Advance tickets available for Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival 


Liftoff during a previous festival

POUGHKEEPSIE – Tickets are available for The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival on July 8-10, 2016. Purchases made by today (Friday) will save $2 on the cost of admission to the festival at Barton Orchards.
With about 125 launches between Friday and Sunday, the festival also features activities happening all weekend at Barton Orchards at 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag. Two balloons will also be at Migliorelli Farm at 245 Guski Road in Red Hook on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 Admission to the morning mass launches on Saturday and Sunday is free and the gates will open at 5 a.m. Admission to the festival starting at noon is $10 on Friday and Saturday in advance, (a limited number of tickets will be available at the gate for $12) and $5 on Sunday (available at the gate only). An all-access weekend pass is available for $17.95 until July 1. Both on- and off-site parking are free and off-site parking includes shuttle service when necessary.
For the first time this year, a mass balloon launch will be held on Sunday evening. Balloon launches will be at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. All launches are completely weather dependent. Updates will be posted on the Chamber’s website at as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.