2019 Schedule of Events

Note: Balloon Festival activities will be held in Chippewassee Park. Due to M-20 bridge construction, the park can only be accessed by crossing the Tridge from the farmers market area. Shuttle service will be available from the downtown Midland parking garage to the farmers market/Tridge throughout the festival. Click here for a map of public parking in downtown Midland.

Thursday, August 1st (6:30pm—10:00pm)

6:30 - 8:00     Downtown Main Street Glow
Balloon pilots overtake Main Street! Come to Downtown Midland, meet all of the pilots, and watch as their burners light up the sky. The card scavenger hunt is back again - collect cards from each pilot and turn them in for a free Midland Balloon Festival/Riverdays souvenir pin (limited to the first 500).

7:00-10:00     Silent Dance Party – the first in a series of events designed for teens & young adults brought to you by the Midland County Youth Action Council
Come to the big tent near the Farmers Market for one of the most unique dance parties you’ll ever attend!  Wear headphones playing your choice of three different playlists featuring a DJ spinning your choice of today’s best dance music, country, or “decades of dance”.

Friday, August 2nd (5:00pm—10:00pm)

All evening   Kayak Rentals with (5pm-8:30pm) Ike's Kayaks

All evening   Wood Branding Souvenirs with Jeff Bowen

All evening   Blacksmithing Demonstrations with the Max Carey Blacksmiths Guild

All evening   T-Shirt Printing with Red Threads

6:45 - 8:00   Morning Hot Air Balloon Launches
Check the Midland Balloon Festival Facebook page or Twitter for launch sites and target locations

5:00 - 9:30   ZipLine & 3D Climbing Wall from Vertical Edge Entertainment

5:00 - 8:00   Giant Foot Darts with Tri City Bubble

5:00 - 9:00   Art Fair & Maker’s Market with Creative 360
Interested in showing/selling your items? Download the application here!

5:00 - 10:00   Craft Beer & Wine TentMidland Rotary Club
Beer & Wine, $5 each (full beverage list here). Craft Beer & Wine provided by Whine

5:00 - 10:00   Cheeseburger Fundraiser DinnerMidland Rotary Club
Cheeseburgers, $5 each (more info) - Provided by Lalonde’s Market

5:30 - 8:00   Parker Lane Art and Live Oak Coffee

4:45-6:45   LIVE MUSIC - Alex Schofield

7:00- 9:00   LIVE MUSIC - Earth To Mars Bruno Mars Tribute Band

7:00 START   Run the River 5K Run & WalkGreater Midland Community Center  — course map

7:00 START   Balloon Festival Main Event
Mass hot air balloon launch from Chippewassee Park, 25 balloons will shower the sky with their beautiful colors and designs

9:00 - 9:30   Balloon Glow
If you have never seen the balloon glow, it's something you won't want to miss! Located in Chippewassee Park

9:00 - 12:00  LIVE MUSIC - Slick Jimmy Band (Main St between Ashman & McDonald) 

9:30 - 11:00   Outdoor Movie - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse                                                
Midland County Youth Action Council wants to treat you to a movie!  Spiderman:  Into the Spider-Verse (Nearby the H Hotel's back lawn) 

9:30 - 11:00   Community Bonfire at the Farmers Market

Saturday, August 3rd (9:00am—10:30pm)

All day Kayak Rentals with Ike's Kayaks - (11am-8:00pm)

All day   Cornhole, Washers, Yard Games open play

All day   Wood Branding Souvenirs/ Blacksmithing Demonstrations

All day   Lumbering & Midland History with the Midland County Historical Society

All day Parker Lane Art and Live Oak Coffee

All day   Fly Fishing Demonstrations & Lessons with Midland’s Scientific Anglers

All day   T-Shirt Printing with Red Threads

7:00am - 9:00pm   Art Fair & Maker’s Market with Creative 360
Interested in showing (and selling) your items? Download the application!

9:00am -10:00am   Zumba with Greater Midland Community Center

10:00am - 9:30pm   ZipLine & 3D Climbing Wall from Vertical Edge Entertainment
Take a free zipline ride or try the amazing climbing wall! Weight restrictions apply.

10:00 - 4:00   KidsZone Art & Activities
Tons of fun activities for kids!

10:00 - 5:00   KidsZone Stage Performances:

10:15 -10:45   Gentle Yoga with Greater Midland Community Center

11:00 -12:00   Hatha Yoga with Greater Midland Community Center

11:00 - 4:00 Petting Zoo with  LeCronier's Baby Acres

11:00 - 3:00 Voyageur Canoe Rides and live river critters with Chippewa Nature Center  

TBD Jedi Padawan Training Session (fencing)
Bring your own Pool Noodle Light Saber and join in the fun as the Bay Area Fencing Association teaches all Midland’s Padawans how to use this elegant weapon from a more civilized age

11:00 - 4:00 Cornhole Tournament hosted by Michigan Cornhole - sign up details coming soon!

11:00 - 3:00 Bubble Soccer with Tri-City Bubble ($5/5 Minutes)

11:00 - 3:00 Giant Foot Darts with Tri City Bubble   

11:00 - 2:00   Photo Booth (Magic Mirror) presented by the Midland County Youth Action Council

1:00 – 3:00 Pro Skating Exhibition by Modern Skate & Surf skate teams, presented by Midland County Youth Action Council
The Midland County Youth Action Council hosts Modern Skate and Surf professional skaters at the Trilogy Skate Park across the Tridge at Chippewassee Park. Come see them perform from 1-2pm. Grab your safety gear and get some pointers from 2-3pm.

2:00 – 4:00 LIVE MUSIC - Riverdays Unplugged presented by Midland County Youth Action Council
The Midland County Youth Action Council welcomes young Michigan musicians for acoustic performances.  Bring your lawn chairs to the Farmer’s Market and enjoy these laid-back concerts featuring the lovely harmonies of the Keynote Sisters (2-3pm) and the pop-country stylings of American Idol Contestant Macy Krew (3-4pm).

3:30 - 7:30 BBQ Chicken Dinner hosted by  Midland Lions Club       

4:00 – 8:00 MCYAC Crash Pad
The Midland County Youth Action Council welcomes you to chill out and charge up with plenty of comfy outdoor seating and outlets to charge your devices.  Meet members of the MCYAC and see how your Middle and High School students can get involved in real philanthropy in our community!

5:00 - 10:00 Craft Beer & Wine Tent – Midland Rotary Club
Beer & Wine, $5 each (full beverage list here) - Craft Beer & Wine provided by Whine 

4:00 - 5:15   LIVE MUSIC - Crashing Cairo

5:30 - 7:30   LIVE MUSIC - Jedi Mind Trip

7:45 - 9:45   LIVE MUSIC - Hello Weekend

7:00 START   Balloon Festival Main Event
Mass hot air balloon launch from Chippewassee Park, 25 balloons will shower the sky with their beautiful colors and designs

9:00 - 9:30   The Amazing Balloon Glow
If you have never seen the balloon glow, it's something you won't want to miss! Located in Chippewassee Park

9:45 - END   Esther Gerstacker Fireworks Show

Sunday, August 4th (6:45am—8:00am)

6:45 - 8:00 Competitive Balloon Flight
Multiple targets will be in play for our expert pilots to test their skills, check the Midland Balloon Festival Facebook page or Twitter  for up to date launch and target locations on Sunday morning

Dining Options

Friday Fundraiser: Midland Rotary Cheeseburger Dinner
Saturday Fundraiser: Midland Lions Club BBQ Chicken Dinner

Food Vendors:

Note: schedule is subject to change. Email info@midlandfoundation.org or call 989.839.9661 with any questions.