Glow at Tanger Outlets
At the Festival Grounds
On Friday and Saturday, the balloons are at the Festival Grounds by the soccer fields on HWY 98. There is lots of food to purchase and crafts, plus live entertainment during the day when the balloons are not inflated. The balloons are only inflated first thing in the morning and as the sun is going down.
Don’t show up mid-day in the bright sun expecting to see inflated balloons, because that’s a sight you will not see.
As you can tell from the pictures, you can walk around among the balloons after they are inflated. Lots of people bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the inflation. This is really cool!
Things look a little different as it starts to get dark.
There was a small carnival with a Ferris Wheel and several kiddie rides. These were ticketed rides, and while a little pricey, way less than Disney tickets!
And since you brought that lawn chair to watch the balloons inflate, walk over and enjoy a free concert under the pecan trees. We enjoyed several tribute bands. I would really suggest you bring a chair unless you want to stand.
The lighting is pretty at night. We walked around to all the craft booths and bought a couple food items. Prices are not unreasonable. You can always bring your own food and drinks. We saw a lot of families enjoying picnics.
Tips to Keep in Mind
The balloons only fly early in the morning/dawn and late in the afternoon/dusk.
The balloons can only fly in the perfect weather, which means wind speeds must be seven mph or less in order to fly.
Tethered rides require a signed waiver of liability, and those waivers are available on site.
What not to bring: coolers, tobacco products and pets
What to definitely bring: sunscreen and lawn chairs
**I would bring money just in case, especially if you are hungry, thirsty, or plan to park on site.
Dates for 2017
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in a lawn chair under the pecan trees.
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