Celebrate the 30th Balloon & Wine Festival

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Connie George

The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival will celebrate its 30th season, Friday to Sunday, May 31 to June 2. The event will again feature such popular visitor attractions as dawn balloon launches.
Photo courtesy of Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Association

Tasty wines and foods, hot air balloon flights at dawn, evening picnicking beneath the towering illuminated orbs, top entertainment in concert, and an FMX freestyle motocross show will fill the 30th Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, Friday through Sunday, May 31 to June 2.

More than 20 Temecula Valley wineries, over 40 hot air balloons, hundreds of booths featuring arts and crafts, exhibits, souvenirs and kids’ activities, an international food court and concerts on two stages will be part of the festival schedule.

The event attracts 40,000 guests annually to its location at Lake Skinner Recreation Area, surrounded by the Shipley Preserve. The park setting provides natural vistas, whether flying aboard a hot air balloon or planted on festival grounds while sipping a glass of premium wine.

Throughout the weekend, two stages will feature live musical entertainment and the FMX exhibition. A three-act country music concert — including Easton Corbin, “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and the Kanan Road Band — will be held Friday night. Saturday night features a rock concert with the All-American Rejects and Berlin. The motocross demonstration is on Sunday.

Opening day begins at 3 p.m., with gates opening on Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. Gates close at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets range from $17 to $25 and include admission to the stage shows.

Lake Skinner Recreation Area is at 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester.

For more information, call (951) 676-6713 or visit www.tvbwf.com.