Eyes to the Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival

2019 Eyes to the Skies Festival

at Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle

July 4th – Noon to 11:00 PM
July 5th – Noon to 11:00 PM
July 6th – Noon to 11:00 PM

July 3rd – 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
July 4th – Noon to 11:00 PM
July 5th – Noon to 11:00 PM
July 6th – Noon to 11:00 PM
July 7th – Noon to 7:00 PM

The annual Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival will be held from Thursday, July 4th through Saturday, July 6th - and the carnival will be held from Wednesday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 7. This annual summer event includes hot air balloons, two stages of music, a large interactive children's area, more than 30 different food vendors, a carnival, a craft fair, fireworks every night, and many other forms of entertainment. 

The festival is held in Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, and provides food and drinks for purchase (including alcohol), which can be carried throughout the event. All proceeds generated from the festival go to support local charities. 

Parking is free with shuttle bus access from the festival run parking lots. The price of admission includes access to both stages and most of the entertainment. Food and drinks can be purchased at an additional cost. Most of the vendors accept only cash. All shows, music, and viewing the balloons is included in the gate admission. 

To learn more about the Festival, please visit their website

Children 8 and under are free. Active military personnel and veterans can enter the festival at no cost, by showing their identification at the gates.
A separate ticket is needed for attendance each day of the festival, and all sales are final. The event can be cancelled at any time due to inclement weather or other safety concerns, and all ticket sales are non-refundable.
You do not need a gate admission ticket to access the carnival, but if you are interested in accessing the carnival only, you need to approach the festival from the gates on the west side of the festival grounds off Yackley Road. 
By purchasing tickets online, you can skip the lines and go straight to the gate from admission once you arrive at the Festival. Purchase tickets here:

Tickets are not required to access the balloon field in the morning.   

Fun at the Festival

Festival highlights include:
  • Carnival
  • Food Court
  • Craft Fair 
  • Children's Area 
  • Concerts
  • Balloon Launches, Balloons Glows
  • "Serena’s Song” - The nation’s first wheelchair accessible balloon, which provides tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities, weather permitting
The festival has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and on 6 different segments of CNN’s Headline News.

Video: Behind the Scenes at Eyes to the Skies
The following video features a behind the scenes look at the beautiful festival:
Additional Information
For further festival information, visit the Eyes to the Skies website. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Eyes to the Skies Festival Committee at 630-541-6095, or write:

Eyes to the Skies Festival Committee
1111 Burlington Avenue
Suite 108B
Lisle, IL 60532