Inaugural WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

BalloonsA hot air balloon festival is coming to Raleigh, Zebulon and Wake county Memorial Day Weekend – the inaugural WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. It’s the first hot air balloon festival to come to the Triangle region in nearly 25 years.

You’re invited to gather with friends and family for outdoor fun as dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky in celebration and remembrance during this free, fun, family-oriented event.

Get ready to glow Raleigh, Zebulon and Wake county – with the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest.

Organizers are bringing one of the nation’s premier hot air balloon festivals to Zebulon’s Bennett Bunn Plantation with planned public events also scheduled for Spring Forest Road Park in North Raleigh. More than 30 balloon pilots and teams from 15 states and overseas will compete.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest invite the public to a mass ascension of all participating balloons, followed by a balloon “glow” just after sunset on Friday, May 22 at Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon. Events in Zebulon continue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with competition balloon flights.

Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, spectators are invited to experience ballooning up close with pilot “meet-and-greet” events, tethered balloon rides and an evening balloon glow each night at both Bennett Bunn Plantation and Spring Forest Road Park.

Balloon fest

All ballooning events and activities are wind and weather-dependent.

Bennett Bunn Plantation
1915 Old Bunn Road
Zebulon, NC 27597

Please see the official website for schedule of events, times, and locations: