July 28-30 2017

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ


Countdown to Festival Fun!


Until the 2017
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



2015 Balloon Left 1
2016 Balloon Right 2

Sunday Featured Concert

The 2016 Sunday Afternoon Concert - July 31st
John Kay and Steppenwolf - 4PM
Special Guest Foghat - 2PM
** All VIP orders placed after Friday, July 22nd will be held at will call and unfortunately cannot include VIP parking. **
For those of you who are captivated by the idea of a magic carpet ride, the upcoming 34th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank offers two fabulous options:  take a hot air balloon ride in the sky or enjoy that classic rock anthem from John Kay & Steppenwolf.
John Kay & Steppenwolf (“Magic Carpet Ride,” “Born to Be Wild,” “Rock Me”). The group will headline the balloon festival’s hugely popular live concert series along with special guest Foghat in association with Q104.3 on Sunday, July 31. 
Steppenwolf was one of the prominent rock bands in the late 1960’s and early ‘70s, selling more than 25 million records worldwide, releasing eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles including three Top 10 successes.
Kay has certainly lived the life of a rock-and-roll rebel. After a perilous midnight escape from post-war East Germany as a child, he grew up on a steady diet of Armed Forces Radio and became inspired by the likes of Little Richard and Chuck Berry. At age 13, he decided to make rock-and-roll his life.
“Considering I was only 13, legally blind, spoke the wrong language and was on the wrong side of the ocean, maybe I was a little optimistic,” he said.
Powered by Kay’s gritty vocals, the blues-based rock band rocketed to fame following the release of “Born to Be Wild,” which was featured in the opening credits of the 1969 counterculture cult film Easy Rider as Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper rode their Harley motorcycles through the America of the late 1960s.
Magic Carpet Ride” reached No. 3 on the charts and would be one of their many songs licensed for use in dozens of motion pictures, television shows, and commercials including Apollo 13, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The King of Queens, Miller Genuine Draft, Dodge Viper, and the Chevy SSR to video games such as NASCAR Thunder 2003 and Dance Dance Revolution Universe.
Foghat, another staple of classic rock radio with hits such as “Slow Ride,” “Fool For The City,” “Drivin’ Wheel,” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” opens the twin bill on July 31 at 2:00 p.m. 
Formed in 1971 when Lonesome Dave Peverett and Roger Earl left the English rock band Savoy Brown, Foghat has earned eight gold records, one platinum record and one double-platinum record. 
From the young kids who play Guitar Hero III to the “boomers” who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or 8-track, the band’s thunderous blend of blues, boogie and rock throughout their live performances show why the band is still going strong today --- all with founder Roger Earl in the drum seat.
Foghat is set to release their new album, “Under the Influence.” Read more, HERE!

Concert seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Seats will be assigned to you when you place your order.  The last day to purchase tickets online and have them mailed to you is Friday, July 22nd. Tickets purchased after July 22nd will be held at the Will Call booth and will not include VIP Parking.

The festival is rain or shine. All sales are final. NO REFUNDS. For more information on ticket policies, click below.