June 23-25, 2023
Howell High School
1200 W. Grand River Rd.,
Howell, MI 48843

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 22, 2023
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements

Friday, June 23, 2023
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements
2:00 PM 10:00 PM Open-Air Market
2:00 PM 10:00 PM Landing Zone booths and Entertainment
2:00 PM 10:00 PM Food Court
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch*
Dark Fireworks

Saturday, June 24, 2023
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Balloon Fly-In Competition
10:00 AM 10:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements
9:00 AM 10:00 PM Open-Air Market
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Balloons & Brews Fantasy of Lights Fundraiser
10:00 AM 11:00 PM Food Court
5:00 PM 5:45 PM Pilot meet and greet
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch
8:00 PM Mainstage Entertainement – Local Heroes
Dark Balloon Glow

Sunday, June 25, 2023
* All events/activities are subject to change and WEATHER PERMITTING.

Start End Event
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Balloon Fly-In Competition
9:00 AM 2:00 PM Downtown Howell Farmers Market
9:00 AM 8:00 PM Landing Zone booths and Entertainment
11:00 AM 9:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival produced by Big Rock Amusements
9:00 AM 8:00 PM Marketplace Street
10:00 AM 9:00 PM Food Court
6:30 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch

Rules & Reminders

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest event is one of the premier summertime activities in Michigan, offering entertainment for the entire family. This community event has activities planned for everyone – from carnival rides, kid attractions, fireworks, and the always-popular balloon launches, fly-ins, and evening glow. There are lots of events and attractions planned this year, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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

  • Remember to bring:
    • family and friends
    • 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.
  • Remember, alcoholic beverages, grilling and smoking are prohibited at the site on schools grounds.
  • Balloon rides are not available during the event since the pilots are competing.
  • Visit the information booth for pilot information, and meet the pilots on the launch field at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

This years sponsors