Carolina BalloonFest takes flight each October

Second oldest hot air balloon rally in the U.S.

Statesville, North Carolina plays host to the second oldest hot air balloon rally in the United States the third weekend in October each year. More than 50 balloonists from across the nation gather along with thousands of spectators for three days of balloon launches, live music, kids play zone, food, and local wine and craft beer.

It’s pretty awesome to stand a few feet away from balloons up to 100 feet high and watch them inflate and soar majestically into the Carolina blue sky against a backdrop of autumn color. Bring your camera, lawn chair and blanket. Allow plenty of time to park … there is just one road into the venue and it can take a while to get parked, but the wait is worth it. It’s fun and you’ll be helping the community. The event raises more than $100,000 annually for local charities.

Get tickets and more info here.