Austin’s Balloon Festival

Bring the entire family and come enjoy Austin’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival: The Best of Texas! Held on a large polo field just minutes from downtown Austin, join dozens of vendors, chefs, local musicians, artists, cooking demonstrations, pop-up art galleries, PLUS food and alcohol tasting partners. We are capping this exclusive event to a limited number of attendees, all tickets must be purchased in advance and online. Kids under three years old are free.

Not just about the balloons, the day will include Live Music, a Wine Tasting Tent, a Battle of the Chefs Tasting Competition, Polo Matches, and a kids play area! VIP Passes include private bars, a catered lunch, centerfield access to balloon launches and polo matches, a catered lunch and a Best of Texas dinner on the field (with the Pilots and Players)!

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Hot Air Balloons: Join us as hot air balloons fill the sky in Austin’s only Hot Air Balloon Festival. Pilots will launch balloons n the morning just after sunrise, then host a hot air balloon glow in the evening at sunset. Tethered hot air balloon rides and “instagramable” photo opportunities will also be available in the morning and evening.

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Polo: to enjoy some great drinks and food while taking in Texas Polo in between the balloon launches! Enjoy the excitement of heart pounding polo as this rivalry polo battle takes center field at The Best of Texas!

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Battle of The Chefs: Local chefs will compete for “The Best of Texas Chef” Title! Join us for the “Battle of the Chefs” Tasting Competition to be crowned the Best in Texas. Chefs will compete to qualify for the World Food Champion competition and use locally sourced Texas ingredients for their dishes. All Chefs will be judged by a panel of judges, plus YOU! You be the judge for which Chef is “The Best of Texas”! You will sample all of the awesome dishes, by purchasing tasting tickets. The chef with the most tickets will win the People’s Choice Award!

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Wine Tastings: The Best of Texas Tasting Tent will feature over a dozen great varieties of wines for sampling throughout the day. Best of Texas guests will have an opportunity to sample wines throughout the tasting tent or to get full drink at any of The Best of Texas’ full bars serving beer, wine and mixed drinks as well.

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Vendors & More: Not just about the balloons, the day will include dozens of local vendors, live Music and a kids play area! VIP Passes include private bars, centerfield access to balloon launches and polo matches, a catered lunch and farm to table dinner on the field (with the Pilots and Players)!