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National Ride the Wind Day: 9 Places to Ride Hot Air Balloons

Features & Advice | Lisa Iannucci | August 23, 2016

National Ride the Wind Day: 9 Places to Ride Hot Air Balloons

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Today is National Ride the Wind Day and every year there are hundreds of balloon festivals around the world that celebrate taking flight.

The Adirondack Balloon Festival: takes place at the end of September at Crandall Park in Queensbury, New York and is free of charge for those who attend the festival, which is now in its 40th year. Today, more than 150,000 people attend the three-day event to see more than 100 balloons take off. There are also music performances and craft fairs, food vendors, bounce houses and so much more.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: takes place from Oct. 1 - 9 at Balloon Fiesta Park. This Fiesta has grown from 13 balloons in 1972 to 700 balloons today and 1,000 pilots and is considered the largest balloon festival in the world. If you attend this incredible event, you can enjoy such activities as Balloon Glow, Night Magic Glow, and the Special Shape Rodeo and Special Shape Glowdeo where more than 100 uniquely shaped balloons participate.

The Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival: For two days in October, the Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, Georgia turns into a balloon spectacular. Events include Amazing Balloon Glows, trick-or-treating, tethered balloon rides, an Oktoberfest celebration, live music, food vendors, a free interactive kid’s area, five entertainment stages, and more.

Tamilnadu International Balloon Festival: Pollachi, India is the location of the 2017 Tamilnadu International Balloon Festival, a five-day festival from Jan. 10 – 15. The festival includes up to 20 balloons from various nations and shapes.  The festival will also include a concert, cultural shows, coloring contest, food and more.

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Poteau Balloon Fest: It’s all about the balloons in Oklahoma as the baskets ascend for everyone to see. The event takes place on Oct. 14 and 15 and includes additional attractions such Helicopter Rides, Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides, Tethered Balloon Rides, Carnival Rides, and the Saturday Night LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Event.

Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally: Another rally that takes place at the end of October, this three-day New Mexico event typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crew each year.

South Texas Balloon Festival: Hot air balloons, carnival rides, food, arts and crafts, entertainment, at this Second Annual Balloon Festival in Nov. 3 – 6. There are tethered flights and piloted excursions available.

Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival: You missed it this year, but write a save-the-date for next July because this festival is a ton of fun and includes a lot of hot air balloons. Situated right in the Hudson Valley at Barton Orchards, it also includes rides for the kids, food, pick-your-own, music and more.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, this event took place two weeks ago over four days in Bristol at the Ashton Court Estate. Definitely pencil it in for next year. This completely free event is worth the trip and includes fairground rides and entertainment.

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