Where is McFarland Living History Ranch?

McFarland Living History Ranch is located at 8899 Orr Road, Galt, CA 95632.

What time does the Balloon Festival begin?

The gate opens at 5:00 a.m. and the balloons will launch at sunrise (around 6:00 a.m.). Balloons can only launch with light winds, cool temperatures, and good visibility. The launch schedule is the same both days.

Can I use my drone at the event?

NO, the event is an FAA restricted airspace. Drones may NOT be flown.

Can I take photos?


Can I bring my dog to the event?

Sorry, No Dogs or other animals are allowed into the event. Service dogs will be allowed.

Can I bring lawn chairs and blankets?


Can I bring my RV?

No.  Due to the limited amount of parking, we have no room for RVs.

Will there be food and drinks?

There will be food vendors on site. No outside food or drink is allowed in the event.

What else do I need to know?

There is NO SMOKING allowed at the event.

Where do I park?

If you have pre-purchased a Onsite Parking Pass, you may park at the venue only on the day your parking pass indicates. Satellite parking is available at the Galt Market grounds, 610 Chabolla Avenue. Free shuttle buses will begin loading at 4:30 a.m. There will be a wheelchair accessible bus in the rotation.

Can I ride in a balloon?

The only balloon rides available are "tethered". The cost per person is $10 cash. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for tethered rides can only be purchased at the event and will be on a "first come, first served" basis. The tethered balloons only fly in light winds and cool temperatures. It is at the discretion of the pilot when rides will begin and end during the festival. Tethered flights are "weather permitting".

Is this event Cash Only?

We strongly recommend having cash on hand during the festival (some vendors may accept credit cards). There will be an ATM on site.