The 2021 Adirondack Balloon Festival is set for September 23rd through 26th, featuring a brand-new format, expanding to include a new event at East Field in Glens Falls, multiple launch sites throughout Warren and Washington counties, a drive-through moonglow, and more.
The event is 100% free for the community. Festival Merchandise, one of the event’s biggest fundraisers, will be for sale at select events, with a smaller selection than in previous years.
Thursday evening will feature a block party with live music, candlestick balloon torch firings, sidewalk sales, and more in Downtown Glens Falls.
On Friday evening, September 24th, more than 50 balloons will be inflated in five different communities, including Glens Falls, Queensbury, South Glens Falls, Hudson Falls and one more to be finalized.
On Saturday morning, September 25th, a mass ascension at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury of 50 balloons including special shapes will take place. The balloons will be roped off, spread out along both runways, where spectators can drive right in, saving the long walks of previous years. This year, the Balloon Festival cannot allow vendors, children’s activities, or the Open Door breakfast. Pilots can’t take paid passengers this year.
Saturday evening, September 25th will feature two moonglows. At the airport, the public can attend a drive-through moonglow to observe 40 tethered balloons on display, lit up from within. There will also be a brand-new event at East Field with a live band, 8-10 balloons, and possibly a fireworks display. The details of the band and fireworks are still in the works.
The event will on Sunday morning, September 26th with a mass ascension at the airport of 50 balloons including special shapes, with the same setup as Saturday.
The Adirondack Balloon Festival’s launches are subject to weather conditions. The balloons cannot fly for safety reasons if it is too windy or if there is inclement weather.
For more information, visit the Adirondack Balloon Festival website.
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