October 19 - 21 , 2018



Located on The Grounds of Rosalie Mansion

The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is annually held on the Bluff of the Mississippi River, on the beautiful grounds of Rosalie. Behind this historic Antebellum home is a widespread grassy field with an overlook of the Mighty Mississippi, and a beautiful shaded gazebo. Rosalie is proudly owned, operated, and maintained since 1938 by the Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. We are proud to hold the  GMRBR at this beautiful location each year, and ask that you respect the environment and surroundings during your visit!


Visit for more information and history on this National Historic Landmark.


Four southern craft breweries will put their best brews on tap inside the Blufftoberfest Tent, and organize Oktoberfest-style games and competitions such as the Stein-Hold and Cornhole, as well as German-style food.  Saturday (only) two beers from each brewery will be available, presented by Southwest Distributors of Natchez. The popular Oktoberfest-style beer will be a collaboration beer on tap specifically for this event!


Also on the grounds of the festival are a variety of carnival games and rides. Tickets to the rides and games are sold on site only.


Watch your favorite sports team play on Saturday and Sunday at the Sports Tent on the festival grounds. Plenty of seats, shade and 3 TVs are set up so you won't miss a play!


The Arts and Crafts fair will be entering into its third year at the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. The site will feature handmade arts and crafts vendors endorse selling their wares. The fair will be open on Saturday and Sunday during regular festival hours and will be located on S. Broadway, just outside the festival entrance.


You can register to be an artist at the Balloon Race Arts & Crafts Fair by sending your form to The Historic Natchez Foundation.

Artist Vendor Letter and Application

PLEASE!  No pets, ice chests, tents, food or drink from outside the gates, weapons, or illegal substances.  Security will check bags, backpacks, strollers and wagons at all entrances for your safety.  These items are not permitted and this rule will be enforced at all entries to the festival ground, no exceptions.  Thank you!