Hot Air Balloon Festival 2020 – Everything You Need To Know
The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the longest-running aviation event in Asia. On its 23rd year, you no longer have to travel all the way to Clark as they are bringing this 3-day spectacle of hot air balloons, helicopters, and air sports event near Manila! San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite to be exact.
If you plan to be part of A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies, provided below is the compilation of Frequently Asked Questions to assist you.
When is the Philippines Hot Air Balloon Festival 2020?
Witness The Flying Carnival 2020 on March 6-8.
How much is the Hot Air Balloon Festival 2020 ticket and how to purchase one?
Economy Class (₱500), Business Class (₱3,500), and First Tickets (₱6,500) are available at the gates during the fiesta dates from March 6-8. Ticket selling will start from 5AM to 7PM.
Entrance Tickets are exclusive of rides and other activities. Children below the height of 3 feet can enter for free.
You can buy your tickets here.
Is the balloon ride already included in the entrance fee?
NO. There is a separate fee for a balloon ride and other activities for discovery flights.
Last year, the rate for tethered flights is ₱1,000 per person. A tethered flight gives the guest a taste of the ride, but the anchored balloon will only rise for about 10 feet.
What time will the gates be opened?
Gates open at 4AM with events start at 5:30AM. As early as 5 AM, you can watch the pilots and crew prepare and inflate the balloons. The balloons will lift off around 6-7AM. The next time you can see them is around 6:30PM for the Night Glow. The Fiesta grounds close at 9:30PM.
What to Bring/Things Allowed and NOT Allowed in Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?
- Do not forget to bring hats, shades, mosquito repellent, and suns screen as the event will be held in an open field.
- Don comfortable clothing with breathable fabrics. Make sure to also wear closed shoes.
- Pocket money for the bazaars and food stalls.
- Cameras are allowed! You can take photos of the public viewing areas.
- Picnic mats and foldable chairs are allowed. Monobloc chairs, camera drones, hoverboards, and bikes are NOT allowed inside the Fiesta grounds.
- Outside food or drinks are not allowed but food will be sold at the fly market.
- Camping out on the Fiesta grounds is NOT allowed.
What to see/expect in Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival?
Aside from multicolored hot air balloons, you can also expect fly markets, food booths, skydiving, flag jumps, small plane fly-bys and fly-ins, banner towing, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle aerobatics, ultra-light flying formation and flour bomb dropping, precision maneuvers, pylon racing, light airplane balloon bursting, hi-start launch gliding, microlight and rocketry demonstrations, control-line aircraft flying, aero-modeling symposium and races between ultralights and motorcycles, kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, and a lot more!
As a gathering of both spectators and aviation professionals from around the world, the Philippines Hot Air Balloon Festival 2020 also offers Aviation Seminars where the best pilots share their experiences and best safety practices to aspiring and young pilots. An estimated 100,000 visitors locally and from around the world come in to see this event.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, try some of the rides yourself!
Please note that flying activities depend on favorable wind conditions. The schedule may change without prior notice.
Is there a parking space in the area?
Yes. Parking areas will be available. Make sure you get there early so you can get a parking spot near the gates. Parking fees are on a per-entry basis, and the parking rate is ₱50.
Is this event advisable for kids?
We, at Love. Eat. Wander. DO NOT advise bringing your kids to this event. We attended the Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Clark twice and for both times we noticed that the event was hardly conducive to a relaxed atmosphere. The crowd, heat, and dust would be unbearable for the kids.
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