Saturday & Sunday, August 30-31, 2014 (6am - 4pm)

home_01 Ripon's 9th annual Color The Skies Hot Air Balloon & Kite Show is coming back to Mistlin Sports Park this September, over Labor Day Weekend! Color The Skies will be packed with exciting activities, like tethered balloon rides, a carnival and Chuggabug Train Rides. The traditional Pancake Breakfast is definitely a favorite for our regulars, and this year our fabulous volunteers will also be serving up Smoked Tom Turkey Legs and Hot Dog Lunch Specials. See the schedule for a full list of entertainment, vendors and more!

Rise.Shine.Give.RUN. 5K - 10K - Children's Fun Run (1/4 mile)

home_02 5K & 10K runs will start at 8 am. The Children's Fun Run (1/4 mile) will begin at 9:30 am. All runners will receive medals with cash prizes for the overall Male and Female winners of the 5K and 10K. To register for the Rise.Shine.Give.RUN. online (until 8/28/14):  Or simply click here to print: Download the RUN. Registration Form Pre-packet pickup is Thursday, August 28th at Mistlin Park from 12:00pm - 6:00pm Same day registration will open at 6:30am at the Rise.Shine.Give.RUN.  

Kite Show

    home_03 Synchronized kite flying experts and candy dropping from the sky will thrill the entire family during the afternoon kite shows! Kids can participate in kite races and flying with assistance from kite enthusiasts! Kites will be available for purchase or bring your own. Let's go fly a kite!

Our Mission

    home_04 Over sixty years ago, five young mothers from the Fresno Area, set out to raise enough money to have a hospital just for children. They relied on their family, friends and community to reach their goal. Since then, the hospital has grown, as well as the need. Many of our Color The Skies Volunteers have personally been touched by the outstanding care they themselves, or a family member has received at Children's Hospital in Madera. They volunteer to give back to the doctors and nurses that provide care to sick and injured children every day. Each year, Color The Skies hosts a patient ambassador and their family on festival weekend. The family enjoys a majestic hot air balloon ride, as well as unlimited fun and food at the festival. This year our ambassador is a seven year old girl who was diagnosed at the age of four with Krohn's Disease. She's a patient at Children's Hospital Subspecialty Center in Modesto. We are very excited to bring a smile to her face!  

  • Carnival and Fun Activities

    The Fun & Games Carnival will include: Super Slide Zip Line Rock Wall Tea Cups Bounce Houses Jousting and more.... A super fun activity for all ages is the WOW Balls Get inside larger than life bubbles and try your balance in a 3,000 gallon pool! Also, be sure to visit KAT Country for prize giveaways!

  • Savemart Supermarket’s Fresh Farmer’s Market

    Peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, nuts and more will be available at the Farmer’s Market.

Hot Air Balloon & Kite Festival, Saturday & Sunday, August 30th-31st, 2014

Color The Skies is a nonprofit organization located in Ripon with a mission to raise awareness and financial support for Children’s Hospital Central California and other programs that benefit our youth here in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. We work hand-in-hand with the community, students and business owners to bring Color The Skies Hot Air Balloon & Kite Festival to Ripon every Labor Day Weekend. Our grassroots effort is making a difference in the lives of children throughout Central California.

Mistlin Sports Park

Ripon, CA