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Schedule of Events

Indeed, the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is a celebration of hot air balloons. But wait, there’s more! The event features entertainment, fireworks, family activities and attractions.

Balloon Glow & More!

The Saturday night balloon glow is a must-see attraction at the Michigan Challenge. About 20 hot-air balloons will inflate on the launch field and glow their envelopes against the beautiful summer night sky.


We are looking for Volunteers, and to thank you for your participation, we will donate to the non-profit organization of your choice. If you would like to volunteer, please keep a look out for our updated Volunteer form coming soon!

Stay in the loop!

Download the official Michigan Challenge Balloonfest app today to get all of the information you need to make your trip the best one ever!

Balloonfest 2023 Highlights

About This Years Michigan Challenge

A list of activities taking place throughout the weekend can be found under the THIS YEAR’S EVENT tab and will be updated as the event nears. There will be something for everyone to enjoy!

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce extends a huge thank you to our sponsors, committee members, and community partners for their support, making the return of the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest possible.

We are always ready to welcome new sponsors for Balloonfest, if you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact the Chamber at 517-546-3920.

Daily admission: $5.00 per person
Weekend wristband: $10.00 per person
Under 3 years of age: FREE
Sunday ONLY: Veterans with Military ID admitted free

2024 Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

June 28-30, 2024

Located at the Howell High School,
1200 W Grand River Rd.
Howell, MI 48843

(517) 546-3920

Questions about this years event?

Shuttle provided by LETs Transportation

Shuttle Schedule: 

  • Friday 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Saturday  11:00am-11:00pm
  • Sunday  10:00am-9pm

Pick-up/Drop-off locations: 

  • Balloonfest grounds – Highlander way, located by Yellow Gate and Challenger by Red parking lot.
  • Downtown Howell – Clinton at State St. (behind County Courthouse)