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2016 Hudson Valley Balloon Festival

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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The 2016 Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival is Fueled by Bottini Fuel and Sponsored By Q92.1.

For complete event information, click here to visit our Balloon Festival website.

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 26th annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival on July 8-10, 2016. We are expecting another great weekend with about 100 balloon launches between Friday and Sunday.

We have made a lot of changes to improve our festival, this year! We are excited to host the entire festival at Barton Orchards at 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag.

We've expanded our festival hours to have activities happening all day on Saturday & Sunday and most of the day on Friday. NEW this year, thanks to our friends at Barton Orchards, we will have LOTS of family activities such as a petting zoo, crafts, hay mazes, hayrides, food trucks, a tap room, bakery and market, fire pits, ball toss, vendors, live music from great bands, and FIREWORKS (Friday night)! We will, of course, have old favorites like the Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot air balloons for sale.

Barton Orchards is a farm, and both on- and off-site parking is on grass, so it might be muddy and/or dusty. We suggest all visitors should dress appropriately including wearing sturdy, closed-toe footwear and clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. The use of bug and tick repellent and sunscreen is STRONGLY recommended. 

NO DOGS ALLOWED. If animals are left in vehicles, the police will be notified. Please do not bring outside food or beverages. Picnic blankets and chairs are welcome, but please be courteous to other guests and the balloonists.

Tether rides will be available for cash only the day of the event and cost $20 per person.    

26th Annual Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Hours and Cost:

A Limited Number of tickets will be sold at the door for $12 on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Weekend passes are available for admission all weekend and includes all activities (excluding tether and balloon rides). Sunday admission is not available in advance. Ticket prices include sales tax and fees. All sales are final. No returns, exchanges, or refunds. No exceptions.

Children under 3 are free.

Friday, July 8 • Noon – 10 p.m. ($10 in advance; $12 at the door)

Saturday, July 9 • 5 – 7 a.m. (free admission)

Saturday, July 9 • Noon – 10 p.m. ($10 in advance; $12 at the door)

Sunday, July 10 • 5 – 7 a.m. (free admission)

Sunday, July 10 • Noon – 7 p.m. ($5 at the door only)


Refund Policy:

Ticket prices do not include tax and convenience fee. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Event is rain or shine. Balloons may not inflate or fly if weather conditions are not ideal - refunds will NOT be issued if balloons do not inflate. Please print or bring your ticket on a device to be scanned. One barcode will scan for multiple entries if purchased. Need to split among attendees arriving separately? Simply print multiple copies.

Cancellation Policy:

Event is rain or shine. ALL BALLOONS TAKE-OFF AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE PILOT. Sometimes, due to impending weather, wind, or other conditions, balloons will launch early, late or not at all. Please plan to arrive roughly 30 minutes or more prior to the scheduled launch time to ensure you see the balloon inflate and rise. Up-to-the-minute info about launch times and delays, will be available via the Chamber's Facebook and Twitter postings throughout the festival. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
6636 Route 9
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 454-1701