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The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival at OWA Parks & Resort is presented by Wolf Bay Restaurant and benefits the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.

Named the 2021 Event of the Year by the Alabama Tourism Department, this all-ages hot air balloon festival is free-to-enter with a variety of activities and entertainment to keep your imagination soaring. The festival features daily live music and entertainment, arts and crafts displays, and balloon glows plus tethered rides (weather-permitting).

This year’s event will feature over 50 balloons with pilots from across the country! Catch the Balloon Glow (weather and wind permitting) daily beginning around dusk.

Thursday May 12

Lakeside Festival Grounds

  • Festival Grounds Open 5pm-10pm
  • Balloon Glow begins around 7:30 (weather and wind permitting)

OWA Island Stage

  • Live Music: Yeah, Probably 5-7pm
  • Live Music: The Tip Tops 7-9pm

Friday May 13

Lakeside Festival Grounds

  • Festival Grounds Open 11am-10pm
  • Life South Blood Drive 11am-5pm
  • Tethered Rides, Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension begin around 7:30 (weather and wind permitting)

OWA Island Stage

  • Live Music: Gypsy Spark 11am-1pm
  • Legends In Concert Sneak Peek (Tribute to Shania Twain) 1:15-1:30pm
  • Live Music: Jenna McClelland 2-3:30pm
  • Live Music: Southern Approach 4-6pm
  • Live Music: 56 LOW 6-8pm
  • Live Music: Miles Flatt Band 8-10pm

Meet & Greet Tent

  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 11am-2pm
  • Balloon Pilots 2:30-4:30pm
  • Miss Alabama 5-7pm

Saturday May 14

Lakeside Festival Grounds

  • Festival Grounds Open 11am-10pm
  • Life South Blood Drive 11am-5pm
  • Tethered Rides, Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension begin around 7:30 (weather and wind permitting)

OWA Island Stage

  • Legends In Concert Sneak Peek and National Anthem (Tribute to Elvis Presley) 11:30-11:45am
  • Poarch Creek Pow Wow Club and Tribal Princesses: 12pm-12:45pm
  • Live Music: Mario Mena 1-2:30pm
  • Legends In Concert Sneak Peek (Tribute to Garth Brooks) 2:30-2:45pm
  • Live DJ Music 3-4pm
  • Live Music: Kirk Jay 4:30-6pm
  • Live Music: Velcro Pygmies 7-10pm

Meet & Greet Tent

  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 11am-2pm
  • Balloon Pilots 2:30-4:30pm
  • Miss Alabama 5-7pm

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