30TH ANNIVERSARY OF FEST OFFERS SHOVELS & ROPE, PETER WOLF, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND,
DAWES, SHAKEY GRAVES, LOS LOBOS, AND MORE
Besides a phenomenal musical lineup, Green River Festival is the only major music festival that offers hot air balloon rides. For the 30th anniversary edition of the festival July 8-10, balloon launches will happen in the evening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and in the morning on Saturday and Sunday. Rides last about an hour. For those who want to dip their toes in the water before jumping in, there will also be tethered balloon rides available, weather permitting. They are about a 5 minute ride and can be purchased that day on the field. And don’t worry about Indiana Jones syndrome; according to balloon meister Paul Sena, “The landings are soft and pleasant.”
The 30th anniversary edition of the Green River Fest features Dawes, Shovels & Rope, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The North Mississippi All Stars, Peter Wolf, Winterpills, Los Lobos, Shakey Graves, And The Kids, The Felice Brothers, Amy Helm, Madisen Ward and Mama Bear, Margo Price, and many more on three stages plus camping.
Originally two separate events, the music festival and hot air balloon festival merged in the late 1980s to become the fest that NY Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone have praised.
The full balloon rides are sold at $225/person in advance, and includes a 1 day pass to the festival. They can also be purchased at the festival for $250. Tethered rides are $10 for kids and $15 for adults.