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NY's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival - September 18 - 21, 2014

The Adirondack Balloon Festival is one of the most exciting and unique events around.

A delight to perennial visitors, passerbys and locals alike, the Adirondack Balloon Festival takes place the weekend of September 18 - 21, 2014 in 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 18- 21, 2014
Cost: Admission is FREE

The Opening ceremony is held Thursday, September 18th in Crandall Park, Glens Falls NY. Spectators can gather to watch over 12 balloons take off into the sky, as they kick off the festival.

adk balloon fest balloonsThen stick around, Glens Falls will celebrate with a Downtown Block Party & Classic Car Show. This event will start at 6:00pm and take over all of Glen Street with classic cars, kids events, music and much more! (NOTE: there will be street closings in Glens Falls.)

Over the weekend, more than 60 balloons take to the air all at once and the entertainment on the ground equals the spectacle in the sky.

Breakfast is served, civic organizations provide food and water on site, activities are available, and entertainment is provided - all on top of two separate launches, with nearly one hundred balloons filling up and taking off for the viewing of the groundlings.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
EVENTS AT CRANDALL PARK, GLENS FALLS, NY
4:30-6:30 pm  Musical Performance by the Stony Creek Band
5 pm Opening Ceremonies
5:15 pm  Launch of up to 20 balloons and tethered balloon rides
6-9:30 pm City of Glens Falls Block Party featuring

Walk-about balloon, balloon baskets on display, car show, and kid’s activities!

Friday, September 29, 2014
EVENTS AT FLOYD BENNETT MEMORIAL AIRPORT, QUEENSBURY, NY
3pm Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA, kid’s activities and Food Vendors
5pm Balloon Launch – 80+ balloons including special shapes  
 
Saturday, September 20, 2014

EVENTS AT FLOYD BENNET MEMORIAL AIRPORT, QUEENSBURY, NY

5-11am “Big Balloon Breakfast” – Airport Hangar  $8.00 adults, $6.00 seniors
6am-7pm Food vendors open for business, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA with 30+ vendors
Kids activities, including bounce houses, rock climbing wall!
10am Bicycle Tour of airport sponsored by Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Organization
2 – 4:45 pm Local Band performances
5pm Flight of up to 100 Balloons
8pm “LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT”- MOONGLOW FEATURING 20+ BALLOONS BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHTS!!
Sunday, September 21, 2014

EVENTS AT FLOYD BENNET MEMORIAL AIRPORT, QUEENSBURY, NY

5am- 11am  "Big Balloon Breakfast" - Airport Hanger $8.00 adults, $6.00 seniors
6am- 12pm Food vendors open for business, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA with 30+ vendors
Kids activities, including bounce houses, rock climbing wall!
6:30am "Walter's Mass Ascension" simultaneous Flight of up to 100 Balloons
8am Catholic Mass in the Entertainment tent
9am Protestant Sunday Service in the Entertainment tent
2-5pm Jonathan Newell Band performs (at Crandall Park)
5pm Launch of 20+ Balloons (at Crandall Park)

The Adirondack Balloon Festival in Queensbury is free to all, and events are weather-permitting. Be sure to bring your camera, because every year there is a photo competition, with awards for first through fourth place, grand prize, kids categories, and honorable mentions. When is the next time you're going to see so many balloons in one area? Why, the next time you come to the Adirondack Balloon Festival, of course!

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.

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