Thursday, June 13 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Kickoff and Glow Event at Tanger Outlets
Friday, June 14 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival - festival grounds
Saturday, June 15 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival - festival grounds
Onsite parking at the festival is limited. Parking passes can be purchased ($5 per vehicle/per day). Guests receive a parking pass allowing unlimited entry for one day. Parking attendants will collect parking fee and direct you to parking areas. Designated parking areas are reserved for Handicapped Parking (with appropriate decals), VIP Parking (pass required) and Volunteer Parking (pass required).
The festival is located in the Foley Sports Park, 18507 US Highway 98 West, Foley, Alabama.
From Interstate 65, take exit #37 (Rabun/Bay Minette) Gulf Shores Parkway. Head South on State Highway 287, it will merge with Highway 59. Continue south for approximately 40 miles. Turn right onto Highway 98 (W. Laurel Ave.) Travel west approximately 2.5 miles. Follow the "Festival Traffic" signs to the designated onsite parking areas.
From Interstate 10, take the Highway 59 exit (Loxley) travel South on Highway 59 approximately 15 miles. Turn right onto Highway 98 (W. Laurel Ave.) Travel west approximately 2.5 miles. Follow the "Festival Traffic" signs to the designated onsite parking areas.
Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival volunteers play a vital role in the overall success of the event. More than 300 volunteers are needed to fill shifts from Friday and Saturday. Volunteer opportunities include serving as Smile Ambassadors in the Kid's Fun Zone, being a Balloon Crew person assisting pilots with setting up and taking down their hot air balloons, selling official festival merchandise or serving ice cold drinks.
Contact the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce for more information on volunteering or register online.
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival works closely with local youth service clubs to provide service hours towards their annual service projects. Contact the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at 251-943-3291 for more information.