When was the last time you saw a hot air balloon up close and personal? Now's your chance this weekend in the Quad Cities.

The 2021 Quad City Balloon festival happens Friday, August 13 through Saturday, August 14. Gates will open at 4 p.m. each day. Organizers say admission is free, but donation items or cash are appreciated. Those donations will benefit the Quad City Animal Welfare Center. A list of items of need can be found online at qcawc.org

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Here's the event schedule. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Food vendors will be at the event so you won't need to worry about packing a picnic.

Friday, August 13, 2021
4:00 p.m. ..................................................  Gates Open to Public                            6:00 p.m. ........................................................    Balloon Launch
Dusk (between 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.) ........................    Balloon Glow

Saturday, August 14, 2021.                                                                                          4:00 p.m. .................................................. Gates Open to Public                            6:00 p.m. .......................................................     Balloon Launch
Dusk (between 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.)........................    Balloon Glow

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What is a Balloon Launch?

A launch is a term used when a hot air balloon ascends into the air. The crew and pilot prepare the hot air balloon for the launch which takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes total. If there is any sign of a potentially non-safe flight due to weather, then the launch will be CANCELLED. Launch forecasts and updates will be available on the festival's Facebook page.

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What is a Balloon Glow?

A glow takes place at dusk each night of our event, weather permitting.  During a glow hot air balloons inflate while remaining tethered to the ground. The crowd will be invited nearby to get close to the balloons and talk to the pilots and crew. 

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Keep in mind weather conditions need to be perfect for this event. Follow the festival's social media for any last minute changes. Here is a list of the weather conditions needed for a successful event.

For additional details on the festival and to keep up with weather conditions for the launch, please visit rhythmcitycasino.comquadcitiesballoonfestival.com or Facebook @quadcitiesballoonfestival and @RhythmCityCasino.

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