Everything you need to know about Fireflight Balloon Fest!

Updated: Sep 15

The FireLake Fireflight Balloon Festival offers two days of balloon glows, balloon launches and rides, and family-friendly entertainment in Shawnee, Oklahoma every year, the second weekend in August. It was named Oklahoma's Best Event by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association in 2022! The Outdoor Nation Expo, which runs alongside Balloon Fest, offers family-friendly hunting and fishing demos, products, and more!


A crowd with children and adults look up at lit hot air balloons against a twilight sky.
Photo by Garrett Fisbeck

Shawnee's Annual Balloon Festival

Hot air balloons take off and fly at sunrise from a field of green.
Photo by Trey DeLonais

Fireflight Balloon Fest is going into its fifth year of family-friendly entertainment.


Watch hot-air balloons fill the sky, catch quality live entertainment, and experience some of Oklahoma’s best vendors and food trucks all gathered together the second weekend in August at Raymond Peltier Park, 1702 S. Gordon Cooper Drive.


Tethered rides are on a first-come first-serve basis during the festival, and untethered rides must be reserved & paid in advance, which you can do online!


Fireflight Balloon Festival Schedule

Family-friendly activities at Fireflight include inflatables, clowns, carnival rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and plenty more. Kids zone activities will be free, but you’ll need to buy either tickets or wristbands for the carnival. There will also be a fireworks show at the end of the Friday's balloon glow, so you won’t want to miss that!


Images of children playing, balloons rising into the air, and a concert alongside a table schedule.
2022 Balloon Festival Schedule

Fireflight 5K

For all of you athletes, there will also be a Fireflight 5K Run/Walk the morning of Saturday, August 13th. The race features professional chip timing, and participants will receive a custom race medal and tshirt. Whether you’re the speediest around or you want to go along with your kids, the race will let you go at your own pace!


Outdoor Nation Expo

Outdoor Nation Expo is back and enthusiasts of all things outdoors will want to check it out! From hunting to fishing, camping to mountaineering, with vendors for adults and fun activities for kids, there’s plenty to do at ONE. The expo takes place during the Balloon Festival at the FireLake Arena, 18145 Old Rangeline Road.


This outdoor lover's dream expo is located inside of Firelake Arena, an air-conditioned venue across the parking lot from the Balloon Festival Grounds. Friday, Aug 12 from 1 - 9 pm

Saturday, Aug 13 from 10 am - 9 pm


Friday Events

  • 2 - 6 pm Perch-Master Classic Fishing

  • 4 pm Killer Chefs Wild-Game Cooking Demo

  • 5 pm Fetch-N-Fish Dog Show/Noodling Demo

  • 6 pm Elk Hunting and Calling Tactics

  • 7 pm Killer Chefs Wild-Game Cooking Demo

  • 8 pm Fetch-N-Fish Dog Show/Noodling Demo

Saturday Events

  • 11 am Killer Chefs Wild-Game Cooking Demo

  • 11 am Fetch-N-Fish Dog Show/Noodling Demo

  • 2 pm Killer Chefs Wild-Game Cooking Demo

  • 3 pm Elk Hunting and Calling Tactics

  • 4 pm Fetch-N-Fish Dog Show/Noodling Demo

  • 6 pm Killer Chefs Wild-Game Cooking Demo

  • 8 pm Fetch-N-Fish Dog Show/Noodling Demo

Activities available throughout the expo:

Hunting & Fishing Vendor Expo

Choctaw Archery Shoot (free, 4+)

Bow-fishing Target Shooting

Army Bass Anglers NWTF BB Gun Range Corn Hole

Locke Supply Kids Catfishing

Pitt Stop Extreme Animals Petting Zoo

Fishing Pole Casting Contest



Frequently Asked Questions

Are attendance and parking free?

Attendance AND parking are free! It is recommended to bring cash for the vendor market, tethered balloon rides, food trucks, and other activities. There is only one ATM onsite at the festival.

Should I bring a chair?

We recommend bringing lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating while you enjoy the live music and balloon glows.


Can I bring food or water?

Outside food and drink are not permitted, but there will be plenty for sale.


Where can I stay close to the festival grounds?

Shawnee has ten hotels, two motels, and four RV parks all located within 10 miles of the festival grounds! Find your preferred lodging at VisitShawnee.com/stay and book soon - hotels are filling up.

What else should I do while I'm in town?

Shop, dine, and play in historic downtown Shawnee - this pre-statehood Main Street area is a pedestrian & cyclist friendly district with unique, locally-owned and operated restaurants and shops just two miles north of the Balloon Festival grounds.


See Oklahoma's only Egyptian mummy at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art plus more art & artifacts from 8,000 years of human history; admission is FREE throughout August and their current featured gallery is "Ancient Ruins to Skyscrapers: Architecture in Art".


Find the Painted Horses - Nearly 3 dozen beautiful horses stand proud throughout Shawnee, hand-painted by local artists. Each horse shares a unique story and approach to craftsmanship.

Cool off at Shawnee's Twin Lakes Reservoir - located just south of I-40 just minutes from the Balloon Festival, the reservoir is a quiet public lake ideal for serene fishing, kayaking, and swimming!


Balloon Festival Map


 

Doesn’t all that sound exciting? Be sure to FOLLOW the Balloon Fest on Facebook for the most up to date information!

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