General Info / FAQs


Visit our Ticket Page for pricing on General Admission, The Gondola Club Experience, and Camping. Tickets purchased online offer quicker access to the event. Online tickets may come from ThunderTix; please check your spam/junk folder if you received your receipt but not your tickets.

If you made a donation, you will receive a separate thank you message- your tickets will arrive after the donation message. It may take a few minutes.

Tickets purchased at the gate are the same price but are CASH ONLY.
Parking is $15.00 and not part of the General Admission Tickets.


The address is 2595 E River Road, Louisburg, NC 27549.

Gate Hours


Saturday, 6/3: Event Gate 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM - Parking will open at 3:00
Sunday, 6/4: Event Gate 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM  - Parking will open at 3:00

Wheelchairs/Mobility Info

This is a working farm. There are no paved or smooth roads or paths. The area is filled with all the clumps of grass, divots, and bumps you should expect to find on a farm. You may choose to rent an electric Mobility cart. These are provided by Mobility Concepts, LLC near the main entrance.

Balloon Flight/Teather Info

If you wish to fly in one of our balloons, please contact the pilot of your choice directly to make arrangements. All of our pilots are listed below along with their contact information. If you do not see any contact information for a particular pilot, they are not offering rides. Rides are $325.00 per person. This is non-negotiable. You will meet your pilot at the Balloon Operations Tent inside the venue. Payment is made directly to the pilot. Many factors go into the length of the flight, so please discuss this with your pilot. The pilot will have you sign a waiver before your flight. Tethered rides will be offered at $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Cash only. Tethered rides are done on a first-come-first-served basis. Please go to the Tethered Ride Tent for Tickets and signing of Waiver.

Flight Status Flags

A high-flying flag will clear up any uncertainty about whether balloons will fly during the festival this year.

There is a 20-foot flag pole near center field. During each flying event, there will either be a green, red or yellow flag raised on the pole.

A red flag means “no go,” and all flying events that were scheduled for that particular session are canceled.

A yellow flag means "We’re on hold". Usually, that hold is because of the weather. 

The decision on which color flag to fly is made by the Balloon Safety Office and Balloon Weather Officer before each flying session. 

Youth Policy

Children 16 and under not allowed without a parent (or guardian 18 or older) present. Youth tickets will not be sold to youth without a parent (or guardian 18 or older) present. Although this is a family-friendly festival, and kids of all ages are welcome, we cannot be responsible for youngsters here without adult supervision.

Parents/Guardians of Teens

Your teens are at a potentially vulnerable age. We encourage you to talk to them about how to make wise decisions surrounding their health & safety while attending events with thousands of people. We especially encourage you to attend with your teens. Many parents have also found that volunteering with their teens can be an excellent way to experience the event together. If you want to be a volunteer, please complete our Volunteer Application.


There is plenty of parking at the festival site, right off of E River Road. General Parking is $15.00 per vehicle.  Parking is paid in cash upon arrival at the event and is not included in the event's general admission price. A tram is available and will run throughout the day from various points in the parking area to the main gate.


If you are looking for a hotel, we strongly suggest your favorite search engine as it will help you find something that meets your needs much better than we can. Also, check out Franklin County Tourism Development Authorityfor additional locations in the area.


We will be offering Dry-Camping during the event. We have a limited number of sites available on a first reserved first served basis. Reserve Your Camp Site Now

Coming & Going

You may leave the venue to go back to your car if necessary. Please go to the ticket booth and ask them to scan your ticket when you leave. This will enable you to reenter. If your car leaves the parking lot, you will need to pay to park if you return.


Trash bins are located throughout the venue. Please use them.

Can I bring a cooler with food and beverage in to the festival?

Coolers, bottles, and food are NOT permitted on the festival grounds for safety reasons. The festival provides an assortment of unique foods in our food area.


NO PETS! Service pets will be permitted if they are for the service of the human they are with. Please check service animals in at the Ticket Booth upon arrival.

Umbrellas, Sunshelters, Tents

You may bring a small parasol, rain umbrella, or small sunshade (less than 5'x5'). Anything that obstructs the views of others or has poles (solid or collapsible), such as Beach umbrellas, tents of any kind, sun shelters of any kind are not allowed. Do not bring them or you will have to return them to your vehicle.

When do the balloons fly?

Hot air balloons are very delicate and require just the right amount of wind. It may seem like a calm day but the weather is always a factor in deciding if the balloons will launch. Safety is our priority. Typically hot air balloons fly during the 2-3 hours after sunrise and the 2-3 hours before sunset when winds are at the calmest. You will not see hot air balloons flying during the middle of the day. Look for balloons after 6:00 PM

What happens if it rains?

The event will continue if it rains. In the event of lighting or severe weather, you will be asked to return to your vehicle.

Bag & Folding Chairs

Single-person chairs are allowed in the venue as are blankets.

Wagons & Strollers

Standard pullable wagons and strollers are allowed. The terrain is rough, so bigger tires will do better. We do not recommend strollers with small front wheels as they may get stuck and cause the stroller to break or collapse. Please be courteous of others in the venue.


All ticket sales are final.

Alcohol Agreement

The First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival is a family festival and it is very important to us that everyone feels comfortable, respected, and safe during their stay here. We have a NO ALCOHOL OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED AREAS POLICY – meaning you must keep your alcoholic beverage in the area where you purchased it. We will have a very large Beer and Wine Garden area for our guests to enjoy local craft beers and an assortment of wines. ALCOHOL BOTTLES AND CANS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE STAGE AND FESTIVAL AREAS. Public intoxication and drug abuse are not acceptable and we reserve the right to (and will) intervene if we believe anyone is acting inappropriate and/or disrespectful. Underage drinking is illegal. We kindly request that First Fruits Farm be treated with respect in all ways. Thanks!

Drone Policy

Drones are not permitted anywhere in or over First Fruits Farm. It is a safety measure for our air entertainment and our guests. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Nonprofit Tents

To keep the focus of the event on our mission, we allow only nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is targeted at veterans and/or military families, to display or set up a tent in the venue.

Bring cash

There are many areas where you can only use cash. Although ATM's are available, there may be a long wait – so come prepared with enough cash in hand!

Becoming a Vendor

If you are a food vendor and want a spot at the event, please submit an application by clicking the Food Vendor button on the main screen. The button will not appear or work if all the spots are filled.

If you have homemade products you want to sell in our Maker's Market, please click the Maker's Market Button on the main screen. The button will not appear or work if all the spots are filled.


If you are an active military or veteran-focused non-profit organization, please use the contact us form if you want to have a booth at the event. 

Our focus of this event is to remind people what Memorial Day is about. If your company or organization shares our love for our military heroes and wants to be a financial or in-kind sponsor of the event, please complete our sponsor form.

A Few Tips from Us to Stay Healthy & Safe

Unplug! Cell phone coverage is spotty – at best. You will have better luck sending a text. Take the picture or video and worry about posting it later. Bring sunscreen Bring bug spray Bring a hat Wear shoes that are comfortable on grass fields Upon arrival note the location of First Aid and Security, they can be found on the Festival Site Map. Stay hydrated! Water is available at all food vendors and other locations of the venue. Use the buddy system, stay together and keep an eye out for one another. If you witness something that feels unsafe please report it to security or the closest person in a volunteer shirt. Use & trust your best instincts.

No outside food or drinks are permitted.

Tickets for tethered rides are not sold in advance

We will sell tickets for tethered balloon rides at the event only when weather conditions have been approved for tethered rides. Tickets will be available at the tethered balloon tent, beginning about an hour prior start time - pay attention to the balloon flight status flags.

Amusement area tickets are not included in the entry price.

Our amusement area is operated by Ragland Productions. Rides and games are priced separately. Tickets may be purchased in the amusement area. Please bring cash but an ATM is also near the amusement area.

Is this a smoking-friendly event?

No. If you need to smoke, please do so inside of your car in the parking lot. Absolutely no litter. Absolutely no smoking in the balloon area. Discarded lit cigarettes or embers from ashes could melt or damage the balloon’s fabric. The entire field is grass, and we will take smoking seriously as a fire hazard.


There are inherent risks associated with being at FIRST FRUITS FARM MEMORIAL BALLOON FESTIVAL or a FIRST FRUITS FARM event. By participating in First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival in any way (ticket purchaser, volunteer, staff, performer, vendor, etc) YOU are fully responsible for your physical and mental self, your belongings, your vehicle, your actions, injuries, accidents, illness, property damage, or other occurrence arising in any manner whatsoever out of your participation in activities sponsored by FIRST FRUITS FARM MEMORIAL BALLOON FESTIVAL. In addition, all persons attending this event, by their presence, may be photographed, videotaped, or broadcasted and, waive any claim related to the use of their image for promotional purposes for NC MEMORIAL BALLOON FESTIVAL, LLC, FIRST FRUITS FARM, or AMAZING GRAZE. Be respectful, kind & responsible.


First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival

May 25-26, 2024
2595 E River Rd, Louisburg, NC 27549
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