Schedule

Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit.

The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is approaching its 14th year of flying! We are excited you are interested in coming to this year’s event that will feature more than 30 balloons from across the country!

Come enjoy performances by the World-Famous Disc Connected Canines, musical entertainment, children’s activities and more amid retail, arts & crafts and food booths. Musical headliners follow balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) Friday and Saturday nights.

Schedule of Events

May 3
Balloon Glow at Tanger Outlets
6-8 p.m.

The festival begins with the Tanger Outlet Balloon Glow, weather permitting. Six balloons will set up in the parking lots and inflate balloons to provide a beautiful glow!

May 4
Festival Grounds open to public
2-10 p.m.

Enjoy the world-famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs, arts and crafts and more! Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit.

May 5
10K & 5K
7:30 a.m.

Pre-Register NOW!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 10K & 5K

Join us for the Balloon Fest 10k/5k and get an opportunity to be up close and personal with hot air balloons (weather permitting). The race will begin and finish at the Balloon Festival Grounds. Awards will be given following the race and Balloon Festival vendors will be open for your shopping enjoyment. Packet pickup will be held on festival grounds from 6:30 am until 7:30 am. 

5K:
Adults $20/$25 day of
Children (12 and under) $15 /$20 day of

10K:
Adults $30/$35 day of
Children (12 and under) $25/$30 day of

May 5
Festival Grounds open to public
9 a.m-10 p.m.

Enjoy the world-famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dogs, arts and crafts and more! Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit.

May 6
Festival Grounds open to public
6-7 a.m.

Come and watch as our pilots enjoy their final competition flight! Please note there are NO activities, vendors or food sales today. Balloon flights are weather dependent.