The New York Summer Festival

At the Columbia County Fairgrounds

182 Hudson Ave in Chatham, NY 12037 

June 23-25, 2023

The former Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival makes its post-pandemic return as the The First Annual New York Summer Festival. Our new location at the beautiful Columbia County Fairgrounds is ideal not only for the signature Hot Air Balloons but also for an Outdoor Concert, Wine Tasting event, and so much more! This family-oriented weekend has something for everyone.

Hot Air Balloons

Don’t miss our beautiful morning and afternoon mass balloon launches beginning Friday at sunset through Sunday at sunrise (Four planned launches.) These are VERY popular and are weather dependent. We will be posting up-to-the-minute weather and launch updates on the website and Facebook page, so you can plan accordingly.

Friday Night Balloon Glow

You won’t want to miss the Friday night Balloon Glow, to be scheduled after the Friday balloon launch. A Balloon Glow is where a host of balloons are inflated at dark and their burners ignited, bringing the balloons to life with brightly glowing colors, the roar of the burners, and the delight of the crowd. This event is included with the regular Festival Price and is also weather dependent.


Saturday Night Concert

After the Saturday evening balloon launch, there will be a concert in the seated and partially covered outdoor paladium. Ticket prices will have options for the Regular Festival and/or Concert and/or Saturday Wine Tasting, so you can just pay for what you want. Check soon for more details about the concert and ticketing options.

Saturday Wine Tasting

In addition to great festival food, beer, and wine, we will have a special wine and spirits tasting on Saturday in the historic and exquisitely renovated Fairhouse building (ca. 1884). This event will have a separate ticketing option, so check back closer to the show for all the details, including a list of participating Wineries and Distilleries.


There will be no shortage of fun activities for the kids. In addition to a bounce house zone, we will have pony rides and a full area of games with special performances such as magic. Check closer to the show for a full schedule of fun events throughout the entire weekend.

Great Entertainment

We will have great entertainment throughout the weekend, including the local favorite Joe Adee Band, plus other special performers in various locations on the fairgrounds. Check closer to the show for a full schedule of weekend performances.


Enjoy the Festival Marketplace, which will include Specialty Foods, such as Earthquake Spices shown here, as well as crafters and sellers of other items for your enjoyment. Check closer to the show for a full list of participating vendors.

Fun Family Activities

We will have great activities for families, such as this train running all weekend and other specialty acts such as dog shows, magicians, or street performers. Check back closer to the show for a full schedule of all the events we will offer. These events will all be included in the regular Festival Admission price.