Hot Air Ballooning and Balloon Festivals in New Jersey

by happynutritionist

The Warren County Balloon Festival and QuickChek Balloon Festival are both in New Jersey, and there are other opportunities for hot air ballooning in the State.

If you live near the northeastern United States, you don't have to travel to Albuquerque, NM to attend a great balloon festival, we have 2 excellent Balloon Festivals right here in New Jersey.

Our family has attended both the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning and the Warren County Farmers Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival and loved both events, which take place annually. You'll find information and important links on this page to plan your day at one or both of the festivals.

If you have a balloon festival that takes place where you live, please let us know in the guestbook.

I hope you'll enjoy the pictures and things to follow, the happy face balloon used as an intro picture for the page is one of the pictures my husband took at the Quick Chek festival..there are more pictures below.

I'll do my best to keep you updated each year on QuickChek (easy to confuse the spelling with Quick Check or Quick Chek) Balloon Festival as well as the Warren County (NJ) Balloon Festival and Farmer's Fair, and any other New Jersey hot air balloon events.

Intro Image owned by me
page by Claudia Meydrech aka happynutritionist
New on Wizzley - July 2015 - Updated 10/19/16

Our Personal Experiences at the QuickChek Event

When our children were young, my husband and I took them to the balloon festival at Solberg Airport. We didn't go for the whole day, but drove down later in the day hoping to see the evening balloon launch. This was our first experience going, and unfortunately, the balloons did not launch because the winds were too high.

We heard that in the morning the launch was beautiful, that there was what they call an "Albuquerque Circle" which means that the winds blow in such a way that they stay in the same general location going around in a large circle, like they do because of the conditions that exist in Albuquerque, New Mexico where one of the largest ballooning events takes place.

My husband and I went again one year because he was given tickets to spend a day at the event at one of his previous jobs. It was quite a warm day, but the balloons did launch and it was a wonderful sight to see. I am sharing some of our pictures for you to enjoy below.

2017 New Jersey QuickChek Festival of Ballooning Dates: July 28 - 30, 2017

Quick Links for QuickChek Festival of Balloons

The festival is over until 2017.

We'll be back to update you next year! Apologies for not being on top of things in 2016, but we hope we at least connected you to the source, and you were able to attend the balloon festival.

Links to help between seasons:

QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning on Facebook

Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning Site

Map Location of the Festival

Takes place at Solberg Airport, Readington, New Jersey

Video of Hot Air Balloons in Flight at the QuickChek Festival in 2014

What a great night that must have been! Conditions have to be just right for balloons to fly.

All of the following images were taken by me in 2007

Please provide a link back to this page if you decide to use any of them
Balloon Inflation - an exciting thing to see and hear
Balloon Inflation - an exciting thing to see and hear
Balloons Beginning to Take Off
Balloons Beginning to Take Off
Balloons in the Air
Balloons in the Air
Up up and away!
Up up and away!

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Warren County Farmer's Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival Dates: Was July 30 - August 6, 2016

The Farmer's Fair and Balloon Festival are over for 2016, we'll be back to update you in 2017!

Unlike other balloon festivals, you also have MANY events to enjoy each day at the Farmer's Fair.

The year that we went to the fair and festival, they had the following events, and there may be more this year, so check the link below for a schedule and more information.

- Pie Eating Contest
- Mini Hay Bale Rolling Contest
- Fear Factor Veggie Style
- Stick Pony Races
- Bubble Gum Blowing Contests
- and more!


WEATHER PERMITTING there is a MASS BALLOON LAUNCH each evening at 6:30 pm.

Each day there are events for all ages...each day has a different grouping of events so you will want to check the links below for schedules of events. There are tethered balloon rides for a price, weather permitting. There are horse shows, tractor pulls, big wheel races, hare and hound race, fair queen and princess competition, 4H events and shows, baby crawling contest, demolition derby, school of rock, biker night, jousting demonstration, talent shows, and the list goes on and on, so please visit the link below for daily details so you don't miss your favorite event.

ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED can be found at THIS LINK to the main website.




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Address for Warren County Balloon Festival

Put this in your GPS


1350 Strykers Road,

Phillipsburg, NJ  08865


and click this link for the location on Google Maps



Pictures from the 2010 Warren County Balloon Festival

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Balloon Twins
Balloon Twins
Balloon Inflation 1
Balloon Inflation 1
Balloon Inflation 2
Balloon Inflation 2
Balloons Ready to Go
Balloons Ready to Go
Here they go from another angle
Here they go from another angle
Fire Inflating Balloons
Fire Inflating Balloons

Fall Foliage Hot Air Balloon Tours in Hunterdon NJ

When I was putting together my "Colorful Fall Foliage in New Jersey" page, I discovered Hunterdon Ballooning, Inc. Their motto is "Take a Nature Walk in the Sky", offering rides during the year.

New Jersey is a beautiful place for a fall foliage tour, whether in a car or in the air in a Hot Air Balloon.

Updated: 10/19/2016, happynutritionist
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Guestbook: Share your hot air ballooning experiences, or say hello!

happynutritionist on 07/28/2015

@lindylou2 Thank you, I know it is hard to pick!

@sheilamarie Thank you for letting us know about the festival in Vermont!

@WriterArtist Thank you, I am happy the pictures turned out as well as they do. Many balloon festivals offer balloon rides.

WriterArtist on 07/25/2015

The colorful balloons in the sky are stunning. I wish I could fly on these balloons watching the earth from the sky. The photos are lovely too.

sheilamarie on 07/24/2015

Every year there's a balloon festival in Quechee, Vermont, near where I used to live. The sky is filled with color.

Guest on 07/24/2015

Beautiful balloons! It would be hard to say which one was the best of so many. It really looks like so much fun. I have never been to one and it would be very nice to do this. I do not know if I would want to go up in one though. lol I might! Such a good article for fun and excitement.

Thank you for sharing

happynutritionist on 07/23/2015

@blackspanielgallery Thank be honest I am surprised that the pictures came out as good as they did, I've tried posting them other places but they don't look quite as nice, thank you Wizzley.

blackspanielgallery on 07/23/2015

These can be quite spectacular in the sky. Great photography.

candy47 on 07/23/2015

Beautiful pictures! I lived in NJ but never attended a balloon festival there. I've been to festivals in New Mexico and Las Vegas.

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