Temecula Valley Enjoys the Blend of Hot Air Balloons and Wine

Published May 18, 2024

The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, now in its 41st year, started with a festive atmosphere on Friday, May 17, as enthusiasts gathered to enjoy a thrilling combination of hot-air balloons, exquisite wines, and live music reflecting the nostalgia of the 1990s. The event took off at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area in Winchester and will run through the weekend.

Balloons Light Up the Night

Attendees experienced the mesmerizing sight of hot-air balloons glowing against the evening sky, marking one of the festival's most anticipated moments. The 'balloon glow' has become a symbolic start to the festivities, creating a picturesque backdrop for event-goers.

Wine and Music Create a Perfect Fusion

Alongside the aerial wonders, attendees sipped on fine wines from the region, showcasing Temecula's rich viticulture. They relished in performances by bands like Lit and Stone Temple Pilots, who brought the essence of '90s rock to life, adding a layer of auditory delight to the visual spectacle of the balloons.

Festival Details for the Weekend

The celebration continued on Saturday, May 18, from the early hours of 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. The festival is set to conclude on Sunday, May 19, capping off with activities running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy the final moments of this iconic gathering set against the backdrop of Lake Skinner.

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