Give a hoot about having fun this weekend. Go to the Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday and Sunday hosted by Kennesaw State University Sports + Entertainment Park. The event is at the 88-acre KSU Sports and Entertainment Park (where the stadium is located).
“Owl-O-Ween is Atlanta’s only hot air balloon festival and is billed as Atlanta’s largest costume party,” said Andrew Miller, president of Promotions Marketing that co-produces Owl-O-Ween with KSU. He is a 1985 graduate of Walton High School.
The event features a variety of entertainment such as tethered hot air balloon rides, live entertainment, roving performers, interactive kids’ zone, food trucks, artists alley, beer garden, an Oktoberfest-inspired food court and more.
Hot air balloon glows take place at night where children and adults can trick-or-treat from balloon to balloon. Glows happen on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.
“Owl-O-Ween is such a visually spectacular event,” Miller said.
Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Participants can campaign for votes in a costume showdown via social media. Prizes range from cash to hotel packages.
About 25,000 people attended the one-day event last year and attendance is anticipated to double this year.
Owl-O-Ween offers something for everyone.
“Just because it’s family friendly doesn’t mean it’s just for kids. We have a lot of adult-designated zones as well,” Miller said.
“There’s so much excitement coming in. The faces and smiles you see on children and adults, whether you’re 3 years old or 103 years old, people came out smiling. There’s something to do for everyone,” he said.
“There are some really neat surprises out there. It’s not just the normal festival. It’s definitely on the edge of spectacular,” Miller said.
The cost is $8 for children and $15 for adults. Hours of operation on Saturday are from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m. For free and reserve parking and more information, visit www.owl-o-ween.com.