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

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 23, 2022 

Start End Event
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival

Friday, June 24, 2022 

Start End Event
2:00 PM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival
4:00 PM Close Arts Festival and Open-Air Marketplace
4:00 PM Close Landing Zone booths and entertainment
4:30 PM 7:30 PM Entertainment at the Dining Area
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch
Dark Medilodge Fireworks

Saturday, June 25, 2022 

Start End Event
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Balloon Fly-In Competition
10:00 AM Close Landing Zone booths and entertainment
10:00 AM 11:00 PM Wade Shows Carnival
10:00 AM Close Arts Festival and Open-Air Marketplace
12:00 PM 4:00 PM Balloons & Brews Fantasy of Lights Fundraiser
12:00 PM 5:00 PM Ben the Lego Man
2:00 PM 7:00 PM Family Fun Tent
3:00 PM 7:00 PM Entertainment at the Dining Area
5:00 PM Pilot meet and greet
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Balloon Launch
8:00 PM Mainstage Entertainement – Kari Holmes
Dark Balloon Glow

Sunday, June 26, 2022 

Start End Event
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Balloon Fly-In Competition
9:00 AM 2:00 PM Downtown Howell Farmers Market
10:00 AM Close Landing Zone booths and entertainment
11:00 AM 9:00 PM Carnival
10:00 AM Close Arts Festival and Open-Air Marketplace
12:00 PM 5:00 PM Ben the Lego Man
2:00 PM 7:00 PM Family Fun Tent
2:00 PM 7:00 PM Entertainment at the Dining Area
6:00 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.