Northwest Art & Air Festival

Northwest Art & Air Festival

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Really enjoyed the Friday performers this year. Hope you bring back Collective Nation next time around :-) Thanks for the festival, all
Traffic MUST be fixed or dont have it. Its a hazard.
The "handicap" parking you have available for lift off is a joke. My aunt can barely walk a block and you had posted that you had handicap parking available near the lift off area but we got there super early and were rudely waved on and they refused to talk to us and walked away when we rolled down our window. Your vendors should not have the parking advantage because walking from the park to the softball field is unacceptable. When I go to vendor events we park close then we have to move our vehicles for customers. I would highly suggest finding a different "professional parking company" that hire people who don't have attitudes.
Don't lead us to believe we'll see floating balloons. We paid $10 to walk into a food court and pay another amount to eat. Shame on you.
The Joanne Broh Band featuring guitar master Garry Meziere, and ace rhythm section Bill Foss and Don Elkington will be playing our dynamic, smokin' blues and R&B Saturday, August 24, 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you!
are dogs allowed
I don't see an answer to this question about parking: if you come only to put blankets down for the Saturday night concert, leave and come back later, will you have to pay to park twice?
Something for the whole family. Parked the car and took a free trolley ride to the entrance.
One of my favorites from this year...It sure is a nice way to wake up in the morning
Do you have a lost and found?

The something for everyone kind of weekend! Balloons, night glow, main stage concert, art vendors, food, family zone, airport activities and more!

In light of today’s announcement by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, we will sadly not be able to present River Rhythms, Summer Sounds and Northwest Art & Air Festival as planned. Over the last few weeks, our team has been working through a variety of possible scenarios to still bring some excitement to Albany this summer.

Stay tuned to our social media and website as we will release information regarding our finalized plan in the weeks to come. We are working hard to communicate with our sponsors, performers, and vendors to ensure we are all on the same page.

We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate these uncertain times. We have a Parks & Recreation team that is second to none, we put heart and soul into these programs. This is extremely difficult for us, but we're not letting it get us down for long! We look forward to updating you soon. Be well and remember, summer is not cancelled, it is just going to look a little different.

Save the dates for the 2020 Northwest Art and Air Festival,
August 28 & 29.

No we don't have a main stage performer to announce...no it wont be anytime soon either...we promise once we have a performer booked you all will be the first to know! Just make sure we are on your calendar for another year of music, hot air balloons, art, food, and airplanes!

The Parks & Recreation, City Tree, and Arts commissions all make recommendations to City Council on issues in their respective interest areas.

If you want to make an impact in your community, consider applying to these commissions, or one of the other 11 groups (37 total positions available). Application deadline 12/6: cityofalbany.net/serve

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Help us identify community priorities and the best ways to invest our resources in the future! http://bit.ly/albanyparksplan

¡Queremos mejorar nuestros parques! Díganos qué piensa. http://bit.ly/albanyparques

These are the lost and found items we have from Northwest Art and Air Festival. Plus an iPhone that you will need to describe since it is already wiped clean. Please message us if one of these items is yours! We will be donating the items on September 13 if not picked up.

[08/26/19]   We have found an iPhone. It has already been wiped clean so we are unable to call anyone on the phone. If you lost a phone at Northwest Art & Air Festival this weekend please identify it by the case and phone color. We would love to find its owner.

Huge THANK YOU and recognition to our amazing Recreation Staff, Park Maintenance Staff, and Summer Staff on a wonderful season! We thank you for all your hard work, exhausting days, and long nights! We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

Extra special recognition to our Event Coordinator Lynne who keeps us all in line and knows every element of this event, it is extremely impressive. As well as to Rick who is our logistics king.

Thank you everyone! Happy 20th year!

There is no hot air balloon night glow tonight (it was last night and we only have one). Last morning lift offs which will have hot air balloons is tomorrow at 6:30am in the south soccer fields. The Rick Springfield concert is tonight at 8pm in Timber Linn Park. It is free and open to the public. Parking is $10. Please see our website for all specific festival information. www.nwartandair.org or scroll though our Facebook feed. We have put more in-depth information on our Facebook all week long for our patrons!

