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Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

  • hot air balloons
  • a balloon inflating
  • inside of a hot air balloon
  • craft vendor tents
  • woman showing pottery to a boy
  • pottery hanging up
  • inflated balloons at night
  • musicians performing
  • an artist discussing his pieces
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Cost: Adults $10; Child 3 - 15 $5, under 2 FREE
Phone: 518-480-7651

Don’t miss the 5th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival (formerly the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival) at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. This family-friendly event celebrates the best of the Capital Region with food, live entertainment, shopping, kids activities, and balloons!


  • Friday, June 22: 3pm to 9pm
  • Saturday, June 23: balloon launch from 5:30-7am, marketplace open from 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday, June 24: balloon launch from 5:30-7am, marketplace open from 10am to 4pm


  • 30 hot air balloons with four liftoffs and one of the best balloon glows in the U.S.
  • 75 marketplace exhibitors
  • 5 BBQ chefs, firing up the smokers and grills
  • Live entertainment & music
  • A beer and wine garden
  • Activities in the Stewarts Kids Zone including face painting, a walkabout balloon, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a magic show

Admission Prices: 

  • Adult Daily - $10.00
  • Child (3 - 15 years) - $5.00
  • Under 2 - Free
  • Weekend Pass
    • Adult - $15.00
    • Child (3 - 15 year) - $5.00
    • Under 2 - Free

Helicopter Rides:

  • Friday 4pm to 6pm - $50/person
  • Saturday 12pm to 6pm - $50/person
  • Sunday 12pm to 3pm - $50/person

Balloon Rides:

  • Friday Evening - 6pm
  • Saturday Morning - 5:30am
  • Saturday Evening - 6pm
  • Sunday Morning - 5:30pm
  • For pricing, please visit

Parking - FREE

*Please note that no dogs (unless a service animal) are allowed on the Saratoga Fairgrounds property. Please leave them at home! Thank you!

For more information and a full festival schedule, visit

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