Valley News -

By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Visitors pour in and fill up at the 35th annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival


Last updated 6/7/2018 at 9:54am

Shane Gibson

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine festival guests enjoy the hot air balloons as they fill the sky during an evening glow, June 2.

Visitors to Lake Skinner in Temecula Valley Wine Country got to enjoy the sound of music, the smell of food, the sight of hot air balloons and the taste of wine during the 35th annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival which took place from June 1-3.

The annual event gave visitors the chance to try wines from some of the region's heavy hitters such as Wilson Creek Winery, Van Roekel Winery, Wiens Family Cellars and Europa Village. For avowed beer drinkers there were several domestic and craft brew options to choose from as well.

Each of the three nights of the festival offered the chance to hear some great music at the event's main stage. On Friday festival goers rocked out with such bands as Sugar Ray, The Spin Doctors and Safety Orange.

The rock 'n' roll continued Saturday with alternative crooners such as Hoobastank, Lifehouse, The Wallflowers, Fuel and Robot Nature.

As one crowd gathered for the festival's rock acts Saturday, another crowd gathered on the opposite side of the festival grounds for the "balloon glow," a portion of the event where tethered hot air balloons lit up the evening sky by firing up their burners.

Codie Hays

The Balloon and Wine Festival set up a VIP tent with food, drinks and cooling fans for anyone with a VIP pass.

Sunday, the last day of the festival, provided a change of pace with an evening filled with country music stars. Guests got the chance to hear Justin Moore, Tyler Farr, Raelynn and Lucy.

Shoppers looking for that one-of-a-kind item could check out the festival's various vendors, who were selling everything from huckleberry- and cinnamon apple-flavored kettle corn, to brightly-colored baja blankets.

Murrieta Mesa High School's baseball team helped keep the festival grounds pristine throughout the weekend. A "beautification team" that consisted of baseball players, coaches and parents helped pick up trash items.

For more information on the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival and what it included this year, visit

See a complete photo gallery here!

Alex Groves can be reached at [email protected]


Reader Comments


Our Family of Publications Includes:

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2019

Rendered 04/14/2019 21:25