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Great Falls Balloon Festival 2019

Colorful hot air balloons in a beautiful setting in the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn

Great Falls Balloon Festival in Maine 2020 - Best Time
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The Great Falls Balloon Festival is an annual event held every August in the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine. Thousands line the banks of the Androscoggin River in Simard-Payne Memorial Park to see dozens of balloons filling the skies. The festival attracts about 100,000 attendees. In addition to various balloon rides, there is a carnival with rides, live music, games, and vendors with food and various merchandise.

Great Falls Balloon Festival in Maine - Best Season 2020
Inflating the balloon with a powerful fan that can be seen just behind the man holding the lines 2020
Inflating the balloon with a powerful fan that can be seen just behind the man holding the lines

Balloons are launched at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival, weather permitting. There are also tethered rides available in​ the main field. Ballons lit by the moon at Simard-Payne Memorial Park at night is quite a sight!

Best time for Great Falls Balloon Festival in Maine 2020
Best time to see Great Falls Balloon Festival in Maine 2020

The Great Falls Baloon Festival offers live entertainment on two stages in Lewiston and Auburn. An open mic on Friday night at Auburn stage or karaoke on the Lewiston stage on Saturday afternoon is a great chance to show off your talent! The festival also features a Medieval Encampment in Bonney Park by The Society for Creative Anachronism.