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 16th year of flying! We are excited you are interested in coming to this year’s event that will feature more than 40 balloons from across the country!

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 28
Festival Grounds open to public
2-10 p.m.

2:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Carnival open to public

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

2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm – Disconnected K9 Dog Show

5:00 pm – Dusk – Interactive Hot Air Balloon Display

5:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies 

5:30 pm – Red Clay Strays

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

8:00 – 10:00 pm – The Chee-Weez

Saturday, August 29
Festival Grounds open to public
9 a.m-10 p.m.

9:00 am – 10:00 pm – Carnival open to public

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

9:00 am – Magnolia Dance Company Performance 

10:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm – Disconnected K9 Dog Show

11:30 am – 1:30 pm – The Defrosters

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – This Side of 49

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Yeah Probably

5:00 pm – Dusk – Interactive Hot Air Balloon Display

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

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Category 6

Sunday, August 30
Enjoy the balloons from afar as they soar through the sky!

6:00 am – Pilots have their final competition flight and awards ceremony. Festival grounds will not be open, however, we invite you to come and watch the pilots in their final flight.