Balloon Festival and Family Fun Day in Celina

The seventh annual Celina Balloon Festival and Family Fun Day lifts off October 26 and 27, at Old Celina Park, with a multitude of activities, including carnival rides, live entertainment, art and craft booths, food vendors, helicopter rides, games, a kite exposition, a children’s pavilion and more. Festival activities begin Friday at 5 p.m. and balloons lift off Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

General admission is $5, with children 5 and under free. Parking is $5.

This year’s Balloon Festival will feature a number of colorful hot air balloons, including the special shape balloon of Miss Daisy, with several inflating for a “balloon glow” event Friday and Saturday evening. In addition to the skyward activities of the balloons, the festival will feature RC airplane shows, giant kites, rocketry and aerial performances by the Dallas SkyDive stunt team and the futuristic jet-pack Rocketman.

Activities on the ground include live music featuring several North Texas entertainers, more than 100 vendor booths, carnival rides including a 65-foot Ferris wheel, a giant 150-foot slide, midway games, a classic car, RV and motorcycle show and a new beer garden for adults. Kid-focused activities include a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting and a costume contest.

Location: 12670 FM 428, Celina. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CelinaBalloonFestival.com.

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