The balloons will be flying each morning of the event from Innes Common. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the balloons and watch the teams in action as they prepare the balloons for flight.  There is nothing more majestic than watching the balloons leave the ground and soar across the City.

Morning Flying

The balloons will fly from 7.00am on the mornings of Tuesday 14th March - Saturday 18th March 2023, weather dependent.
We are confirming our morning schedule so check back closer to the time to plan your festival week!


Admission to this wonderful event is free!

Road Closure

As per previous years for spectator safety we will be closing the road through Innes Common to vehicles between 5.30am and 10.30am each morning of the Festival (unless flights and other activities are cancelled due to poor weather).  This closure incorporates Lake Domain Drive from just after the Innes Common entrance to the Killarney Road intersection.  You will need to use an alternative route on these mornings if this is the one you normally use.

2023 Update - We will continue to update road closures dependent on departure locations.


Free parking is available at Innes Common. Entry is via the Allison Street end of Lake Crescent. There is no vehicle access permitted on either field other than balloon vehicles.


Weather permitting, the Balloons will fly from 7.00am onward on Tuesday, Wednesday, ThursdayFriday, and SaturdayOn Saturday, the Balloons will compete in the Pilot Cash Grab competition and will launch from the other side of Innes Common (by the trees) in the hopes of catching the correct breeze to carry them over the target!

A decision on whether flying can occur is made each morning. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to the minute updates.

Balloon Rides

Is watching the balloons take off from below not enough for you? Book yourself a balloon ride and you'll be taking off right with them! See here for more information on how to book a ride.

Strata, Poison Ivy and Sweet Pea