2016 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

1:30 pm

Beautiful balloons take flight for Mother’s Day

The 2016 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 6th through 8th, in Foley, Alabama. This annual event brings the majesty and beauty of more than 35 hot air floating behemoths to the Gulf Shore region, setting the stage for spectacular and thrilling visuals, coupled with live music, vendors selling unique crafts, food and collectibles, interactive displays, hot air balloon rides and exhibits, K9 Frisbee Dog Shows and more!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon FestivalVisitors to the Festival will enjoy watching the balloon take off and float high above the ground. There are also special events throughout the weekend, such as the Balloon Glow & Mass Ascension; watch the balloons rise together and glow in the¬†darkening sky at dusk. There is live music featuring local and national bands, which is also free for everyone. There are carnival rides (purchase tickets in advance here) for the kiddies as well as the Dancing Story Lady. Enjoy some of the most talented and athletic pooches you’ve ever seen fly and twirl in the Disconnected K’9s Frisbee Dog Show.

Saturday brings a new event to the Festival, the Color Dash Run/Walk, starting at 7 am. This 5k event is great for Child covered in colored dust from color runrunners and walkers of all ages and skill levels and features color bombing; a sure to not be forgotten experience for the whole family. Registration includes a t-shirt, temporary tattoo, race bib and the experience of running through floating clouds of color with equally colorful balloons floating high above.

There are free shuttles from the Tanger Outlets to the festival grounds or paid parking is available. Admission to the Festival is ABSOLUTELY FREE, for everyone!! There are additional events that do require tickets, such as tethered balloon rides and admission to the VIP Tent.

Coupled as it is this year with Mother’s Day, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is sure to be an extremely popular event. We have some great specials running right now, making this the perfect time to book your vacation home for the big weekend!

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