• Erica Bass

Everything you need to know about Fireflight Balloon Fest!

Updated: Jan 7

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. The Outdoor Nation Expo offers family-friendly hunting and fishing demos, products, and more!


Keep scrolling for all the deets.

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

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 August 13-14 at Firelake Parks, 1702 S. Gordon Cooper Drive.


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

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!

2021's featured musical acts included Vince Van and the Outlaws, and Craig Morgan as the grand finale for the festival. There are also be performances by artists featured on “Play it Loud!”, an Emmy award-winning production, each year.


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 first day, so you won’t want to miss that!


Fireflight 5K

For all of you athletes, there will also be a Fireflight 5K Run/Walk the morning of Saturday, August 14th. Registration is only $40, and 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.


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

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