Planned Airport Events Saturday 8/24 and Sunday 8/25 only!

Aviation Events
-Young Eagles Flights
-Airplane Rides from Infinite Air Center for $39 per person

Activities
-RC Tank Battles! Watch these tanks battle each other in a simulated battlefield.
-Military vehicle display
-Albany Plastic Modelers will have a Swap Meet booth and will be building their plastic models

Activity Schedule
Saturday, August 24
9:30AM to 12:00PM: Young Eagles Registration until full
10:30AM to 3:00PM: Young Eagles Flights
10:00AM to 4:00PM: Exhibitors Open

Sunday, August 25
9:30AM to 12:00PM: Young Eagles Registration until full
10:30AM to 3:00PM: Young Eagles Flights
10:00AM to 3:00PM: Exhibitors Open
2:30PM: Albany Regional Museum’s Summer Passport Wrap-Up Party!

Young Eagles Flights Information
National EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and its local Chapters sponsor Young Eagles flights to give airplane rides to children and young adults ages 8-17. These rides are free of charge with time and expenses donated by volunteer pilots willing to share the joy of flight with children and young adults. The goal is to expose flying to as many future leaders of the world to enhance their experience and have them take up aviation as a career or recreation.

To participate in Young Eagles flights during the NW Art and Air Festival, please note that registration is first come first served and the number of Young Eagles flown are usually capped at 100 per day. However, at the discretion of Albany-Lebanon EAA Chapter, the number might increase to 125 per day depending on weather, traffic, and fatigue.

While registration starts at 9:30AM both days, it is highly recommended that you come earlier to secure a spot for a ride. We typically see lines forming as early as 7:30AM so if you come late, the flights might have reached our capacity limit for the day.

To speed up the registration process, please download the required Young Eagles registration form (link below), fill out completely, sign the back of the form and bring it with you.

http://infiniteaircenter.com/nw-art-and-air-festival/

The 20th Northwest Art and Air Festival presented by Central Willamette Credit Union is officially open!

Hours:
Today, 8/23 11am-9:30pm (when EC Electric Night Glow/Eagle Eyes concert on OFD Foods Festival Stage concludes)

Saturday, 8/24 10am -9:30pm (when BBSI Main Stage Rick Springfield concert concludes)

Sunday, 8/25 Festival closed. Airport activities only.

Parking and traffic flow!

We heard you...parking and traffic was difficult last few years. It was a good problem to have...we got more popular and with growth comes some growing pains. Things that used to work, no longer work as good anymore.

We worked hard to find a better solution. Attached is a map for Friday and Saturday night. Please understand that we can do a lot to help traffic flow but we have limitations. One being that the park has one way in and one way out. Any time you go to a festival, concert, or sporting event with thousands of people traffic is going to take some time. Please be patient, we know it isn't fun to sit in traffic. Another limitation is HWY 20 and I-5 entrance (Spicer DR SE) there is a traffic light. We tried (APD tried) but unfortunately ODOT will not let us change that traffic signal. So coming out of Price Rd onto HWY 20 there is a light and it will get backed up with cars and we have to wait for the light to change. TIP: When entering the park it is very difficult to turn left from HWY 20 onto Price Rd. It gets backed up quickly. It is best to enter from Knox Butte Rd onto Timber St or turn right onto Price Rd from HWY 20.

Things we did to help:

Worked closely with Albany Police and Public Works to determine the best traffic flow to leave the park. We have no left turn coming out of Price Rd onto HWY 20 and no left turn coming out of Dogwood Ave onto Goldfish Farm Rd.

At the Knox Butte Rd and Timber St intersection we have that light turned off and traffic flaggers directing cars.

We have connected with the construction company working on Goldfish Farm Rd ensuring that road will be clear and open for cars.

We have hired a professional parking management company. In the past we have used volunteers and community groups.

