The Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival starts Friday at 3 p.m. and runs through Sunday, according to a news release.

The festival is being held this year at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Balloon races start each of the three mornings at 6:45 a.m.

The festival activities, which begin Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m., will feature bands, children activities and a balloon glow and fireworks on Saturday night.

The event is free.