Festival Information

The 2016 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Gonzales, right in the heart of Ascension Parish.

The two day festival consists of  hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, a classic car show, barbecue competition,  great food, nightly fireworks shows, carnival rides and plenty of fun activities for children of all ages.

After a successful 2015 festival, organizers were thrilled to have one of the highest turnouts yet and be named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s top 20 events for September 2016.

The 2016 festival will again take place on the grounds of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. We invite you to bring the entire family down to Ascension Parish September 23 – 24, and see why this year’s Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival is the place to be this fall. Admission is $5.00 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

NO Pets, Ice chests, Tents, Food or Beverage, Weapons or Illegal Substances are permitted on the festival grounds. Bags, backpacks, strollers and wagons may be subject to security checks for your safety.