Please listen to the parking attendants. Do not jump curbs. Pack your patience. Be kind to people. Please understand we are doing everything we can to make parking and traffic flow better but nothing is perfect and nothing is quick when thousands of people and cars are involved.

Come early to avoid the last minute rush. Night Glow is around 8pm. If you get here around 8pm you might miss it! When you come later there is more traffic and it will take longer to get parked and into the park.

Parking is $10 a day. This is going to pay for parking management and traffic flow. Everything in the festival is free, all the concerts, family zone, night glow, morning lift offs, and all entertainment. The only thing that costs money is food vendors and artists goods.This festival is for the enjoyment of the community and to make our city a fun place to live and play. Any money collected and all sponsor dollars go towards making this an affordable option for family fun.

We thank you in advance for your attending and we hope you have fun this year!

Planned Airport Events Saturday 8/24 and Sunday 8/25 only!

Aviation Events
-Young Eagles Flights
-Airplane Rides from Infinite Air Center for $39 per person

Activities
-RC Tank Battles! Watch these tanks battle each other in a simulated battlefield.
-Military vehicle display
-Albany Plastic Modelers will have a Swap Meet booth and will be building their plastic models

Activity Schedule
Saturday, August 24
9:30AM to 12:00PM: Young Eagles Registration until full
10:30AM to 3:00PM: Young Eagles Flights
10:00AM to 4:00PM: Exhibitors Open

Sunday, August 25
9:30AM to 12:00PM: Young Eagles Registration until full
10:30AM to 3:00PM: Young Eagles Flights
10:00AM to 3:00PM: Exhibitors Open
2:30PM: Albany Regional Museum’s Summer Passport Wrap-Up Party!

Young Eagles Flights Information
National EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and its local Chapters sponsor Young Eagles flights to give airplane rides to children and young adults ages 8-17. These rides are free of charge with time and expenses donated by volunteer pilots willing to share the joy of flight with children and young adults. The goal is to expose flying to as many future leaders of the world to enhance their experience and have them take up aviation as a career or recreation.

To participate in Young Eagles flights during the NW Art and Air Festival, please note that registration is first come first served and the number of Young Eagles flown are usually capped at 100 per day. However, at the discretion of Albany-Lebanon EAA Chapter, the number might increase to 125 per day depending on weather, traffic, and fatigue.

While registration starts at 9:30AM both days, it is highly recommended that you come earlier to secure a spot for a ride. We typically see lines forming as early as 7:30AM so if you come late, the flights might have reached our capacity limit for the day.

To speed up the registration process, please download the required Young Eagles registration form (link below), fill out completely, sign the back of the form and bring it with you.

http://infiniteaircenter.com/nw-art-and-air-festival/

We have some tips for the FREE BBSI Main Stage Rick Springfield concert on Saturday, August 24 at 8pm.

~Wristband lines may form at 6am on Saturday. The park will be closed from 11pm-6am.
~There will be two lines on either side of the entrance to the amphitheater.
~No overnight camping is allowed.
~The amphitheater will open up at 10am.

We will start putting on wristbands at 10am. The wristband will be put directly on peoples wrist. You have to be present to get a wristband (no exceptions). We understand people work on Saturdays and have other things going on. We have to fence the amphitheater and know the crowd size in order to comply with the Fire Marshal.That is the reason for the wristbands. It is what our police, fire, and safety personnel have deemed the best course of action for this awesome free concert!

The wristband will allow you to come and go from the amphitheater. No outside alcohol is allowed (bags will be inspected). Food and nonalcoholic beverages are allowed in the amphitheater. You can bring your own chairs or blankets (no tarps or area rugs) into the amphitheater. We do not guard people items, most people do respect others items and don't move them.

We have only ran out of wristbands once which was 30 minutes after the concert had started. Don't worry, most likely everyone will be able to get a wristband. If for some reason you can't (again, unlikely) you are more then welcome to listen to the concert from other areas in the park.

