FREDERICKSBURG HOT AIR BALLOON FEST (JULY 2,3)
ADDRESS: This event is being held at the Fredericksburg Polo Club! The address is 8142 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 on a beautiful 85 acre equestrian property! The Polo Club is across the street from Bankersmith, TX Dance Hall and Saloon. EVENT INFO: The main event schedule will be held Saturday July 3rd, Noon until 8PM or so (weather contingent). Balloons typically inflate after 4PM when the winds begin to die down. That said helicopter rides and balloon rides will be available starting at 4PM on Friday night, as well. The weather is looking great for ballooning Friday night. We will also be hosting a pre-registration on Friday at Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon so you can avoid long lines on Saturday. Winds are currently looking good for ballooning on both Friday and Saturday. Vendor activations are Saturday ONLY at the Fredericksburg Polo Club.
POLO and HORSES: All equestrian activations START AT 6 PM (Polo & Trophy Presentation) on SATURDAY ONLY and will be held at the Fredericksburg Polo Club. We may have polo earlier, depending upon the heat of the day, but no guarantees. BALLOONS: Balloons CANNOT give rides until winds are under 5MPH. Hot Air Balloons are EXTREMELY weather contingent and may be grounded for safety or weather, therefore come prepared. Although we clearly describe this event in correspondence, including our official event, every event we have a handful of guests who come expecting hundreds of balloons. That is not happening. We typically have a handful of balloons. They are big, beautiful and when the winds cooperate all of our guests who purchase Balloon Rides are able to get rides. But PLEASE do NOT come expecting to see a hundred balloons in the air. It ain’t happening. What will be happening is live music each hour, several bars, the beautiful outdoors, horses, riders and polo.
PRINT YOUR TICKETS!!!: Remember, we are out in the country and the wireless and internet service on the property is not capable of processing tickets electronically. PLEASE print out your tickets and have your parking cash and ID ready at registration! If you do not PRINT your tickets you may have to wait in line much, much longer! Help US, help YOU! VIP FOOD SERVICE: The VIP food and margarita service will occur along the polo field on Saturday from 12 PM until 5 PM. Meal will include roast chicken, ribs and salad. VIP’s can come and enjoy the open Oyster Bar as well during these times, while Oyster supplies last.
EVENT EXPECTATIONS: Whoaaaa Trigger, whoa! Please don’t come expecting hundreds of balloons or the Ritz Carlton in New York! Welcome to the country and breathe a little! Manage your expectations cowboy. This is a fun, casual country fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival and Polo Match with a Texas twist! Polo guests and our VIP’s are encouraged to dress up but make sure you are comfortable! Our VIP Area is in white tent fieldside for polo in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
AVOID the LINES: WRISTBAND PICKUP: Get your wristbands without waiting in line! Come pre-register between 4 PM and 8 PM on Friday at Bankersmith Texas Dance Hall and Saloon (7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg Texas 78624)! Get your wristbands in advance so you do NOT have to wait in LONG lines Friday and Saturday! Pre-pickup is not MANDATORY but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. BANKERSMITH TEXAS: Across the street from the Fredericksburg Polo Club is a Ghost Town and Dance Hall you just have to check out! All ticket holders can enjoy Bankersmith during the day and all weekend.
10% DISCOUNT: When downtown you must try The Stable!!! Our sponsor The Stable Cocktail Bar and Lobster House at 102 East Ufer Street in downtown Fredericksburg has graciously agreed to give all of our guests 10% off their tab. Just go on Friday through Sunday and mention “POLO”. You can use the discount ALL WEEKEND! The Stable serves amazing craft cocktails. Open during the day and evenings, they serve the best cocktails and fresh Maine Lobster Rolls in town.
EVENT LOCATION & PARKING: The schedule for this event will be held at TWO LOCATIONS:
BANKERSMITH TEXAS: Pre-registration on Friday 4PM-8PM, stop by 7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas in a historic Texas Ghost Town called Bankersmith, Texas! Handicap parking is available onsite but limited.
FREDERICKSBURG POLO CLUB: Polo, Helicopters and (Weather Contingent) Balloons HERE: 8142 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624 on a beautiful 85 acre equestrian property!