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Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns to Dutchess County Fairgrounds July 12th-14th

Publish Date: 2019-06-07

It’s that time – the 28th Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce returns July 12th-14th. This annual event has become one of the most popular weekends for visitors to flock to Rhinebeck, and for good reason. The weekend is an Instagram dream with sunrise and sunset photo ops as the balloons launch into the sky! Balloonists will have room to launch and fly in all directions, enabling 360 degree views. Throughout the day enjoy vendors offering craft beverage tastings, specialty foods, helicopter rides, gifts and more!

Don’t just come to the Fest to watch the balloons, experience one for yourself! Try a Tethered Hot-Air Balloon Ride for $20 (cash-only at fest). Limited full flight Balloon Rides will be available by advance purchase only. Not into the balloon rides? Take a chopper ride from Independent Helicopters – reserve in advance. Info on launch times and delays all weekend is via the Chamber's Facebook page.

Afternoon launches are at 6pm Friday and Saturday, and mornings at 6am on Saturday and Sunday. The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival runs Friday, 4-9:30pm; Saturday, 5am gates open; it’s free for morning launches until 10am; fee charged 12-9:30pm. Sunday, 5am gates open; it’s free for morning launches until 10am; fee charged 12-8pm. Tickets are $10/advance, $14/gate, and $25 for weekend passes. Save and purchase your advance tickets now. To view the full schedule of events, click here.

Dutchess County Fairgrounds is located at 6636 Route 9 in Rhinebeck 12572 and offers free parking. The south east lot closest to Main Gate #1 is designated specifically for persons with disabilities. Get driving directions from Google Maps. Save on gas! Take the train or bus and visit the Balloon Festival. Amtrak is accessible via the Rhinecliff (RHI) station in Rhinecliff.  If you're coming from Albany or NYC, the Rhinecliff station is close to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (3 miles and 7 minute cab ride). Customer service is 800-872-7245. Get bus transportation information here.

Follow the Fest on social media #HVBalloonFest for updates all weekend!




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