Photo Shoot – Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 13-13, 2022 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mobile Botanical Gardens

May 13, 2022

Foley is the spot for high-flying adventure and family fun at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Outing Description:  Photograph the hot air balloons. There will be an ‘Interactive balloon display’ 2-4pm and from 7:30-8:00pm there will be a Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension (weather & wind permitting). Hopefully we can get shots of the balloonists, fans and flames as they inflate the envelope, shadows and silhouettes can be great, and a wide shot of the mass ascension. Visit their Website for everything that is going on May 12-14. Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival • Foley, Alabama ( You may want to go over earlier on Friday, or for a dawn ascension Friday or Saturday, or any other activity on your own.

Difficulty Level:       __X_ EASY     ____MODERATE     ____DIFFICULT

Where (meet up?):  I’d like to meet up in the Arts & Craft vendor area near the portable restrooms at 2PM. Having a cell phone number for those joining us would enable me to send a group message as we arrive since conditions may dictate a different location TBD once we are there. Download/print or take a photo of the map on the webpage.

Cost: Festival itself is free. They also offer food, arts and craft and retail vendors. 


Musts: camera, lens (tele & wide…all size will be good), memory cards, extra batteries. Know your camera and how to adjust your ISO, aperture and shutter speed easily. 

Optional: Tripod for slow shutter speed shooting the balloon glow, remote shutter release or know how to use 2 sec delay if your camera has it; other props such as Lens Ball.

Food/Drink: Not allowed to bring in to OWA 

Attire: Layer up, it will get cool as the sun goes down.

RSVP. No later than 2 days before outing date. Text Yvonne at 970-759-0181 or with your phone number.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Interactive Hot Air Balloon Display (weather and wind permitting) 

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Hot Air Balloon Pilots**

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Southern Approach*

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Miss Alabama, Lauren Bradford**

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – 56Low*

7:30 pm – Tethered Rides,  Balloon Glow and Mass Ascension begin (weather and wind permitting)Disclaimer: WAPC is not responsible for any damage or injury to self, other person or property. Participation is voluntary