Press Release

Balloon Festival to celebrate 20 years of flight in Lewiston-Auburn

LEWISTON-AUBURN, Maine — The 20th annual Great Falls Balloon Festival will be held Aug. 17-19 in

Simard-Payne Memorial Park on the banks of the Androscoggin River. Organizers said the hot air balloon festival attracts approximately 100,000 visitors. The river, with the rocky Great Falls as its backdrop, provides a picturesque setting for the dozens of balloons at the event, including some in special shapes.

The event also will include dozens of food craft and trade booths and a children’s area. Live music will performed throughout the day and night at stages in Lewiston and Auburn, and will offer children’s shows, blues singers, jazz, pop and oldies. A carnival, parade, and various demonstrations and contests will round out the weekend events.

Admission is free.

For information, go to or  call 207-783-2249 or 800-639-6331.