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What is the cost?

2021 there will be no admission or site access to prevent congregation and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Balloon launch times and flight paths will be announced so spectators can plan accordingly.

In a typical event year admission is $5 per day per person. Children three years old and under will be admitted free. Parking will be free. A limited number of weekend wristbands will be available for $10 per person at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce located at 123 E. Washington St. while supplies last.

When do the balloon launch?
The balloons launch between 6-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and fly-in to the launch site on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 6-8 a.m.
Where to the balloons launch from?
Launch sites won’t be disclosed in 2021, but flight paths and times will be announced for the morning fly-ins and evening flights.
How do I get a balloon ride?
Balloon rides are not offered during the event.
Where can we eat and what kind of food do they have?
We encourage visitors to check out our local restaurants in the Howell area. See listing here (link to chamber member restaurant directory listing) for restaurant suggestions.
Are there any other activities other than balloons?
Activities may be available throughout downtown Howell depending on current regulations and guidelines from MDHHS.
Will the balloons fly?
Pilot briefings are held at 6 a.m. and p.m. to determine if the flight is a go based on weather conditions.
How do I get there?
The event will take place in Howell and Balloons can be seen flying over the downtown area. Link map of downtown Howel
Is it all outside?
Yes, the Michigan Challenge is an outdoor event.
Is it all outside?
Yes, the Michigan Challenge is an outdoor event.

Rules & Reminders

For the comfort and safety of all who attend the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, please follow these basic guidelines:

  • Remember to bring:
    • a jacket for the evening
    • a camera to take photos
    • comfortable walking shoes
    • lawn chairs, beach chairs or blankets
    • sunglasses
    • sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Please leave pets and sparklers at home for safety reasons. Balloon rides are not available during the event since the pilots are competing.