Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Returns June 2-4 2017

The 34th annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival returns to the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country on June 2-4, 2017. The Festival has a successful history of celebrating Southern California Wine Country’s finest assets of clear skies dotted by hot air balloons, mild temperatures, and rolling vineyards. The three-day event includes morning hot air balloon launches, evening balloon glows, wine tasting from up to 20 wineries, concerts on two different stages, food and wine pairing, cooking with beer, and chef demonstrations. *All balloon events are weather permitting

The Lineup

All ages are welcome at TVBWF. This year the festival will open with Back in the 80’s, followed by Rock Saturday, and closing the festivities on Sunday will be Sunday Fun Day Country. The following artists have been announced to perform this year:

Friday, June 2


Saturday, June 3


Sunday, June 4




Included with your festival admission will be three ways to get up close and personal with a hot air balloon. Observe a breath taking sunrise balloon launch, take a free morning tethered balloon ride, or experience an amazing evening hot air balloon glow.

Sunrise Morning Balloon Launches
Wine & Main Stages- 6:30 a.m.

Marvel at the sight of 40 – 50 hot air balloons floating effortlessly over the Temecula Valley Wine Country in Southern California. There is nothing like watching these giants go from a colorful piece of fabric to a glorious hot air balloon. All launches occur at sunrise on Saturday & Sunday morning when the winds are calm and the air is stable for safe flight. Gates open at 6:00 am. Don’t be late as the balloons will land by 8:30am. *Weather permitting

Morning Balloon Tether
Wine Stage- 7:30 AM

After the morning launch several hot air balloons will set up in the wine stage area for FREE tethered balloon rides. A tethered balloon ride is when the balloon is attached to the ground with ropes. The balloon then ascends 50 – 75 feet giving an amazing view of the Festival grounds. This is a great introductory balloon flight! Balloon tethers will operate for approximately 2 hours on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Lines can be long, so arrive early! *Weather permitting

Evening Balloon Glow
Wine Stage- 8:00 PM

If an early morning Festival arrival is not your thing, you can join other festival attendees after the sun sets for a spectacular night time show as hot air balloons light up the evening sky. The balloon glow is a Festival favorite! The glow begins after sunset on Friday & Saturday evenings when the winds calm. The balloons will inflate and ignite their burners in a magical dance. Bring your chair and family, this is a MUST see! *Weather permitting

Food & Wine

Experience some of the best food, wine, and beer the local Temecula area has to offer in the Food & Wine Pairing or Beer & Food Pairing. Attendees participate in a three or four-course culinary experience. Seating is limited for each session.


Each course presented by a different chef, and each course offering a different, complimentary wine. A speaker from each winery, whose wine is featured, will give a short narrative on the featured wine and answer participant questions.

Saturday- 11:00 AM
Saturday- 3:00 AM
Sunday- 12:00 PM

You can reserve your seat HERE


Each course recipe is prepared with a different beer by a different chef while a brewmaster gives a short narrative and answers questions on the featured beer. Participants will receive a taste of the beer used in each recipe.

Saturday- 11:00 AM
Satruday- 3:00 PM

You can reserve your seat HERE

Wine and Beer Tasting

If you like trying wine and beer but maybe aren’t into wine and food pairings have no fear! Attendees can purchase wine & beer tickets for tasting. Each ticket has a $2 value and can be exchanged individually for a wine tasting or in multiples for full servings of beer or wine. Tickets are sold in sets of 12 for $24 and 30 for $60. For more information click Here


Ticket Information

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival offers different ticketing options based on how you would like to enjoy your festival experience. You can purchase single day passes or a pass for the whole weekend.

Weekend Pass — $60.00
Friday Pass — $23.00 — $30.00 at the gate
Saturday Pass — $33.00 — $40.00 at the gate
Sunday Pass — $23.00 — $30.00 at the gate
Children Pass (6-12) — $5.00
Children 5 and under are free

You can purchase your tickets Here


Regular campsites start at $325 for three days/ two nights and include two weekend combo passes. Each combo pass provides admission all three days of the Festival. Camping passes are almost sold out! The only option left is Overflow (Dry Camping) for $325.00. Buy your campsite pass as soon as possible so you don’t miss out! You can find more information on camping Here.

 Festival Recognition and Awards

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine FEstival is a recipient of 27 International Festivals and Events Associaiton awards including awards for best volunteer program, press and media relations campaigns, and social media campaigns. On January 20, 2017 The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival gained two more first place Celebration Awards for the 2016 event at the California/Nevada Festivals and Events Association (CalFest) Convention. The first place awards were for “Best Digital Marketing Campaign” and “Best Press Kit.” Celebration Awards are given each year to events for outstanding accomplishments in a variety of areas. Over 200 members belong to the organization including cities, chambers of commerce and fairs. Collectively the organization represents more than 4,000 events in California and Nevada. Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival competes against events like the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Sausalito Art Festival.

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Rashae- FestPop Staff Writer

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