Downtown Baton Rouge

Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Takes Flight

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One unique Capital Region event that takes to the skies every September is the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship. This family-friendly event includes activities throughout the weekend such as games, live music, food and a hot air balloon show. In the spirit of the competition, the festival invites children to learn how to use latitude and longitude while they look for the “stolen balloon.”

Because the festival is free to the public, outdoor seating fills up quick. Festival-goers are encouraged to arrive early to grab the best spot to watch the balloons take flight. Visitors can purchase tickets for specialty tents that provide air conditioning, drinks and healthy snacks. Those who stay after sunset can enjoy a hot air balloon light show, created with the flames that guide the balloons.

For families, couples and individuals alike, the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship will not disappoint.