FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Highlights, Hours, Admission, Address, Schedule, and FAQ’s

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

 

FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

  • SUNSET BALLOON LAUNCH
  • MARKETPLACE OPEN ALL DAY
  • KIDS ZONE by MVP Healthcare w/SEAN the PRANKSTER
  • PONY RIDES + FACE PAINTING
  • STEWARTS BALLOON GLOW
  • HELICOPTER RIDES
  • DARE DEVIL DOG SHOW
  • BRENT McCOY COMEDY JUGGLING
  • RICH ORTIZ LIVE MUSIC

SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

  • SUNRISE BALLOON LAUNCH
  • SUNSET BALLOON LAUNCH
  • MARKETPLACE OPEN ALL DAY
  • KIDS ZONE by MVP Healthcare w/SEAN the PRANKSTER
  • PONY RIDES + FACE PAINTING
  • HELICOPTER RIDES
  • DARE DEVIL DOG SHOW
  • BRENT McCOY COMEDY JUGGLING
  • DONNA TRITICO BAND
  • RED DIRT HIGHWAY BAND

SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS

  • SUNRISE BALLOON LAUNCH
  • KIDS ZONE by MVP Healthcare w/SEAN the PRANKSTER
  • MARKETPLACE OPEN ALL DAY
  • PONY RIDES + FACE PAINTING
  • Helping Our Vets CAR SHOW
  • HELICOPTER RIDES
  • NY STEAK COOK OFF COMPETITION
  • PADRAIC DECKER LIVE MUSIC
  • KOZMO MAGIC SHOW

FESTIVAL HOURS

Note: Sunrise balloon launches will be open and free to the public around 5:30am. After the launches, the balloon watchers will vacate so we can prepare for the regular show hours and festivities. You can purchase tickets for regular show hours either in advance on this website or at the main entry gate. 

Friday, August 27, 2021
3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, August 28, 2021
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday, August 29, 2021
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Note: If weather prevents the balloon glow from happening on Friday night, it will be moved to Saturday, which means the Saturday hours will extend to 9:00 PM.

Onsite Parking is FREE

Pets are Not Allowed on the Fairgrounds

 

FESTIVAL ADMISSION and PRICING

For General Admission, you can purchase tickets in advance or at the Entrance Gate throughout the day.

Note: Sunrise balloon launches will be open and free to the public around 5:30am. After the launches, the balloon watchers will vacate so we can prepare for the regular show hours and festivities. You can purchase tickets for regular show hours either in advance on this website or at the main entry gate.

Event Admission Price

Adult 16+: $12.00/day or $8 for Sunday only**
Adult weekend pass: $15.00
Children 3-15: $5.00/day or $7.00 for weekend pass
Children 2 and under: FREE

**Sunday-only tickets can only be purchased at the entry gate and cannot be purchased online in advance

Balloon and Helicopter Pricing (three hour experience, tethered, helicopter)

See Balloons page for details or visit the Ride Tent at the festival

Balloon Glow

Free with admission

Car Show on Sunday

Free with admission

Steak Cookoff Competition on Sunday 

Free with admission

Live Music

Free with admission

Magic Show and Juggling

Free with admission

Kids Zone

Pricing varies per activity:

  • Pony Rides by Adirondack Dreamcatcher Farm $10
  • Walk about balloon $2, purchase tickets for this at the Walk About Balloon location
  • Sean the Prankster Free
  • Bounce houses – Single tickets $1 and 1-3 tickets depending on the ride (up to 5 options), or $10 for unlimited wristband for all rides
  • ROCK WALL $8 per climb
  • Face Paining by A Touch of Color. Face painting, Henna, Airbrush Tattoos (prices vary for each)

All Food, Drink, and Marketplace Pricing

All prices set by individual sellers. Most take credit cards but not all. ATMs on site.

