40th Annual South County Balloon Festival is sure to lift your spirits this summer.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at the South Country Balloon Festival, but the main attraction is a tethered balloon flight! "A tethered balloon is in the basket of a hot air balloon that remains attached to the ground by ropes. The balloon and basket ascend about 100 feet into the air where passengers get a breathtaking view of the festival grounds, the URI campus and surrounding South County countryside."

Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased directly at the balloon field prior to the flight. All flights subject to wind and weather restrictions determined by the professional balloonists immediately prior to ascension. Balloons ascend only in the morning from 6 to 8 am, and in the evening from 7 to 9 pm, weather permitting. Balloons DO NOT ascend all day.

Head over to the URI Athletic Fields on Keaney Rd in Kingston, Rhode Island for a day! General admission to the festival is $10 and children 10 and under are free all weekend. Parking is free and plentiful. Entry is payable at the gate.

Click HERE for a full schedule of entertainment at the festival.
Friday, July 20 from 4 - 10 pm
Saturday, July 21 from 5:30 am to 10 pm
Sunday, July 22 from 5:30 am to 6 pm

FREE events:
Kid’s Fishing Pond
Inflatable rides
Kids Train Ride
Balloon Glow on Friday at dusk - Experience the wonder of the hot air balloons illuminated beginning at dusk. The glow of the fire as it fills the balloon with air is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the evening. Make sure to bring your camera!
Car show on Saturday from 2 - 6 pm
Fireworks on Saturday at 9 pm

All Day Events – $:
Festival Food Court
Face painting
BBQ Vendors (all weekend)
Carnival Rides and Games
Rock Climbing
Craft Vendor Booths
Kitt Kites
Pony Rides 4-8 PM
Lon Cerel, the Magic Guy on Friday and Saturday
Kids on the go and Clowning for Kidz on Sunday

The festival is presented by the Wakefield Rotary Club, and proceeds from this event benefit several charities.