February 22, 2023

Laurie Berkner Concert To Open Balloon Festival

“ADELE OF THE PRESCHOOL CROWD”: That’s what Princeton native Laurie Berkner, who will perform at the annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning, has been called. Opening day is July 28.

Best-selling children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner , a native of Princeton, will headline this year’s children’s concert at the 40th annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning. The three-day festival at Solberg Airport in Readington begins July 28. Berkner will perform that day at 1:30 p.m.

Berkner delivered the Festival’s first-ever kids’ concert in 2017 and has become a Festival staple. With an average of more than 22 million monthly streams and millions of CDs and DVDs sold, her songs have become classics for children worldwide. Her debut DVD, which went quadruple platinum, was the first-ever indie children’s music DVD to enter Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at number one. She has released 15 best-selling albums including the recently released Another Laurie Berkner Christmas, was the first recording artist ever to perform in music videos on Nick Jr., and has authored a number of picture books based on her songs.

Pre-sale tickets for loyal festival patrons and the event’s social media followers are now available with tickets for the general public going on sale now at  balloonfestival.com. Ticket packages include a limited number of VIP meet-and-greet opportunities.

“I am so honored to have been asked to perform at the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning this year as part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration,” said Berkner. “It is always such an amazing event and I’m sure this year is going to be particularly fantastic as we all celebrate this impressive milestone together.”

The festival, held from July 28-30, features the spectacle of up to 100 balloons taking flight twice each day, along with affordable family entertainment including concerts, fireworks, children’s amusement rides, and family entertainment in a safe, outdoor environment spread across Solberg Airport’s 744 acres.