How to Have the Best Trip to the Great Galena Balloon Race

hot air balloons in the sky

If you’re considering a summer getaway to Galena, book your stay during the Great Galena Balloon Race! Watch the sky fill with dozens of hot air balloons while enjoying live music, wine tastings, a craft beer fest, thrilling rides, a car show, and much more! This amazing weekend festival is held each June and is a true highlight of the summer season. Here, we’ve created a guide for how to have the best Great Galena Balloon Race weekend!

As you’re making plans to attend the Great Galena Balloon Race, start by accessing the ultimate Galena Travel Guide. This carefully curated guide includes all the information you need on the best restaurants, activities, and attractions in town. You’ll discover exactly which things to include on your Galena Balloon Race trip!

How to Have the Best Trip to the Great Galena Balloon Race

Take a Look at the Schedule of Events

While you’ll surely enjoy the showcase of stunning hot air balloons floating across the sky, the balloons aren’t the only festival attraction! Along with several hot air balloon races, enjoy a weekend of activities for the whole family including live music, inflatables for kids, delicious food, an Ale Fest craft beer expo, wine flights, tethered balloon rides, and more! Take a look at the full list of events for the weekend!

Check a Hot Air Balloon Ride Off Your Bucket List

If you’ve ever dreamt of drifting through the sky aboard a colorful hot air balloon, now is your chance! With Galena on the Fly, you can join the number of dazzling balloons overhead to experience a sunrise or sunset ride above the rolling landscape of the Galena countryside. From a 3,000 foot high perch, you’ll enjoy an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Add the 2018 Great Galena Balloon Race to Your Calendar

The Great Galena Balloon Race is always held on the third full weekend in June. This year’s festival takes place Friday, June 15th, 2018 through Sunday, June 17th, 2018. With sunny skies and warm weather, this a great time to be in Galena. Mark your calendar now and start making plans to attend!

Event Details

Note that all festival events are cash only and debit and credit cards are not accepted. Admission is just $5 at the gate, and parking is free. You can find directions and FAQs here.

All money raised during the weekend benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a wonderful camp for kids called Camp Hertko Hollow. Since 2002, the Great Galena Balloon Race has raised over $200,000 for children with diabetes!

Book Your Accommodations Early

The Great Galena Balloon Race draws thousands of people from across the state to the area each year. As one of the most amazing events in Galena, we’d hate for you to miss out because you didn’t have a place to stay! For the easiest access to the weekend festival and the best accommodations in town, book your stay at Farmers Guest House.

The Charlotte suite room at Farmers Guest House

Our historic Inn is located just steps from the heart of downtown Galena. At the Farmers Guest House, you can enjoy the personalized care of a B&B with all the luxurious amenities of a modern hotel. You’ll find comfortable guest rooms with cozy furnishings, plush linens, and unique touches. The Charlotte Suite, for example, features warm yellow tones, a fireplace, and a relaxing whirlpool tub. Our guests love having an award-winning breakfast each morning, complimentary wine-time every afternoon, and so much more.

Check availability of all of our accommodations now and book early! We look forward to seeing you soon!