WBC week is full of exclusive educational opportunities from Qualatex, but don’t forget to enjoy some amazing extra-curricular festivities as well. Watch the welcome festivities, soak up the sun at the Beach Party, and wear your best threads at the Red Carpet Gala. From product sales and vendor showcases, to deco-twisting jams and the CBA exam, there’s something for everyone.

Scroll down for more information about the:

  • Welcome Festivities
  • Beach Party
  • Red Carpet Gala
  • CBA Exam
  • Deco-Twisting Jams
  • Vendor Showcase
  • Product Sale

A Look Back at WBC 2016

We let the good times roll at the 2016 World Balloon Convention in New Orleans! Take a look back at our time in The Big Easy! We are already looking forward to seeing everyone in San Diego, CA in 2018!

Welcome Festivities

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Watch for more detail on this opening event to kick off a week of extraordinary education and entertainment!

2016's Welcome Party Pics

Beach Party

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Surfs up at this fun-filled party!  Come dressed in your favorite beachwear and enjoy cocktails, dinner, plenty of photo opportunities, and entertainment! 


View the pictures from the 2016 Costume Party

Red Carpet Gala

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cap off an amazing week at the WBC Red Carpet Gala. Walk the Red Carpet in your best balloon couture or glamorous evening wear into a scene right out of the movies! They’ll be lots of glitz, fine food and drink, and the unveiling of competition winners. Then, join the After-Party for late-night snacks, beverages, and dancing!

View the pictures from 2016's Gala

CBA Practical Exam

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

You could become a CBA at WBC! Register to take the CBA Practical Exam with other examinees from all over the world. To qualify for the exam, you must have completed the QBN online exams (with a score of 80% or above) and work for a QBN business member. You must send in four Classic Balloon Decor photos with a completed Job Cost Form for each by January 19, 2018. Please contact the Pioneer office nearest you or email if you have any questions.

View the photos from 2016

Deco-Twisting Jams

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 &
Friday, March 16, 2018

Come and play with a huge complimentary spread of Qualatex Round and Non-round balloons at the Deco-Twisting Jams. Join other decorators, twisters, seasoned veterans and newcomers, in the fun and camaraderie.  Try your hand at creating new figures, share some of your own ideas, and get inspired to create fun, new designs.

See the fun from 2016's Jams!

Vendor Showcase

Friday, March 16, 2018, 11am-7pm

Because you asked for it, the Vendor Showcase is back and better than ever with new extended hours!  Come see what’s new and best in the industry and take advantage of special show pricing.

Product Sale

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Take advantage of special prices of opened and un-opened product remaining from the week’s classes and special events.  The sale has been revamped and will be easier than ever to enter, shop, and exit!