South Country Balloon Festival returns July 20-22

South Country Balloon Festival returns July 20-22

Billy Gilman

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Roomful of Blues and Billy Gilman will headline the 40th South County Balloon Festival, set for the weekend of July 20-22 at the University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, rain or shine.

Roomful of Blues will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20. The eight-piece band will open the festival.

Gilman, the Hope Valley native and runner-up in Season 11 of “The Voice” will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

During both concerts, balloonists offer tethered rides for $20, giving riders a view of the festival and surrounding area.

Admission is $10 per person and free for kids 10 and under. Festival hours are Friday, 4-10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Parking is free and RV camping is available on site.

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