By Karen Williams
Come to the fourth annual Kanab Balloons and Tunes Roundup during President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 16–18. See bright, beautiful hot air balloons against the stunning Vermillion Cliffs of Kanab and rock out to the music from the Battle of the Bands!
The hot air balloons will launch each morning just after sunrise (weather permitting) at 7:30 a.m. The colorful balloons will fly with a beautiful backdrop of the red rock Vermilion Cliffs, located near the scenic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with the added beauty of early morning light. The balloons can be seen from all over Kanab.
After enjoying the balloons, check out the tunes at the Battle of the Bands Friday and Saturday on North Main Street. Watch 12 different bands compete on the outdoor stage for free all day. If you want to vote for your favorite band, purchase a Balloons and Tunes t-shirt for the opportunity to cast your vote.
Don’t forget to check out the street fair also located on Main Street for a variety of vendors selling food, art, and one-of-a-kind crafts throughout the weekend. The street fair will be Feb. 16 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Vendor applications are still being accepted. If you would like to be a vendor, go to balloonsandtunesroundup.com and find vendor applications at the bottom of the page.
The festivities will continue Saturday night with the balloon glow at 7 p.m. The pilots will line Center Street and light up their colorful balloons for all to enjoy. To finish an amazing evening, there will be a wishing lantern launch on Center Street at 8 p.m. Lanterns will be available for purchase at the street fair. Write your wish on it, launch it with a friend, and watch the lanterns fill the night sky. With so many great activities going on, you’ll want to stay the whole weekend, so book a room today!
For more information about the Kanab Balloons and Tunes Roundup or lodging in Kanab, go to balloonsandtunesroundup.com.
Sunday morning, the colorful balloons will have their final launch with the backdrop of majestic red rock to be seen by all in Kanab — Magically Unspoiled.