Balloon flights and displays are weather dependent, taking place only at dusk and dawn when conditions permit.
Festival admission is FREE!
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) on Friday and Saturday nights. There is no cost to come watch the balloons fly!
Eight hot air balloons will offer evening tethered rides to those who have paid for a ticket. The balloons are tethered to the ground and rise up to 50 feet in the air. This is a great experience for all ages! Get the chance to meet the pilot and climb inside a hot air balloon! Rides are all weather dependent. Tickets are non-refundable. We recommend you arrive on the festival grounds two hours prior to sunset (about 5 p.m.). The ticket booth will open at 5 p.m. with a limited number of tickets available or you may purchase them below online.
WE DO NOT OFFER FULL BALLOON RIDES DURING THIS EVENT.
Advanced Sale Carnival tickets will be available until April 30th. Click here to purchase them now! Tickets are sold in a sheet of 5 for $10. Each of these tickets are good for one ride. Carnival ride tickets day of are sold by the Sheridan Amusements, not the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival and can be purchased on site at the carnival. Each carnival ride takes between 3-5 tickets.
We understand festival parking can be a challenge! We offer both onsite and offsite options for your convenience. See below to purchase tickets online or visit our Map & Parking page for more information on shuttles.
NOTE: No refunds will be given for any reason within 30 days of the event.