Tethered Balloon Flights!

What is a Tethered Ride?

A tethered balloon is in the basket of a hot air balloon that remains attached to the ground by ropes. The balloon and basket ascend about 100 feet into the air where passengers get a breathtaking view of the festival grounds, the URI campus and surrounding South County countryside.

Balloon Schedule

  • Friday 7/21 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday 7/22 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm
  • Sunday 7/23 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm

Tethered balloon rides will cost $20 per person.  Rides must be purchased at the festival prior to the ride.  Balloons rides only dawn and dusk – not during the day. All flights subject to weather conditions.

Balloon Schedule

Friday, July 21

4:00 PM -6:00 PM - Rag Bag

This is your chance to get up close and actually get inside a hot air balloon!

5:30 PM Weather Briefing for Pilots

Pilots will assess the weather and if all clear prepare for takeoff!

6:00 PM - Dusk - Hot Air Balloon Inflate

Watch as the pilots inflate their balloons.

Dusk - Hot Air Balloon Glow

Watch as the night lights up with the vibrant colors of the hot air balloons at dusk.  You won’t want to miss it!

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Tethered Balloon Rides ($)

This is your chance to ride high in a tethered balloon.  Speak to the pilot and schedule your takeoff.  Weather permitting.  Additional fees apply.

Saturday, July 22

5:30 AM - Weather Briefing for Pilots

Pilots will assess the weather and if all clear prepare for takeoff!

6:00 AM - Hot Air Balloon Inflate

Watch as the pilots inflate their balloons.

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Tethered Balloon Rides ($)

This is your chance to ride high in a tethered balloon.  Speak to the pilot and schedule your takeoff.  Weather permitting.  Additional fees apply.

11:00 AM -6:00 PM - Rag Bag

This is your chance to get up close and actually get inside a hot air balloon!

5:30 PM Weather Briefing for Pilots

Pilots will assess the weather and if all clear prepare for takeoff!

6:00 PM - Dusk - Hot Air Balloon Inflate

Watch as the pilots inflate their balloons.

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM - Tethered Balloon Rides ($)

This is your chance to ride high in a tethered balloon.  Speak to the pilot and schedule your takeoff.  Weather permitting.  Additional fees apply.

Dusk - Hot Air Balloon Glow

Watch as the night lights up with the vibrant colors of the hot air balloons at dusk.  You won’t want to miss it!

Sunday, July 23

6:00 AM - Hot Air Balloon Inflate

Watch as the pilots inflate their balloons.

6:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Tethered Balloon Rides ($)

This is your chance to ride high in a tethered balloon.  Speak to the pilot and schedule your takeoff.  Weather permitting.  Additional fees apply.

11:00 AM -6:00 PM - Rag Bag

This is your chance to get up close and actually get inside a hot air balloon!

5:30 PM Weather Briefing for Pilots

Pilots will assess the weather and if all clear prepare for takeoff!

6:00 PM - Dusk - Hot Air Balloon Inflate

Watch as the pilots inflate their balloons.

Dusk - Hot Air Balloon Glow

Watch as the night lights up with the vibrant colors of the hot air balloons at dusk.  You won’t want to miss it!

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM - Tethered Balloon Rides ($)

This is your chance to ride high in a tethered balloon.  Speak to the pilot and schedule your takeoff.  Weather permitting.  Additional fees apply.

5:30 AM - Weather Briefing for Pilots

Pilots will assess the weather and if all clear prepare for takeoff!

Balloon Glow

Experience the wonder of the hot air balloons illuminated beginning at dusk.  The glow of the fire as it fills the balloon with air is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the evening.  Make sure to bring your camera!