The Natchez Balloon Festival Committee wholeheartedly understands the annual community and economic importance of our event. We were hopeful that the effects of COVID-19 would diminish over the last several months as we continued to make plans for this year. Unfortunately, that has not been the case and we have made changes accordingly.
In consideration of the health and safety concerns of our sponsors, pilots, volunteers, partners, festival attendees, and the community, we have made the difficult decision to hold the event without the festival and music portion of the Natchez Balloon Festival for 2020. However, hot air balloons will still be flying that weekend! We are currently making plans with our pilots, sponsors, and community partners for balloons to fly and glow in Natchez on our scheduled weekend of October 16, 17, and 18. We will release additional information as details are finalized. For 34 years, the Natchez Balloon Festival has brought our community together. Year 35 will continue that tradition, although in ways unique to 2020.
Please follow CDC, state, and local guidelines throughout the weekend: observe social distancing, wear your mask, and stay home if you feel unwell or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever. The Natchez Balloon Festival encourages viewing the balloon glow and fireworks from your vehicle where possible. Thank you for helping to make the 35th annual Natchez Balloon Festival a safe and successful event!
The Natchez Balloon Festival, established in 1986, is a weekend of hot-air balloons and outstanding live music that has become the largest and most successful festival in Southwest Mississippi. The festival site is located in historic downtown Natchez in the parklike grounds of the columned mansion Rosalie.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Find your parking locations here. Free downtown or paid lots are available. See an overview map of the available parking in relation to the festival grounds here.Learn More