2012 Adirondack Balloon Festival, Moonglows & Fireworks

One of the quintessential Fall activities in the Glens Falls – Queensbury – Lake George NY Region is the very popular & exciting Adirondack Balloon Festival held in September, which features a kickoff celebration party, numerous hot air balloons, moonglows, and fireworks. 2012 marks its 40th Anniversary celebration, which takes place Thursday to Sunday, September 20-23, 2012. This four day annual Hot Air Balloon Festival is the largest & oldest balloon event in the North East. Enjoy the variety of beautiful & unique hot air balloons (up to 100+ balloons at times and many including special shape balloons) floating through the skies of the Adirondack Region, which launch from Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury. Other fun & popular activities include the Downtown Glens Falls Balloon Fest Kickoff Celebration & Block Party with fireworks, the annual Lake George Moonglow with fireworks, and the newly added Moonglow at the airport.

Below, is an overview of what is scheduled for this 2012 festival event. View the official Adirondack Balloon Festival website for a detailed schedule of events & times. Please note that all balloon flights are scheduled weather permitting.


Thurs., Sept. 20 – Glens Falls Balloon Fest Kickoff Celebration & Block Party:

(City of Glens Falls)

• 4:30-6:30PM:  Kickoff Celebration and Opening Ceremonies (acknowledging it’s 40th Anniversary) with live music, and launch of 20+ balloons including special “Birthday Cake” balloon at Crandall Park in Downtown Glens Falls.

• 6-9:30PM:  Block Party featuring hot air balloons, music, entertainment, kids’ activities, and fireworks on Glen Street in Downtown Glens Falls.


Fri., Sept. 21 thru  Sun., Sept. 23 –  Hot Air Balloon Launches & Activities:

(Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Town of Queensbury)

• The public is invited (for free) to view a multitude of beautifully colored hot air balloons which launch in the evenings & early morning at the airport. Many of these balloons include special shapes (featuring spyder pig balloon, “Lily” the bee balloon, barn balloon, “Fred” the rabbit balloon, pig headed balloon, T Rex balloon, birthday cake balloon, and more). See launch schedule below:

  • Friday at 5PM – launch of 80+ balloons including special shapes
  • Saturday at 6:30AM & 5PM – launch of 100 balloons including special shapes during each flight time
  • Sunday at 6:30AM – simultaneous flight of 100 balloons including shapes for “Walter’s Mass Ascension”

• Throughout the day, while the balloons are floating throughout the region, there are a variety of activities happening at the airport including:  craft fair, kids’ activities (bounce houses, rock climbing wall), aircraft display, food vendors, “Big Balloon Breakfast,” and entertainment (Jonathan Newell Band performance on Sat. 2-5PM). Gate to the airport opens at 3PM on Fri., 5AM on Sat., and 5AM on Sun.


Fri., Sept. 21 – Moonglow at the Lake & Fireworks

(Battlefield Park on Beach Road, Lake George Village)

• 8PM:  A breathtaking sight of tethered hot air balloons glowing in the dark, followed by fireworks over Lake George. Bring your flashlights! This annual event is usually on Saturday night – moved to Friday instead because of new Moonglow at airport on Saturday (see below).


Sat., Sept. 22 – 40 for 40 Moonglow

(Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Town of Queensbury)

• 8PM:  To celebrate the festival’s 40th Anniversary, enjoy the sight of 40 tethered hot air balloons illuminating the airport. Bring your flashlights!


Sun., Sept. 23 – Final Balloon Launch

(Crandall Park, City of Glens Falls)

• Final balloon launch at Crandall Park – enjoy DJ with music (2-5PM), and balloon launch of 20+ balloons (5PM).


Have a great time!