Merchant Village for WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

freedom balloon fest logo and balloons

Join us Memorial Day Weekend 2017 for the Merchant Village that will be part of the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest right here in Fuquay-Varina!

The Chamber of Commerce is excited to be a part of this event in our community, and encourages business owners and managers in every walk of life to find a way to leverage this event over the coming months as we prepare for the 70,000+ visitors that will travel to Fuquay-Varina for it. This year, the event will encompass a full week of activities, so stay tuned for announcements of additional features and presentations that will launch the weekend BEFORE Memorial Day 2017.

The Chamber of Commerce organizes the “Merchant Village” portion of the festival that features artists, crafters, and merchandise vendors alongside the food, beverage and entertainment activities that happen in conjunction with the balloon events. The Merchant Village is open much of the day from Friday through Monday (May 26-29th) and will include balloon-inspired merchandise as well as hand-made products from across the region. We are excited to welcome these vendors to our community and will post confirmed vendors on this page as they confirm their participation.

Visiting Fuquay-Varina

While you are in Fuquay-Varina check out some of the other fine places to shop, eat and enjoy yourself.

Merchant Village Vendor Registration

Any vendor interested in participating in the 2017 Merchant Village can click HERE to be directed to the registration page for more details about cost and logistics.

Parking and Transportation

With the potential for more than 70,000 people attending the festival over the four-day weekend, planners are working on a new and improved parking and shuttle plan for 2017. We will post information as we get it.

For more information about the Chamber’s Merchant Village and any other Chamber activities associated with the balloon festival, please contact the Chamber directly at (919) 552-4947 or