Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
May 7th, 8th, and 9th
Times Vary per Day
The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce proudly announces an exciting change for the annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival future. For the first time in 16 years, the festival will now have a new home and be extended to a three-day event. As the event draws a larger crowd year after year the Chamber, City of Foley, and its partners saw a great opportunity to collaborate with OWA and relocate to their state-of-the-art property located at 100 N OWA Blvd.

A family-friendly event, the festival has activities for everyone! Festival admission is free with select activities available for an additional charge. Guests will enjoy the expansive amenities of OWA including delicious restaurants, unique retail shopping options, a variety of entertainment attractions, and of course, The Park at OWA, it’s themed amusement park with more than 20 rides and attractions. Traditional festival activities will also be added throughout the property during the festival weekend featuring children’s activities, tethered balloon rides, balloon glows, balloons in flight, artisan and food vendors, live music, and more!

More than 40 hot air balloons will light up the green space at OWA and soar through the skies in the heart of Foley on May 7th, 8th, and 9th. Balloons fly at dawn and dusk each day, wind and weather permitting.

The festival kicks off at OWA on Thursday, May 6 with a balloon glow from 6-8 pm. The excitement continues on Friday, May 7 from 2-10 pm, Saturday, May 8 from 9 am – 10 pm, and from 12 pm – 8 pm on Sunday, May 9. For a small fee, use of the VIP area gives you a place to eat, rest, and enjoy the fellowship! For complete schedule of events and more information click HERE

It’s time once again to tell us your favorite things in Paradise with the 21st annual Sunny 105 People’s Choice Awards! Stop by any of these sponsor locations and pick up a ballot and vote: St. Charles Place, Blalocks Seafood Gulf Shores/ Cowbell Rolled Ice Cream/ The Keg/ Cotton’s Seafood,Steaks,and Spirits/ Papa Rocco’s/ DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen/ Duck’s Diner/ GNG Plumbing and Hardware/Island Discount Tire/ McCarron Insurance/ O’Chopper’s Almost Irish Pub/ The Undertow/Tacky Jack’s/ Woodson’s Barge-N/ Gulf Shores Family Pharmacy/Moe’s Original BBQ – Orange Beach/ Stephi Cocktails and Cuisine.
Be sure to tell us your favorite things in Paradise with the 21st annual Sunny 105 People’s Choice Awards! Voting ends April 25th. 20th annual Sunny People’s Choice Award winners posted below.


COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Open Daily from: 9am to 4pm
(last guests at 3:30pm)
We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, but observe regular business hours the day after the holiday.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers close up views of over 500 exotic animals including: lions, tigers, bears, primates, leopards, wolves, and more! Visit the reptile house, petting zoo, and aviary. There is a shaded picnic area, gift shop and seasonal concessions. Open year round,with seasonal animal encounters, animal shows and keeper talks.
Open daily 9-4
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day) New Zoo location at 20499 Oak Road East in Gulf Shores

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