” in 2010 (with its current sextuple-platinum status and 160 million video views), The Band Perry have forged a unique, genre-defying identity and built an international fan base leading to sold-out world tours, five No. 1 Singles on the Billboard Country Chart, a No. 1 single on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts, six songs reaching gold or platinum status, and in 2015, bringing home their first Grammy® Award.
The American country-pop music group has performed on TV’s biggest stages, from late night’s most influential (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Late Show with David Letterman) to daytime’s most popular (Ellen, Good Morning America, The Today Show).
Their track “Live Forever was the official theme song for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
“We’re very excited to announce The Band Perry, who is crossing over to contemporary and pop while still playing their greatest country hits, as our Saturday night concert headliner,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “We’re proud to present a diverse lineup over the course of our three-day Festival weekend. The Band Perry will be a great fit with our younger, millennial-oriented audience on Saturday.”
Presented by the New Jersey Lottery, The Band Perry performs at the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America on Saturday night July 27 at Solberg Airport in Readington, following that evening’s mass hot air balloon ascension and in conjunction with the Festival’s nighttime hot air balloon glow.
Known for their boundary-pushing live performances, the band’s combination of music, fashion, and visual art has become a hallmark of their dialogue with their fans and with culture. Their creative efforts boast collaborations with artistic luminaries such as Steven Klein, Nicola Formichetti, and Neil Krug. Even with the extraordinary musical and visual concepts they’ve introduced in their career thus far, the next era promises to see the band expanding these boundaries yet again.
Most excitingly, The Band Perry recently released a highly-anticipated new collection of five songs titled COORDINATES, which has received overwhelming acclaim from fans. The collection sees music industry icon Rick Rubin serving as executive producer. The band wrote and produced the songs themselves via their ARTRAT creative house and production collective.
FLYING LIGHTHOUSE TO SHINE OVER NEW JERSEY BALLOONS, BEACH BOYS BRING SUMMER FUN
READINGTON, NJ — The skies over Central Jersey will soon be filled with balloons, and there’s one guaranteed to outshine them all.
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank has announced that an 11-story tall flying lighthouse will be the signature special shaped balloon for this year’s festival, lighting the way for the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. The three-day Festival takes off July 26-27-28, 2019 from Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.
Tickets go on sale Monday, May 20 at all 159 QuickChek fresh convenience market locations throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley and Long Island. The Whitehouse Station, NJ-based convenience chain is the festival’s exclusive retail ticket outlet.
“Lighthouses are a great representation of summer here in New Jersey and the QuickChek Flighthouse balloon will be a great representation for this year’s magic of ballooning,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman. “We have our greatest lineup of special shaped balloons and our best concert lineup ever, so as you head out for the holiday weekend, make QuickChek your Summer Sub, fresh brewed iced coffee and Festival ticket destination. You’ll enjoy great savings on all three!”
“People love and adore lighthouses, it’s a universal sign of security and like America, it’s always there to protect,” said hot air balloon pilot Barry DiLibero of Chester Springs, PA, who built the 11-story tall, red, white and blue balloon in 2006. “I had always wanted one and people just feel good about them. We’re looking forward to providing that warm feeling and experience for everyone at the festival.”
Complete with sea gulls near the “light” at the top, this special shaped hot air balloon is a majestic 115 feet tall, 53 feet wide at the bottom and weighs 440 pounds.
The QuickChek Flighthouse will be one of up to 100 sport and special shaped hot air balloons taking flight twice each day over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside. New special shaped hot air balloons include a pair of 86-foot-tall cop and robber balloons; a 100-foot-tall High Kitty Japanese cat of good fortune; and a 98-foot-tall Kermie The Frog.
Returning favorite balloons include the 5-story-tall PNC American Flag, the 92-foot-tall Simba the Lion, a 110-foot-tall panda from Unique Photo, a 105-foot-tall white bear from Bimbo Bakeries USA, and the 80-foot-tall Pepsi football.
