2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival
In 1972, The Adirondack Balloon Festival took off when Vermont native John Marsden shared photos of his hot air balloon with some Glens Falls visionaries looking for an event that would attract visitors to the Adirondack Region in the fall. Since the beginning, the event has been free of charge and open to the public. In its 46th year, this not-for-profit organization is operated by volunteers and has grown into a four-day event with about 175,000 spectators estimated for the 2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival!
The Adirondack Balloon Festival is the 3rd largest balloon festival in the country and each year there is something new! What’s new in 2018? Puddles and Splash, penguins from the United Kingdom, along with Saxon (from Brazil), the world’s first flying saxophone, and a remake on the classical Tom and Jerry! Also, an Air National Guard C-130 will be on display for spectators.
2018 Adirondack Balloon Festival Schedule
- Thursday, September 20
Opening Day of the Adirondack Balloon Festival is Thursday, September 20, 2018, which commences the four-day event with the launching of 20 balloons in Crandall Park, Glens Falls. The event features live music, kid’s activities, and a downtown Glens Falls Block Party.
- Friday, September 21
The next day, Friday, September 21st, 80 hot air balloons (including special shapes), will color the sky at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury NY. Featured are children’s activities, live music, food, and more!
- Saturday, September 22
Saturday, September 22nd, the festivities continue with a lift-off of 100 balloons of various colors, shapes, and sizes, including puppies, a rabbit, and even Scorch the Fire Breathing Dragon! Hot air balloon rides are available with prior appointments which can be set up at adirondackballoonfest.org. Vendors from all over the region set up with their artistries, festival fare and decadent dishes, and an all-you-can-eat, affordable pancake breakfast beginning at 5:00 am! ($10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 kids, and children 4-10 years are free).
- Sunday September 23
Don’t expect the celebration to slow down on Sunday, September 23rd either. 100 balloons will again be boosting themselves up, up, and away! You can expect another substantial pancake breakfast with all the fixin’s, a Protestant and Catholic mass, fair merriments, live music, and more!
The Adirondack Balloon Festival brings a lot of money to the region and benefits several charities, with $65,000 raised last year for local non-profits. This year, the festival is expecting to raise that if not more and is one of the best FREE things to do in the Adirondack Region. Visitors to the balloon festival should factor an hour into travel time to get to the 6:30 am (estimation) lift-off.
How to Get There
The Adirondack Balloon Festival is held at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, 443 Queensbury Ave. in Queensbury, NY. Please be advised there is a new traffic pattern: traffic coming from the south will enter from the Ridge Road access road and use the runway parking. Traffic from the north, and handicapped parking, will enter from Hicks Road and will be directed to appropriate parking locations.
Will you be attending the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Queensbury NY this year? We hope to see you there!