International Balloon Festival

July 8, 2010  
Filed under Travel

The annual International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec will take place Aug. 14-22. The sky of Haut-Richelieu will be filled with 115 hot air balloons from Canada, the United States, France and Brazil. Of the 16 specially shaped balloons on site, eight of them will be in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for the first time. On Aug. 17 and 18, Laurentian Bank Night Glows will take place. With the coming of twilight, the grounded balloons will light up and transform into gigantic Chinese lanterns.

In its 27th year, the International Balloon Festival boasts the world’s largest inflatable theme park. “Balloon Planet: The Conquest” will now extend throughout the Festival grounds where festival goers can wander among a hundred artistic structures, more than 50 games, two immense domes, and a workshop village for children. Visitors will be able to learn all about the history of hot air balloons and get inside a balloon.

Bimana, the impressive Colombian band, return for an exclusive engagement with their gigantic puppets, octopuses and kites.

The Loto-Quebec Stage features American Idol superstar Adam Lambert, who will launch the festivities with his first visit to Quebec on Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. The guitar genius Orianthi, known for being the last concert guitarist for Michael Jackson, will perform to warm up the crowd. In an exclusive concert, Marjo et ses hommes (Eric Lapointe, Mario Pelchat, Daniel Lavoie, Jonathan Painchaud, Antoine Gratton and Les Respectables) will host the must-see International Balloon Festival Show du Ciel on Sunday Aug. 15.

The International Balloon Festival site will be transformed into a gigantic dance floor on August 18, when K-MARO and the popular Romanian DJ recognized for his world-wide success ‘Stereo Love’, Edward Maya, will thrill the crowd.

Saturday, Aug. 21, features internationally renowned artist Akon, and to close out the Festival on Aug. 22, comedic phenomenon Rachid Badouri and the new sensation, Eddy King, will make sure that the Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu finishes with laughter.

Bring the grandkids! Throughout the event, on the Family Stage, children will be able to attend various shows planned just for them including Arthur L’aventurier, Les Clowns du Carrousel, Sonia Yaya, Les Petites Tounes and magic shows. For more information and directions to St. Jean — a 75-minute drive from Burlington — visit www.ballooncanada.com.

 

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