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Take flight at Sarasota Balloon Festival

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:32 am

By Jennifer DiDomenico
A&E Editor

One of Sarasota’s biggest events is back for another year. The Sarasota Balloon Festival will take flight tonight, Thursday, March 8, and run through the weekend.

Dozens of hot air balloons of all colors and patterns will take to the skies, performing night glows each evening.

The gates will open at 5 p.m. tonight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tethered rides are $20 per person and will begin at 6 p.m. The night glow will begin at 8 p.m.

Balloon rides and activities are subject to change, due to weather conditions.

While the balloons are the hot subject of this festival, guests can expect much more than just that.

Reithoffer Shows will present a carnival of fun for all ages. In addition to a wide variety of family attractions, the carnival will offer thrilling rides including Speed, Freak Out and Fireball.

The Kids Zone will offer face painting, coloring, a petting zoo and pony rides.

The event that was created to drive economic benefits within the local community will also feature food trucks, craft beers, a wine garden and a wide range of retail vendors.

Guests of all ages are welcome. There is no admission fee. Parking is $20 per vehicle. For more information, visit