- Downtown OWA, The Park at OWA
Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Partners with OWA to Relocate Festival Grounds
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-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 for an additional charge. Guests will enjoy the amenities of OWA including restaurants, retail shopping, the Arcade at OWA, and of course, The Park at OWA. Traditional festival activities will be available throughout the property such as children’s activities, tethered balloon rides, balloon glows, balloons in flight, artesian and food vendors, live music, and more!
More than 45 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, weather permitting.
The festival kicks off 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 fellowship!
The official 2021 poster winner is Sabrina Stuber of Huntsville, AL. Sabrina has submitted art two years in a row and has been selected as the contest winner both times. Her colorful artwork will not only be the official poster this year, but you will also find it gracing the back of the official Balloon Fest T-shirts.