In addition to the food donations that are made in lieu of admission, proceeds from the annual QC Balloon Festival are used to support the River Bend Foodbank Backpack Program.

The Backpack Program strives to ensure that children don't go hungry over the weekend when there are no school meals for them to rely upon. The program serves approximately 2,100 children in the Quad Cities area.


Every Friday during the entire school year children participating in the Backpack Program receive free, nutritious food which they can take home in their backpacks and easily prepare at home.

The QUAD CITIES BALLOON FESTIVAL would not be possible without the support of

its sponsors.


Click through to see a list of our 2016 event sponsors and a form for 2017 sponsorship opportunities.

We want to say thank you to everyone that donated food at the gate! We more than doubled the food donation that was made to the River Bend Foodbank this year resulting in 38,000 meals for those in need in our community.

September 22 - 23, 2017


Enjoy these family focused activities:

  • Balloon Launch Friday and Saturday evening (FREE)
  • Balloon Glow Friday and Saturday evening (FREE)
  • Food Vendors
  • Play area for the kids featuring Jumpin Joey's Bounce Houses
  • Balloon Tethered Rides for $15/rider‚Äč

7,121 lbs of Food donated in 2015!

Sponsorship OPPurtunities

2017 Event


September 22 - 23, 2017