The Adirondack Balloon Festival began in 1972 by “the Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival” (courtesy Maury Thompson), Walter Grishkot with assistance from volunteers and continues the same with community support to this day as a not-for-profit organization. Hot air balloonists from across the United States as well as internationally based pilots attend for the awe-inspiring views of the Southern Adirondacks. Featuring a wide-array of hot air balloons including special shapes. There is lots of family fun, activities and entertainment throughout the days of the Festival. Please Note ~ All Ballooning flight times including the lift-offs, Airport Moonglow and all activities are wind and weather permitting. NO DOGS ALLOWED. Please leave your pets at home. This is for their safety and our visitors as well. No drones or remote control aircraft are allowed and Please No Smoking. Opening and Closing Ceremonies take place in Crandall Park on Upper Glen Street in Glens Falls.