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2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 20 - 23, 2018

A sky full of hot air ballons rising over Glens FallsThe Adirondack Balloon Festival is one of the highlights of fall in Upstate New York.

A delight to visitors, passersby, and locals alike, the Adirondack Balloon Festival takes place the weekend of September 20 - 23, 2018 in Glens Falls and Queensbury, NY - bringing fun for all ages!

The balloon festival features the launch of dozens of balloons, all brightly colored, and many in fun and special shapes. Visitors can walk inside half-inflated balloons, watch riders prepare for the flight, and see the exceptional sight of air balloons taking off from the ground nearby, one after another, and floating into the sky.

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What: Adirondack Balloon Festival
Where: Glens Falls, NY and Queensbury, NY
When: September 20 - 23, 2018
Cost: Admission is FREE

The opening ceremony is held Thursday, September 20 in Glens Falls' Crandall Park. Spectators can gather to watch balloons take off into the sky as the festival kicks off!

Over the weekend, more than 80 balloons take to the air all at once, and the entertainment on the ground equals the spectacle in the sky.

Young girls enjoying the Adirondack Balloon Festival

2018 Balloon Festival Schedule:

**Note: The schedule is up-to-date as of September 2018. All events are subject to change. Contact the event organizers directly to confirm.**

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY

  • 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Live Music by Big Fez and the Surfmatics
  • 5:00 pm: Opening Ceremonies, food vendors, and kids' activities
  • 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Flight of up to 20 balloons (weather permitting)

Downtown Glens Falls

  • 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm: City of Glens Falls Block Party featuring live music, balloon baskets on display, a car show, and kids' activities

Friday, September 21, 2018

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY

  • 3:00 pm: Gates open, craft fair hosted by ZONTA, kids' activities, food vendors, & live music by Kevin McKrell & Orion Kribs
  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm: Flight of up to 80 balloons, including special shapes (weather permitting)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY

  • 5:00 am - 10:00 am: Big Balloon Breakfast (all-you-can-eat pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice & coffee) - $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children (4-10)
  • 5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Food vendors, ZONTA craft fair, kids' activities
  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am: Flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes (weather permitting)
  • 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Music performances by Pesky J. Nixon and The Old Main
  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm: Flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes (weather permitting)
  • 8:00 pm: "Lighting Up The Night" Airport Moonglow featuring up to 30 balloons (weather permitting), bring your flashlights

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY

  • 5:00 am - 10:00 am: Big Balloon Breakfast (all-you-can-eat pancakes, french toast, sausage, juice & coffee) - $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children (4-10)
  • 5:00 am - 12:00 pm: Food vendors, ZONTA craft fair, kids' activities
  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am: "Walter's Mass Ascension" - simultaneous flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes
  • 8:00 am: Catholic Mass in the Entertainment Tent
  • 9:00 am: Protestant Sunday Service in the Entertainment Tent

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY

  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Live music by Across the Pond, food vendors and kids' activities
  • 5:00 pm: Launch of up to 20 balloons (weather permitting)

The Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls and Queensbury is free to all. ALL BALLOON LAUNCHES SCHEDULED ARE WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check with the official Adirondack Balloon Festival organization if you are unsure about weather conditions and their effect on the festival. No dogs, drones, or remote control aircrafts are allowed at any Balloon Festival events. The Festival is a non-smoking event.

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