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Natchez Balloon Festival

October 20

The city of Natchez makes a picturesque historic backdrop for balloonatics from all around the country during the annual hot-air balloon festival, when balloonists will fly above the high bluffs and Mississippi River. The Balloon Glow and fireworks show are always well-received, as is a lineup of bands that this year includes Sister Hazel, Bag of Donuts, the Suffers, a Fleetwood Mac tribute, and many 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 ($45 at the gate), or $15 on Friday, $30 Saturday if purchased in advance, $35 day-of. Children ages ten and younger are free. After morning balloon flights lifting off throughout the area at 7:30 am each day, the Festival kicks off at 4 pm Friday, 11 am start on Saturday. The festival takes place on the grounds of Rosalie Mansion. natchezballoonfestival.com.

100 Orleans Street


October 20