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Agua Caliente Casinos Presents 8th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival + Food Truck Fiesta

Cathedral City, CA (October 18, 2022) –  Agua Caliente Casinos, the award-winning premier destination for entertainment in the Coachella Valley, is proud to present the 8th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival & Food Truck Fiesta, taking place on Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20, 2022 in Cathedral City, California. The casino’s very own marquee hot air balloon will kick off the festival with a first flight at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage on Friday, November 18. 

“After debuting Agua Caliente Casinos’ very own hot air balloon in last year’s festival, we are exceedingly proud to be the presenting sponsor at this year’s festival and get back up in the sky with the other balloons,” said Darrel Kammeyer, Vice President of Marketing at Agua Caliente Casinos. “This year, we have balloons coming from all across the world! It is such an exciting and unique event, and we are looking forward to joining our community in the activities. Bring your cameras … the awe of watching a hot air balloon take flight is hard to describe and only a picture will do it justice.”   

The official kick-off begins with the balloon launch from Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Friday, November 18 at sunrise. The Food Truck Fiesta takes place Friday evening and the following, Saturday, November 19, at the Cathedral City Amphitheater. The fiesta will feature a dozen food truck vendors from all over Southern California, a beer garden, tethered balloon rides, a car show, kid zones, live music, and more.  

“Ranked as one of the top balloon festivals in the world by U.S. News & World Report, we’re all very excited for the biggest and best Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival to date,” said Cathedral City Mayor Ernesto Gutierrez. “This annual event brings in visitors from all over the country to our city and is a spectacle that stands out each year as one of the most memorable fall events in the Coachella Valley.” 

Schedule of Events: 

Friday, November 18  

630A Sunrise Balloon Flight, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage  

4P-9P Food Truck Fiesta, Cathedral City Community Amphitheater  

630P Live Music, Continuous Signal – A Pink Floyd Affair  


Saturday, November 19  

630A Sunrise Second Balloon Flight, Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa  

9A-8P Festival, Cathedral City Community Amphitheater 

11A-830P Food Truck Fiesta + Beer Garden 

2P-6P Car Show + Balloon Lounge 

7P The Dreamboats, Festival Headline Concert  

5P-8P Evening Balloon Glow to Music  

All Day: Live music, artisan market AMP “Instrument Zoo”, First Tee putting green, tethered balloon rides, and balloon candy drops. 

Sunday November 20  

630A Sunrise Third Balloon Flight, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage  

7A-10A Special Shape Pancake Breakfast, Big League Dreams  

All tickets for the festival’s special events are for sale at www.hotairballoonfest.com. There is a special VIP 3-Day All Access Pass available for $100. All Cathedral City residents and Agua Caliente Casinos ACE Card Members will receive free admission to the Food Truck Fiesta. All events are open to the public.  

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, visit hotairballoonfest.com.  


Agua Caliente Casinos are located in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs and Cathedral City, CA. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is the only property in California that has been awarded the Forbes Four-Star rating for three different property venues, with Sunstone Spa earning the Forbes Five-Star award in 2021, the only spa in California to earn this distinction. The Sunstone Spa also ranked in the top spas in the U.S. and number three in California by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas 2021; The Steakhouse is a consecutive winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2007; and the hotel achieved Forbes Four-Star status.  

Collectively, the three properties offer a 16-story, 340-room hotel with resort-style pools and cabanas, three entertainment venues, Pívat Cigar Lounge, a premier cigar lounge offering live table games and slot machines, 13 diverse dining options, an award-winning, full-service luxury spa and salon, meeting and event venues, and Agua Caliente Fuel, an expansive fuel station with 750 square feet of gaming machines, a drive-through coffee shop Java Caliente, and competitive gas prices. Agua Caliente is also home to two nearby championship golf courses: Indian Canyons North and South. 

Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also a AAA Four Diamond property and was ranked top 10 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2018 travel awards. For more information on Agua Caliente Casinos, visit www.aguacalientecasinos.com or join the conversation on Instagram @aguacalientecasinos.  


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