LOCATION ONE: Join us for the wristband pickup party on Friday (4PM-6PM). Bankersmith Saloon and Dance Hall, 7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas in a historic Texas Ghost Town called Bankersmith, Texas! Handicap parking is available onsite but limited (come early).
LOCATION TWO: The Fredericksburg Polo Club, 8142 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 on our 85 acre equestrian property! All Polo, Balloon, Helicopter and Vendor Activations are here!
NO HOT AIR BALLOONS, POLO or HELICOPTERS (Friday) THIS DAY THE FESTIVAL IS ON SATURDAY ONLY
A big Thank You to our favorite saloon, Bankersmith, for hosting our pre-registration party! Come pre-register between 4 PM and 7 PM at Bankersmith Texas! Never been? You’re in for a treat! Wristband pickup will be held at Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon (7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg Texas 78624). Ask for Jamie and get your wristbands early so you do NOT have to wait in LONG lines Friday evening and Saturday all day! Live music, drinks and food plus all our furry and feathered farm friends will be on hand at Bankersmith to greet you!
LIVE MUSIC at BANKERSMITH
Steak Night at Bankersmith! A huge ribeye, caesar salad and sides for only $20.
Open to all guests! It is Steak Night at Bankersmith! A huge ribeye, caesar salad and sides for only $20. Live music, drinks and food available at Bankersmith TX Dance Hall, Saloon and Ghost Town. Come enjoy the old post office and General Store while listening to some live music, local artists. All ticketed guests have full access to our sponsor Bankersmith, TX both Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
HOT AIR BALLOON (WEATHER CONTINGENT), HELICOPTERS, POLO & BLUE ACTIVATIONS START AT 3PM AT FREDERICKSBURG POLO CLUB
If you are looking to grab lunch or listen to some music before the festival, try Bankersmith! Across the street from the Festival, they’ll have live music, drinks and great food at Bankersmith TX Dance Hall, Saloon and Ghost Town. Go enjoy the old post office and General Store while listening to some live music, local artists. Since Bankersmith is a proud sponsor of this Blues & Balloon event, all our ticketed guests for the Best of Texas events have full access to Bankersmith, TX during open hours.
GATES OPEN for BLUES & BALLOON FESTIVAL
HELICOPTER RIDES BEGIN! LIVE MUSIC at FREDERICKSBURG POLO CLUB Local Artists perform on the Outdoor/Indoor Stages at the Polo Club
VENDOR VILLAGE, BAR AND FOOD TRUCKS
Gates open for the Balloon, Polo and Vendor Areas at ‘Camp Bankersmith’ for all ticketed guests to take a stroll through our diverse Vendor Village, purchase a tasty cocktail at the Bar and visit our delicious Food Trucks. As the winds die down the balloons will attempt to activate safely. Winds typically become more favorable by late afternoon. Helicopter rides will be available all day.
VIP FOOD, DRINK SERVICE & LIVE MUSIC
Enjoy food and drink at Grapetown Winery! VIP Food Service runs for two or so hours (or until sold out). Live music kicks off at the start of the event, around 3 PM and will go until 8PM.
POLO MATCH at FREDERICKSBURG POLO CLUB
Watch from the winery building or head fieldside to get up and close to the action! Polo starts at the Fredericksburg Polo Club on The Field. Get ready for a great Polo Match! National Anthem by local artist. Ceremonial ball is thrown out and the Victory Cup Polo Match begins. Live music, food and drink for all VIP guests.
POLO TROPHY PRESENTATION
This is one of our first Victory Cups on this new field! Trophy presentation to the Winning Polo Team will happen fieldside on the Ceremonial Stand! Guests will have an opportunity to take pictures with the winning polo team and The Victory Cup Trophy.
HOT AIR BALLOONS & HELICOPTERS
Experience these magical giants up close. A Night Glow is a gathering of hot air balloons that inflate at night. Gates open at the Fredericksburg Polo Club at 4PM and Balloon Passholders can get their Helicopter or Hot Air Balloon Rides (weather contingent). Weather permitting, Hot Air Balloon Glow & Tethered Rides available. Please manage your expectations. We have 4-6 balloons. We over communicate this as every year, regardless of how much we post and communicate, some guests come expecting to see 100 balloons. Next, if the winds are over 5MPH we will not be able to launch balloons. After our investment, nobody wants to inflate the balloons as much as we do. We will do so as soon as it is safe to do so. There is not an ulterior motive behind the scenes. We must follow safety standards and protocol. As the winds die down, the Balloons will begin to inflate. Hot Air Balloons are EXTREMELY weather contingent and may be grounded for safety or weather, therefore come prepared. If balloons are unable to activate due to safety, you can automatically upgrade to a Helicopter Ride!
Join our sponsor Bankersmith across the street! Open to all guests! Live music, drinks and food available at Bankersmith TX Dance Hall, Saloon and Ghost Town. Go enjoy the old post office and General Store while listening to some live music, local artists. All ticketed guests have full access to Bankersmith, TX both Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Do not drink and drive! Get home safely. If you need a ride or help finding a ride just ask our staff!