Kennesaw State University Sports + Entertainment Park is proud to host the 2nd annual Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival October 25 – 26, 2014. This is Atlanta’s Only Hot Air Balloon event, and is also billed as Atlanta’s Largest Costume Party.

This visually spectacular event attracted more than 25,000 attendees in 2013 (1-day event). The 2014 festival will see increases to the number of balloons and attractions, and the event will be open for two days to accommodate the expected growth. Attendance estimates are 50,000+ people for 2014.

This year’s event will feature tethered hot air balloon rides, live entertainment stages, stilt walkers, fire breathers, ice sculptors, belly dancers, sword swallowers, roving buskers, art vendors, a children’s area, craft beer gardens, sports bars, and an Oktoberfest inspired food court with German influenced entertainment. More than 60 sponsors/vendors and 25 artisans will be on location both days. Along with all of the exciting entertainment, the event features some incredible hot air balloon glows from 7pm-10pm on October 25th, 2014 and from 6pm-9pm on October 26th, 2014 that will be sure to amaze!

Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, especially those planning to participate in the hot air balloon trick-or-treating experience, which will allow patrons to go from balloon to balloon gathering candy along the way. Cobb Travel and Tourism will be hosting the Costume Showdown again this year. The contest will run through multiple social media outlets, giving participants the opportunity to campaign to gain votes through Facebook and Twitter. The contest will also feature celebrity judges (both days), as contestants compete for prizes ranging from cash to hotel packages.

“Sponsors make this community event possible. It is exciting to see the vision of so many people come together for such a fun festival,” says Marty Elliott, Executive Director of the sports and entertainment park.

The festival will be located at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, taking advantage of the 88-acre facility, transforming the beautiful space into a mystical wonderland, and the 8,300 seat stadium into an electric space that will be sure to fascinate. “The beauty of hot air balloons glowing in the night really can’t be described…this is a must see experience,” said Andrew Miller, president of Promotions Marketing – AeroSports, whose company co-produces the event, and coordinates all sponsorships and hot air balloons for Owl-O-Ween.

All tickets are general admission and are free for children under the age of 3, $5 for children age 12 and under, and $12 for adults when purchased in advance. Prices will increase to $8 for children and $15 for adults, one week before the event.

Tickets are available at www.ticketalternative,, at Kennesaw State University’s on-campus bookstore or at the KSU Stadium box office open M-F from 9am to 5pm. The KSU Stadium box office information line is: 770-794-7810

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4pm-10pm – balloon glow from 7pm to 10pm
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 3pm-9pm – balloon glow from 6pm to 9pm

All tickets are general admission and are FREE for children under the age of 3, $5 for children age 12 and under, and $12 for adults (when purchased in advance). Prices will increase to $8 for children and $15 for adults, one week before the event.

KSU Sports & Entertainment Park
3200 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw, GA 30144

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For more information, please call 770-794-7810 or visit





  1. four of us @ $15 per person = $60 ouch and nothing is included. I rather go to the pub in midtown and have a couple of drinks. no thank you

  2. at $5-$9 per drink, “Couple of drinks in a pub” X 4 people is a about $60 anyways…

    Owl-o-ween it is then!!! 😉

  3. My family went last night. When they lit up the balloons after dark, they were all just beautiful!!! 3 different parking areas for FREE parking with FREE shuttle service was awesome!!

    It was a great experience!!

  4. The cost to enter the festival was reasonable…$12 if you bought ahead, $8/5 if you are a KSU student…included all the street shows, games, and candies! However, one disappointing part was the hot air balloon ride…aside 2+ hours of waiting in line…it is $10 per adult…I thought I heard the ride would be about 5 minutes long?? I guess that includes 5-7 people trying to climb in and out of the basket at the same time, which could easily take 5 minutes depending on # of people and how efficient they are at stepping and hurdling over the basket. We were squeezed in (the basket is not that big), went up (tethered of course), stayed up in the air for about 1 minute (just long enough to take 3 pictures), and that was it! What a disappointment it was!! People, do not bother with it! I don’t think it was worth the wait and extra $.

  5. I have mixed feelings as It could be so much more. What happened to the Halloween spirit? I thought there would be a much better turnout for people wearing costumes. Sure a lot of little kids had costumes on and that was great but all you adults were really dissapointing. Definitley not Atlantas largest costume party as advertised.
    Maybe next year offer a discount to people who made a real effort to participate and dress up.

    Enjoyed all the performances I caught and the hot air ballon was good. Yes line was a little long but c’mon how often you going to get to go up in a ballon for $10.