Visit Natchez announces the return of the 36th Annual Natchez Hot Air Balloon Festival – Picayune Item

NATCHEZ, miss.September 20, 2021 – Visit Natchez is pleased to announce the return of its most colorful annual event, the Natchez Balloon Festival, to be held October 15-17, 2021. Since 1986, the Natchez Balloon Festival has filled historic downtown Natchez with hot air balloons, local live music and dozens of art and food vendors.

“We look forward to welcoming guests from around the world to see the breathtaking spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons filling the skies along the Mississippi River,” said Visit Natchez Executive Director Devin Heath.

“This festival has become one of the largest and most successful festivals in southwest Mississippi and Natchez is thrilled to be hosting this fantastic tradition loved by locals and visitors alike.”

The Natchez Balloon Festival takes place in the heart of historic downtown on the beautiful grounds of Rosalie Mansion, circa 1823. Visitors can savor the fantastic fall weather and enjoy festival activities including evening balloon glow, fireworks and carnival rides, while enjoying spectacular views of the Mississippi River.

All hot air balloon flights are scheduled weather permitting.

Please see below for a full schedule of events:

Friday October 15- Gates to the festival open at 4:00 p.m.

The Natchez Balloon Festival kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning with the “Morning Balloon Flight.” You will be able to explore the venues, sample food and drink, browse the vendors and take part in carnival activities. Prepare to be enchanted during the “Balloon Glow” at 6:45 p.m. Guests won’t want to miss live musical performances by YZ Ealy at 7:30 p.m. and the Fabulous Thunderbirds at 9:00 p.m. There will also be a fireworks display weather permitting. .

Saturday October 16- Festival doors open at 11 a.m.

The balloons will take flight on Saturday morning with another “morning balloon ride” at 7:30 a.m. Guests can stop by the Ed Godfrey Sports tent to watch their favorite football teams on HDTVs, stroll down Broadway Street to explore the arts and crafts fair, check out the food and drink vendors, enjoy kid-friendly rides and games and much more. Live music begins at 2:30 p.m. with performances by the Matt Willis Trio, Jamell Richardson, J & The Causeways, Tank and the Bangas and the evening’s closing performance by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Saturday will also include the “Afternoon Balloon Ride” at 4:00 p.m. and the evening “Balloon Glow” at 6:45 p.m.

Sunday October 17

The festival will conclude on Sunday after a “Morning Balloon Ride” at 7:30 a.m. and an “Afternoon Balloon Ride” at 4:00 p.m., taking off from Natchez Bluff.