Kennesaw State University Sports + Entertainment Park will host the second annual Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival Oct. 25-26. Atlanta’s only hot air balloon event is also billed as Atlanta’s largest costume party and features tethered balloon rides.
This spectacular event attracted more than 20,000 attendees last year and has now expanded the number of balloons and attractions. It will be open two days to accommodate an expected 35,000 – 40,000 people.
Owl-O-Ween will feature more than 50 vendors, food trucks, 25 artisans and a special interactive children’s area. Entertainment will be provided by stilt walkers, fire breathers, ice sculptors, belly dancers, sword swallowers, roving buskers and art vendors. There will also be an Oktoberfest-inspired food court with German-themed entertainment and craft beer gardens. A choreographed hot air balloon glow will occur from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Oct. 25 and from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Oct. 26.
Cobb Travel and Tourism will be hosting the Costume Showdown both days, and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, especially those participating in the hot air balloon trick-or-treating experience. Contest participants can campaign to gain votes through Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity judges will award contestants prizes ranging from cash to hotel packages.
“Sponsors make this community event possible. It is exciting to see so many people come together for such a fun festival,” said Marty Elliott, executive director of the sports and entertainment park.
The festival will transform the 88-acre KSU Sports + Entertainment Park and the 8,300-seat stadium into a mystical wonderland. “The beauty of hot air balloons glowing in the night really can’t be described; this is a must-see-to-believe experience,” said Andrew Miller, president of AeroSports Promotions Marketing, whose team booked the hot air balloonists for Owl-O-Ween.
All tickets are general admission and are free for children under the age of three, $5 for children age 12 and under and $12 for adults when purchased by Oct. 17. Prices will increase to $8 for children and $15 for adults on Oct. 18. Tickets are available at www.ticketalternative, www.owl-o-ween.com, at Kennesaw State University’s on-campus bookstore or at the KSU Fifth Third Bank Stadium box office at 3000 George Busbee Pkwy., NW, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The KSU Stadium box office information line is: 770-794-7810.