Dublin, Ga., may be a small Southern town, but it hosts a big celebration for St. Patrick’s Day. The city puts on a 50-day St. Patrick’s Festival made up of an enormous list of activities, including parades, art festivals and car shows. The most unique celebration during this six weeks of fun is the Irish Balloon Fest & Glow — a whole weekend of hot air balloon races, including the famous “glow” flight. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy family-friendly activities and food under a sky filled with glowing orbs of color.
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The two-day balloon festival kicks off on March 9 when the balloons lift off from Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin to make their way to the event’s actual site, Southern Pines Regional Park. On the morning of March 10, the balloons will again fill the sky with a rainbow of color. For a third time, at 6:30 p.m., the balloons will take off and fill the skies with a soft glow in celebration of the Irish holiday.
Activities for the kids have been available in previous years, and are presumed to be a part of the celebration this year as well. Food vendors serving tasty treats also will be on site.
Depending on the weather, and at the discretion of the balloon operators, tether balloon flights will be available for around $150. Passengers are elevated above beautiful Dublin, while being connected by a cable to the ground below to ease the minds of those who may be afraid of heights!
Keep in mind the event may be postponed or canceled if winds are gusty or if there are other unfavorable conditions in the forecast. Safety of guests, and of those in the balloons, are top priority. Keep checking the festival’s official Irish Balloon Festival- Dublin, Ga. Facebook page for updates.
Most of the festivities will take place at Southern Pines Regional Park, with the exception of the March 9 lift off. Admission to the event is free. Be sure to check out the other Irish celebrations in Dublin during these exciting six weeks.
Southern Pines Regional Park
Address: 575 Southern Pines Road, Dublin, GA 31021