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Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Moves to Larger Venue: July 6-8

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, now in its 27th year of hosting balloonists from across the country, has moved to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The larger space will accommodate more activities for all ages; give balloonists the option to fly in all directions for 360-degree views, launch and offer tethered balloon rides; and provide spectators with plenty of free parking, plus more opportunities to interact with balloons and their pilots.

Organized by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC), the balloon festival has expanded significantly over the years, with more than 25,000 people attending in 2017. This year’s event, set for July 6-8, will feature more than 100 balloon launches during the weekend, with mass launches scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and sunrise launches on Saturday and Sunday. There will be tethered balloon rides available all weekend.

All rides are weather and wind permitting, but other activities will be available at all times, including a craft beverage tap tent, live bands, vendors, food trucks and family activities. Spectators should allow for extra traffic time to ensure that they see the balloons inflate and launch. Updates will be posted throughout the weekend on the chamber’s website,, as well as on the 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival Facebook and Instagram pages.

Advance discounted tickets are now available. Visit for complete event information, including tickets, FAQs, directions and vendors.