SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Anniversary Friday November 18, 2016

Sneak Preview Saturday November 19, 2016

Discover Cathedral City Sunday November 20, 2016

Anniversary Friday

November 18, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Breakfast & Race

Join us at Big League Dreams Sports Park at the corner of Dinah Shore Drive and Date Palm Drive for a spectacular, Hot Breakfast & Balloon Race. Enjoy an American Breakfast and watch nearly 35 Hot Air Balloons inflate on three ball fields at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City as they prepare to ascend and race across the Coachella Valley to win prizes. These colorful works of art will rise above in a kaleidoscope of color, sound, and enjoyment. The $10 ticket purchase plus processing fee includes breakfast and the enjoyment of watching the balloons. All balloon events are weather permitting and with the approval of the FAA. Gates will open at 6 am. Balloon inflation will occur shortly after 6 a.m. Balloons will begin to take off and race around 7 a.m. Get Your Tickets Now


Anniversary Balloon Glows to Music

There is not a more romantic or beautiful spot in the Coachella Valley than during the nightly Balloon Glows in Downtown Cathedral City (Near Mary Pickford Theatre & City Hall) at the annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival. Seven-story high hot air balloons will inflate on two fields starting at 5:00 pm and then will light up (glow) to music for 45 minutes at 6:00 pm. It is the best candlelight, with colorful shades of beauty, for your enjoyment. Friday, November 18th - featuring a 15 balloon glow Saturday, November 19th - featuring a 35 balloon glow for Cathedral City's 35th Anniversary Best of all, the night glows come with free admission and free parking. You may purchase VIP Viewing Tickets for $10 online which also provides a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider at www.HotAirBalloonFest.com. Come early as the glows are the most popular event at the festival. Glows are weather permitting. Tickets On Sale Soon


35th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Jazz Concert

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Sneak Preview Saturday

November 19, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Breakfast & Race


Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides - Downtown, 7 am - 11 am

Rise up to 100 Ft. above the ground in a tethered hot air balloon ride allowing you to gaze out across the Coachella valley with a panoramic view of the area mountains, windmills near I-10, and the festival below. Unlike an elevator ride, you will feel the wind at your check, the freshness of the air, and a sensation of floating above the crowd below. $25 Adults, $ 20 Children ages 6 and up, & Free for Children 5 years of age and under with paid adult Ticket– Tickets will be sold on site on first-come, first served basis.


35th Anniversary Parade - Downtown, 10 am

Downtown, 7 am - 11 am Celebrate Cathedral City’s 35th Birthday by being a part of the Anniversary Parade. The parade is open to businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, marching bands, etc. The parade route starts at East Palm Canyon Drive near Carl’s Jr. Restaurant and goes west to George Montgomery Trail.


West Coast Artists Art Show

We are excited to invite West Coast Artists to the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival this year. Attendees will enjoy browsing the rows of independent artists selling original artwork that will delight any home, business, or office. Presented are innovative works in differing styles of contemporary, traditional, modern, and southwest art for the discriminating individual or corporate collector. Hundreds of talented artists are proud to present their unique work in acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed media, oils, pencil, watercolors, digital and traditional photography. West Coast Artists’ shows are truly unique fusion of art, culture, and living. They are like 100 galleries at the same place and time, in a beautiful outdoor setting.


Restaurant Row

A new feature to the Balloon Festival will be a car show featuring some of the Valley’s best classic cars, hot rods, and low riders. Come and view these wonderful cars and talk to the owners about their pride and joy. One lucky owner will be chosen as the Mayor’s Pick and be presented with a gift basket full of great prizes. Have a car you want to display? Click HERE for an entry form.


Discover Cathedral City Sunday

November 20, 2016

Balloon Launch

Classic Car Display

A new feature to the Balloon Festival will be a car show featuring some of the Valley’s best classic cars, hot rods, and low riders. Come and view these wonderful cars and talk to the owners about their pride and joy. One lucky owner will be chosen as the Mayor’s Pick and be presented with a gift basket full of great prizes. Have a car you want to display? Click HERE for an entry form.

Kids' Zone