Here’s what to expect at the 38th Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally

The sizzle of the grill can only mean one thing. Spiedie Fest is back for its 38th year and once again the festival we know and love.

With everything from live music to homemade treats, and of course, world famous hot air balloon rides, this is a festival for everyone.

“All those things that had to take a break because of the pandemic are back this year. Usually year after year I will say there is something for everyone at Spiedie Fest but literally there is something for everyone with the balloons, the music this year is going to be amazing,” said Dave Pessagno, Spiedie Fest coordinator.

Speaking of music, the three-day event will feature local artists, as well as Foreigner’s Lou Gramm, Florida George Line’s Brian Kelly and Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox.

But this year’s event features something brand new. For the first time, professional wrestling invades the park. Xcite Wrestling is hosting two free shows, featuring a number of former WWE and current AEW and Impact stars.

“It’s good. I can’t believe we get the opportunity. We’ve been doing this for 10 years. We have our own venue in Oakdale Commons. We’ve done the Legions, we’ve done a show at Coney Island with no people, and now we’re going to be at Spiedie Fest with thousands of people, it’s going to be a fantastic time,” said Jonathan Musok, owner of Xcite Wrestling.

Also for the first time, captive hot air balloon flights will be free on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

And we can’t forget the spies.

Salamida’s and Lupos will have their traditional tents with homemade favorites that have made the festival popular and bring families back year after year.

“To see people saying ‘my mom and dad used to bring me here’ and they’ll have a little one with them in a stroller and say ‘now I’m taking my little ones to Spiedie Fest’. That’s probably my favorite during the launch of the ball is to see these people that their parents brought to them when they were little and now they have grown up and they have children and they come back for that,” Pessagno said.

Spiedie Fest kicks off Friday, August 5 at 3 p.m. and runs all weekend.

Tickets are $10 or $20 with the concert.