About Ciel en fête

The Ciel en Fête, presented by the International Hot Air Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, will brighten up every weekend in August with a calendar of activities and events to suit all tastes. From the classics such as hot balloons in the sky and night glows, to the Pique-niques découverte SAQ, a world record, air shows and more!

Why is there no festival this year ?

The safety and health of the community is at the heart of the organization’s interests. The International team has therefore rethought its activities with a fresh outlook to allow the public to reconnect with hot air balloons, despite the current global situation. A temporary sacrifice of a large area inhabited for 9 days was necessary to make way for new initiatives, taking place every weekend in August in the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

See activities here.

About the balloon flights this year

Why is there no festival this year ?

This year, due to the situation with COVID-19, the festival is not taking place as it usually does. Instead, we have presented Ciel en fete with many new activities!

Where can you see the balloons this year ?

The best place to watch the balloons fly across the sky is from the Vieux-Saint-Jean, by the Richelieu River, as the winds normally take the balloons in this direction.

What time can you see the balloons fly?

Flight times vary depending on the day, weather, winds, etc. They usually take place in the morning between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and in the evening between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Please note, we have no control over the time and direction of the balloon flights, this depends on the weather conditions and winds of the day. Additionally, in case of bad weather conditions, the balloon flights can be canceled.

Why can’t you come to the festival site to watch the balloons inflate ?

As there is no festival this year, the site is not open to the public to watch the balloons inflate to avoid public gatherings and for the safety of the public.

Depending on the weather conditions of the day, the pilots will make a decision at the last minute where they will fly from (this includes multiple parks across Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu).

Therefore, unfortunately, we cannot announce in advance where the balloons will inflate from.