Morning Lift Off

Balloons lift-off on Saturday and Sunday mornings only. There are no evening rides (weather permitting).
Tethered balloon rides are only available on Saturday and Sunday mornings (weather permitting).
The Balloon Glow occurs on Friday and Saturday evenings only (weather permitting).



*Weather permitting


Check in at 5:30 AM sharp, Wine Stage

For an additional fee, experience a once in a lifetime adventure by taking a sunrise hot air balloon flight from the Festival!  his is a unique opportunity to not only see the mass ascension of 40-50 hot air balloons, but to actually be a part of this spectacular event! 

The Festival balloon flight package includes:

  • SAME DAY Festival Admission
  • 3 hour adventure (approximate)
  • 45-60 minute Hot Air Balloon flight
  • Chilled champagne, orange juice, mimosas & water
  • Souvenir Flight Certificate




Saturday: $99, Sunday: $89, *Tethers are weathering permitting

Join us for a fun morning at the Main Stage/Cabana! Enjoy mimosas and a catered brunch in our exclusive venue, then hop on a tethered balloon ride for a unique view of the Festival grounds. This is a perfect morning treat for early risers. Tickets include admission. 

Check in begins at 6:30am, balloon rides between 7 – 9am, *weather permitting*. Waiver is required to ride the balloons, please see the tethered balloon link for more information regarding tether rides. Brunch service begins at 7am and ends at approximately 9am, however, guests are welcome to enjoy the Cabana until 10am. Tickets are limited.




Saturday/Sunday ONLY, approximately 7am – 9am
Check-in begins at 6:30am, Wine Stage
*Weather permitting

TETHERED RIDES: $10/person — Pre-purchase your ticket to secure a ride! Tickets will be available at the gate on a first-come-first-served basis.

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A BALLOON TETHER is a hot air balloon that is anchored to the ground with special ropes that only allow it to rise to a low altitude of 50 – 75 ft, where it hovers briefly with its passengers and then slowly descends. Because the balloon is secured to the ground, it does not float away with the wind, as it does in normal flight. A balloon tether ride is a great way to introduce the hot air balloon flight experience.

Hot air balloon tether rides, sponsored by the Toyota Dealers of Southern California, will start at 7:30 am, and will operate for approximately 2 hours, weather permitting. For insurance purposes, each passenger will be required to sign a Release of Liability Waiver when they check in for the balloon tether ride. Arriving early is recommended, as the hot air balloon tether rides are very popular! Not recommended for children under the age of 4.

*All balloon tethers are weather permitting.


Approximately 8PM, Wine Stage
*Weather permitting

The BALLOON GLOW displays a gathering of hot air balloons at night, just after sunset when the winds are calm.  When inflated by propane burners, the illuminated balloons come to life with brightly glowing colors and the roar of the burners.  The spectacular effects of hot air balloons lit from within with bright, warm light against the night sky is indeed breathtaking!  The Balloon Glow is a must-see Festival favorite!

The balloons do not lift off, they stay on the ground offering a spectacular sight!  Plan to arrive early to get a great viewing spot and set up behind the marked line on the field, this is the area the balloons need to set up and inflate for the show!

All balloon glows are weather permitting.

The Balloon Glow is limited to Friday & Saturday as the Festival closes at 6pm on Sunday


Why do balloons fly in the early morning?

Winds are generally calm and stable the first hours after sunrise.  Ideal winds for hot air ballooning are three to six miles per hour.  Wind conditions in the Temecula Valley allow for balloons to fly only at sunrise.

How high does a balloon fly?

Average flight altitude is from tree top level to 3,000 feet.  The flight plan depends upon wind velocity and direction.

What fuel does the balloon use?

The balloon is fueled by propane, which burns clean and is easy to obtain.

How does a hot air balloon fly?

Balloons operate through the basic principles of gravity and heat transfer.  As air inside the balloon is heated, it rises.  As the air inside the balloon cools, it descends.  To make the balloon fly, an inflator fan fills it with air, which is then heated.

How fast do balloons fly?

A balloon is carried by the wind, and thus moves at the speed of the winds.

Can you steer a balloon?

Winds determine a balloon’s direction.  Balloonists can steer a balloon to a limited extent, by adjusting the balloon’s altitude to make use of different wind speeds and directions.

What should I wear for a balloon flight?

The attire for ballooning is casual. We take off and land in open fields. To maximize your enjoyment, dress appropriately for the season, using casual active wear and closed sport shoes. Bring a sweater, sweatshirt or jacket. Shorts, open toed and high heeled shoes are not allowed. Due to heat generated by the balloon, a hat is preferable for tall passengers.

When should I arrive at the festival if I want to see the balloons?

The morning balloon launch will begin (weather permitting) at 6:30 am. Gates open at 6:00 am for the general public. After the first balloons take off, they will then set up for free Tethered Balloon rides that will operate from approximately 7:30 – 9:30 am weather permitting. If you would like to see the balloon glow, plan on arriving earlier in the day to enjoy the festival and then make your way to the wine stage area to enjoy the show at dusk. There are no balloon activities during the middle of the day due to weather conditions.

What does “weather permitting” mean?

Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always provide safe weather conditions for hot air balloon operations. Our balloon meister in conjunction with the local fire department are trained and qualified to evaluate the weather forecast and current conditions and decide if it is safe to operate the balloons. As much as we hate to disappoint the public, our first priority is the safety of our guests and pilots and crew. We will notify you via public announcement if we need to cancel the balloon portion of the event. NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGES

What do “Chase Crews” do?

Chase crews help the pilot inflate and deflate his/her balloon for each flight. If you are interested in being on a chase crew, you can register here.

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