The Adirondack Balloon Festival began in 1972 by “the Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival” (courtesy of Maury Thompson), Walter Grishkot with assistance from volunteers. The Balloon Festival continues the same with community support to this day as a not-for-profit organization.

For over 40 years hot air balloonists from across the United States, as well as internationally based pilots, have attended for the awe-inspiring views of the Southern Adirondacks.

The Balloon Festival takes place at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport located at 443 Queensbury Avenue in Queensbury, NY. Opening Ceremonies take place in Glens Falls at Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street on Thursday afternoon. The afternoon features live music, children's activities, food vendors and the flight of up to 20 hot air balloons (wind and weather permitting). In the evening the City of Glens Falls Block Party takes place on Glen Street downtown. Enjoy the live music, balloon baskets are on display, there is a car show and fun children's activities.

The festival features a wide variety of hot air balloons including special shapes. Come out and see these special shape hot air balloons and all the others in an array of colors and decorations as they take to the sky.

There is lots of family fun, activities and entertainment throughout the days of the Festival. The Big Balloon Breakfast is served in the hangar Saturday and Sunday.

For updates on activities and hot air balloon launches follow the official Adirondack Balloon Festival Facebook page.

~ 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

Below is the 2017 Balloon Festival Schedule to help you plan for 2018.

The 2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival is still being planned. Please check back for updates.

 

Thursday, September 20

Adirondack Balloon Festival Opening Ceremonies

Location: Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street in Glens Falls

Celebrate the kick-off of the Adirondack Balloon Festival! Live music and bands, family activities, and the launch of up to 20 hot air balloons!

*The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting

Post Ceremony Glens Falls Block Party

Location: Downtown Glens Falls on Glen Street

Enjoy more music, fun, and family-friendly activities!

Friday, September 21

Music, Crafts, Activities, & Balloons!

Location: Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport 443 Queensbury Avenue in Queensbury, NY

3:00pm: Gates open. Live music, kids activities, food vendors, and the Zonta Craft Fair.

5:00pm: Witness the flight of up to 80 hot air balloons ~ including special shapes

*The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting

 

Saturday, September 22nd

Location For All Events Below: Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport, 443 Queensbury Avenue in Queensbury, NY

Big Balloon Breakfast

5:00am - 10:00am: Bring your appetite and enjoy the All-You-Can-Eat Big Balloon Breakfast! Pancakes, eggs, french toast, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee.

Early Morning Balloon Launch

6:30am: Watch the flight of up to 100 hot air balloons ~ including special shapes!

Craft Fair & Family Activites

Throughout the Day: Family friendly activities, food vendors, the Zonta Craft Fair, and live music and bands.

Evening Hot Air Balloon Launch

5:00pm: Gaze at the spectacular flight of up to 80 hot air balloons ~ including special shapes! Live music and fun continue into the evening.

*The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting

Saturday, September 22

Moonglow Balloon Launch

Location: Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport, 443 Queensbury Avenue in Queensbury, NY

8:00pm: Lighting Up the Night!  Moonglow 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

Location For All Events Below: Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport, 443 Queensbury Avenue in Queensbury, NY

Big Balloon Breakfast

5:00am - 10:00am: If you didn't get enough on Saturday you can join us for round 2 of the All-You-Can-Eat Big Balloon Breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, french toast, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee.

Faith-Based Services

6:30am: Walter's Mass Ascension with the simultaneous flight of up to 100 hot air balloons ~ including special shapes!

*The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting

8:00am: Catholic Mass will take place in the entertainment tent.

9:00am: Protestant Sunday Service

Craft Fair & Family Activites

Throughout the Day: Family activities, food vendors, Zonta Craft Fair and live musical entertainment.

 

Sunday, September 23

Closing Ceremonies

Location: Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street

2:00pm: live music, kids activities, and food vendors.

Hot Air Balloon Launch

Location: Floyd Bennet Memorial Airport, 443 Queensbury Avenue in Queensbury, NY

5:00pm: Cap off the celebration watching the launch of up to 20 balloons

*The balloon launch is weather and wind conditions permitting