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Natchez Balloon Festival

October 14

What better way to see the full glory of Natchez than from 300 feet above it? The city makes a picturesque historic backdrop for balloonatics from all around the country during the annual hot-air balloon competition, which pits competitive balloonists against one another, and against the high bluffs and capricious breezes swirling above the Mississippi River. The Balloon Glow and fireworks show are always well-received, as is a lineup of bands that this year includes The Molly Ringwalds, Tank and the Bangas, YZ Ealey, Nik Parr and the Selfless Lovers, Chapel Hart, and more. The image of hot air balloons suspended above the Mississippi River, when viewed from the two-hundred-foot river bluffs, is one not soon forgotten. The Festival also includes a Sports Tent showing all the weekend’s big games on big-screen TVs. Children’s activities, carnival rides, and a variety of regional foods are always around, so it’s up, up, and away you go to Natchez this weekend.

$35 weekend pass for adults ($40 at the gate), or $15 on Friday, $30 Saturday if purchased in advance, $35 day-of. Children ages twelve and younger are free. After morning balloon flights (7:30 am) each day, the Festival kicks off at 4 pm Friday, 11 am start on Saturday—all on the grounds of Rosalie Mansion. natchezballoonfestival.com.

100 Orleans Street


October 14