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Balloon Flights / Balloon Glow Schedule

 August 23rd & 24th 2024!

There are 31 Balloons coming to town this year! The pilots meet soon before the launches to determine whether they will set up and launch, set up and stay tethered to the ground, or not launch at all (depending on the weather)

Balloon Flights are slated for:

  • Friday Night Flight - Hare & Hound Target Competition - 6:00PM
  • Saturday Morning - Balloons will fly into Open Arms - 6:15/6:30AM
  • Saturday Night Flight - 6:00PM
  • Saturday Night - Balloon Glow - 8:00PM


All balloon flights and glow will take place at Open Arms Lincoln! 1321 IL-10, Lincoln, IL 62656


 Would you like to help crew a balloon during Balloons Over 66 Weekend? We would love to have you! If you are interested, please come to the Comfort Inn in Lincoln, IL at 5:00 PM Friday, August 23rd. Wear comfortable clothing. NO open-toed shoes, dresses, or skirts. Hope to see you there!


Purchasing Flights

There will be no tethered balloon rides this year; however, rides can be purchased, price to be discussed upon contact with the pilot. If interested, please contact a pilot directly ASAP to book your flight! I can assure you -- this will be an experience that you will NOT soon forget!


  • Dan Reusch -- 309-573-4641
  • Kevin Heinzmann -- 618-322-1578
  • Laurie Acuff -- 309-258-0529
  • Tim Cloyd -- 515-205-4855
  • Tom Klitz -- 217-257-7571




Full Weekend Itinerary


Thursday, 22nd - Itinerary 

  • Lincoln Village Healthcare Kickoff Party - 4:00PM - 7:00PM


Friday, 23rd - Itinerary


MAIN STAGEDowntown - Stage will be set up on the corner of Pulaski St and Kickapoo St (facing North toward Broadway St.)

  • LIVE MUSIC from Off the Wall from 7:00-11:00 PM
**Alcohol vending will be done from Spirited Republic, Alley-Bi Saloon, The Rusty Rail Pub*


Saturday, 24th - Itinerary

  • Saturday Night Balloon Glow - 8:00 PM
    • The glow is where the pilots set up the balloons, stay tethered to the ground, and glow at night!
    • The Balloon Glow will take place at Open Arms. 1321 IL-10, Lincoln, IL 62656


**Alcohol vending will be done from Spirited Republic, Alley-Bi Saloon, The Rusty Rail Pub**


Sunday, 25th - Itinerary


Food: Friday and Saturday


Local Eateries in Downtown Lincoln:

Alley-Bi Saloon – Lunch 11:00-2:00PM Bar Open 11:00AM - 2:00AM

Ami-gos World Friday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Deep Roots – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closed Saturday

Flossie’s – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Guest House Coffee and Pastries – Friday 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Guzzardo’s – Friday 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Idle Hour - Open 11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Joe’s Pizzeria – Open 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Mama’s Arcade – Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sorrento’s – Open 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Rio Grande – Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sir Renna Tea – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Food Trucks: Opening Friday Afternoon!

Cheesed Out

Pat’s Famous Walleye

Nuthatch Hill BBQ Company

Cullers’ Fries

Missy's Sweet Shoppe

Bay Area Mexicana

Pauly's BBQ

Gramma Nana's Kitchen

We Three Sweets

Wood Fire Pizza

Donut Daddy

Giovanni's Pizza, Subs,& Salads


Other Activities

  • Lincoln Heritage Museum - Escape the summer heat and take in some history and family fun at the Lincoln Heritage Museum, open from 1-4 PM on Saturday.  Located at 1115 Nicholson Road in Lincoln.  Special half-price admission of $5/person on Saturday, August 24th!
  • The Mill Museum on 66 - The Mill Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday Noon to 4:00PM. Admission is free! The Mill Museum has Route 66 memorabilia as well as exhibits from the original Mill Restaurant, The Tropics, and The Pig Hip. All were iconic Logan County restaurants during the Route 66 heyday! 


Lincoln Art Fair

Location: Downtown Lincoln - Lincoln Arts Institute

112 S. McLean Street., Lincoln, IL 62656

Friday, 23rd 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday, 24th 10:00AM - 5:00PM 


Oasis Craft & Vendor Show

Location: Oasis Senior Center

2810 Woodlawn Road. Lincoln, IL 62656

Saturday, 24th 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The Oasis will host a Craft and Vendor show during the Balloons Over 66 weekend here in Lincoln. There will be Brat/Hog dog and Corn on the Cob sold. They will be packed with vendors!

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For questions, please contact the Logan County Tourism Bureau at (217) 732-8687

or stop in at 101 N. Chicago Street., Lincoln, IL 62656


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