About York Balloon Fiesta

This FREE three-day Fiesta is packed with Hot Air Balloons, Children's Entertainment, Live Music, Street Food, Local Ales, Fun Fair, Fireworks & so much more!

Hot Air Balloons

Over 3 days, up to 50 Hot Air Balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours will take off from the Knavesmire. From mass balloon launches to night glows after dark, it guarantees to be a real spectacle for York

Family Activities

With something for all the family, enjoy a ride at the fairground or take part in some of the special family activities and workshops organised by Little Vikings. Enjoy the Bird of Prey Displays or have a go at fly ball with your very own dog! There's so much happening over the weekend and best of all, it's FREE!

Street Food and Bars

As well as the huge amount of entertainment, we also have a large range of local street food and drink available. From Aintsy Ales to the Yorkshire Burrito company and so much in between, be sure to enjoy a treat from one of the amazing vendors


Do we need tickets?
No. The event is free entry. No tickets required.

Can we camp?
We do not have camping facilities on the event site, but Naburn Lock camp site is only a short drive away.

Can we bring a dog?
Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads at all times.

Is there a car park?
Yes! Follow the Car Park signs on Knavesmire Road. Parking is £5* per vehicle for the full day. *This is NOT an entrance fee, it's a car parking charge. You are also welcome to arrive at the event by bus, bike or foot.

Where/when is it?
York Knavesmire (off Tadcaster Road) on 28th - 30th September. See our Schedule page for more details.

What time will the balloons fly?
Early morning and late afternoon, but these times vary due to weather conditions. Please keep a close eye on our Facebook page for up to date announcements. Balloons will be tethered throughout the day, depending on weather conditions.

Can we book balloon rides?
Sorry, but balloon rides are not available to the public. This is because our pilots are all private pilots flying their own balloons for sport, not for commercial work.

View the York Balloon Fiesta Schedule

Our Sponsor

For the second year in a row, York’s Ultra Fibre Optic from TalkTalk are the main sponsors for York Balloon Fiesta. TalkTalk UFO are the providers of York's fastest fibre optic internet. They are currently bringing their state of the art network to more homes and businesses in York which will give York the fastest connectivity in the UK.

York’s Ultra Fibre Optic from TalkTalk – supporting York Balloon Fiesta 2018.

They said - "We’re incredibly proud to be part of such a unique event for York for the second year running. It fits perfectly with our message of creating the UK’s first ultra-fibre optic city. As well as being a spectacular event, it is great fun and provides the perfect opportunity for us to meet residents who want to find out more about how UFO can transform their internet experience. Come and see us during the weekend, we’ll have giveaways, competitions, demos and free face painting!"

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