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.