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Adirondack Balloon Festival 2024

Admire the foliage of the scenic Lake George area from a hot air balloon

Dates: September 19–22, 2024

Every September, when fall colors reach their peak beauty, Adirondack Balloon Festival offers an opportunity to look at the picturesque mountains from above. Held at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, the four-day event has over 40 years of history. Flying over the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George in a hot air balloon is a "bucket-list experience" for many amateur and professional balloonists.

The Adirondack Balloon Festival features lots of entertainment and family fun at Crandall Park in Glens Falls. Watch the colorful parade from downtown Glens Falls to Crandall Park before the opening ceremony. Many daytime events, such as Dawn Patrol, Zonta craft fair, exhibitors, and kids activities, take place at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Social events include the Big Balloon Breakfast in the hangar and the City of Glens Falls Block Party, which usually takes place on Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls.

The main highlights of the festival's program are early morning lift-offs, evening hot air balloon launches, The Airport Moonglow, and the opening and closing ceremonies with live music. Festival organizers don't book balloon rides, however, attendees can book them independently with participating pilots. The festival is free for the public to attend. Plenty of free of charge parking space is available.

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