Above Athens Balloon Festival

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host the second annual Above Athens Balloon Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Sandy Creek Park. The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will conclude with a balloon glow at approximately 8:30 p.m.

See beautiful balloons up close! Other highlights of the event include tethered balloon rides, food trucks, beer garden, free children's activities, and a business expo presented by the 
Athens West Business Group.  Vendor applications are currently being accepted.

Bulldog 93.3 will host a live radio remote during the event. Please tune in for event and traffic information prior to & during the event. 

Thank you to our partners at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and traffic engineering for their help in creating an improved traffic plan, which will provide a better experience for this event.

Park Entrance:

*This is a CASH ONLY event. Only vehicles paying with cash will be permitted to enter the park.  Small bills recommended. Annual passes to Sandy Creek Park cannot be used for the entrance fee for this event.
**This is a NO PET event. If you bring a pet to the festival, you will not be permitted to enter the park.

There is a $5/vehicle entrance fee (cash only) to enter Sandy Creek Park. Tethered balloon rides will be available for $10/person (cash only) and are subject to weather conditions. All individuals who enter the balloon area must sign a waiver.

All activities are weather permitting. 

Sandy Creek Park will be closed to the public on Saturday, September 28, 2019 prior to the Above Athens Balloon Festival.


Above Athens Balloon Festival Event Map