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2016 Adirondack Balloon Festival

New York's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival
September 22 - 25, 2016

The Adirondack Balloon Festival is one of the highlights of fall in Upstate New York.

A delight to visitors, passerbys and locals alike, the Adirondack Balloon Festival takes place the weekend of September 22 - 25, 2016 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 22- 25, 2016
Cost: Admission is FREE

The opening ceremony is held Thursday, September 22 in Glens Falls' Crandall Park. Spectators can gather to watch over balloons take off into the sky, as they kick off the festival.

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.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

2016 Balloon Festival Schedule

**Note: This schedule is up-to-date as of July 2016. More information will be added as it is announced.**

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Opening Night

Friday, September 23, 2016

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY
3:00 pm: Gates Open, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA, Kids' Activities & Food Vendors 
5:00 pm: Launch of up to 80 Balloons

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY
5:00 am - 9:00 am: Big Balloon Breakfast, food vendors, ZONTA craft fair, and launch of up to 100 balloons
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Arrive early for a 5PM (weather permitting) launch of up to 100 balloons. Music, food vendors and ZONTA craft fair. Stay for the 8PM Moon Glow, 30 plus balloons light up the sky (weather permitting, candlestick glow replaces Moon Glow if weather grounds balloons)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY
5:00 am - 9:00 am: Big Balloon Breakfast, food vendors, ZONTA craft fair, and launch of up to 100 balloons

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Live music, food vendors, and launch of up to 25 balloons.

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.

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