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Letchworth Balloon Festival

I love hot air balloons so much that periodically I don't mind waking up to watch them.  Let's get up super early and head over to Letchworth State Park to see them launch hot air balloons.   Last time they didn't charge park admission since it's so early in the morning.

Bring your fancy camera and a couple gallons of coffee!  And after, we can find somewhere to eat breakfast.

This is weather dependent so wind/rain will force cancellation!




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  • Mary S.

    I couldn't make it because I got called in to do a last minute speaking engagement at 8:00 am. However, there is a balloon launch again in Dainsville near Stoney Brook Park and it was wonderful last year when I was visiting. I will post the date and info in case anyone is interested. It was late July early August.

    May 24, 2014

  • Sharon

    Since we were already out there and awake, we went on to Stonybrook state park in Dansville which was very nice - great waterfalls and a nice little hike.

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Rob

    Well we survived the crazy early morning wake up call. Shouldn't we all be sleeping now! I'm glad they had a tethered balloon so we could dream of the real thing. See you in may 2015! Now we just need to go back to Letchworth to see the dam, railroad bridge, etc during normal hours.

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Margaret

    Wonderful+Awesome...Just wish that the wind currents allowed the balloons to 'fly'...

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Margaret

    so sorry that the wind currents would not allow any of the Balloons to take off...Enjoyed it anyway...there were quite a few of us that showed up and it was the first time that I had been to Letchworth Park...how awesome....Many thanks to Matt for 'car pooling'....Look forward to next time....

    May 24, 2014

  • Sharon

    We are here

    May 24, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Rob, sorry I'm gonna be a no-show! I did the meteor shower thing (which was spectacular), but I didn't plan out my timing very well, so not gonna make it out there with you guys. Have an awesome time and catch you guys next time!

    May 24, 2014

  • Rob

    2 cars leaving southgate a few mins ago

    May 24, 2014

  • Sharon

    We are heading out to drive directly there is about 5 min. Benefits of living in the Southtowns!!

    May 24, 2014

  • Stephanie B

    Woke up and I do not feel well. Feel it is in my best interest to stay at home instead of driving 1.25 hours to a park. Sorry. Next time. :-(

    May 24, 2014

    • Rob

      Awwww . OK!

      May 24, 2014

  • Matt

    I'm here

    May 24, 2014

  • Rob

    Good morning . heading over to southgate plaza! Let's meet near the m&t bank branch there.

    May 24, 2014

  • Brenda

    I will have to cancel..I will be downtown tomorrow Marching Against Monsanto..have fun..

    May 23, 2014

    • Brenda

      I wish I posted it as a meet up..we need bodies..its at 2pm at the circle in front of city hall downtown..come support if you can

      May 23, 2014

    • Brenda

      Wrong time..its at 1..and I have to help set up..

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • Bree

    how much will it cost this year?

    May 23, 2014

    • Rob

      I think its free

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • Margaret

    Will be calling you Mark!....and many thanks for 'the lift'! ! !...no pun intended...ha ha...See you at B'way+Transit at 3:50am...setting my alarm now.

    May 23, 2014

  • Monique H.

    Have fun. My sons health is poor right now which doesn't allow me to go. Take lots of pictures!

    May 23, 2014

  • Rob

    Update: Let's meet at Southgate Plaza parking lot at 4:15-4:30am for those who want to carpool. Obviously we need some people to volunteer to drive.

    May 21, 2014

    • Marie

      Sorry Rob but I have to cancel! In the process of buying a house and my agent has set up some viewings for sat am. Hope the weather holds out for u guys!

      May 22, 2014

    • Stephanie B

      I will meet u all there.

      1 · May 23, 2014

  • Rob

    If you want to drive directly to the park, feel free. The balloons are launching at approx 6am from the archery field near the Castile Entrance. Don't worry - they won't launch until it's light outside. I can't say exactly where we'll be standing after we arrive but look for us. I'll be wearing my blue Nike hat. If you want to carpool, let's meet at Southgate Plaza (on Union Road) parking lot at 4:15-4:30am and post a comment that you're meeting there. We'll leave at approximately 4:40am from Southgate Plaza. Don't forget to give your driver some gas $$. If you want to carpool from elsewhere you can work it out on the comments. Google shows it's about 1 1/4 hours drive from most areas of Buffalo to Letchworth.

    If there's any kind of wind/rain/fog the balloons will not launch and this is a big waste of time! Let's keep a close eye on the forecast so we're not getting up for no reason. And obviously, bring those fancy cameras!

    May 23, 2014

  • Rob

    Hi everyone. The balloons are supposed to launch at sunrise so we should be at Letchworth by 6am. They launch the balloons from Archery Field near the Castile entrance to the park. I'll send out my phone # later in the week just in case but I do't even know if we can use cell phones there. Most of us will take route 400. For those who want to carpool let's meet off route 400 somewhere. I'm still thinking about exactly what location but we'll meet at 4:15-430am. I know this is so crazy early. If there's any kind of wind/rain/fog the balloons will not launch and this is a big waste of time! Let's keep a close eye on the forecast so we're not getting up for no reason. And obviously, bring those fancy cameras!

    May 21, 2014

    • Rob

      I don't know the layout of the park Sharon. I would assume that's correct based on the name .

      May 21, 2014

    • Mary S.

      I will be there but drive myself. Looking forward to it

      May 22, 2014

  • Sharon

    Where are we meeting exactly? I live in the Southtowns so will drive right there.

    May 20, 2014

  • Daniel Zilbauer J.

    we go hike there and what will be plane B if wind or rain look like it will

    May 19, 2014

  • Matt

    This is perfect, and I need to wake up early Saturday anyway. I could use a ride if someone has room, otherwise I can take 3 people, I live in the Amherst/Williamsville area, by Main and Harlem. If anyone needs a ride or has one let me know.

    May 18, 2014

    • Margaret

      I definitely need a ride....Please call me:716.901.7709....Thank­ you so much....Margaret

      May 18, 2014

  • Rob

    I am going to do some checking but we are probably need to leave at 430am and arrive by 6am. I know this is very early but I don't want to scare anybody away!

    May 18, 2014

  • Margaret

    Have serious car problems...Can I meet up and get a ride with someone....who lives in Depew, Cheektowaga or Lancaster?...I live on Walden in Lancaster between Transit and Central Avenue...Very happy to pay for gas....Margaret

    May 18, 2014

  • Marie

    I did this a few years ago...its an awesome experience!

    April 3, 2014

    • Rob

      You rode in the balloon?

      April 4, 2014

    • Marie

      Yea...and they even let me drive it! Clarification..I "went to" the balloon fest a few years ago. It would be cool to ride in one someday, though!

      April 5, 2014

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