Rockwall County

Balloon Festival

Nov. 11-12, 2016

Smith Park, Fate TX




Click on either Friday Nov. 11 or Saturday Nov. 12

4 pm

Festival Opens


4 – 10 pm

Kids’ Zone & Vendors Open


4 – 9 pm

Balloon Tether Rides (Weather Permitting)


4:15  –  4:45 pm

Balloon Launch (Weather Permitting)


5 – 7 pm

Concert – Jon Beaumont Band (Country Music)


5 – 7 pm

Texas Rangers’ Baseball Team Alumni Autographs


5:23 pm



7 – 8 pm

Veterans Day Balloon Glow To Patriotic Music(Weather Permitting)


8 – 10 pm

Concert – Rhythm~N~Roses (Country Music)


10 pm

Festival Closes For The Night


Smith Family Park

Across street from May Vernon Elementary School

100 Miss May Dr. Fate TX 75132

Fate TX 75132

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icon-parking-openGeneral Parking
icon-parking-closedShuttle Parking (only open from 4pm to close on Saturday)
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Free parking is available near the Festival:

  • On inside lanes of C.D. Boren
  • In the subdivisions west of Smith Family Park and May Vernon Elementary School with streets but no homes yet built on them
  • At Stevenson Elementary School,  636 Stevenson Dr. 75087
  • At the Woodcreek Clubhouse, 100 Woodcreek Blvd 75087
  • In the D.R. Horton Express subdivision east of Smith Family Park with streets but no homes yet built on them   

Free shuttle buses will be available Saturday from 4 pm-Midnight at these Royse City ISD parking lots:

  • Royse City Middle School, 1310 Hwy 66, 75189
  • Davis Elementary School, 1500 FM1777, 75189
  • Ruth Cherry Intermediate School, 1412 FM1777, 75189
  • Herndon Elementary School, 300 Blackland Rd. 75189


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Get Involved


Every year thousands of businesses sponsor balloon festivals nationwide because they attract thousands of people and are proven to increase sales and drive traffic into businesses. Click below to see our sponsorship packages.


Rockwall County non-profits which provide volunteers will split a portion of the net proceeds, based upon how many volunteers they provide. They can also purchase booth space and sell food or merchandise to earn even more money. Could easily total over a thousand dollars!


We can’t have a festival in Texas without corny dogs, BBQ, kettle corn, funnel cakes and plenty of arts & crafts. Food and merchandise vendors should apply now before our vendor spaces are sold out.

Balloon Pilots

Between 10-20 balloons will appear at our first annual Rockwall County Balloon Festival. Pilots who would like to participate should learn more and register now.


Can I ride in a balloon?

Yes, weather permitting, the Festival offers tether rides with a professional balloonist in the basket under the balloon, allowing up to 6 people at a time to get a small taste of ballooning. The balloon is tied to the ground with tether ropes about 100 feet long. The rides last about 5 minutes. Tickets cost $20 per adult and $15 per child (ages 6-17). Children under 6 are free, but adults cannot carry children in their arms. This is a great way to float peacefully above the festival and see a great deal of the Rockwall area! 

Is the Festival accessible to the Handicapped?

Yes, the Festival reserves the areas closest to the festival admission gates for vehicles displaying the proper handicapped parking tags. The main pedestrian thoroughfares are paved surfaces, and easily traversed by wheelchairs, people with walkers, etc. However, a number of important attractions can only be reached by traveling over stretches of grassy fields. If the ground is saturated with rain, it can make the going a little bit slow.

There is handicapped parking in the west lot at May Vernon Elementary School.   Those wishing to park there must enter through the west gate in Woodcreek.  No vehicles will allowed to enter from the east entrance.

Can I Bring Chairs or Blankets?

Yes, we encourage attendees to bring their own blankets and chairs. There are no grandstands. The sloped viewing area is on grass. A flashlight might be helpful when walking to and from your vehicle.

Can I Bring a cooler, food or drinks?

No, coolers, drinks and food are not allowed to be brought into the festival because food vendors and local non-profit organizations are selling food to raise funds for the Festival and Rockwall County non-profit organizations. 

Can I bring a pet?

No, pets become very anxious and agitated by the high pitched sound the balloon burners make as they inflate and launch. Therefore only service dogs are allowed on festival grounds. The work a dog has been trained to do must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Which hotels are located in Rockwall?

The Holiday Inn Express in Royse City is our host hotel and a co-sponsor of the Festival. 

There are seven other fine hotels in Rockwall County within minutes of the Festival: Best Western Plus Hotel, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront, Inn of Rockwall, La Quinta Inn and Value Place.  


Rockwall County Balloon Festival

J.J. Smith, Producer & Director