Date(s) - Sat, May 27, 2017
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harolds, Cave Creek
The time has come to light up the Sonoran Desert sky at the Eighth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival at Rancho Mañana Golf Course. Cave Creeks biggest single day event continues to be streamlined for a carefree experience of great live bands, massive glowing balloons, everyone’s favorite fireworks show and a celebration of a red, white and blue Memorial Day weekend.
New this year: Gone are the days of purchasing food, beverage script tickets and waiting in double long lines. Head straight for your tasty eats and enjoy. Want to see the timeline or surf the food truck menus? Just hop online and find the information on our new user-friendly website.
Highlights of the event: The balloons start to inflate and glow around 7:30 p.m., but you will want to be there way before then to see the Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation, a flyover by Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, and to hear our National Anthem performed by Madison Holmes. Later, the powerhouse vocals of The Anglim Sisters will perform from 6:45-8 p.m. and don’t miss a beat as we flow right into, Native Arizona headliner, Harry Luge and his Country band. Relax and lay back to cap off the evening with fireworks showering you with an explosive array of red, white and blue. Adults and children alike will love the live music on the Sanderson Ford’s main stage, especially from the band viewing area, which welcomes low-profile lawn chairs. Please note: lawn chairs must remain in designated area. Also, there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do. Featured at the event are free face painting and free balloon twisting, or you can choose to let your kids burn energy in fun thrilled kids’ zone.
Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as craft beer flowing from the taps of Four Peaks Brewery. Splurge on scrumptious food from local food trucks and vendors including Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, Cheese Love and Happiness, The Buffalo Chip, Firehouse Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee, and Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes.
Discounted pre-paid tickets: Adults $12; children 12 and under $7; children 2 and under free. Pre-purchased tickets are the way to fly. Buy them online and head right to the entrance gate. Online ticket prices increase the day of the event.
VIP tickets: Adults $75; children 12 and under $35. Price includes entrance fee, tax, gratuity, gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar and Grill (from 5:30-8:00 p.m.), a private cash bar and private restrooms. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance by the end of day May 25, and are not available at the gate. VIP tickets are limited and do sell out, so buy them early to secure your spot. Day of event tickets: Adults $15, children 12 and under $10; children 2 and under free. Day of event tickets available online as well as at the ticket office. Veteran and active military: Our active members receive general admission tickets for half price. Must show identification at the ticket office on the day of the event.
Tickets can be purchased online at CaveCreekFestivals.com. All ticket orders are final. There are no cancellations and no rain checks on all purchased tickets.
Parking: Please note that there is NO parking at the event site. All parking is available at the center of town, 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek. Parking is $5, and proceeds will go to Cave Creek Unified School District. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event. Please note: There is no access or parking available at Tonto Bar and Grill.
5:30 p.m. – Gates open to public – Live music by Madison Holmes from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Madison is a talented up-and-coming singer/songwriter who loves to perform music from country, classic rock and pop genres. – Sanderson Ford sponsors all our talented musicians as well as the stage for this year’s event.
6:30 p.m. – Arizona Wing Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation – Flyover by Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 – National Anthem performed by Madison Holmes
6:45 p.m. – Live music from 6:45-8 p.m. The Anglim Sisters showcase their mesmerizing performance with a super-charged youthful passion and soul-stirring vocals.
7:30 p.m. – Balloons start to inflate, come to life and glow. Balloons’ glow lasts for 90 minutes.
8 p.m. – Native Arizonan, Harry Luge, performs his country ballads from 8-10 p.m. Luge is a cross between the gritty nature of Travis Tritt with the soul of Waylon Jennings and powerhouse vocals of Pat Green for the unique sound. Throughout his career, Luge has had the honor of opening shows for many of his idols and biggest inspirations, including Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Chris LeDoux, Neal McCoy, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry and much more.
9 p.m. – The amazing fireworks show showers you with a celebration of red, white and blue. You won’t want to miss this memorial tribute!