Foley is the spot for high-flying adventure and family fun at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Enjoy the entertainment, arts and crafts displays and more at the festival site daily. Balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) add to the fun at dawn and dusk. 

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Tickets

Tickets

Purchase activity tickets today. Festival Admission is FREE!

Foley Balloon Fest Schedule

Schedule

Enjoy entertainment, children’s activities and more!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Balloons

Balloons

View a list of balloons scheduled to fly at this year's festival.

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival FAQs

FAQS

Check out the responses to these frequently asked questions and helpful event tips.

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Map & Parking

Map & Parking

We offer both onsite and offsite options for your convenience.

What to Know Before You Go

Stay tuned to the latest weather updates and announcements from our balloon pilots. 

 

Foley
43°
Cloudy
6:46am5:17pm CST
Feels like: 36°F
Wind: 12mph NNW
Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 30.16“Hg
UV index: 0
FriSatSunMonTue
43/28°F
52/25°F
52/30°F
57/46°F
59/37°F

Let’s Get Social

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📣 #Congratulations to our 18th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival poster design winner = Tara McMeans of Gulf Shores! Tara owns and operates Design Print Promote and has been a long-time partner with the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Congrats, Tara! 🎉And MORE NEWS about our upcoming fest! We are excited to be partnering with Wolf Bay Restaurant as the 2022 Presenting Sponsor! 👏🥰 #gchabf2022 #artwork #HotAirBalloonFest #PresentingSponsor #PosterRelease2022 #tshirtdesign2022See the News Release:www.southbaldwinchamber.com/news/details/news-release-1-13-2022-gchabf See MoreSee Less
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It’s National #BalloonAscensionDay! 🥰❣️ We’d love to see your photos! 🤩🤳🏼 Drop us a few 📸 in the comments! #Reminiscing #HotAirBalloons💕 “National Balloon Ascension Day has been observed since at least 2011 in commemoration of the first manned balloon launch in the United States on January 9, 1793.”#SaveTheDate: May 12-14, 2022 #GCHABF #Ballooning #HotAirBalloons #VisitFoley #OWA #BalloonPilots See MoreSee Less
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The Alabama Tourism Department recognized its 2021 award winners during the 2021 Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at The Lodge at Gulf State Park. Winning the "2021 Event of the Year" was our very own Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival! The GCHABF premiered in 2005 at the Foley Sports Complex. Tommy Rachel, owner of Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Co. in Magnolia Springs, first pitched the festival idea to his fellow aeronauts. Next, he brought the idea to the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the City of Foley (Visit Foley Alabama). The rest is history. The festival, now having completed its 17th year, has moved to OWA and draws professional hot air balloon pilots from all over the country. This past year the event recorded significant growth with more than 120k guests in attendance making it the biggest festival to date. Rachel Spear, South Baldwin Chamber Event Director, along with Tommy Rachel, balloon pilot and event founder, accepted the award. Spear said, "For the past 7 years of working with the South Baldwin Chamber’s Event team, I have watched the festival morph and grow into what it is today. Nothing in my career has been more satisfying than seeing the smiles on visitors’ faces as they watch hot air balloons inflate all around them. This event would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors, and the partnership and support of the City of Foley and OWA. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you."📸: flic.kr/s/aHBqjzxLTL#HotAirBalloon #FoleyFun #GCHABF2021 #GCHABF2022 #BalloonPilots #VisitFoley #OWA News Release: www.southbaldwinchamber.com/news/details/news-release-1-7-2022 See MoreSee Less
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🎊🥳🎉 #HappyNewYear! May you all have a fabulous 2022! We hope you’ll join us in May for the 2022 #GCHABF! #savethedates = May 12-14, 2022 #foleyfun #hotairballoons #balloonpilots #OWA #gchabf2022 #1mylocalchamber #SouthBaldwin See MoreSee Less
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#MerryChristmas 🎄 May you all have a Merry Christmas and spectacular New Year! #HappyNewYear See MoreSee Less
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FUTURE FESTIVAL DATES: May 4-6, 2023

The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in partnership with the City of Foley and OWA.

Located at OWA

100 N OWA Blvd. • Foley, AL, 36535