Above Athens Balloon Festival

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host the inaugural Above Athens Balloon Festival on Saturday, September 22 from 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Sandy Creek Park. 

Citizens will have the opportunity to see five amazing hot air balloons up close, weather permitting.   Tethered balloon rides are available for $10 per person. 

A $5 per vehicle event entrance fee to the Above Athens Balloon Festival provides access to the park, the Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful’s (KACCB) Daffodil Disco and kids activity area. KACCB will be hosting the Daffodil Disco.  With dance performances scheduled throughout the afternoon, there is plenty of time for parents and children to shake it themselves! Face painting with a fee of $1 per child and a photo booth will also be  part of the fun. Little Athens will be on hand with activities for children. Raffle tickets for an Athens gift basket will be available at a cost of $1 per ticket.  A portion of the event admission fee and all Daffodil Disco funds raised go towards KACCB’s Loop 10 Daffodil Project, environmental education and community beautification programs! 

The public is reminded that park admission changes to $5 per vehicle at 2:00 p.m. for anyone visiting Sandy Creek Park that day. This is a cash only event. Sandy Creek Park annual passes cannot be used for park admission for the Above Athens Balloon Festival. The regular fee of $2 per person will resume Sunday, September 23 at 8:00 a.m. 

Alcohol and pets are not permitted.   

Sandy Creek Park is located at 400 Bob Holman Road.

For more information, please  call 706-613-3800. 

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