The Northwest Art & Air Festival is a truly unique event. Balloonists from around the country flock to Albany every year the third weekend in August. Early in the morning, they launch from Timber-Linn Park for flights around the Albany area. At night, balloonists ignite their burners and let the colors of their balloons shine at the gorgeous Night Glow event.
Airplane pilots bring aircraft of all types, and kids can sign up for a free airplane ride through the Young Eagles program.
Artists fill the grassy meadows of Timber-Linn Park with a wide variety of artwork, and free nighttime concerts at Timber-Linn amphitheater have brought in acts like Joan Jett and Foreigner. The Art & Air concert series, which was named Oregon's best music program within a festival for 2013, is always free and open to the public.
The Art & Air Festival has been an Albany tradition for more than 20 years, beginning as the Great Balloon Escape and then becoming the Art & Air Festival in 2000. More than 60,000 people attended the festival in 2013.