40th Carolina Balloonfest
October 18 - 3 pm-8:30 pm; October 19 - 7 am-8:30 pm; October 20 - 7 am-8:30 pm. At Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive. Features balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, balloon watching, children's activities, foods and wines from North Carolina vineyards. Advance tickets are available by calling 888-718-4253. Weekend passes cost $15 for ages 13 and older. Individual tickets range $5-$10. Details www.carolinaballoonfest.com.