A new outdoor event for the area! The Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival will kickoff the weekend of June 20 to June 22, at the Saratoga Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, featuring hot air balloon rides, fine art and craft exhibitors (selected from a jury of art judges) and, of course, tons of food, wine, beer, live music and craft demonstrations!
The Balloon and Craft Festival is coming to Saratoga thanks to a company called Craftproducers, whose sole passion is creating upscale art festivals in New York for more than 35 years.
A balloon launch will kick off this new event bright and early as well as end it at 6pm. A Balloon Glow event on Friday and Saturday at dusk will feature the most colorful balloons against the sunset in a magical way.
During the day between noon and 7pm, the public is welcome to pursue the large Camelot tents that will dot the Saratoga Fairgrounds, housing some of the 125 artists and food makers that have been carefully selected by a panel of jurors. All handmade products will be displayed by the maker, giving you a chance to meet and talk to the people behind the product. (There will be NO imports or buy/sell items allowed at this festival.)
Some shop items include blown glass, pottery, stained glass, furniture, graphics, painting, leather, metal, wood, jewelry, and specialty food producers including wineries and distillers.
Throughout the day there will be live music and a local food court featuring catering from Old Daley Inn, local restaurants, and craft beers served along with New York state cheese. Kids will have a petting zoo, face painting, juggling and their own make-your-own-art station.
Festival Hours: Friday Noon-10PM, Saturday 10AM -10PM, and Sunday 11AM-7M. Adult admission $10, kids free. Glow admission $5 for adults and children. Glows are very popular and usually sell out. Attendance for the Glows is capped at 2,500. It is strongly recommended to purchase advance Glow tickets at www.balloonandcraft.com. Park with the balloons! Limited number of “Tailgate Tickets” near balloon launches and the Balloon Glow, $25 per vehicle. For more info visit www.balloonandcraft.com or call 802-425-3399.