May 25, 2013 - May 27, 2013
Wet ’N Wild Waterworld
8804 S Desert Blvd, Anthony, TX 79821 United States

Additional Information

The 2013 KLAQ Balloonfest

Presented by Hoy Fox Scion and Dick Poe Scion!

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th, May 26th & May 27th

3 days of hot air balloons filling the El Paso skies, 3 afternoons of concerts and fun in the sun at Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld in Anthony.

BALLOON LAUNCH:  6400 Mason Farms Road. Sunland Park New Mexico, 88008

Join us at the YMCA, W.C Snow Sports & Family Recreation Center (off of Westside Drive), to view the balloons take flight from the TFCU launch field! Over 30 balloons, including special shapes will be part of this year’s launch. This year’s theme is Q Party Animals,” and the featured balloon shapes will include Gordo the Monkey, a panda, and a zebra.  The launch takes place at day break (approximately 6:00am) and is free for all to attend. Food vendors will be available for you and your family to enjoy breakfast during the launch.


After the balloons launch, stop by the PARTY! A weekend of water rides, swimming, concerts, and grilling will take place at Wet N Wild! KLAQ will be broadcasting live all weekend long from the WB Liquors Broadcast Stage! Plus, each day we will feature local bands, starting at noon, and different headlining artists on the Budweiser stage.


Tickets for Balloonfest concerts are on sale now at area 7-Eleven/ Alon Stores. These tickets will get you access to the water park, and concerts.

  • 1-Day Adult* Advance ticket price $19.99 plus tax. Good for water park rides and concerts. Available only at 7 Eleven/ Alon Convenience Stores.
  • 1-Day Adult* Gate ticket Price: $29.99 plus tax. Good for water park rides and concerts
  • *Adults ages 4 years and up.
  • Toddler Pricing: $2.50 plus tax, ages 1- 3 years old.

Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterworld season tickets will be selling for $39.99. Season tickets can be used for the entire weekend and for the rest of the Wet N Wild season.

This year’s Balloonfest stage features the voice, the guitar, and the Grammy! The 2013 lineup offers something the Q believes fans will find both intriguing and exciting, as more than ever we have sought out artists who are considered among the best at what they do.

Headlining Saturday May 25 – Tremonti, featuring Creed and Alter Bridge lead guitarist Mark Tremonti. The list of accolades bestowed on Mark over the years is lengthy, including having been named “Guitarist of the Year” for 3 consecutive years by Guitar World, and in 2011 Mark was listed by Total Guitar as the fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time.

Headlining Sunday May 26 – Sully Erna, the lead signer of Godsmack brings his solo acoustic show to Balloonfest.  Sully will perform songs from his debut solo album, some personal-favorite covers, and even a few select Godsmack songs.  Aranda will be the special guests taking the stage before Sully to recreate the magic of their acoustic show which was a highlight of last year’s Cool Canyon Nights series.  This full day of captivating acoustic performances will be as memorable an event as it will be unique to the Balloonfest legacy.*

Headlining Monday May 27 – Grammy Award winners Halestorm.  It will have been nearly a year since their last El Paso appearance, since which they have become one of the hottest bands in Rock.  Charismatic lead vocalist Lzzy Hale continues to grow the ranks of Halestorm fans worldwide.  Special guests to add to the closing Memorial Day lineup is another of rock’s hottest new bands, Young Guns! 

The park opens daily at 7 a.m., with first band going on at Noon.


Balloon Fest Band Line Up:



  • Vision
  • Arcadian
  • 2nd Class Citizen
  • Vox Vendetta
  • Chaos Follows Order
  • Tremonti Project


  • Texas Roadkill
  • 3rd Edge
  • C. W. Ayon
  • Travis Manning
  • Aranda
  • Sully Erna


  • Aftermath
  • Thee Nobodys
  • Revati
  • Murder FM
  • Young Guns
  • Halestorm
* The Sully Erna solo album, “The Avalon Box Set,” features a body of work that took him two years to write, compose, and record.  It utilizes the hypnotic sounds of tribal rhythms, melodic pianos, cellos, and hand percussion.  Sully’s live acoustic show has been playing to rave reviews.


  • Dick Poe Scion & Hoy Fox Scion: Proud presenting sponsors of the 28th annual Balloon Festival.
  • 7 Eleven/ Alon: Official Advance ticket outlet.
  • Teacher’s Federal Credit Union: Launch Field Sponsor.
  • SouthWest University: Sponsor of the Panda Special Shape balloon.
  • El Paso Electric: Coming soon, donate blood at any area United Blood Services location and get a ticket to Balloonfest!
  • Budweiser: Concert Stage Sponsor.
  • WB Liquors: Broadcast Stage Sponsor.
  • Sun City Medical Supply: Volunteer T Shirt Sponsor.
  • T Mobile: Don’t worry if you forget your charger while you’re at Balloon Fest! T Mobile has you covered, stop by the T Mobile Recharge Zone and charge your phone for a bit for FREE. (Charger provided by Batteries Plus)
  • Saratoga Homes: Stop by Saratoga Homes’ booth at Balloon Fest, they will be giving away some promotional items throughout the day.

Balloon Sponsors:

  • Station Recreation
  • Mister Carwash
  • El Paso Community College
  • Orielly Auto Parts