We have the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Festival of Balloons in Tigard.
Q: How do I buy tickets online?
A: Online tickets will be available after June 2nd, 2014. Look for the orange "Buy Tickets" link on the pages.
Q: Are dogs allowed on the festival grounds?
A: No - no pets allowed in Cook Park during the event! Sorry for the inconvenience.
Q: Is there an admission charge?
A: Yes. We sell a 3 day-weekend pass at the gate for $7 OR you can purchase in advance a 3 day-weekend pass for $5 online. This ticket is good for unlimited access to the Festival for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kids 6 and under are free.
Q: Do you have any special admission only deals throughout the weekend?
A: YES! Online pre-sales available for $5.00 (+.75 transaction fee) at the above "buy Tickets".
Q: Can I get a balloon ride?
A: No, the Festival does NOT sell hot air balloon rides during the event. For more information on taking a balloon ride with a local pilot, contact the festival at firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral.
Q: Do I have to buy a Z100 Friday Pass online to get unlimited carnival rides on Friday, June 21st?
A: No, you can purchase a weekend admission pass at the gate ($7), and an unlimited carnival rides pass ($25) at the carnival ticket booths. Buy online and save $7 with the Friday only admission ticket.
Q: When will the balloons be at the field?
A: Balloons launch from the field on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ascensions are between 5:45 AM - 6:15 AM. After that, a few balloons will be tethering until approximately 8:00 AM each day (weather and winds permitting). Some balloons will return to the field and join the Night Glow when the sun goes down. All balloon activity is contingent on the weather.
Q: What is the parking situation?
A: Festival parking is available on the Tigard High School field for $5 (benefits THS Breakfast Rotary & THS Boosters). The Parking entrance is at the Tigard High School Swim Center Parking Lot. There is a short walk down the Cook Park hill to the festival grounds or you may ride the shuttle for only $1 (benefitsts American Cancer Society/ Relay for Life).
Q: Will there be a Pancake Breakfast in 2014?
A: Yes, we have a local vendor that will be providing a great pancake breakfast each morning.
Q: Can I ride my bicycle to the Festival?
A: Of course, you can!! Get exercise and save money on parking! New this year, the festival will have a bike check where you can safely leave your bike at the MAIN ENTRANCE ONLY from 5 AM to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 5 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. The festival will have an area to lock your own bikes up at both the East and West entrances.
Q: Why do I have to buy a 3-day pass when I only want to attend one of the days?
A: The festival created a 3-day pass only in order to accomodate the wide spread of activites that occur on any given day. As the balloons launch very early in the am (5:45-6:15), you can take advantage of all of the other activites that the festival has to offer (carnival, vendors, car show, Twilight Run, youth soccer tournament, and more).
Q: Do you have overnight camping available onsite?
A: NO! The closest RV Park is Roamers Rest, just a few miles away. Here is their contact info 17585 SW Pacific Hwy Tualatin, OR 97062