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We would like to thank everyone for joining us this weekend and making our 35th year an amazing one! There are so many we are thankful for: The thousands of people who came to be a part of the festival, the wonderful vendors, local businesses & organizations, our local law enforcement & emergency personel, the local media, our classic car show organizers and participants, our balloonists and their crews as well as the musicians that entertained us.
We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the Dansville Festival of Balloons Committee for their tireless efforts year after year to bring this amazing event to our community and Western NY as a whole. Your dedication and countless hours of work are truly appreciated. Thank you all!

2016 Pictures/Video:

Video courtesy of ACzarnota

2016 Photos- Facebook

Photos from Past Festivals

Friday evening Launch
photo courtesy Marty Sprague

Thursday Evening Balloon Glow
photo courtesy Meachele Manchester

Rides & Games for Children
Tethered Balloon Rides
Continuous Entertainment

Entrance Fee $5.00 per person - Children under 12 Free

This event is organized and staffed solely by community volunteers. In 1997 the Dansville Balloon Festival was designated as the New York State Festival of Balloons. The festival features:

  • Six scheduled launches beginning Friday, 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday 6 AM & 6 PM, Monday 6 AM
  • Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • International Food Court
  • Free Entertainment
  • Rides & Amusements for children
  • Car Show

Free Balloon GLOW on Thursday beginning at 7 PM.

The goal of the festival is to provide entertainment and enjoyment to our spectators, bring visitors to our community, and share our profits with local charities. Over the years an average of 35,000 spectators per year visit our valley to enjoy the festival.
The success of prior festivals made it possible to share profits with local charities and organizations.

The beauty of an early morning flight is breathtaking as balloons gracefully float over our valley. The thrill of a mass evening launch is a real crowd pleaser. For those passengers taking their first flight, wonderful thoughts and memories will long endure.

Though we are one of the largest events of its type, The New York Festival of Balloons, is a great deal more than hot air balloons. Take a look at the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for this coming Labor Day Weekend and you will agree that there is something for everyone all weekend long at the N.Y.S.F.O.B.

Contacts for further information:
Arts and Crafts - Mary Ann Holden
Balloon Pilots - Gerri Waight
Balloon Rides - Gerri Waight
Camping - Vicki Holland email
Car Show - Larry and Phyllis Greene 585-335-8468
Food Concessions - Vicki Holland email
Schedule of Events - Gerri Waight
General Information - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Advertising Opportunities - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Entertainment - Dorothy Hotchkiss
Volunteering - Dorothy Hotchkiss


Spectator Provided 2013 Photos

-->photos courtesy of Susan Blackburn
-->photos courtesy of Ted Tedesco
--> photos courtesy - Livingston County News

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2012 Photos

Photo courtesy of Joe Granita email

Thursday Night Balloon Glow

Photo courtesy of Laura Mattatall

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away" Anonymous Author

Photo courtesy of Laura Mattatall

Hare and Hound Competition 2012
The hare balloon shown in the lower left of picture placed a big X on ground. The other balloons had a challenge to fly by and drop a bean bag on the X to see who would come the closest.

2012 Photos

Spectator Photos:

Tom Linton Photos
Brian Martina Photos
If you have any photos of our 2013 festival and wish to share them, please email to us at

2011 Photos

See spectator captured photos:
Photos courtesy of Tom Lyons, VP Niagara Region Porsche Club of America.
Photos courtesy of Janie L. Ferguson

2010 Photos
courtesy of Brian Martina
courtesy of Tim Hack

Dansville Balloon Festival
photos courtesy of Tim Hack

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Dansville Municipal Airport
Festival entrance is on Maple Street
Dansville, NY 14437
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