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Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held the first weekend in May - come watch nearly 50 hot air balloons. Enjoy evening balloon glows on both Friday and Saturday. Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of the family. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, children's activities and the nearby white-sand beaches on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Each year, the two-day event at the Foley Soccer Complex on U.S. 98 draws upward of 65,000 people as balloonists from across the country descend on south Baldwin County. Over the last decade, the event has pumped an estimated $10 million into the local economy, according to the chamber.

Hot Air Balloons carry passengers over 25 feet in the air giving them a bird's eye view of the festival. Hot Air Balloons are tied to the ground using ropes while passengers experience a smooth ascent and descent in the balloon. Tethered hot air balloon rides are available for riders who are at least 42" tall. Tethered rides are available on a weather permitting basis.

Due to the fickle hot weather patterns in mid to late June that often kept balloons grounded, the 11th edition of the festival will be held in May for the first time this year - the chamber and city settled on the new festival weekend, which is May 1st & 2nd this year.

Event Schedule:
Friday May 1 - 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
- Carnival by Mitchell Brothers Carnival
- World Famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show
- Crawfish Boil
- Arts, Crafts and Food
- Live Entertainment: Sugarcane Jane, 5:00-7:00 pm
- Tethered Rides at Dusk
- Live Music Headliner: Chee Weez, 8:30-10:30 pm
- Hot Air Balloon Glow at Dusk
Saturday May 2 - 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
- Carnival by Mitchell Brothers Carnival 2:00-10:00 pm
- World Famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show
- Crawfish Boil
- Arts, Crafts and Food
- Live Entertainment: JERI 2:00-4:30 pm
- Live Entertainment: Rhythm Intervention 4:30-7:00 pm
- Tethered Rides at Dusk
- Live Music Headliner: Escalade 8:30-10:30 pm
- Hot Air Balloon Glow at Dusk

Location: 18507 U.S. Hwy 98 W., Foley, AL 36535
Telephone: 251-943-3291
Info:
http://www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com/

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