Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic
Despite the current pandemic, one of Alabama’s most popular events, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, will take place this month in a heavily modified form.
Due to Alabama's social distancing requirements, the 43rd Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic will be a limited, one-day-only event on Saturday, May 23, 2020, on Memorial Day Weekend.
On Saturday, May 23, local balloon pilots will launch from different locations throughout Decatur and Morgan County in a non-competitive flight at 6:30 a.m. If the weather is unsuitable, the events may take place on Sunday, May 24.
Saturday evening about 5:30 p.m., balloons will, again, fly from locations around Decatur and Morgan County.
Please note that at the request of the Morgan County / City of Decatur COVID Task force we will NOT be glowing the balloons and we ask that all non-affiliated personnel NOT approach the balloons and observe all social distancing rules. We will be unable to provide tethered rides due to these restrictions.
The festival’s usual car, tractor and arts and crafts shows will not take place this year, and no vendors will be available. No events will occur at Point Mallard.
A second one-day event may take place later this summer. Check Alabama Jubilee social media pages on Facebook and Instagram, and web page (www.alabamajubilee.net) for information on the May 23 event and any upcoming events.
Ages Festival is Appropriate For
Appropriate for all ages
Always held the weekend before Memorial Day, the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur, Alabama, offers top flight fun and entertainment. The Jubilee’s entertainment is centered on 60+ colorful balloons filling Point Mallard Park and as festival goers enjoy the majestic beauties, additional entertainment comes from live music, tractors, arts and crafts, fireworks and other free family fun.
The Memorial Day celebration begins bright and early on Saturday at 6 a.m. with the Hare and Hound Balloon Race. Saturday’s activities include an antique car show, live music and the popular Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show. The Southland Flywheelers hosts a tractor show featuring some of the best restored and maintained tractors in the Southeast, engine demonstrations, a tractor parade, pedal tractor pull, and tractor games. At dusk, the Balloon Glow is a must see as towering balloons of all colors light up Point Mallard Park.
Another round of friendly competition between the pilots is scheduled for Sunday at 6 a.m. with the Hot-Air Balloon Key Grab Race. For those missing out on shopping on Saturday, the Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and anyone who would like to experience the magic of a balloon ride, free tethered rides are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The two-day event concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.
Free parking is available at Wolverine Park on Point Mallard Parkway with shuttle service to Point Mallard Park for $1/person, per way. Admission to the Alabama Jubilee is free. All balloon activities are weather permitting. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets allowed on leash.