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 18th year of flying! We are excited you are interested in coming to this year’s event that will feature more than 50 balloons from across the country! Join us at OWA for this fun filled weekend!

Schedule of Events (2021 Schedule)

Thursday, May 6
Balloon Glow Kick Off Event
5 – 8 p.m.

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Park at OWA

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – DJ Patrick

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Balloon Glow (weather and wind permitting) 

Friday, May 7
Festival opens to public
2-10 p.m.

2:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Festival Hours

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Food vendors, arts and craft vendors, retail vendors 

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Park at OWA 

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Kids Inflatables

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Pony and Camel Rides

4:00 pm – 6:30 -pm – Molly Thomas & the Rare Birds

7:30 pm – Tethered Rides,  Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension begin (weather and wind permitting)

8:00 – 10:00 pm – Tobacco Rd. Band

Saturday, May 8
Festival open to public
9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

9:00 am – 10:30 pm – Festival Hours

9:00 am – 9:00 pm – Food vendors, arts and craft vendors, retail vendors 

11:00 am – 8:00 pm – The Park at OWA

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm – Dare Devil Dog Show in The Park

11:30 am – 11:45 am – Legends Sneak Peek and National Anthem

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Tobacco Rd. Band

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Kids Inflatables

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Pony and Camel Rides

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Legends Sneak Peek

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Magnolia Dance Company

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm – Comedian Brad Tassell

7:00 pm – 10:30 pm – B Street Benny

7:30 pm – Tethered Rides, Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension begin (weather and wind permitting)

Sunday, May 9
Festival open to public

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Festival Hours

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Food vendors, arts and craft vendors, retail vendors 

11:00 am – 7:00 pm – The Park at OWA

12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – Dare Devil Dog Show in The Park

12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kids Inflatables

12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Pony and Camel Rides

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Kirk Jay

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Roman Street

7:30 pm – Balloon Glow (weather and wind permitting)