Green River Festival Balloon Ascent

Balloons are launched at sunrise during the Green River Festival hosted at Greenfield Community College’s campus

Over 30 years the Green River Festival has been Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts a celebration of world-class music, great local food, beer & wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. It is topped off with a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow.

A balloon’s burner glows brightly as it is prepared to ascend during the Green River Festival

The Green River Festival has hosted dozens of legendary performers from many genres of music from folk to indie rock, reggae to Cajun & Zydeco, Alt. Country to blues and everything in between. This musical smorgasbord unfolds with over 30 bands on three stages featuring easy access plus great sound and sightlines. The festival provides a welcoming environment for families. They have children’s music performers, a huge Art Garden, art activities tent, low-cost games, circus acts, a Mardi Gras parade and a large lawn for a good game of Frisbee.

Inside the balloon’s envelope as it is prepared for the morning ascent at the Green River Festival

The Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts is home to hundreds of great restaurants, and the festival hosts all kinds of food from burgers and pizza to ethnic and vegetarian specialties and a variety of dessert and beverage options. The Green River Festival has a beer and wine tent to enjoy a premium micro-brew or glass of local wine. The festival also features the Makers Market – a collection of regional artisans with a spectacular array of handmade crafts, jewelry, and clothing. There is also festival camping just 2 miles from the festival at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Each morning of the event, weather permitting, there is a balloon ascent at sunrise.

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Green River Festival
1 College Drive
Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

N 42° 35′ 58.6″ W 72° 37′ 42.1″


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