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Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival
just northwest of Los Angeles
July 26-28, 2013

The excitement of Hot Air Balloons meets the tranquility of acres of orange groves,
just north of Los Angeles in Santa Paula.

Dates: Friday July 26th, Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th

Hours: July 26th 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., July 27th, 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., July 28th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: 18249 East Telegraph Rd. in Santa Paula zip code 93060 (via Highway 126).

What: See hot air balloons inflate and illuminate at sunset, ascend, compete and/or tether in the early morning hours over scenic countryside of citrus and avocado groves.

Admission: 2013 Advance Tickets are $8 per adult ($10 at gate), $4 per youth ages 6 to 14 ($5 at gate), kids 5 and under are free. Additional cost for some events (see website).

Parking: Free municipal lots serviced by shuttles. Also available: For-Fee lots with 4,000 spaces within .5 mile of festival grounds (walkable or short shuttle).

Festival Entertainment: Evening Balloon Glows and After Glow Party, Sunset Wine Dinner, Sunset Buzz Singles Mixer, Morning Balloons Ascensions and Tethers, Air Show, Sky Writing & Sky Divers, Glow 'N Show Car Show, Live Music, Wine & Beer Tasting Pavilion, Taste of Ventura County Tasting Pavilion, Tri Tip BBQ, Food & Retail Vendors, Vintage Tractor Display, Ag Alley & Kids Fun Zone, Poker Run & Rally, Train Rides to Discover Historic Downtown.

The first annual Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival debuted on July 25-27, 2008 in the beautiful, and often overlooked, Heritage Valley. Held in the outskirts of Santa Paula, in Ventura County, just outside of Los Angeles. Spectacular views of field crops, orchards and working ranches relatively unchanged since the turn of the century, are the backdrop for the colorful ascension of participating hot air balloons.

Within an easy drive of Los Angeles, those looking to vacation close to home this year won't need to drive far to enjoy this hot air balloon festival, delicious oranges just picked from the tree, and fresh honey that would make Jerry Seinfeld (a.k.a. Barry B. Benson) proud. For those who wish to stay closer to the festival and make an overnight vacation of it, Valencia and the Santa Clarita Valley hotels offer a convenient location for those attending the Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival.

This hot air balloon festival, just outside of Los Angeles, is primarily a spectator event, with opportunities to watch the hot air balloons glow at night, and ascend for morning races. Balloon rides are typically not available to the public during balloon festivals, but other activities include live music and entertainment, a Kids Activity Korral, and a Heritage Valley Vendors Village with an assortment of food, beverages, arts, crafts and souvenirs.

This hot air balloon festival near Los Angeles is convenient to not only Los Angeles, but also Valencia, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Oxnard, and Burbank.

Don't miss this amazing hot air balloon festival, so convenient to major Southern California attractions!

Endorsed by
County of Los Angeles SCV Chamber of Commerce California Travel and Tourism Commission
In association with
City of Santa Clarita SCV Tourism Bureau
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