I have long dreamed about going to Albuquerque’s balloon festival with my family but the expense and time of travel have prevented it so far. When I heard that Horseshoe Bay was going to have a hot air balloon event I was over the moon because it was like having it in our own back yard. On April 19th the skies over Horseshoe Bay Resort will be filled with the majesty of nearly 20 colorful hot air balloons, including three whimsical “special shaped balloons”: Humpty Dumpty, Buzzy the Bee and CoCo the Clown and we will be there with our family to see it. During the three-day balloon festival there will be children’s activities, balloon rides, wine tasting, craft fairs and much more.
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Festival Schedule
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort begins Friday, Apr. 19 with a VIP Sponsor Kick-Off Party at 6 p.m. at the Resort Jet Center. The event is open to VIP Festival Package guests, event sponsors and Horseshoe Bay Resort Club members. The event will feature an opening ceremony, vendor arts and crafts fair, wine tasting from five of the Hill Country’s most popular wineries, live music by Moodafaruka, authentic Texas barbeque, several balloon glows and tethered balloon rides.
Saturday, Apr. 20 will be a full day of festival fun for resort guests and the public. Gates open at 5:30 a.m. for a sunrise balloon glow and balloon ascension, followed by a powered parachute performance and helicopter rides. Guests can bring the family pet to participate in the 10:30 a.m. Charity Dog Walk, which will benefit local animal shelters, including Heart of Texas Lab Rescue.
Most importantly for us, children can spend the afternoon at the Kids Festival featuring a “Transportation Throughout Time” exhibit from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Event Lawn. Gates for the evening events on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with wine tasting and a vendor arts and crafts fair. Powered parachutes will wow the crowd at 4:30 p.m. with accompanying live music. Professional skydivers will boldly leap from the hot air balloons at 6:30 p.m., followed by a stunning balloon glow finale with all 20 balloonists participating en masse.
The night will continue with the sounds of Grammy-nominated band Sixpence None the Richer, led by Texas natives Matt Slocum (Dallas) and Leigh Nash (New Braunfels) and you can win two tickets to Saturdays event courtesy of Horseshoe Bay Resort. Make sure to enter by clicking through the RaffleCopter below. Follow the instructions and you will be entered. Winner will be chosen April 5th, 2013 and announced on this blog.
On Sunday, Apr. 21 the Resort Jet Center will be open to VIP Festival Package Guests and Club Members. The festival will conclude with a delicious brunch with live music by The Warrior Gospel Band, concluding Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay. We have stayed at HSB before and loved our accommodations. For this festival we hope to enjoy at least one night at the resort and would highly recommend that anyone considering the event book the weekend at Horseshoe Bay.
Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Ticket Info
Adult admissions are $15, and kids 12 and under are free (limit two kids per adult). To book your Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort package, please call 877-258-4512 or visit www.hsbresort.com more information. a Rafflecopter giveaway