Hot air balloons are coming to Piedmont Park

Admission to the festival is free, with balloon rides available for a fee

The Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race had to be pushed back a day due to the bad weather in Helen, but several balloons still inflated for the public to check out Thursday morning.

Usually, being “full of hot air” is not a good thing.

When that hot air is contained in a colorful, glowing balloon, however, it’s a great thing.

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Those hot air balloons will be in Piedmont Park and available for rides next week. The  Atlanta Balloon Glow begins Thursday, August 1, and runs through Sunday, August 4.

Admission to the event is free, but rides must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite. Even if you don't get to be in the baskets you can enjoy the spectacle of glowing balloons in the meadow and the sky. There will also be food, crafts and activities for the entire family.

The fun begins rain or shine at 5 p.m. each evening at 1215 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Balloon rides will be conditional based on the weather, however.

Feel free to bring picnic blankets and chairs, but coolers are not permitted.

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