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

Volunteers are the heart of our festival. From planning to balloon launches to making sure the myriad services and activities at the festival site run smoothly, our community of volunteers is an invaluable resource for this event. You can play an important role in making this year’s festival a high-flying success. Check back for information about volunteering at the next Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Volunteer FAQs

Volunteers need to be 16, unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Crew members are a vital part of making sure the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival comes together as planned. Duties include:

  • Unloading the balloon
  • Inflating the balloon
  • Standing the balloon upright
  • Chasing the balloon in the chase vehicle
  • Putting the balloon away

(all with the help of the pilot)