If you are a fan of hot-air balloons, head to Kalamazoo this weekend.

With summer winding down, Michiganders are looking to cram in as much as they can before the fall. This weekend, the Kalamazoo Balloon Fest will return to Gull Meadow Farms.

Just last week I happened to look out my front window to see something pretty cool. Not more than 150 yards away was a hot-air balloon flying really low through my neighborhood. It was really cool to see it just silently creeping through the air. My daughter and I even thought it was about to land it was so low. I forgot how big those things actually are until your really close to one.

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If you are a fan of hot-air balloons, the Kalamazoo Balloon Fest is happening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check out the events below.

Kalamazoo Balloon Fest 2021 Schedule:

Friday, August 27th, 2021:

  • 6 am - Friday Morning Media Flight
  • 7:02 am - Select hot-air balloons will take off from Gull Meadow Farm
  • 4 pm until 9 pm - Entertainment, food, and craft vendors at Gull Meadow Farms
  • 6:30 pm until 8 pm: Mass Balloon Flight #1
  • 8:24 pm - Sunset
  • 8:30 pm until 9 pm: Balloon Glow #1

Saturday, August 28th, 2021:

  • 7:03 am - Sunrise
  • 7:03 am until 9 am - Flight #2 "Fly-In." Balloons will fly into Gull Meadow Farms
  • 10 am until 9 pm - Entertainment and vendors at Gull Meadow Farms
  • 10 am until 2 pm - Car show
  • 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm - Pilot and crew "meet & greet" on the balloon field.
  • 6:30 pm until 8:22 pm - Mass Flight #3 launching from Gull Meadow Farms
  • 8:22 pm - Sunset
  • 8:30 pm until 9 pm - Balloon Glow #2

Sunday, August 29th, 2021:

  • 7:04 am - Sunrise
  • 7:04 am until 9 am - Mass Flight #4. Balloons will fly into Gull Meadow Farms

How much does Balloon Fest cost and where is it?

Kalamazoo Balloon Fest admission is free. All organizers ask for is that festival-goers make a $5 donation for parking. Gull Meadow Farms is located at 8544 Gull Road in Richland.

Source: Official Kalamazoo Balloon Fest

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