The Saint-Jean Hot Air Balloon Festival is back with Jason Derulo, Charlotte Cardin and more

From August 13 to 21, the famous International Hot Air Balloon will officially return to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, just 40 minutes from Montreal.

Visitors can expect more than just hot air balloons, with an impressive programming of major musical groups like this year’s headliner Jason Derulo, plus performances from Charlotte Cardin, Ludacris, Alicia Moffet and more.

As if that lineup wasn’t majestic enough, the nine-day festival has plenty of activities for the whole family.

At the largest gathering of its kind in Canada, you can watch hot air balloons inflate and take off up close. For this edition, the organizers have decided that the flight field will be U-shaped, so you can stand in the middle of all the action.

You can hop aboard and take a ride around 50 feet above the ground for $10, or go even higher into the clouds if you’re feeling brave enough. Now who said you need wings to fly?

Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground will also be able to stroll through the Desjardins zone, where up-and-coming and local musical programming will be performed. A giant screen and hammocks will be set up to comfortably watch the shows, away from the crowds – this way you can relax and take a break from all the non-stop excitement.

Other great ways to relax at the event include yoga sessions at dawn for $25 on August 14 and 15, as well as the The nights are shininga light show featuring balloons on the ground lit up like large lanterns, on four separate evenings starting around 9 p.m.

Many inflatable games, themed rides, giant puzzles and a brand new agricultural area will be available to keep festival-goers of all ages busy.

The event will also feature a host of food vendors and a Bistro SAQ for great happy hours, with something for everyone, including Thai cuisine, churros and ice cream.

International Hot Air Balloon Festival

Price: The pass for 9-day access is $103.48 for adults and $63.24 for children over four – daily passes are also available here.

When: August 13-21, 2022

Where: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu