Event date: 2022-08-27

The 3rd Annual SOAR NWA hot air balloon festival returns to Fayetteville on August 26 & 27, 2022. With a little something for everyone, the event offers a variety of hot air balloon activities (weather permitting), a kid's zone, beer garden, live music, car exhibit, and various aeronautics activities. 

Fayetteville and the surrounding Ozark hills are picturesque year-round, but with a little bit of distance between your feet and the ground, the view gets even more gorgeous. For those who have bucket lists that mention a hot air balloon ride or skydiving, this action-packed day may just be the way to satisfy those wishes! If you’re not one for getting airborne, the morning and evening views of bright, stunning balloons will create memories of a lifetime.

Taking place at Drake Field Airport in south Fayetteville on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, SOAR NWA has a full lineup of activities planned for participants of all ages. On Friday, events begin at 5:00pm, and on Saturday, the fun begins at 7:00am and continues throughout the day with:

  • Tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting) 
  • Hot air balloons in flight (weather permitting) 
  • Skydiving (pre-registration required) 
  • Helicopter rides 
  • Skydiving show 
  • Discovery Flights (reservations recommended) 
  • Pancake breakfast at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum  
  • Kid Zone 
  • Main stage musical entertainment  
  • Car exhibit 
  • Beer garden 
  • Nighttime balloon glow  
  • Roaming circus performers 

Proceeds from SOAR NWA will support Open Avenues, a regional non-profit organization that has been providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities since 1975.

View the full SOAR NWA schedule and purchase tickets at soarnwa.com

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