rules & FAQ

 General Rules: 

  • All ages are welcome and require a ticket for entry. A baby in arms does not need a ticket.

  • All bags are subject to search.

  • NO SMOKING in the designated Balloon Areas, including the Tethered Balloon Rides line.

  • You must get your hand stamped before leaving if you wish to re-enter.

  • 3-Day Tickets are non-transferable.

  • Event will take place rain or shine.  Balloons are subject to weather and safety conditions.

  • Balloon Glow and Rides are subject to weather and safety issues.

  • Band Line up, Balloons, Pilots, Vendors and any Games are subject to change.

  • This event will be filmed and photographed. By entering you release all rights to Festival Management to have your image or likeness used in future advertising or promotions without limitation or compensation.


  • Outside food or drinks

  • Ice chests or coolers

  • Pets - Service Animals Only  (Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals not allowed.)

  • Wagons  (Strollers are allowed)

  • Umbrella, tents or hammocks

  • No skateboards, roller skates, or bicycles

  • Drones or any remote flying device

  • Unauthorized Vending or Promotions (Including Flyers and Give-Aways)

  • Outside Kites or Sky Lanterns 

  • Weapons, fireworks, or explosives of any kind

  • Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products

  • Glass or Metal Containers

  • Refunds


  • Collapsible, soft chairs

  • Cameras and Video Cameras

  • Baby blankets and Strollers


Q:  Will the balloons fly?

A:  No.  The balloons will stay tethered to the ground all 3 days and will have a balloon glow each evening along        with tethered balloon rides which reach a height of around 50 or so feet and come back down.  Click Here for          all tethered balloon ride info.  

Q:  What happens if the weather and safety conditions do not allow for the balloons to be inflated?

A:  The pilots will make every effort to inflate the balloons.  But if the wind conditions do not allow that to happen, they will perform a "Ring Of Fire" with their baskets and burners.  All activities are subject to weather and safety conditions.  Refunds will not be issued.

Q:  How come the Hot Air Balloons aren’t glowing all day?

A:  All Hot Air Balloons are subject to weather and safety conditions. Weather conditions are usually most favorable for balloons just before dusk.  Each balloon holds, on average, 30 gallons of propane but cannot be easily refilled.  From a safety, weather, and visual presentation side, it is best to hold the “Glow” in the evening hours which you can find here.


Q:  How come the Tethered Balloons are able to go up during the day for longer?

A:  Tethered Balloons rides will be available when weather and safety conditions are favorable. Tethered Balloon baskets are designed so that propane tanks are more easily accessible and able to be removed and refilled.


Q:  What happens if it is time for the “Glow” and the weather conditions aren’t right?

A:  The Pilots will make every effort to inflate and “Glow” on time. Our Meteorological & Safety Coordinator is on hand to monitor conditions. If conditions are not right to start on time, we will delay until conditions are favorable.


Q:  How can I get more information about Hot Air Balloons?

A:  Once the balloons are up and glowing, we invite you to walk among them. Come meet the Pilots and ask them about Hot Air Balloons. They are very excited to share with you.

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2424 N. Arnoult Rd.

Metairie, LA 70001