Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival

Date & Time:

  • Thursday, July 15th, 6 PM-10 PM
  • Friday, July 16th, 5:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Saturday - Sunday, July 17th-18th, 10 AM - 5 PM

Suggested Audience:
All Ages

For members, advance tickets are not required but recommended. Guests will need to reserve their tickets online.

  • Guest: $15 Adults / $14 Seniors / $10 Youth
  • Member: Free

Conner Prairie Takes to the Skies!

Come celebrate innovation and feel filled with wonder at the new Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival, July 15th-16th! It kicks off with a can't miss Balloon Glow event on Thursday night, followed by a balloon race the next morning, all in celebration of the new and improved 1859 Balloon Voyage exhibit opening July 2nd!

Hot Air Balloon at night

Safety, Our Top Priority

Conner Prairie's Safety Protocols

Effective May 17, 2021 Guests will be strongly encouraged to wear masks if not vaccinated while inside historical buildings, on the grounds and in the Welcome Center. Outdoor guests are encouraged to socially distance, but are not required to wear masks to include while inside historical buildings. Check here for a full list of our safety precautions.

Activities for the whole family

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Balloon Glow

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Conner Prairie at Night

Flight Themed Food

Flight-Themed Food

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Limited Edition Sun King Brew

Hare and Hound balloon race

Hare & Hound Race

Amazing sights to behold!

Enjoy an evening for the whole family, featuring 17 glowing hot air balloons from across the region, delicious foods, a live concert with Stella Luna and the Satellites, and more. Explore the grounds at dusk, catch airtime in bounce houses, and collect exclusive hot air balloon trading cards! Don't miss the limited-edition Sun King effervescent small-batch beer, Jupiter Common, only available during the festival.

Early the next morning, watch the balloons compete in an exciting Hare & Hound Race, where the first balloon to take flight is the "hare" and the remaining balloons are the "hounds" trying to reach a target the "hare" balloon has laid down.

The fun continues throughout the weekend with balloon-themed activities included with General Admission: a live bird show, a Wizard of Oz marionette puppet show, an original two-women play about the history of women in flight, kite making crafts, and MORE! Your spirits will soar as you celebrate all things flight!

Hot Air Balloons at Dusk
Advance tickets recommended.

Though not required for members, we recommend purchasing tickets before the event, to enhance your experience by minimizing wait times.  Guests will still need to reserve their tickets online. And, for the sunrise Hare and Hound Race, no tickets are required! Enjoy this free experience on us.

Not a member? Become a member or renew your membership today.