New Trip
  • Your Trip is Empty
View My Trip ›

2019 Picnic in the Park

View Map

We hope you can join us for our 4th Annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival's Picnic in the Park, a FREE event, happening Thursday, July 18 from 4p-9p at Wilcox Park!
(NOTE LOCATION & TIME CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS)

Here's what you have to look forward to!

- Live Entertainment & Main Stage Performances | 4-9p |
- Xpressions of Praise Christian Dance Arts Academy
- Magic Show
- George Moss
- 5 Piece Jazz Band

- Food Vendors | 4-9p |
- What The Truck
- Pizza Parliament - Food Truck
- Zeno's Italian Ice
- Maui Wowi Grand Rapids
- OR, you can pack your own picnic if you prefer!

- Balloon Walk | Time TBD *Depending on Weather* | Pilots will inflate a RE/MAX balloon and you can walk right in! The cost is just $1 per person and all proceeds will support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals / Helen DeVos Children's Hospital!

- Tethered Balloon Rides | Time TBD *Depending on Weather* | Offered on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. For $15 per person, you have the chance to "ride" in a hot air balloon! Certain height, weight and age restrictions apply and are strictly adhered to for your safety.
The requirements and/or restrictions are as follows:
- Individual riding has to physically be able to get in/out the basket without help
- Individual riding has to be able to stand on their own (it is not acceptable to hold a child while riding in the hot air balloon)
- Individual riding must weigh 500lbs or less
- Individuals who are pregnant will not be permitted to ride

*Follow our Facebook Page the night of the event for live updates for the Balloon Walk and Tethered Rides, as these are both weather dependent activities!*

- Caricatures by Corey | 4-9p | Caricatures will be completed within 5 minutes. $5 per face in black and white and $12 per face in color.

- Happy Henna Tattoos | 4-9p | Temporary henna tattoos beginning at just $5 will be offered throughout the evening.

- Balloon Artist | 4-8p |

- Face Painting | 4-9p |

- Inflatables | 4-9p |

Bring your favorite lawn chairs and blankets and come join us for a family friendly fun-filled evening!

We want to give a MASSIVE THANK YOU to our Event Sponsors!
- Modern Hardware
- Old National Bank
- Next Door Photos Grand Rapids
- First American Corporation
- Lake Michigan Credit Union

We are incredibly appreciative of your support & generosity!

Thank you also to What The Truck for feeding our pilots & volunteers at the event!

ALL PROCEEDS of the evening will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals / Helen DeVos Children's Hospital!

2019 Picnic in the Park