The Most Colorful Hot Air Balloon Extravaganza In Maine Takes To The Skies This Weekend

The end of summer in Maine is always a little bit of a bummer. We’re still reveling in the hot weather and beach days, but it’s clear that September will be here soon. Every few days there’s a morning chill and we’re starting to accept that there are probably just a few more weeks of beach days left. We’ll continue to take those days, but some lively and colorful events thrown in definitely help the end of summer feel happier. This annual event will do just that.

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The 2019 Great Falls Balloon Festival begins Friday, August 16th and runs until Sunday, August 18th. It takes place Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston and there’s additional entertainment and food at Festival Plaza in Auburn. The first balloon launches at 6 a.m on Friday. You can learn more about the festival and see the full schedule on the website. You can also follow them on Facebook to see photos of past events and keep track of any schedule changes. Approximate address: 95 Lincoln Street, Lewiston, ME 04240.

For more Maine fun, check out this climb to the top of a beautiful lighthouse. You’ll love every second and the views are worth any effort required.