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Thursday, June 27, 2024
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event Location
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements Freshman Campus Lot

Friday, June 28, 2024
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event Location
2:00 PM 10:00 PM Brou-Haha Blue Blocks Family Fun Tent
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements Freshman Campus Lot
2:00 PM Close Open-Air Marketplace Highschool Campus
2:00 PM Close Landing Zone Booths Landing Zone
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Highlander Food Court Highlander Food Court
3:00 PM 6:00 PM Rust Life Main Stage
4:00 PM 8:00 PM Ben the Lego Man Family Fun Tent
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Neverland Entertainment Family Fun Tent/Roaming
5:00 PM 5:45 PM Joel Tacey – Michigans Family Funnyman Family Fun Tent
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch* Launch Field
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Neverland Entertainment Family Fun Tent/Roaming
8:00 PM 8:45 PM Joel Tacey – Michigans Family Funnyman Family Fun Tent
Dark Fireworks by Pyrotechnico Baseball Field

Saturday, June 29, 2024
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event Location
6:30 AM 8:00 AM Balloon Fly-In Competition Launch Field
9:00 AM Close Open-Air Marketplace Highschool Campus
10:00 AM Close Landing Zone booths and entertainment Landing Zone
10:00 AM 9:00 PM Brou-Haha Blue Blocks Family Fun Tent
10:00 AM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements Freshman Campus Lot
10:00 AM 11:00 PM Highlander Food Court Highlander Food Court
10:00 AM Close Family Fun Tent Highschool Campus
10:00 AM 3:00 PM Classic Car Show High School Parking Lot
11:00 AM 1:00 PM Neverland Entertainment Family Fun Tent/Roaming
12:00 PM 3:00 PM Denise Davis & the Motor City Sensations Main Stage
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Balloons & Brews Festival of Lights Fundraiser State Street
1:00 PM 5:30 PM Exotic Animal Exhibit Family Fun Tent
2:00 PM 2:45 PM Joel Tacey- Michigans Family Funnyman Family Fun Tent
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Pilot meet and greet Launch Field
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Neverland Entertainment Family Fun Tent/Roaming
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Slick Jimmy Band Main Stage
5:00 PM 5:45 PM Joel Tacey – Michigans Family Funnyman Family Fun Tent
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch Launch Field
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Neverland Entertainment Family Fun Tent/Roaming
Dark Balloon Glow Launch Field

Sunday, June 30, 2024
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event Location
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Balloon Fly-In Launch Field
9:00 AM 2:00 PM Downtown Howell Farmers Market State Street
9:00 AM Close Open-Air Marketplace Highschool Campus
10:00 AM Close Family Fun Tent Highschool Campus
10:00 AM Close Landing Zone booths and entertainment Landing Zone
10:00 AM 9:00 PM Brou-Haha Blue Blocks Family Fun Tent
10:00 AM 9:00 PM Highlander Food Court Highlander Food Court
11:00 AM 1:00 PM Home Depot Family Fun Tent
11:00 AM 9:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements Freshman Campus Lot
12:00 PM 12:45 PM Joel Tacey- Michigans Family Funnyman Family Fun Tent
12:00 PM 3:00 PM Magic Bus Main Stage
1:00 PM 5:30 PM Exotic Animal Exhibit Family Fun Tent
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Neverland Entertainment Family Fun Tent/Roaming
4:00 PM 4:45 PM Joel Tacey- Michigans Family Funnyman Family Fun Tent
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Parted Waters Main Stage
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch Launch Field

Rules & Reminders

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest event is one of the premier summertime activities in Michigan, offering entertainment for the entire family. This community event has activities planned for everyone – from carnival rides, kid attractions, fireworks, and the always-popular balloon launches, fly-ins, and evening glow. There are lots of events and attractions planned this year, and we look forward to seeing you there!

For the comfort and safety of all who attend the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, please follow these basic guidelines:

  • Remember to bring:
    • family and friends
    • a jacket for the evening
    • a camera to take photos
    • comfortable walking shoes
    • lawn chairs, beach chairs or blankets
    • sunglasses
    • sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Please leave pets and sparklers at home for safety reasons.
  • Remember, alcoholic beverages, grilling and smoking are prohibited at the site on schools grounds.
  • Balloon rides are not available during the event since the pilots are competing.
  • Visit the information booth for pilot information, and meet the pilots on the launch field at 5 p.m. on Saturday.