A: Balloons will launch early in the morning, typically right after sunrise for the morning Mass Ascension which is free to the public. Hot air balloons do not operate during the middle of the day because when surface winds are calm, hot air balloon pilots can control the altitude of the balloon very finely by heating or venting the air inside. During the day these light surface winds are broken up by "thermals." These are rising columns of warm air that spiral up towards the sky. These thermals are caused by the heating effect of the sun on the ground. Birds and glider pilots love them but for a hot air balloon, thermals make it very difficult to control the balloon.
A: Our experienced balloon meister monitors weather conditions right up until scheduled times. Because weather can change, we may postpone a balloon activity for an hour or more. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram for balloon activities and other announcements.
A: Various churches (St. Patrick Church and Collierville Baptist Church) around the festival grounds will provide parking for free. You can also park at West Collierville Middle School and take a shuttle to the event starting at 2PM. Please do not park at the businesses around the festival grounds!
A: All ballooning activities will take place on the festival field on Maynard Way off of Byhalia Road in Collierville.
A: Balloon rides for the public are limited to the tethered balloon rides only. A tethered ride will go up about 50' in the air while tied to the ground. Tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets for tethered balloon rides are $20. per person.(weather permitting)
A: You will be allowed to bring blankets and chairs into the festival grounds. However, coolers will NOT be allowed. No outside food, drinks or alcohol will be allowed.
A: Tickets to the event MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. Tickets are purchased for either Friday OR Saturday. There will be no re-entry. Based on current COVID guidelines, attendance will be limited to 5,000 per day. The entire event requires TOUCH LESS PAYMENT - Cash will NOT be accepted for ticket entry, food, drinks or carnival rides.
A: Yes! We will have two of the three hot air balloons in the country that can safely accommodate these groups.
A: This depends on weight. Most of the tether balloons can accommodate up to five people.
A: Tickets must be purchased online. You may not purchase tickets the day. Attendance is capped at 5,000 each day due to COVID.
A: Drones are NOT allowed on the festival grounds per the federal aviation administration.
A: The Bluff City Balloon Jamboree, a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization relies on hundreds of volunteers to make this event a success. Volunteers help in all areas including balloon chase crews, Public Information, gate hosting, hospitality, and VIP areas. Must be 16 years or older or accompanied by an adult.
A: The following items are PROHIBITED:
OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK, COOLERS, WAGONS, TABLES, FIREARMS/WEAPONS, LASER POINTERS, DRONES, ANIMALS, LARGE UMBRELLAS, RECORDING, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, CANDLES, ILLEGAL DRUGS/PARAPHERNALIA, FIREWORKS/SPARKLERS, SOLICITATION