The city of Grove City and Giant Eagle will stage the Balloons & Tunes Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival on Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd.

The city of Grove City and Giant Eagle will stage the Balloons & Tunes Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival on Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28 at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd.

The event will feature 20 hot air balloons in coordination with the Central Ohio Balloon Club.

Event hours are Friday, Aug. 27 from 5-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 28 from 4-9:30 p.m. Balloon ascensions are planned for Friday and Saturday evenings between the hours of 6 and 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings between 7 and 8 a.m. Balloon glows are planned on Friday and Saturday evenings at dusk. All launches, rides and glows are dependent on weather.

This year's event will include a new feature, the Balloon Imaginarium. This fun, informational area will allow people of all ages to touch real balloons and ask questions of the pilots who fly them. Live musical entertainment and free children's activities, including bounce houses, a mobile video game room and more, will be offered when the balloons are not on the field. Tethered rides and balloon flights will be sold.

Admission or children's activities are free, but there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle.

"The City is pleased to provide this special event without an admission charge this year," said Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage. "Please join us for this enjoyable family tradition."

No tailgating, coolers or pets will be permitted. Balloons & Tunes is a smoke-free event.

For more information, including the event schedule, visit www.grovecityohio.gov or call 614-277-3050.

EVENT SCHEDULE

The event schedule will be updated at www.grovecityohio.gov as additional information becomes available. All activities are weather-dependent.

Friday, Aug. 27
5-9:30 p.m.

Free Children's Activities, Inflatables and Balloon Imaginarium; 5-8:45 p.m.

Tethered Rides ($5 each); 6-8 p.m.

Live Entertainment by the Direct Energy Band; 5-8:40 p.m.

Balloon Launch; 6-7:30 p.m.

Balloon Glow; Dusk

Saturday, Aug. 28
4-9:30 p.m.

Balloon Launch; 7-8 a.m.

Free Children's Activities, Inflatables and Balloon Imaginarium; 4-8:45 p.m.

Tethered Rides ($5 each); 6-8 p.m.

Live Entertainment by 7 Bridges; 5-8:40 p.m.

Balloon Launch; 6-7:30 p.m.

Balloon Glow; Dusk

Sunday, Aug. 29

Balloon Launch; 7-8 a.m.