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Lakeland to host Up Up & Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival

Up Up Away Florida Article

Make plans to attend Lakeland’s newest event – a hot air balloon festival!  

Up Up & Away Florida will be held at the SUN ‘n FUN campus from Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1.  This 3 day event includes fun for the entire family.

You’ll enjoy vibrant colorful balloon glows, mass ascension of balloons morning and evenings, tethered balloon rides, live music, great food and beverage options, arts and craft vendors, helicopter rides, kids zone, aerialist performances, and much more.

Our giveaway has ended – winners have been contacted via FB, IG, or email/text. Enter to win tickets for Up Up & Away Florida from Lakeland Mom – details below.



  • KIDS GO FREE!! Kids under 12 receive free admission.
  • Weekend Pass – $20/person – available online only until February 25, 2020 (ages 12+)
  • One Day Pass – $15.00 per day online (ages 12+)


  • Weekend Parking Pass – $25+tax – available online only through 2/28
  • Daily Parking Pass – $10+tax per day online

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets and parking pass ahead – plus you’ll get to skip the lines when you arrive and head straight into the event. 

Click here to purchase admission tickets and parking.


Book a hot air balloon ride over Lakeland! All balloon rides are booked directly with the participating FAA Certificated Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilots attending the festival. Balloon Rides are $250 per person. Balloon rides are available Saturday, February 29, 2020  and Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Morning flights launch at 7:30AM and afternoon flights lift off at 4:30PM.

**BALLOON ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER PERMITTING** If your flight is canceled due to weather the fee is refunded.

Visit the Up Up & Away Website to learn more about booking a hot air balloon ride.


Tethered Balloon Rides and Helicopter Rides will be available on site during the event. Tethered rides will be $20 per person and go up 20-30 feet in the air.


A Kids Zone will be available at the event. All activities are cash only, to be paid on site.


Live Entertainment is scheduled throughout the festival including live music from headliner Rico Monaco Band with Special Guest Tito Puente Jr. Other entertainment includes Shania the Aerialist, dance performances, local bands, and more. See the full event schedule on the website.


RV and Tent Camping is open from February 27th to March 2, 2020 and a minimum stay is for Friday and Saturday Feb. 28-29, 2020. Visit the website to learn more about camping options and prices.


  • Friday, February 28, 2020: Open from 2pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020: Open from 7am – 9pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 2020: Open from 7am – 8pm
  • *Parking Gates open 30 minutes prior to festival opening*
  • Balloons launch at 7:30am Saturday & Sunday! Arrive early to see this amazing event. 


The event is located at the SUN ‘n FUN Campus – 4175 Medulla Rd, Lakeland, FL 33811. Follow the signs for parking.


  • A phone or camera to capture the beauty of the hot air balloons!
  • Cash – many vendors only accept cash
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen – this event is entirely outdoors
  • Stroller (if needed)
  • Backpack – backpacks are allowed, but subject to search (always the best way to carry gear when you need your hands free to keep track of the kiddos)
  • Chairs, blankets, etc. – if you want to sit down and watch the balloons or live entertainment, you might like to have a blanket or chairs instead of sitting on the ground.
  • Earplugs or noise canceling headphones if you have little ones who are easily scared – the balloons do make noise as they are being inflated


  • Coolers, outside food or drinks – there are plenty of food and drink vendors inside the event
  • Bicycles, hoverboards, skates, strap on skate shoes, golf carts, skateboards, kids scooters, and similar items
  • Pets other than service animals
  • Pop Up Tents
  • Drones
  • Firearms, fireworks and explosives

(Some of these items are allowed within the campground only. Visit the FAQ Section to learn more if you are camping.)

Don’t miss Up Up & Away Florida – February 28, February 29, & March 1, 2020 right here in Lakeland. It is going to be a hot air balloon extravaganza weekend to remember! 

Up Up Away Florida Article


Our giveaway has ended – winners have been contacted via FB, IG, or email/text.

Submit your name and email below to enter to win tickets to Up Up & Away Florida – February 28 – March 1, 2020. 

These tickets will be valid for 1 day admission for ages 12+. Kids under 12 receive free admission. Parking is an additional $10 per day. Be sure to enter the number of tickets you need for guests ages 12+ with a maximum of 4. 

The deadline to enter to win is Saturday, February 22 at 9pm. Winners will be contacted via email or text. Full contest rules are at the end of this post.


  • Tickets are for the event, date, and time specified and cannot be transferred to another event or show time unless the information above states otherwise.
  • Lakeland Mom assumes no responsibility for this event beyond the distribution of tickets. All event participants attend at their own risk.
  • You must be 18 or older and live in Central Florida to enter this giveaway.
  • You must use a valid email address to enter this giveaway.
  • One entry per person. Additional entries will be removed from our list.
  • Winner will be selected randomly from all entries.
  • We will contact the winner via the email address provided OR via Facebook as soon as the winner is selected. The winner will have two [2] days (48 hours) to respond. If the winner does not respond within the two[2] days (48 hours), the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Directions for claiming the prize will be given via email. A valid photo ID and/or mailing address may be required.
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