Freedom Weekend Aloft has been a Memorial Weekend tradition in the Greenville, South Carolina area for more than three decades. Thousands of people attend this festival that features dozens of hot air balloons and much more. The event is scheduled for May 25-28, 2012 at Heritage Park in the city of Simpsonville.
Festival attendees can watch 80 colorful hot air balloons take to the skies each evening. The Balloon Federation of America has sanctioned Freedom Weekend Aloft as the South Carolina State Championship as well as the Southeast Regional Championship. Hot air balloon flights can be booked in advance with many of the participating balloon pilots. Special pricing for Freedom Weekend Aloft is $200 per person.
There will be many other festival activities to enjoy over the weekend. A variety of entertainment is scheduled each day on the Acoustic Stage, as well as special evening concerts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Heritage Parks Charter Amphitheatre. Pop vocalists Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw will perform on Friday night, along with Andy Grammer. This will be the kickoff of their summer tour. Country music star Jake Owen will be on stage Saturday night, and Rock singer-songwriter Eddie Money is scheduled on Sunday evening. Daily admission tickets to Freedom Weekend Aloft include the evening concerts.
The Family Fun Zone Stage will feature comedy and magic shows, puppet shows, musical performers, and dancers. Plenty of other family friendly activities will be available each day. The weekend festivities will also include carnival rides, a lacrosse tournament, an art show, and the Krazy Kow 5K Run on Saturday morning. The entire family can enjoy the Disc/Frisbee Dog tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The top dogs will go on to compete in the US Disc Dog Nationals. On Monday there will be some amazing agility dog demonstrations. All of these activities are included in the general admission price.
Heritage Park is located at 861 SE Main Street in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Freedom Weekend Aloft hours are from 3-11pm on Friday, noon to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9pm on Monday. Advanced tickets for the event may be purchased at BI-LO Grocery Stores for $8. Tickets will be $12 at the gate. Admissions are for a one day entry and include the concert. Children 12 years and under will be admitted free. There is a parking fee of $5 per day. Freedom Weekend Aloft is a great way to kickoff the summer season.