Hot Air Balloon Rides
Temperature 72-75 F
Friday - 5-10 PM
Saturday 6AM -10 PM
Sunday 6 AM - 6 PM
Wine tasting
Kids Faire
Cheese garden
Balloon launch Sat. & Sun 6:30 AM
ATM access
No animals allowed
No alcohol allowed
No picnic baskets
Lake Skinner Map & Info.
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The hours of wine tasting are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Wine tasting is an additional charge and you may purchase 7 tastes and a souvenir glass for $15.00.


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Held The First Weekend in June at Lake Skinner

A tradition since 1984, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival welcomes guests from all over Southern California as they dance to our music, laugh with clowns, fly with balloons and camp at a beautiful Lake Skinner. Whether you're spending the weekend or the day, you'll find mini-festival's within the balloon and Wine Festival Grounds - each combining the perfect blend of outstanding food and entertainment.

Special Festival Hotel Rates

Hot Air Balloons
Over 50 colorful balloons launch from the grassy fields of Lake Skinner Regional Park Saturday and Sunday mornings. Enjoy a flight over Temecula's Wine Country during the vineyard's spring bloom. Or, take a sample "tethered" ride where you soar 100 feet above the Festival Crowd.

Dancing Balloons Glows
Friday and Saturday evenings the crowd encircling the main launch field waits patiently for the starlit night sky. Anticipation heightens as night falls and the feeling of a colorful party intensifies. The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is the only ballooning event known to produce "dancing balloons" during evening balloon glows. Watch as the balloon pilots, with perfect synchronization, ignite their balloon burners to a musical beat of rock and pop tunes illuminating the pitch black sky with brilliant color.

The International Wine and Cheese Garden at the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is one of the most popular attractions.

The Garden features Temecula Valley's finest premium wines, including sparkling wines. Food demonstrators and samplings include gourmet cheese, hors d'ouevres, and specially prepared foods. Click here for a list of Wineries.

For tickets and information call: (909) 676-6713.
R.V. Camping Reservations call late January (800) 234-PARK - Map
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The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce gave the Festival its start back in 1983.

Walt Darren, a commercial airline pilot and avid balloonist shared an idea he had for staging a hot air balloon race in Temecula. Vicky Taylor, then president of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce asked Evelyn Harker, a veteran event organizer and fund raiser to help. Evelyn immediately suggested it might "fly" even better if it involved some of the area's other natural attractions such as wine tasting, culinary presentations and entertainment. With an enormous task ahead, the assistance of two other community-minded individuals, Sherry Prysock and Mike Flaherty was enlisted and Evelyn became the first event chair person. The seed money was provided by Kaiser Development Company and sponsors came from the local community giving what they could with many contributions consisting of in-kind services and products.

The first Balloon and Wine Festival was launched in the Spring of 1984 and was a monumental success for a town of only 9,000 residents. More than 4,000 people were in attendance that year as 35 balloons were launched from above what is now the Tower Plaza off Ynez Road.

Over the years, the balloon launch has been staged at several different locations including from a field where the Temecula McDonald's now stands, the Rancho California Sports Park, two sites north of town that are now a part of Rancon Business Center, and of course, Lake Skinner, the site of the current Festival.

In 1991 the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Association was formed when the Chamber of Commerce ceased producing the event. The mission statement of this new non-profit charitable organization was (and still is) to enhance the charitable, cultural, educational and economic development of the region.

While the theme of hot air balloons and wine has always served to anchor the event, each year new attractions have been introduced. In 1988, a landmark year by all accounts, the Festival featured live big name entertainment with the Coasters and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival has become a celebration of life with flavor and appeal for everyone.

The Temecula Valley Wine Country is a pristine area where the air is swept clean by cooling ocean breezes and rolling hills are covered with vineyards. Temecula Valley Wine Country has been blessed with a unique microclimate providing cooler summer nights, well-drained decomposed granite soils and a 1500-foot elevation all of which are ideally suited for growing premium wine grapes. It is a climate that is often compared to the great wine regions in the South of France and one that is producing world class wines.

The first family to plant vineyards were the Cilurzos who planted the first vines of Temecula's modern Wine Country in 1968. Eli Callaway, with the help of John Moramarco Senior started Temecula's first commercial winery, Callaway Vineyard and Winery. John Poole followed shortly after and established Mount Palomar Winery while Filsinger Vineyard and Winery was the fourth winery pioneer of the region. Today Temecula Wine Country boasts 19 wineries with others in the planning stage or under construction.

Many of the wineries are family owned and operated where handcrafted wines are the rule, not the exception. Award-winning and gold medal wines are abundant

Visit Temecula
With many antique shops, on-line shopping mall, wineries and a full service mall, Temecula has something for everyone, from the shopaholic to the browser. and, because Temecula is still relatively small getting around, it's a stress-free and enjoyable experience! 

Stroll Old Town Temecula with its fresh produce open-air markets Saturday and Wednesdays at The Promenade Mall, or enjoy one of  the many antique shops all a must for the bargain hunter who enjoys personal attention and the buzz of the crowd. Old Town Temecula features several specialty shops in original, architectural surroundings.

Certified Farmer's MarketCertified Farmer's Market
"Certified" means by the state of California. It's supposed to ensure that the produce is grown here, sold by the grower and meets all state quality standards.

Come enjoy a casual atmosphere in the open air amongst Old Town Temecula's historic landmarks every Saturday from 8 am - 12 noon.

The market has something for everyone, fruits, vegetables, plants, avocados,  flowers, olives, cheeses, kettle corn, tamales, handmade soaps, lotions, natural pet foods, farm fresh eggs, hats, pottery, local artists displaying their work, musicians entertaining the crowds and much more. More info...

The Farmer's Market is also open every Wednesday at the Promenade Mall parking lot.. 

Official website of the Balloon & Wine Festival
(951) 676-6713 or 951.678.1456

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