Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  Does my ticket include a hot air balloon ride?

A:  No. Tickets includes entry into the festival, free parking and shuttle service and live music. Tethered rides will be available for an additional cost, and a portion of those sales will benefit the Kyle, Buda Kiwanis Club.


Q:  How much does it cost to get into the festival?

A: Festival session ticket prices* are:

Festival Session Online At the Gate
Morning Sessions
(Saturday AM and Sunday AM)
$10 $15
PM Session (Friday PM and Saturday PM) $20 $25
Weekend Pass $30 $35

*Festival entrance does not include balloon rides. Tethered rides will be available for an added cost. A portion of those sales benefit the Kyle, Buda Kiwanis Club.

*Children 10 and under are free to get into the festival. (Tethered rides are an additional cost and riders must be at least 54 inches tall).*
All balloon related events are weather permitting.

Visit this page to purchase advance tickets.


Q:  I already have a ticket. What do I do when I get to the festival site?

A:  When you exit the shuttle, look for the signs directing festival goers to the appropriate ticket lines. There will be three: Ticket Holders, Ticket Purchases and Groupon Tickets.


Q:  Where can we park?

A: We strongly recommend using the free parking and shuttles. Free parking will be located at:

From there, you can hop onto a free shuttle to get to the event location.

Shuttle hours are:

Friday, Aug. 31 — 5 p.m. to festival conclusion

Saturday, Sept. 1 — 6:30 a.m. to noon, then again from 4 p.m. – festival conclusion

Sunday, Sept. 2 — 6:30 a.m.-noon

Buses will run continuously throughout the hours listed above, dropping guests off at the festival ticketing area, then picking them up for the return trip.

Handicap parking will be located at all shuttle locations. ADA buses will be available at each parking location. 


Q: Will the shuttles get us to the festival in time for the sunrise mass ascensions?

A: Yes. We recommend arriving at the parking areas by 6:15 a.m. to catch one of the first buses of the day.


Q: Can we purchase tickets for a tethered hot air balloon ride?

A: Yes. Tether rides will be available for purchase on-site for Friday and Saturday evenings. Please click here for more information. (No advance sales.)


Q:  Can we bring our pets?

A:  Lake Kyle is a nature preserve and pets are not allowed.


Q:  Will alcohol be sold at the event?

A:  Beer, Wine and Liquor will be sold at the event. Cash and Cards will be accepted. ATMs will be located onsite. 


Q:  Can we bring in coolers?

A:  Coolers will not be allowed into the event. Water and baby bottles will be allowed. 


Q:  Is there anything additional I should bring?

A: Bug spray and a place to sit, e.g., lawn chairs or blankets.


Q:  Do activities cost money once I am in the park?

A: Yes. Food, drinks (including the beer garden), vendor booths, and some activities, such as tethered rides, are available in the park for a fee. Most vendors take credit cards. There are also ATMs on site. 


Q: Will a church service take place on Sunday at the event?

A: No. No church services will take place at this event.