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It’s Balloon And Wine Festival Time


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Who: The 28th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival. The festival was first launched in spring 1984 and known then as the Rancho California Balloon & Wine Festival. It was a monumental success for a town of only 9,000 residences. Their mission is to enhance the charitable, cultural, educational, and economic developments of the region.

What: The festival features hot air balloons, wine tasting, entertainment, concerts, freestyle motocross, food & wine pairing, kids faire, arts & crafts, commercial exhibits and the Food Court.

When: June 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2011

Friday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday – 6:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday – 6:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Lake Skinner -Recreation Area 37701 Warren Rd. Winchester, CA 92596

Balloon Glow: This year during the Friday evening (June 3rd) balloon glow, Festival organizers are asking guests to help to set a world record for the largest glow stick design. Spectators at the Main Stage will be given glow sticks provided by Riverside County Parks and Waste Management. The spectators will then be arranged in the shape of a hot air balloon on the amphitheater lawn.

YOU can help set a WORLD RECORD on Friday, June 3rd at the Festival. The making of the “largest glowstick design” – as soon as it gets dark.

Balloon Launches: Hot air balloons will float over Lake Skinner and Temecula’s Wine Country both Saturday and Sunday at dawn. One of the several balloons is “Friends of Smokey,” which was created for the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Forest Service. “Smokey” will be joined by another specialty shaped balloon – the “Champagne Bottle” – during the festival.

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Enjoy a memorable experience and book a hot air balloon flight. Your journey will begin at sunrise as the balloon lifts gently into the sapphire skies above Lake Skinner. The 40-50 minute flight majestically lifts passengers over the Festival and often takes them over vineyards and the surrounding terrain. For those who want to “try” their “wings” without letting go… the Festival offers free tethered rides Saturday and Sunday morning after the launch. These balloon rides are about 10 minutes. For reservations, contact 1-800-965-2122.

Food Court: A variety of food will be offered, which will include Mexican, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Funnel Cakes, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, BBQ, Tri-Tip, Sausages, Fries, Kettle corn, Smoothies, Shaved Ice, Coffee, Soda, Lemonade, and Ice Cream.

Food & Wine Pairing: Experience some of the best food and wine that the Temecula Valley has to offer. Participate in a three-course culinary experience, with each course prepared by a different chef and each one offering a different complimentary wine. A speaker from each winery, whose wine is featured, will give a short narrative on the selected wine as well as answer questions from the select group of participants. Some of the participating restaurants and wineries are Shorty’s Bistro at Mount Palomar Winery, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery, Mount Palomar, Wiens Family Cellars, Atwood Estate Vineyards, Robert Renzoni Vineyards, Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery, and Frangipani Estate Winery, Monte de Oro Winery, Boorman Vineyards, D’Canters Wine Bar & Grill in Wildomar, Rustico Ristorante & Pizzeria, Raviolis, Lazy Dog Cafe, Smokey Mountain Catering, and the Gambling Cowboy of Old Town Temecula. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Saturday night's bands!

Cost – Food & Wine Pairing: Includes festival general admission and concerts.

Saturday: $72.00
Sunday: $65.00
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Concerts: Headliners Dennis De Young: the Music of Styx & Ambrosia (Friday), Third Eye Blind, Candlebox, Chalk Farm, Season 9 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (Saturday), Young Dubliners and Common Sense (Sunday). All concerts are included in the admission price. There are two upgrade options for the concerts: Cabana Club, which includes reserved seats in front of the stage, a fully-catered buffet dinner, four comp beverages, access to the Cabana Lounge in between concerts, and private Cabana Club restrooms. Cost is $150 including admission. Silver Reserved Seating is located behind the Cabana Club and does not include meal, drinks or Cabana access. Cost is $65 per person and includes admission. Ticket upgrades are available online. Click here BUY TICKETS NOW

Freestyle Motocross: On Sunday, the popular Freestyle Motocross Show with Jimmy Fitzpatrick returns to the main stage area with two shows.

Motocross events too! (Courtesy photo)

General Admission Tickets: Includes all concerts and shows.

Friday-online tickets are $20 or $22 at the gate.
Saturday- online tickets are $23 or $25 at the gate.
Sunday- online tickets are $15 or $17 at the gate.
Adult combo tickets for all weekend are $50 online.
Juniors ages 7-12 are $5, children 6 and under are free.
You won’t want to miss this event!

For information visit or call (951) 676-6713.

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