After two years of canceled events and altered dates, the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally is back on its normal schedule for 2022.
The festival will be held at Otsiningo Park beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday evening.
As in past years, the Spiedie Fest will bring craft vendors, food, games and activities to the park and launch hot air balloons into the sky for all of Broome County to view.
Heading to the 2022 Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally? Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festival:
When is the 2022 Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally?
The festival opens at 3 pm Friday, then at 10 am Saturday-Sunday for balloon launches.
It closes at 9 pm Friday, 8:30 pm Saturday-Sunday.
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How much are Spiedie Fest tickets?
A one-day pass for Spiedie Fest is $ 10; children 8 and under free. Purchase one-day passes at the gate on the day you’re attending the festival.
Other tickets, including passes that include the weekend’s concerts, are available for purchase at all Broome County Mirabito stores. If you want to attend one of the weekend’s concerts, you can purchase a concert and one-day festival pass for $ 20 ($ 40 at the gate).
A two-person weekend pass, including all three days of the festival and concerts, is $ 99, and can be purchased online through TicketMaster or at a local Mirabito store.
Spiedie Fest concerts: Who is performing?
Brian Kelly, one half of Florida Georgia Line; Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts are performing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Brian Kelly concert will begin at 7 pm Friday.
On Saturday, the pre-show party will start at 3 pm and feature local artists Allie Torto, Kipani, and Junkyard Heights. Lou Gramm is scheduled to follow at 6 pm
On Sunday, the pre-show party starts at 3 pm and will feature local artists Tessa Victoria, OsbornNash, and Matthew Cornwell & L’Bonti. Gary LeVox is scheduled to follow at 6 pm
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What else is there to do?
There are three main vendor areas at the Spiedie Fest: the craft fair, commercial row and food vendors.
Events include the hot air balloon launches, spiedie cooking contest, car show, SQUAWK! The Amazing Bird Show, sand volleyball tournament, Xcite Pro Wrestling, Puppies of Penzance and the Kelly Labare 5K Run / Walk.
There will also be opportunities to meet Miss New York 2022 Taryn Delanie Smith and Scott Flansburg, the Human Calculator.
There will also be “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Meet & Greet with The Wimpy Kid, and a Peppa Pig meet and greet.
When do the balloons launch?
Hot air balloons launch from Otsiningo Park each evening of the festival at 6 pm
Friday at 8:30 pm check out the hot air balloon night glow, as vibrant multi-colored balloons fill with light and glow against the evening sky.
Morning launches on Saturday and Sunday are free to watch – no ticket required. Come into the park and watch them take off both days at 7 am
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Where are the best parking spots?
Parking inside Otsiningo Park is available to those who purchase a weekend Double Pass or have VIP parking credentials.
All other parking is available at nearby SUNY Broome on Upper Front Street. Free shuttles over to the park will be provided. Parking is $ 10 per vehicle.
Will any roads be closed?
According to the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally website, the state Department of Transportation has assured officials that no closures will impede traffic to the festival throughout the weekend.
Parts of Front Street in Binghamton that had been closed for construction have reopened as of Thursday.