Welcome to the 1st Annual Balloons, Brews & Blues, a festival celebrating blues and craft beers right in the heart of DeKalb, IL!

This brand new event is located at the DeKalb Taylor Airport featuring live music, hot air balloons and craft beers from The Forge and Fatty’s [Bar and Grille]. It will be on Saturday, June 22, held in partnership with the City of DeKalb. You can talk to hot air balloon pilots, see a military vehicle display, hear live music and enjoy some beer. There will also be a chance to learn more about the local EAA and CAP of DeKalb. There will be tethered hot air balloon rides for an additional fee, while general admission will cost $5 for adults and all children under 12 will be free. Parking is available at the airport and FREE!

Event Schedule

Date and Hours: Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 3:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport – 3232 Pleasant St, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
3:00 PM: Doors open
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Opening Band – “Luxury Pork”
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Main Show – “Johnny & the Boomers”
8:30 PM: Special Balloon After-Glow

Food and craft beers will be available to purchase for local businesses; the fees for beverages and food varies.
Local beverages will be provided by Fatty’s Pub.

There will also be additional Vendors at the event, to be announced shortly.

More information on Hot Air Balloons

The working of a hot air balloon is simple. It is made up of a balloon-shaped envelope in which you fill hot air. Since air will rise when it is heated, the balloon with the air inside is lifted, giving it an upward thrust. The balloon itself is made up of a nylon material with a heat resistant material at the mouth where the burner is. The liquid propane fuel is stored in cylinders in the wicker basket below. We use wicker because it is light enough to not be excess weight, yet sturdy enough to hold the weight of the passengers. Hot air balloons cannot navigate on their own. They must rely on the wind to push them in a particular direction. Since the wind at different altitudes blows in different directions, the navigator of the balloon can increase or decrease the amount of hot air in the balloon, to make it rise and fall in order to catch a wind and take you on your magical adventure.