2018 Havasu Balloon Festival And Fair: New Year, New Changes

2018 Havasu Balloon Festival And Fair: New Year, New Changes
Grace Usher / 14 Jan 2018 / 6 Comments » Comments

The Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair  is returning to the skies Jan. 19-21 with more than 50 balloons and in excess of 100 vendors.

With the new year comes new changes for the event. The primary change is the location.

Originally stationed at the Nautical Inn golf course, the festivals and fair will now be at Windsor 4 of Lake Havasu State Park. Windsor 4 is just off London Bridge Road, across from the Sunday Swap Meet location. This area is also home to other yearly events such as Rockabilly and Buses by the Bridge.

Event Map courtesy of: Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair

Lake Havasu State Park
Windsor 4
171 London Bridge Rd
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

There is an off-site parking system equipped with FREE shuttle services. The shuttles will operate from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There are 4 off-site parking areas:
Lot “A” (Red): Pima Wash across from Lake Havasu Dialysis
2353 Mesquite Avenue
Lot “B” (Blue): Mohave Community College main parking lot
1977 W. Acoma Blvd.
Lot “C” (Green): Lake Havasu High School football field parking lot
2631 Palo Verde South
Lot “D” (Yellow): Corner of Hwy 95 and Acoma across from Lakeview Church
1680 Acoma Blvd

Map courtesy Havasu Balloon Fest

Public parking will also be located along London Bridge Road in the London Bridge Plaza (Sunday Swap Meet area).Keep in mind that the Sunday Swap Meet will be occurring at normal scheduled hours and may affect public parking areas. It is highly advised to park in the designated off-site parking areas.

Please note, NO overnight parking will be permitted and vehicles are liable to be towed at owner’s expense. The English Village and Casino parking lots are NOT designated parking areas and are not recommended for parking.

To fully enjoy the fun and excitement of Hot Air Ballooning, please understand the following safety rules:
No Pets
No Firearms
No Alcohol
No Coolers
NO SMOKING (on Balloon Field, please adhere to designated areas)
Also be aware, for security reason, strollers, purses, and bags may be searched.

There may be many new changes for the Havasu Balloonfest, but there remains the same need: Volunteers! The Balloonfest needs your help! Sign up as an official Balloonfest Volunteer and enjoy the many perks:
Entrance wristband for all 3 days!
Commemorative T-Shirt!
A limitless sense of Giving to the enjoyment of others!
Life-long Memories!
Try one shift, or work the whole weekend. There is no limits to amount of shifts worked; the more the merrier! The positions in most-need of helpers include ticket sale-admissions and gate checkers. Volunteers will also have an exclusive off-site parking area with shuttle services.

Volunteer Information

Official Facebook
Schedule of Events
Golf Tournament
5K Run with Balloons

Havasu Balloon Festival Store
2109 McCulloch Blvd Unit #1
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Happy Ballooning!

Balloon Activities: 

Mass ascensions generally begin around 8am each morning and around 4pm in the afternoon. Night glows begin around sunset at the Havasu Balloon Fest site. Special shapes will be at the Balloon Fest site to view up close as well.

***Special Note: Balloons flying is weather permitting. For pilot and passenger safety, balloon pilots generally do not fly if winds are over 8mph. Stay tuned to Riverscenemagazine.com website and social media for updates, as well as the Havasu Balloon Fest social media throughout the weekend.***

People gather at the Havasu Balloonfest to watch ballons take off during a mass ascension. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene


Nightglow photo courtesy RSM Fan Karen Willman

6 Comments » Comments:

6 Responses to “2018 Havasu Balloon Festival And Fair: New Year, New Changes”

  1. Donna says:


  2. Eric Heki says:

    Any camping close to the area?

  3. I’m all for sharing our beautiful havasu with visitors.. . Not too mention the increased revenue..
    Here’s my concern . With the out door Flea market(swapmeet), so close in proximity.
    The PEDESTRIAN foot traffic to the ste. 4
    Parking area. Will be even more risky.
    Is there plans to have a cross guard for Foot traffic??

  4. Lisa C Heslop says:

    SOOO glad we don’t have to battle the bridge to get there! Thanks for the great off-site parking & shuttle. You are making it easy to enjoy!

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