HEB | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run September 22-25

Plano, Texas (July 28, 2022) – Rainbow-colored orbs will fill the skies and there will be plenty of fun on the ground when the HEB | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival & Run is coming to Oak Point Park & ​​Nature Preserve September 22-25.

Tickets for the 40th anniversary flagship event are on sale now for $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and seniors 65 and over. Admission is free for children 36 inches and under and for all military and first responders who present valid ID. Kids Fun Zone ride wristbands are $20 and include all-day play on the inflatable and mechanical carnival rides. Individual ride tickets can be purchased for $2.50 each.

This year, the event has grown from three to four days. The festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 with a family concert by the Plano Symphony Orchestra followed by a balloon glow at 7:00 p.m. A limited number of $150 VIP tickets will be available for this 40th anniversary concert. which includes a reception and reserved places. PSO’s Maestro Hector Guzman will lead the orchestra in musical selections from films like Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Silverado and favorites from the James Bond franchise.

Captive hot air balloon rides will be offered (weather permitting) and tickets are sold on site only. ($30 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12; cash only.) All passengers must sign a waiver and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian . The hot air balloon seats 10-12 passengers per ride and hovers 20-30 feet in the air, but remains anchored to the ground.

On Friday and Saturday, the RE/MAX skydiving team from Texas will bravely jump out of a plane and slide across the terrain. FOX4 Main Stage Entertainment includes Party Machine and Moving Colors; two bands that deliver high-energy performances and musical hits that crowds know and love. The Spectacular Fireworks Show is at 9:00 p.m. September 23-24 and custom designed by Pyrotex with an incredible array of colors.

The Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K and Challenges are scheduled for September 24-25 and runner registration for the races can be found at www.pbfraces.org.

Festival times:
Thursday, September 22 – 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23 – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday September 24 – 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 – 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Main parking is $15 per car for single entry and off-site parking is $10 per car. The festival is located at Oak Point Park and Red Tail Pavilion at 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.planoballoonfest.org.

About Visit Plano

As the official destination marketing organization for Plano, TX, Visit Plano is responsible for promoting the city as a premier meeting, convention, group, sports and recreation destination.

While a chamber of commerce promotes individual businesses, Visit Plano is responsible for marketing the city to the outside world. The organization does this by using targeted communications to attract groups and individual travelers for hotel nights and to increase direct spending in Plano, thereby increasing overall revenue.

A robust tourism economy has multiple benefits. In fiscal year 2020-21, Plano attracted some three million overnight visitors, not only did they spend their money at Plano hotels (generating the hotel occupancy taxes that fund Visit Plano), but they also frequented our restaurants, shops and attractions. and frequented many other businesses. Overall, in 2021 visitor spending generated more than $750,005,806 and supported some 6,800 jobs in the local hospitality industry.