6 things you didn’t know you could do at the NW Art and Air Festival

16006210374_acd1569050_mAs one of Albany’s largest and most unique events, the ATI Northwest Art and Air Festival boasts countless activities for all ages to enjoy.  From the famous hot air balloons, to the rows of arts and crafts vendors, the festival packs Timber-Linn Park full of fun from corner to corner.

If you’ve never attended this spectacular event, you probably haven’t heard of all the things you can do there. We’ve compiled a list to show you why the Art and Air Festival is a can’t miss experience.

1) Concerts

With two stages featuring daily performances, the NW Art and Air concerts fill the festival with great music from incredible artists, including Bret Michaels, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, and many many more. All concerts are free with festival admission.

2) Night Glow

Watch a spectacular display of lights as hot air balloons are illuminated in a series of patterns lighting up the night sky. Children and adults alike will enjoy the show. Photographers, this is a great opportunity to take some incredible shots, so bring your tripods! Night Glow begins at dusk on Friday, August 26th.

3) Young Eagle Flights

This is a great opportunity for your kids to ride in a perfectly maintained vintage airplane, and it’s free! Registration begins at 9 am Saturday and Sunday, and spots are limited.  For a downloadable registration form (required) and more info, please make sure that you link to the registration information web page. Get there early to ensure that your child gets to take part in this one-of-a-kind experience.

4) All Ages Flights IMG_9464A

Kids aren’t the only ones able to take flight at the NW Art and Air Festival.  Adults can signup for rides from Infinite Air Center, a bi-plane, and even a helicopter.  Registration will be available at the show, and will require a fee.

5) Car Show

If you have a classic car and are eager to show it off, bring it to the festival’s Art of Cars show on Sunday, August 28th.  The show begins at 9 am. and gates open for registration at 8:00 a.m. Registration is $20. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m.

6) Hot Air Balloon Rides

You probably already knew that the Art and Air Festival is a great place to get close to hot air balloons, but did you know you can sign up to ride them? Reserve your spot online, and be ready to take off into the sunrise. You’ll never forget the incredible sights as you mingle with other balloons in the sky over Albany.

There is so much to do at the Northwest Art and Air Festival, so clear your calendars for August 26th through August 28th, and enjoy the fun!  More information about the Art and Air Festival is available here.

Photos by Stephanie Low (top) and Cathy Web (bottom).

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