Dozens of hot air balloons float over the mountains at the Adirondack Balloon Festival!

Hot air balloonists from across the United States and around the world have gathered in the Lake George Area for over 40 years. Floating high above the majestic Adirondack Mountains is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that professional balloonists and amateur adventurers get to experience every single year.

This stunning festival features a wide variety of hot air balloons. You'll see the typical rounded and colorful balloons as well as some balloons shaped in ways you would never expect. Come out and watch these vibrant balloons take to the sky in an array of colors and decorations.

Scroll down for an in-depth schedule and details on the Adirondack Balloon Festival's daily activities!

The Adirondack Balloon Festival's opening ceremonies take place at Crandall Park in Glens Falls on Thursday afternoon. The opening ceremonies feature live music, children's activities, food vendors, and the flight of up to 20 hot air balloons (wind and weather permitting).

The main events of the Adirondack Balloon Festival take place at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Take part in lots of family fun, activities, and entertainment throughout the Festival. The famous Big Balloon Breakfast is served in the hangar on Saturday and Sunday morning.

In the evening the City of Glens Falls Block Party takes place on Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls. Enjoy the live music, balloon baskets on display, the car show, and fun children's activities.

--Please Note--

  • All ballooning flight times including the lift-offs, Airport Moonglow, and all activities are wind and weather permitting.
  • NO DOGS ALLOWED (this is for their safety and our visitors as well).
  • No drones or remote control aircraft are allowed.
  • Please, no smoking.

The 2019 Adirondack Balloon Festival is currently being planned - information will soon be available.

Please take a look below at the 2018 Balloon Festival schedule and start planning for next year!

Thursday - September 20

Kick-Off Party & Opening Ceremonies

  • Musical Performance - 4:15pm - 6:15pm - Live music featuring Big Fez and the Surfamatics at Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street in Glens Falls.
  • Opening Ceremonies - 5:00 pm - Don't miss the official kick-off of the 2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival!
  • Flight of up to 20 balloons - 5:15pm - 6:15pm  - The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.
  • Post-Ceremony Glens Falls Block Party 6:00pm - 9:30pm: The block party takes place in downtown Glens Falls on Glen Street. Enjoy more music, fun, and family-friendly activities including a walk-about balloon, balloon baskets on display, the car show, and kid’s activities!
Friday - September 21

Friday's Adirondack Balloon Festival Schedule:

  • Gates Open - 3:00pm: Enjoy live music, kids activities, food vendors, and the Zonta Craft Fair at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport.
  • Musical Performances - 3:45pm - 5:45pm - Listen to the tunes by Kevin McKrell and Orion Kribs.
  • Balloon Launch - 5:00pm - 6:15pm: Witness the flight of up to 80 hot air balloons. The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.
Saturday - September 22

Saturday's Adirondack Balloon Festival Schedule:

  • Big Balloon Breakfast - 5:00am - 10:00am - In the hangar at Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport. Bring your appetite and enjoy the All-You-Can-Eat Big Balloon Breakfast! Pancakes, eggs, french toast, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors, $6.00 children.
  • Craft Fair and Family Activities - 5:00am - 7:00pm - Food vendors open for business, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA with 40+ vendors, Kids activities, including bounce houses, crafts, games and more. Aircraft static display.
  • Early Morning Balloon Launch - 6:30am - 7:30am -  Watch the flight of up to 100 hot air balloons. The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.
  • Live Music - 3:00pm - 8:00pm -  Musical performances by Pesky J. Nixon and The Old Main.
  • Evening Hot Air Balloon Launch - 5:00pm - 6:15pm -  Gaze at the spectacular flight of up to 100 hot air balloons. Live music and fun continue into the evening. The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.
  • "Lighting Up The Night": Airport Moonglow - 8:00pm  - Features the flight of up to 30+ balloons with the backdrop of the night sky. Bring your flashlights! The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.
Sunday - September 23

Sunday's Adirondack Balloon Festival Schedule:

  • Big Balloon Breakfast - 5:00am - 10:00am - In the hangar at Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport. Bring your appetite and enjoy the All-You-Can-Eat Big Balloon Breakfast! Pancakes, eggs, french toast, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee. $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors, $6.00 children.
  • Craft Fair and Family Activities - 5:00am - 12:00pm - Food vendors open for business, Craft Fair hosted by ZONTA with 40+ vendors, Kids activities, including bounce houses, crafts, games and more. Aircraft static display.
  • "Walter's Mass Ascension" - 6:30am - 7:30am - Watch the simultaneous flight of up to 100 hot air balloons. The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.
  • Catholic Mass - 8:00am - Service to be held in the Entertainment Tent.
  • Protestant Sunday Service - 9:00am - Service to be held in the Entertainment Tent.

Closing ceremonies

  • Musical Performance - 2:00pm - 5:00pm - Live music at Crandall Park featuring Across the Pond.
  • Balloon Launch - 5:00pm -  Flight of up to 20 balloons from Crandall Park. The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting.