11th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 2015
Foley Sports Complex, 18507 US Highway 98 West, Foley, Alabama
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning*. Get up close and personal as the hot air balloons and their pilots light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held Friday and Saturday night*. Watch the 2014 Official Video courtesy of Kane-Lee Media Productions.
Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Spread out your blanket, grab an ice cold drink and enjoy a variety of live music daily. Be sure to catch one of the many shows by the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show. Toss after toss you will be amazed as man’s best friend defies gravity catching their prized flying saucers.
Grab a cone of homemade ice cream or delicious BBQ plate as you shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. Many crafters provide onsite demonstrations, find a one of kind piece of art, or grab a souvenir to commemorate your visit.
* All balloon flights and displays are weather permitting. Winds must be less than 5 mph to safely inflate balloons on the festival grounds.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to see balloons?
Early morning flights (approx. 6 a.m.) are the best time to see balloons. It’s definitely worth getting up early to see balloons fly overhead, trying to hit competition targets on the Festival grounds.
Balloons are also scheduled to fly at dusk (approx. 7 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday night. Due to large volumes of traffic, it is best to arrive in the early afternoon to secure your best possible viewing location for the nightly activities!
Ballooning is extremely weather dependent. Winds must be less than 7 mph for balloons to fly. Listen to WHEP 1310 AM or 92.5 FM for the latest on flight information or "like" Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival on Facebook. For weather and wind conditions in Foley, AL visit the weather site.
Where are the balloons and pilots during the day?
Hot air balloons are not able to inflate during the day due to higher winds. Pilots, their family and crew enjoy the same things as any festival goer - live music, antique tractor displays, kid's entertainment, unique arts & crafts, and local cuisine.
Can I purchase a hot air balloon ride during the Festival?
Due to the overwhelming demand for balloon rides during the festival, regular rides are not available. However, Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides are available, click here for more information. If you wish to fly in a hot air balloon, rides can be purchased before/after the festival from Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Company, a member of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. Visit Gulf View Balloning for more information.
What can my children do while visiting the festival?
Kids can enjoy inflatables, children’s interactive entertainment, reptile displays, and face painting just to name a few! The Carnival will add a new and exciting option this year as well!
Don’t miss the interactive Hot Air Balloon Display on the soccer field! A Balloon Envelope will be inflated horizontally each day allowing children the opportunity to walk around, explore and play inside the hot air balloon in a safe environment. Click here to view more activities.
Is smoking permitted on the festival grounds?
Smoking is not allowed on the festival grounds while the balloons are present. Please be courteous of other festival patrons.
Are pets allowed on the festival grounds?
Only service dogs are allowed on the festival grounds. Please make arrangements to leave your beloved pets at home while attending the festival. The noise of the balloons may be distressing or frightening to some animals.
Can I bring a cooler with beverage and food into the festival?
Coolers, bottles and food are not permitted on the festival grounds for safety reasons. The festival provides an assortment of unique foods at our concessionaire stands.
What are my camping, RV, or lodging options?
While you cannot camp or park an RV on the festival grounds, there are camping options nearby. Click here for a complete list of member campgrounds and accommodations.