Northwest Art and Air Festival

Northwest Art and Air Festival
The Northwest Art and Air Festival is an annual event that combines a hot air balloon festival, a music festival and an arts festival. It is held every summer at Timber Linn Park in Albany, Oregon. It has twice been named “the best festival in its budget class” by the Oregon Festival and Events Association.

The first air show in Albany was held in 1931 at the Albany Municipal Airport. The Northwest Art and Air Festival was inspired by that show, but the festival itself isn’t quite as old. The first festival took place in 2000. Since its inception, it has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in Oregon, with an annual attendance of about 40,000.

The aeronautics-related portion of the program is primarily held at the Albany Municipal Airport located 6 km east of Albany. It features hot air balloonists and aviators from all over Oregon and out of state. The program includes aerobatic teams, helicopter displays, jet displays, airplane and helicopter rides, drone demonstrations, and other attractions.

Hot air balloon launches and the Night Glow take place at Timber Linn Park. Balloons liftoff at 6:45 am sharp, weather permitting. Some pilots offer hot air balloon rides that should be booked in advance. The Night Glow takes place on Friday at dusk. One of the most popular events at the festival, it features colorful tethered balloons that light up the night sky.

The art program of the Northwest Art and Air Festival features over 70 artists from Oregon who showcase their work and sell their wares. They offer oil and watercolor paintings, collages, photography, fused glass, stained glass, porcelain, pottery and ceramics, jewelry, metal and leather wares, woodwork, handmade soaps and lotions, toys, rugs, and more. Some of the local artists demonstrate their skills in their chosen media. The festival also features food vendors, a car show, and a family zone with fun activities for children and their families.

Finally, the festival’s music program includes live performances on two stages, the Main Stage in the Oregon Amphitheater and the Festival Stage. Notable musicians who have performed at the Northwest Art and Air Festival include 38 Special, Little River Band, Christopher Cross, Johnny Rivers, Los Lobos, Joan Baez, and others.

Northwest Art and Air Festival

Photo: City of Albany Oregon




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