Did You Know About Alabama's Hot Air Balloon Festival?

As a new Alabamian, I've been consistently finding new things to do in the Yellowhammer state. Have you ever been on a hot air balloon?

One of my favorite episodes of Family Matters is the hot air balloon episode. I thought that was the closest I'd ever get to one. Well now, thanks to some searching online, I found a hot air balloon festival right here in Alabama!

If you want to see some hot air balloons enjoy great food vendors and good music, take a day trip to Foley. That's where the 17th annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held.

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The festival will begin Thursday, May 6th, 2021 with a balloon glow kickoff event. The festival will go through the weekend and end on Sunday, May 9th, 2021. As if I wasn't already excited enough, I took a peek at the schedule on their site and it just looks like an all-around good time.

9:00 am – 10:30 pm – Festival Hours

9:00 am – 9:00 pm – Food vendors, arts and craft vendors, retail vendors 

11:00 am – 8:00 pm – The Park at OWA

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm – Dare Devil Dog Show in The Park

11:30 am – 11:45 am – Legends Sneak Peek and National Anthem

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Tobacco Rd. Band

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Kids Inflatables

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Pony and Camel Rides

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Legends Sneak Peek

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Magnolia Dance Company

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm – Comedian Brad Tassell

7:00 pm – 10:30 pm – B Street Benny

7:30 pm – Tethered Rides, Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension begin (weather and wind permitting)

This is definitely something the whole family can enjoy. Plenty of activities, music, and food.  Would you go on a hot air balloon ride?

If you'd like more information on the 17th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, click here to visit their website. 



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