Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta

Sussex, New Brunswick (NB)

Featuring magical hot air balloons, the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta, known as "Atlantic Canada's Most Colourful Festival" has been a tradition in Atlantic Canada for more than 25 years.

The main highlights of the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta are the twice-daily flights of more than 30 hot air balloons at 6:30am and 5:30pm (with the first flight on the Thursday evening) over the lush valleys of the Sussex region.

Equally popular is the Magic Moon Glow event each evening at dusk in which the balloons inflate to show a very different face from that in broad daylight.

Other attractions include the craft fair showcasing the work and talent of more than 70 Atlantic crafters and artisans, the all-weekend Atlantic Superstore Outdoor Bandstand featuring a variety of top Maritime talent, the Antique Car Show & Shine displaying over 500 vehicles on Sunday afternoon, a parade through downtown Sussex on Saturday afternoon, and a unique Appaloosa Horse Show.

Also part of the Fiesta are helicopter rides, lots of food vendors and concession stands, activities for children, and a talent show/contest on Sunday afternoon.

There are about 50 spaces available each morning and each evening with each space priced at $160 per person. More details and the sign up sheet can be found at the information booth. The easiest flights to get onto are the ones in the morning.

Temperatures can fluctuate quite substantially through the day, from very cool in the early morning to hot at midday, so it is advisable to dress in layers, and to come prepared for all weathers.

For more information about the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta visit the official web site at

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