For More Information about Hot Air Ballooning and Balloon Rides during the Airshow Weekend, contact WindDancer Balloon Promotions at or 262-522-6675

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  • Our 13th Annual Balloon Rally!
  • Up to 10 Balloons on Display
  • Open to the public, a free event!
  • Come watch balloon launches Saturday & Sunday morning AND evening!
  • Find out more about these balloons!
    • Saturday, June 2nd
      • Sunrise: 5:08am
      • 5:30 am - 7:00 am: Balloon Launch at Airport
      • See revised Saturday activities below
      • Sunset: 8:27pm
    • Sunday, June 3rd
      • Sunrise: 5:08am
      • 5:30 am - 7:00 am: Balloon Launch at Airport

Saturday Night Activities - a Fun Flight Fiesta!

The festivities of the Thunder on the Lakeshore Airshow continue well into the night on Saturday, June 2nd with all sorts of fun at the Manitowoc County Airport; an evening of thrills, music, and fun! Right after the daily Airshow (approximately 5:00pm) live music will kick off the fun under the big-top tent, while you can enjoy food and drink right on the airport grounds. Become part of the community favorite hot air balloon activities and enjoy dinner & a beverage at the same time! Dinner will feature a couple of special meals...including our regular fare and all sorts of other goodies in the food court, which will be open, too.

All night, enjoy live music from Milwaukee's very own Liquid Crush! This group features a mix classic rock from the past 4 decades, mixed with some country and other fun stuff! They've appeared at SummerFest and other major music events, as well as other attractions here in the Manitowoc area. Don't miss from 5 until 10pm.

At Dusk (sometime between 8 and 9) the fun continues with our 3rd annual Night Airshow and Hot Air Balloon Glow. Bob Davis and his Russian-built Sukhoi military trainer will start the show. After that, Manfred Radius will take the silent skies with his German-built glider, sailing through the sky with flames on his wingtips to beautifully choreographed classical music. Then, the world-famous Aeroshell Aerobatic Team will take off with a roar, all 4 planes in formation, in an exciting mix of music, lights, smoke and precision flying. Mixed in, don't miss the Flash Fire Jet Dragster, huffing and puffing flames into the darkess. We'll also have our special guests with ground-based Wingwalking in the antique Ornithopter, complete with shiny, glittering lights on his wings. Everyone will look very exciting in the glimmering night skies.

Just after that, our Hot Air Balloons will present their evening Balloon Glow, where they set up (tethered down so they don't fly away in the dark) and inflate their balloon envelopes, illuminating them, glowing and flashing in the night sky! You won't want to miss it. If you'd like to volunteer crewing for the balloons, call our balloon coordinator, Harley Engel, at 920-973-3125.

Tickets for the Saturday night Fun Flight Fiesta are only $5 in advance or $10.00 at the gate, and admission is free if you stay on the grounds into the evening after attending the Airshow during the day. You can also leave and come back in the evening IF you get your hand stamped at one of our two Information Booths on the way out, but you won't want to miss dinner with the great specials we have. Come on out to the airport bring your family, friends and dancing shoes!

Activities wrap up at 10:00pm, and the airport closes to the public at 11pm.

Hot Air Balloon Rides (limited seats available)
  • $225 per person
  • Reservations available for Sunrise Balloon Rides
  • Early Saturday and Sunday Morning
  • Contact Balloon Chair Ken Walter at or 262-522-6675

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