Onsite Parking is FREE 

Pets are Not Allowed on the Fairgrounds

 

 

FESTIVAL ADDRESS

The physical address for the event is:

162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Onsite Parking is FREE 

From I-87

  • Northway to Exit 12
  • Follow signs for Route 67 West around the rotaries.
  • Follow Route 67 West to Route 50
  • At light turn right onto Route 50
  • In the Village of Ballston Spa turn left at light by Cunningham’s Laundry onto Route 67 West.
  • Go ¼ mile to bottom of hill. Turn right onto Charlton St. Turn left onto Fairground Avenue.
  • Fairgrounds at top of hill

From Saratoga Springs

  • Go south on Route 50
  • In the Village of Ballston Spa, turn right at the Getty Station onto Prospect Street
  • Fairgrounds at the top of the hill

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, August 27th Event
3pm – 8pm Marketplace Open
3pm – 8pm MVP Kids Zone Open
3:30pm – 4:00pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
3pm – 8pm Pony Rides by Adirondack Dreamcatcher Farm
3pm – 9pm BBQ Boulevard Open
3pm – 9pm Beer/Wine Garden Open
3pm – 9pm Food Vendors Open
3pm – 9pm Balloon Ride Tent Open
4pm – Dusk Helicopter Rides (Get there early to book as they sell out fast)
4pm – 5pm Dare Devil Trained Dog Show
4pm – 5pm Rich Ortiz Live Music
5pm – 6pm Brent McCoy Comedy Juggling
5:00pm – 5:30pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
6pm – 7pm Rich Ortiz Live Music
6pm – 8pm Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch/Tethered Rides (weather permitting)
6pm – Close Depending on the balloons launching, the events below are tentatively scheduled.
7pm – 8pm Brent McCoy Comedy Juggling
7pm – 8pm Dare Devil Trained Dog Show
8pm – 9pm Stewarts Balloon Glow (starts at dusk) *Rain Date: Saturday, Aug 28
Saturday, August 28th Event
5:30am – 6:30am Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch/Tethered Rides (weather permitting)
5:30am – 7am Balloon Ride Tent Open
11am – 8pm Marketplace Open
11am – 8pm MVP Kids Zone Open
11am – 8pm Pony Rides by Adirondack Dreamcatcher Farm
11am – 8pm BBQ Boulevard Open
11am – 8pm Beer/Wine Garden Open
11am – 8pm Food Vendors Open
11am – 8pm Balloon Ride Tent Open
11:30am – 12:30pm Dare Devil Trained Dog Show
Noon – 1pm Donna Tritico Band Live Music
Noon – 12:30pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
12pm – 6pm Helicopter Rides (Get there early to book as they sell out fast)
2pm – 3pm Donna Tritico Band Live Music
2pm – 2:30pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
3pm – 4pm Brent McCoy Comedy Juggling
3pm – 4pm Dare Devil Trained Dog Show
4pm – 5pm Brent McCoy Comedy Juggling
4pm – 4:30pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
4pm – 5pm Red Dirt Highway Live Music
5pm – 6pm Dare Devil Trained Dog Show
6pm – 7pm Red Dirt Highway Live Music
6pm – 8pm Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch/Tethered Rides (weather permitting)
6pm – Close Depending on the balloons lauching, the events below are tentatively scheduled
6pm – 7pm Brent McCoy Comedy Juggling
8pm – 9pm Balloon Glow Rain date
Sunday, August 29th Event
5:30am – 6:30am Balloon Inflation/Ride/Launch/Tethered Rides (weather permitting)
5:30am – 7am Balloon Ride Tent Open
11am – 5pm Marketplace Open
11am – 5pm MVP Kids Zone Open
11am – 5pm Pony Rides by Adirondack Dreamcatcher Farm
11am – 5pm BBQ Boulevard Open
11am – 5pm Beer/Wine Garden Open
11am – 5pm Food Vendors Open
11am – 3pm Car Show on Launch Field
Noon – 4pm Helicopter Rides (Get there early to book as they sell out fast)
Noon – 1pm Kozmo Magic Show
Noon – 2pm NY Steak Cook Off Competition
1pm – 1:30pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
1pm – 2pm Tom Petty Tribute Band Live Music
2pm – 3pm Kozmo Magic Show
3pm – 3:30pm Sean the Prankster in the Kids Zone
3pm – 4pm Padraic Decker Live Music (** In place of Heartbreaker-Tom Petty Tribute Band, who unfortunately had to cancel due to illness)
4pm – 5pm Kozmo Magic Show

 

FAQ

  • Can I see balloons up all day?
    No.  Balloons can’t inflate or fly in winds, and the winds almost always get stronger throughout the day.  This is why they ONLY inflate and launch at sunrise and sunset.  This includes the tethered balloon.
  • Can I pre-purchase ride tickets?
    For the hour long hot air balloon rides, you can book your tickets through our exclusive ride provider here.
    For tethered balloon rides and helicopter rides, you can only purchase them onsite.