After two years of canceled events and changed dates, the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally resumes its normal schedule for 2022.
The festival will take place at Otsiningo Park from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.
As in previous years, Spiedie Fest will bring together craft vendors, foodgames and activities at the park and launch hot air balloons into the sky for all of Broome County to see.
On the way to the Spiedie Fest and the Hot Air Balloon Rally 2022? Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festival:
When will Spiedie Fest and Hot Air Balloon Rally 2022 take place?
The festival opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, then at 10 a.m. from Saturday to Sunday for the balloon launches.
It closes at 9 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday.
How much do Spiedie Fest tickets cost?
A day pass to Spiedie Fest is $10; children 8 and under free. Buy day passes at the door the day you attend the festival.
Other tickets, including passes that include weekend concerts, are available for purchase at any Broome County Mirabito store. If you want to catch one of the weekend concerts, you can purchase a one-day concert and festival pass for $20 ($40 at the door).
A weekend pass for two, including all three days of the festival and concerts, costs $99 and can be purchased online through Ticket Master or at a local Mirabito store.
Spiedie Fest concerts: who is performing?
Brian Kelly, half of Florida Georgia Line; Foreigner’s Lou Gramm and Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox will perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Brian Kelly concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
Saturday’s pre-show party will begin at 3 p.m. and feature local artists Allie Torto, Kipani and Junkyard Heights. Lou Gramm is scheduled to be continued at 6 p.m.
Sunday’s pre-show party begins at 3 p.m. and will feature local artists Tessa Victoria, OsbornNash and Matthew Cornwell & L’Bonti. Gary LeVox is scheduled to follow at 6 p.m.
What remains to be done?
There are three main vendor areas at Spiedie Fest: the craft fair, the shopping row, and the food vendors.
Events include Hot Air Balloon Launches, Spiedie Cooking Contest, Car Show, SQUAWK! The Amazing Bird Show, Sand Volleyball Tournament, Xcite Pro Wrestling, Puppies of Penzance and the Kelly Labare 5K Run/Walk.
There will also be opportunities to meet Miss New York 2022 Taryn Delanie Smith and Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator.
There will also be a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” encounter with The Wimpy Kid, and a Peppa Pig encounter.
When do the balloons take off?
Hot air balloons take off from Otsiningo Park each evening of the festival at 6 p.m.
Friday at 8:30 p.m., experience the nighttime glow of hot air ballooning, as vibrant multi-colored balloons fill with light and sparkle against the evening sky.
Morning launches on Saturday and Sunday are free – no ticket required. Enter the park and watch them take off both days at 7:00 a.m.
Where are the best parking places?
Parking inside Otsiningo Park is available for those who purchase a double weekend pass or have VIP parking credentials.
All other car parks are available near SUNY Broome on Upper Front Street. Free shuttles to the park will be available. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
Will some roads be closed?
According to the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally website, the state Department of Transportation assured officials that no closures would impede traffic to the festival throughout the weekend.
Parts of Front Street in Binghamton that had been closed for construction reopened on Thursday.