Relive the Magic of the Hudson Valley's Hot-Air Balloon Festivals

Our Instagram community celebrated a weekend filled with bright colors, billowing balloons, and sunny skies.

What is it about hot-air balloons that draws us in like a magnet? We don’t know, but we’re happy to fawn over the high-flying contraptions for as long as they continue to polka-dot the sky. This weekend, the Hudson Valley was lucky enough to celebrate not one, but two balloon-filled fests. Both the 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and the inaugural Empire State Hot-Air Balloon Festival at Barton Orchards welcomed visitors from near and far to celebrate the launch of the best and brightest balloons in the region. With so much color in one place, what better way to remember the weekend than with Instagram? Take a scroll through some of our favorite moments, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram and use #hvmag for a chance to be featured.



#hudsonvalleyhotairballoonfestival #hudsonvalley #balloonfestival

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Over the rainbow #hvballoon #hvballoonfest

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Totally worth the 4:45am wake up call #hudsonvalleyhotairballoonfestival

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Worth getting up at 4am for the #hvhotairballoonfestival going on today and tomorrow!

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