The Beach Boys, who helped launch the Festival’s live concert series, head this year’s music lineup, which features country-pop superstars The Band Perry, ABBA The Concert, and Grammy Award winning children’s recording artist Dan Zanes + Claudia Eliaza.
Festival admission includes access to the daily mass hot air balloon ascensions; lawn seating for concerts, a fireworks display, a nighttime hot air balloon glow, Flippenout extreme trampoline show, age-appropriate children’s entertainment and activities, exciting interactive exhibits and hundreds of crafters and food vendors.
Festival-goers can now save up to $11 off the gate price at any QuickChek store with no fees. You can enjoy additional savings during QuickChek’s “Summer Sub Days” as select 6-inch sub sandwiches are just $3 and select 12-inch supreme sandwich baguettes are just $6.
Download the QuickChek mobile app to receive an additional $2 savings on Festival tickets through July 24. To locate the nearest QuickChek store visit www.quickchek.com; to learn more about this year’s Festival visit www.balloonfestival.com.
2017 Press Release:
35th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning being Celebrated in a Big Way
READINGTON, NJ — The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank celebrates its 35th anniversary with its biggest lineup of special shaped balloons and its biggest live concert series ever when the three-day festival takes off July 28-29-30, 2017 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.
The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America will launch 11 special shaped hot air balloons among the 100 balloons that will take to the skies twice each day in mass ascensions over the scenic Hunterdon County countryside. This year’s live concert series features five headliners headed by the legendary Pat Benatar.
Tickets go on sale at all 149 QuickChek fresh convenience market store locations throughout New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and Long Island starting Friday, May 26. Festival-goers can purchase advance tickets in stores and save 43% off the gate price for adults, save 47% on children’s tickets ages 4-12, and no matter what time you go into a store you can enjoy additional savings during QuickChek’s “All Day Lunch” as all 6-inch subs are just $3 all day long.
Download the QuickChek mobile app to find the nearest store where you can receive an additional $2 savings on festival tickets through July 26.
This year’s awe-inspiring spectacle of 100 sport and special shaped balloons features the 61-foot tall QuickChek Flying Farmhouse; the PNC American Flag, the world’s largest free-flying American flag; a family of 110-foot-tall bumblebees; a lion king, the Unique Photo panda and an Angry Bird; a superhero from Canada; the Pepsi football and an 80-foot tall, 807-pound anniversary cake-shaped balloon.
And there’s a lot of excitement about the Festival’s biggest concert lineup ever with two concerts Friday, July 28; two Saturday, July 29 and one on Sunday, July 30 on the Progressive Main Stage.
“Whether you have come in the past or you’ve always wanted to but haven’t made it out, this is the year to be here with our greatest lineup of special shaped balloons and our biggest concert series ever,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman.
PNC Bank presents George Thorogood & The Destroyers Rock Party in association with 105.5 WDHA on Friday, July 28. The New Jersey Lottery presents Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo in association with Q104.3FM on Saturday, July 29. The Plain White T’s perform Sunday, July 30 in association with Magic 98.3FM. Hackensack Meridian Health presents best-selling children’s recording artist Laurier Berkner on Friday afternoon, July 28, and pop and Internet sensation Jake Miller performs Saturday afternoon July 29.
“We are thrilled to continue to sponsor this great family festival and the biggest party of the summer,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose Whitehouse Station, NJ-based company has been the Festival’s title sponsor for 25 years and is the exclusive retail outlet for the event.
Festival admission includes access to the daily mass hot air balloon ascensions; lawn seating for concerts; a fireworks display; a nighttime hot air balloon glow; the acrobatic AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show from NBC’s America’s Got Talent; age-appropriate children’s entertainment and activities; exciting interactive exhibits and hundreds of crafters and food vendors.
As part of the Festival’s and QuickChek’s ongoing commitment to giving back to its communities, the Festival has raised more than $2.6 million for local charities and non-profit groups including the Children’s Miracle Network in the past 24 years.
To locate the nearest QuickChek store visit www.quickchek.com; to learn more about this year’s Festival visit www.balloonfestival.com.