The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is approaching its 14th year of flying! We are so excited that you are interested in coming to this years event. The event will feature more than 35 balloons from across the country!
**Balloons are NOT visible during the day.
Balloons are ONLY visible at dusk and dawn wind and weather permitting!
Dates: May 3 - Balloon Glow at Tanger Outlets from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
May 4 - Festival Grounds from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. (open to public)
May 5 - Festival Grounds from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (open to public)
Pilot Application: https://www.southbaldwinchamber.com/events#id=10476&cid=362&wid=1101
Vendor Application: http://www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com/vendors
We offer a shuttle service for off-site parking. $1 shuttle for adults each way (children 12 and under ride free) is available at Tanger Outlets behind the Nike Outlet. A bus will shuttle back and forth from the Festival Grounds to Tanger Outlets.
***Buses will run from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm each night.***
We apologize for any wait that you may experience! If you would like to park onsite we charge $5/car. Onsite parking closes at 8pm.
General Admission: FREE! Come watch live entertainment Friday and Saturday night for free! There is no cost to come watch the balloons fly (weather and wind permitting)!
Tethered Rides: 8 hot air balloons will give rides to those who have paid for a ticket (wind and weather permitting). The balloons are tied to the ground using ropes and go up in the air about 45-50ft. Balloons will be visible and begin setting up around dusk (wind and weather permitting). This is great for all ages! Get the chance to get inside a hot air balloon and meet the pilot! We recommend you get to the festival grounds early! Rides are weather dependent and NO REFUNDS will be ALLOWED in the event of high winds or weather. We recommend you are there 2 hours prior to sunset (about 5:00pm) Ticket booth will open at 4:00 pm, we will have a limited number available onsite for sale.