Temecula: The 2016 Balloon & Wine Festival Begins Today at 3pm and Runs through Sunday


This Year’s “Glow” Presentation to Feature Cosplay Characters and a Outer Space Theme

The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival celebrates its 32nd Year, and the fun starts this afternoon. Gates to the popular will be open today at 3 PM.13227512_10207933349323442_9195622609449337427_o

The Festival presents the colorful “Balloon Glow” spectacular on both Friday and Saturday nights. Balloons are parked around the grounds in the early evening as the hot air balloons then perform the “dance” that can is accomplished when the pilots synchronize their “burns” and  glow to the beat of music chosen for the night.

This year’s glow will feature popular soundtracks from “Close Encounters,” “Star Wars,” and “2001 Space Odyssey.” Carrying the theme a step further, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (Major Tom) and “Starman,” will also be part of the show.13241393_10207933356843630_9098846265890465806_n

Expect to see costumed characters Friday evening  – Storm Troopers, Darth Vadars, Ewoks, Aliens, Klingons and Ferengis, and maybe even Yoda.  The Festival, in partnership with iHeart Radio Temecula,  is staging a Cosplay with up to 50 participants.

The evening balloon glow is included in Festival general admission. Pre-registered Cosplay Characters will be admitted free with i-Heart vouchers and proper I.D.

To carry the theme further, Gears to Robots, an electronic/robot academy from Temecula, will have an interactive exhibit of robots near the Kids Faire inside the Festival.

13220884_10207933354523572_2410931190556406715_nThe Temecula Valley Balloon& Wine Festival is May 20-22, at Lake Skinner and features dawn balloon launches Saturday and Sunday mornings*, wine tasting from up to 20 wineries, concerts on two stages, evening DJ dance parties Friday and Saturday night, arts, crafts and exhibits. For information and tickets visit www.tvbwf.com. All balloon activities are weather permitting.

Photos by Scott Padgett, the Official Photographer of the Temecula Valley Balloon& Wine Festival

Press Release Provided by The Temecula Valley Balloon& Wine Festival