River Bend Balloon Fest


All events are held at the Bath Fair Grounds, 200 Main Street, Bath, NB
Events are subject to weather / confirmation / change
For updates, visit River Bend Festivals on Facebook

Thursday, , August 31

  • Balloon Flight 6:30 a.m.
  • Balloon Flight 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1

  • Balloon Flight 6:30 a.m.
  • Balloon Flight 5:30 p.m.
  • Balloon Glow at dusk

Saturday, Sept. 2

  • Balloon Flight 6:30 a.m.
  • Market 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine featuring artisans, makers, vendors, service clubs, food trucks, musical entertainment (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), inflatables (to be confirmed), and more!
  • Balloon Tethered Rides $10/person cash (no ATM on site) – date and time to be confirmed so watch Facebook for updates!
  • Balloon Flight 5:30 p.m.
  • Balloon Glow at dusk (if not on Friday)

Sunday, Sept. 3

  • Balloon Flight 6:30 a.m.
  • Bath Regional Fire Department Brunch 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by donation
  • Balloon Tethered Rides $10/person cash (no ATM on site) – if we cannot tether on Saturday; date and time to be confirmed so watch Facebook for updates!
  • Vehicle Show with Door Prizes and 50/50 (for school lunch program) 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Balloon Flight 5:30 p.m.
  • Balloon Glow at dusk (if not on Friday or Saturday)

Monday, Sept. 4

  • Balloon Flight 6:30 a.m.
  • Trevors/Goodine Professional Lumberjack Competition starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • Balloon Flight 5:30 p.m.


  • Flights are $240/person (cash only; no ATM on site) at the Fair Grounds booth the day of your flight. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled flight.
  • We cannot guarantee that passengers in your party can fly together; however, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  • You should read the guideline from Transport Canada before reserving a flight:
  • Your pilot will also provide a safety briefing prior to launch. Pilots may refuse to fly a passenger based on their health, height, and/or weight as ensuring everyone’s safety is most important.
  • As noted elsewhere, flights depend on the weather. We will do our best to accommodate your party if your flight must be rescheduled, but cannot guarantee being able to do so. If you cannot fly, your money will be refunded.
  • Wear comfy, casual clothes (e.g., long pants, hat, sunglasses) and appropriate footwear (e.g., sneakers, sturdy shoes/boots that can get wet). You may wish to layer your clothing. Bring your camera and your sense of adventure, but leave everything else at home or in your vehicle or the chase vehicle. (Pilots and organizers are not liable for loss or theft of any personal items.)
  • Your River Bend Balloon Fest adventure starts as soon as you arrive at the launch site until the chase vehicle returns you there. Time spent in the air varies depending on weather conditions. Plan to be adventuring about three (3) hours from start to finish.
  • Go to the washroom before you make your way to the launch field with your pilot. Washrooms are available on site.
  • There is no smoking on the launch field. (Propane in use.)
  • If you wish to follow a balloon, please let the official chase vehicle out first. Follow safely as per rules of the road.
  • We ask all spectators and participants to respect folks’ property at all times. We are their guests when we launch, chase, and land.

           Thank you!

To Reserve a 2023 Flight

Flying Balloons

Mike Lavoie
New Hampshire

Cat Sass
Mike Lavoie
New Hampshire

Alexandre Houle

Freedom Flyer
Mark Fritze

Mark Fritze

Jeremy McFarlane
New Brunswick


Wendell Purvis

Czech Mate
Seth Bailey
Nova Scotia

Master Zaba
John Viner
United Kingdom

Montréal Montgolfière
Martin Unsworth

Hemisphere Dancer
Marian Deeney


Polar Dawn
Rick Jones
New Hampshire

Spellbound Spirit III
Randy Lee
North Carolina

Czech List
Brad Armstrong
New Brunswick


Have questions about ballooning? Our neighbours in Sussex have an excellent Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page

Still have a question? Please visit River Bend Festivals on Facebook, e-mail riverbendballoonfest@gmail.com, or call (506) 278-5293.