New York State Balloon Festivals
Adirondack Balloon Festival
New York's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival The four-day event is the oldest and largest balloon event on the East Coast set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. WEATHER – All ballooning activities are weather dependent. Ballooning is a fair weather sport. Balloons will not fly in the rain. Winds must also be light in order for balloons to fly safely. Ideal conditions are for wind speeds to be 3-5 MPH. As wind speeds increase beyond 8-10 it is unlikely balloons will be able to fly. Flight updates are provided on our facebook site and on twitter for each flight and is shared shortly after the weather and decisions are shared with the pilots. We understand the weather can be frustrating but safety always comes first in our decision making. We are all volunteers , we are as disappointed as you are when they don’t fly. BALLOON RIDES - The Festival does not schedule or book rides. If you refer to the pilot section of the website, you will find details and pictures of our participating pilots and their balloons. Many of our participating pilots will book rides independently. If their phone number is listed, then they are willing to accept passengers. You can expect to pay in the range of $175-$225 per person for a balloon ride however each pilot sets his own price. BALLOON FLIGHTS- Balloon flights occur just after sunrise or close to sunset, refer to our schedule of events for times. Balloons do not fly during the day. You should plan on being present at flight times if you wish to see the balloons.
Balloons and Bounty Onieda, NY
Mid October, Annual - 4th year. Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 10-10, Sunday 10-10, Monday 10-6. (7am launch each day are open to the public each morning, prior to grounds opening for the festival). 20 balloons. Festival activities: Hot Air balloon glow, launches, fireworks, live bands, Pride of NY farm market – with wine, beer, food, art, craft & commercial vendors. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, duck derby, steer roping, animal barn, jumping pillow, corn cannons, paintball shooting gallery, ballistic ball, gem mining, corn crib, pedal carts, and much more will be taking place.
Duchess County Balloon Festival
The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Balloon Festival, an annual summer tradition in the Hudson Valley, will take place in July at various sites around the area. In total, over 20 balloon take-offs are scheduled during the weekend. All launches are open to the public and complimentary to attend, and many feature community gatherings, food and drink and much more. The complete list of launch sites and times can be found at dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival. The Festival begins with a dozen evening launches scattered throughout Dutchess County at 6 p.m. on Friday. At 6 a.m. on Saturday, all balloons in town will dot the sky over the Hudson River, taking off from the docks of the Hudson River Rowing Association. This morning event provides tremendous photographic opportunities and the Walkway Over the Hudson will be open early for guests seeking a unique, elevated vantage point. Another round of 6 p.m. departures will take place Saturday evening at various sites before a second 6 a.m. mass launch at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse on Sunday, brings the Balloon Festival to a close. All scheduled events are weather permitting with both forecast rain and wind liable to alter launch schedules. In addition to the standard 6 p.m. launches, this year marks the return of the Moon Glow to the Vassar Alumnae House Lawn in Poughkeepsie on Saturday evening. This special launch is scheduled to take place after dark and will feature a specially treated balloon shining brightly against the night sky as it inflates.
Great Wellsville Balloon Rally
What is The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally? The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally is an organized group of volunteers that work all year long to put on the biggest event in Allegany County – a hot air balloon festival. The event takes place the third full weekend in July. The rally takes place at Island Park is in Wellsville, New York. Wellsville is the largest town within Allegany County.
Jamesville Balloonfest at Jamesville Beach, right outside of Syracuse.
Mark your calendars and come celebrate the annual Jamesville Balloonfest with us this summer! Stop by and see "The Cake"- the Happy Birthday Hot Air Balloon that will be onsite all weekend long! Syracuse’s kick off to summer event features non-stop musical entertainment with national acts and top local music groups on the Summit Auto Group stage powered by Ram Trucks! The event also features over two dozen special shape and hot air balloons, arts & crafts fair, amusement rides, food and beverages.The Balloonfest will take place from Friday late Juneh. The Balloonfest typically welcomes over 20,000 people to this favorite community event. Balloons take flight each day (weather permitting) and add to the excitement of the event.
The New York Festival of Balloons
This event is organized and staffed solely by community volunteers. In 1997 the Dansville Balloon Festival was designated as the New York State Festival of Balloons. The festival features: •Six scheduled launches beginning Friday, 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday 6 AM & 6 PM, Monday 6 AM •Arts & Crafts Vendors •International Food Court •Free Entertainment •Rides & Amusements for children •Car Show Free Balloon GLOW on Thursday beginning at 7 PM. The goal of the festival is to provide entertainment and enjoyment to our spectators, bring visitors to our community, and share our profits with local charities. Over the years an average of 35,000 spectators per year visit our valley to enjoy the festival. The success of prior festivals made it possible to share profits with local charities and organizations. The beauty of an early morning flight is breathtaking as balloons gracefully float over our valley. The thrill of a mass evening launch is a real crowd pleaser. For those passengers taking their first flight, wonderful thoughts and memories will long endure. Though we are one of the largest events of its type, The New York Festival of Balloons, is a great deal more than hot air balloons.
Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally PO Box 275 Westview Station Binghamton, NY 13905-275
•The festival began as a spiedie cooking contest in 1983. •The first official Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally took place in 1985. •Each year the festival is held the first full weekend in August. •Attendance has grown over the years - the festival currently sees between 90,000 and 100,000 admissions per year. •The festival is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds to community charities. •Since inception, the SpiedieFest and Balloon Rally has donated over $1 million dollars to local charities.
The SunKiss Balloon Festival
will begin on a Friday evening in Mid September at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, then move to Kingswood Golf Course on Notre Dame Street Extension in Kinsgsbury on Saturday and Sunday. A special-shape American flag balloon, sponsored by NBT Bank, will be a highlight of the weekend. About 30 balloons, including four special-shape balloons, will be at the festival, which has grown to include two sites this year and has added about 10 balloons from last year's 20, organizer Todd Monahan said. Special-shape balloons, in addition to the American flag, include ladybug, guppy and clown balloons.
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