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2016 Adirondack 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 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.

Adirondack Balloon Festival

2016 Balloon Festival Schedule

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY

  • 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Live music by Tailspin
  • 5:00 pm: Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Flight of up to 20 balloons
  • 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm: City of Glens Falls Block Party featuring a walk-about balloon, balloon baskets on display, a car show, and kids' activities

Friday, September 23, 2016

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY

  • 3:00 pm: Gates open, craft fair hosted by ZONTA, kids' activities & food vendors, live music by The Old Main and Buckeye Rooster
  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm: Flight of up to 80 balloons, including special shapes

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY

  • 5:00 am - 11:00 am: Big Balloon Breakfast - $8 adults, $6 seniors
  • 5:00 am - 7:00 pm: Food vendors, ZONTA craft fair, kids' activities (bounce houses, crafts, games, aircraft static display)
  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am: Flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes
  • 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Live music by The Mojo Dawgs and The Jonathan Newell Band
  • 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm: Flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes
  • 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm: Live music by The Houseguests
  • 8:00 pm: "Lighting Up The Night" Airport Moonglow featuring 30+ balloons, bring your flashlights

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY

  • 5:00 am - 11:00 am: Big Balloon Breakfast - $8 adults, $6 seniors
  • 5:00 am - 12:00 pm: Food vendors, ZONTA craft fair, kids' activities (bounce houses, rock climbing wall, aircraft display)
  • 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
  • 5:00 pm: Launch of 20+ 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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