SHAWNEE, Okla. (KFOR) – A fun festival that invites everyone to celebrate summer nights is preparing to kick off this weekend.

In all, organizers say 25 hot air balloons will take flight over Shawnee for the fifth annual Firelake Fireflight Balloon Fest.

The festival is set to be held on Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 at Raymond Peltier Park, located at 1702 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. in Shawnee.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is hosting the free event, which features a weekend full of live music, fireworks, a 5K run run, and family-friendly activities.

The balloon glow will begin at 8:30 p.m. each night.

On Friday night, visitors can enjoy fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday night, guests can also enjoy a live performance from native Oklahoman Bryan White and Andrea Pearson.

White tells KFOR it will be a full show and admission is free.

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