Bright patches of color float across the sky at sunrise and again at sunset. After dark, they create a beautiful glowing presence while tethered to the ground.
While the old-fashioned aircraft act as bookends to each day of fun, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival fills the daytime with even more to do.
But first is the pre-event kickoff at Tanger Outlets in Foley. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, the balloon glow will be accompanied by children’s activities including a tower of bubbles and butterflies on stilts, plus Mom and Dad could win gift cards to the Tanger Outlet stores.
The official event begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 17, at the Foley Soccer Complex grounds on West Hwy. 98. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure exactly where that is, or where to park; shuttle buses will run 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with stops at Heritage Park (corner of Hwys. 59 and 98), Foley Elementary School and the Tanger Outlet Center. Admission is free; parking on the grounds is available for $5.
Scheduled for nine performances throughout the weekend is Disc-Connected K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs, an amazing and amusing show enjoyed by all ages. Antique tractors will be on display and 15 food vendors will tempt you with their specialties that include Pot Roast Sundae and fried pickles. Children’s games and activities, live musical entertainment—including Rising Stars talent winners and Saturday evening’s “Almost McGraw,” the nation’s top Tim McGraw Tribute Show at 8:00 p.m.—and still more help to round out this well-planned event. View the Balloon Festival schedule for further information.
Start a new tradition for your Father’s Day Weekend by attending the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Hours are Friday 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday 6 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
**NOTE: Please leave your pets, coolers and cigarettes/cigars/pipes at home.
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