April 20-21, 2013
- Balloon Glows and Mass Ascension
- Tethered Balloon Rides
- Live Musical Acts by Award Winning Performers
- Acrobatic Kite Demonstration
- Art Showcase
- Children’s Activity Village
- Dog Agility Show
- Classic Car Show
- Seminole Cultural Village
Imagination Takes Flight
This second annual event is returning to the Paradise Coast with even more fun, more music, and more balloons than before. This family friendly festival is designed to showcase our area, drive tourism, support local non-profits, and provide Southwest Florida with a world class event.
Last year’s event drew over 20,000 spectators throughout the weekend as 30 breathtaking hot air balloons put on a spectacle for the eyes as the sounds of a string orchestra resonated in the morning sky to the crowds cheering as the legendary John Anderson closed the show.
People of all ages will be drawn to this noteworthy signature experience as 45 of the country’s top hot air balloon pilots converge on Southwest Florida April 19th through the 21st.
Guests will immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and grandeur of this remarkable exhibit of wind driven flight. This event promises to arouse all of the senses from the sheer “ooos and ahhs” of observing the hot air balloons in full display to the roar of the burners as the majestic balloons lift off the field, followed by an array of kites to be sent aloft canvassing the sky in a show of shapes and colors.
The weekend will be filled with family friendly activities to support our community involvement, from regional artisans displaying their works of art, musical talents and storytelling, to kite demonstrations, agility dog trials, disc dog displays as well as the esteemed pilots & crew being available throughout the festival for the children to discover the fantasy of flight.
The musical stage will be open to support the festival and entertain the crowds. With a string orchestra in the morning to national recording artists performing for the headliner concert, there is sure to be something for everybody.