Hot air balloon festival to take place in Selma this September

Family-friendly festival will give guests chance to ride in balloons

Hot air balloon stock image (Pixabay)

SELMA, Texas – Mark your calendar — a beloved balloon festival is returning to Selma this September.

RE/MAX Skylight Balloon Fest will take place Sept. 29-30 on the River City Community Church Grounds, located at 16765 Lookout Road in Selma.

In addition to the balloons, there will be food trucks, a family fun zone, RE/MAX skydivers, live music, a vendor market, a petting zoo and more.

The full lineup is below:

TimesFriday, September 29thSaturday, September 30th
7:30 a.m.Gates Open (Free admission for launch)
8 a.m.Balloon Launch
9 a.m.Balloon Launch Ends and event closes for the morning
2 p.m.Gates Reopen to Public Skylight Market Day Food Trucks Open Family Fun Zone O
2:30 p.m.Tiny Jazz
3:30 p.m.BreakThrough Entertainment Acrobats
4:30 p.m.Grupo Cielo
5 p.m.Gates OpenBreakThrough Entertainment Acrobats
6 p.m.RE/MAX SkydiversRE/MAX Skydivers
6:30 p.m.Opening Ceremonies and Tethered Balloon Rides (weather permitting)BreakThrough Entertainment Acrobats
7 p.m.Small Town HabitSoul Sessions
8:30 p.m.Balloon GlowBalloon Glow
9 p.m.Event Ends for the DayEvent Ends for the Day

Weather is a big factor for hot air balloons. Any updates to a change in schedule due to weather conditions will be posted on Skylight Balloon Fest Facebook page.

Tickets will be $15 for anyone ages 12 and older, $10 for children ages 3-11, and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets will be sold at Gate B on the day of the event. No presale tickets will be available.

Tethered balloon rides will be available, weather permitting. Rides will be $20 for children ages 6-11 and $30 for anyone ages 12 and older. Passengers must be a minimum of 48 inches tall and a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years old.

For the tethered balloon rides, the balloon will lift off the ground and hover 30-40 feet above the ground. It will not launch and fly away during the ride.

The balloons are not certified by the FAA to carry wheelchairs, but the event website states that there will be a handicap-accessible balloon.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.