Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

Over the past three decades the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally has grown into a full three day event that attracts over 100,000 people from across the country, making it the third largest hot air balloon festival in the U.S.!

Occupying the entirety of Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, NY for an extended weekend, Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally features live music performances from Top 40 and local artists, two volleyball tournaments, cooking contests, a car show, arts & crafts, lots of delicious food, rides, and all kinds of vendors. There’s something for everyone!

We’re moving back to August!

Last year the festival was held in October due to COVID. This year (2022) we are happy to return to our normal dates of the first weekend in August. The festival starts on Friday, August 5.

Friday, August 5th 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, August 6th 10:00am – 8:30pm
Sunday, August 7th 10:00am – 8:30pm

No pets, backpacks, coolers, or alcohol of any kind are allowed.

Friday, August 5

Festival opens at 3pm, closes at 9pm

Hot Air Balloon Launch

6pm

Watch as our beautiful multi-colored balloons take to the sky!

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Photo by Mike Ricciardi Photography & Design

SQUAWK! from America’s Got Talent

6pm and 8pm

SQUAWK! is a one of a kind, hour long show filled with amazing tricks, great talkers and lots of fun and laughs suitable for the entire family. You won’t believe what these super smart parrots can do. Solving puzzles, painting, card tricks and even reading the mind of an audience member just begin to describe some of their unusual talents. The show is written for adults but is family friendly and safe for the kids.

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Brian Kelley

7pm

As one half of GRAMMY-nominated, global superstar duo Florida Georgia Line – tallying 18 career #1 singles, 13.2+ billion global streams, selling more than 40 million tracks and 4.7 million albums worldwide, logging 1.7 billion video views, and playing to over 4 million fans spanning massive arena and stadium headline tours, country music superstar Brian Kelley, aka “Beach Cowboy,” is planting his flag in the sonic sand with debut EP, BK’s Wave Pack.

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Hot Air Balloon Night Glow

8:30pm

A hot air balloon is beautiful during the day, but they get even better at night! Watch as our vibrant multi-colored balloons fill with light and glow against the evening sky.

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Saturday, August 6

Festival opens at 10am, closes at 8:30pm

Antique, Classic, Cool Car & Truck Show

10am

Even if you’re not a “car guy,” you’ll want to see this! Our show has a myriad of vehicles dating all the way back to the 1920s in all kinds of shapes and colors.

Our feature car this year was made famous in the Back to the Future film trilogy, a DeLorean!

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Competitive 4’s Volleyball

8am-4pm

An entire volleyball tournament inside of Spiedie Fest! Watch highly skilled co-ed teams of 4 compete for the championship.

SQUAWK! from America’s Got Talent

Noon

SQUAWK! is a one of a kind, hour long show filled with amazing tricks, great talkers and lots of fun and laughs suitable for the entire family. You won’t believe what these super smart parrots can do. Solving puzzles, painting, card tricks and even reading the mind of an audience member just begin to describe some of their unusual talents. The show is written for adults but is family friendly and safe for the kids.

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Puppies of Penzance

2pm

This 20-30 minute energetic dog show takes adventures on a pirate ship manned by pups!

The show takes the audience on a fun-filled treasure hunt full of tricks, treats, and surprises.

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Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides

Noon-2pm, 2pm-4pm

Experience the feeling of flight! Hop in the basket of your favorite balloon and experience lift off as our professional operators take you a short distance off the ground. Make sure to bring your camera!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

You’ve read the books and seen the movie, now it’s time to meet him in person! Stop in to meet The Wimpy Kid and get a picture with him.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID®, is a trademark of Wimpy Kid, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Pre-Party

3pm-5:30pm, concert area opens at 2:30pm

Party at the concert area! Featuring Allie Torto, Kipani, and Junkyard Heights performing music you’re sure to love!

Hot Air Balloon Launch

7am and 6pm

Watch as our beautiful multi-colored balloons take to the sky!

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Photo by Mike Ricciardi Photography & Design

Lou Gramm

6pm

Founding member of Foreigner, one of the greatest singers in Rock music, Lou Gramm’s unique vocals and hit songs have placed FOREIGNER™, among Billboard’s Top Artists of all time. Their 16 Billboard Top 40 Hit Songs defined an era.

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Sunday, August 7

Festival opens at 10am, closes at 8:30pm

Kelly LaBare 5K Run/Walk

9:30am

Making a strong comeback for its 25th anniversary, this 5K run/walk brings everyone together for some morning exercise to get the day started!

Antique, Classic, Cool Car & Truck Show

10am

Day 2 of our car show involves all new vehicles in every category!

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Recreational 6’s Volleyball

8am-6pm

Need more volleyball? How about a second entire volleyball tournament inside of Spiedie Fest! Watch co-ed teams of six players from across the region bump, set, and spike their way towards victory!

SQUAWK! from America’s Got Talent

Noon

SQUAWK! is a one of a kind, hour long show filled with amazing tricks, great talkers and lots of fun and laughs suitable for the entire family. You won’t believe what these super smart parrots can do. Solving puzzles, painting, card tricks and even reading the mind of an audience member just begin to describe some of their unusual talents. The show is written for adults but is family friendly and safe for the kids.

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Spiedie Cooking Contest

Starts at 11:30am, and again at 1pm

The original purpose of the festival! Gather around to see and smell who’s got the most flavor in three separate divisions – backyard, student, and celebrity.

Sponsored by the Akel family, the Lupo family, the Newman family, PS Restaurant, and Maines Cash & Carry.

Puppies of Penzance

2pm

This 20-30 minute energetic dog show takes adventures on a pirate ship manned by pups!

The show takes the audience on a fun-filled treasure hunt full of tricks, treats, and surprises.

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Peppa Pig

Noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm

Oh, Goody! Everyone’s favorite pig, Peppa, will be here to say hello. Bring the little ones, and have your camera ready!

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Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides

Noon-2pm, 2pm-4pm

Experience the feeling of flight! Hop in the basket of your favorite balloon and experience lift off as our professional operators take you a short distance off the ground. Make sure to bring your camera!

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Pre-Party

3pm-5:30pm, concert area opens at 2:30pm

Party at the concert area! Featuring Tessa and OsbornNash performing music you’re sure to love!

Hot Air Balloon Launch

7am and 6pm

Watch as our beautiful multi-colored balloons take to the sky!

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Photo by Mike Ricciardi Photography & Design

Gary LeVox

6pm

Gary LeVox, along with bandmates Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, founded Rascal Flatts in 2000, and they went on to enjoy one of the most successful careers in modern country music. After 20 years as front man, Gary LeVox embarked on a solo chapter.

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