We love putting this FREE concert on for the community! We also love happy people. We can't wait to see everyone's smiling face on Saturday morning. You can also check out our website for information on the entire festival! www.nwartandair.org or call 541-917-7777.

As you enjoy the 20th annual Northwest Art & Air Festival today, Albany Parks & Recreation, Albany Fire Department, and Albany Police Department personnel would like to remind you that if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, say something.

Hot air balloon pilot check in dinner! Thank you to Hawaiian Grindz for the delicious dinner. They are all ready and excited to fly tomorrow morning! For festival information visit our website www.nwartandair.org or check our previous Facebook posts for tons of specific information.

Let's talk about pets.....

Morning Launches: No pets please.

1) Pet waste getting on the balloon envelopes...makes a pilot very unhappy.

2) The balloon burners are loud and can scare animals. It is for the safety of staff, pilots, crew, riders, and your pets!

Main Stage Concert Amphitheater: No Pets.The crowd is thick and it is not a good place for your pets.

The festival in general: We really encourage you to leave your pets at home. With all the activity, people, noises, and fun...pets are best left in the comfort of their home.

As always service animals are welcome. A service animal is trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. Animals that provide emotional support or companionship are not regarded as a service animal.

We thank you in advance!

The CoEnergy Propane morning hot air balloon launches are August 23-25 at 6:30am in Timber Linn Park in the south soccer fields. The entire morning lift off is a magical experience you will not want to miss. Come early to beat the traffic and get a place to park! Parking will be in the general parking lot at the fairgrounds at the north end of the park and we will have the Les Schwab Trolley running from the fairgrounds parking lot to the morning lift off field Friday only to alleviate the partial closure of the vendor lot. Attached is a map with traffic flow arrows. Your best bet is to enter from Knox Butte Rd. It is very difficult to make the left turn from HWY 20 onto Price Rd and gets backed up. The vendor parking lot will have limited parking for people who have difficultly with mobility. The other portion of that lot is closed on Friday, August 23 to accommodate vendor check in. All balloon launches are weather permitting. If the balloons don't launch due to weather we will try to post on facebook as soon as possible...please be understanding that we try our best but sometimes we post late due to many other moving parts of the festival. Thank you for your understanding! #NWAAF #hotairballoon #fun #festival #albanyoregon #free

Below are the Hot Air Balloons that will be lighting up during EC Electric Night Glow on Friday 8/23 at dusk! We will have Eagle Eyes, Eagles Tribute Band on OFD Foods Festival Stage at 7:30pm.

Come early, avoid traffic, and enjoy our Pre-Glow activities from 5-6:30pm. We will have a remote controlled mini hot air balloon, balloon baskets you can climb in and snap a picture, hot air balloon crafts, and we will inflate the baby bee hot air balloon!

We also have over 70 artist booths, 20 food vendors, and our FREE Red Robin Family Zone!

The event is free. Parking is $10.

We will have 7 total balloons at Night Glow (34 for morning lift offs)...The names of the pilots and balloons at Night Glow are in picture order...

Ron Cassidy - Dakota
Jack Loflin - Emerald
Karalyn Mumm - Citrus in the Sky
McKenna Secrist - Endless Joy
Scott Shields - Renegade
Michael Glen - Joey
Kong Shields- Nat

Don't forget to check out The Red Robin Family Zone!

Hours of The Family Zone:
Friday (8/23) 11am-8pm
Saturday (8/24) 10am-6pm

We will have crafts changing every few hours, Reptile Mobile Unit, The Home Depot will be on-site with building activities, paint a car, sandboxes, sensory tables, physical activities, a climbing wall, and more!

All activities are FREE and all ages are welcome!

Our Story

For 20 years, Northwest Art and Air has brought a wide variety of music, art, hot air balloons, and family friendly activities to the Albany community for one weekend in August. Northwest Art and Air is proudly produced by Albany Parks and Recreation with support from many community sponsors who help to bring this event free of charge. For complete details go to nwartandair.org.

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Timber Linn Park, 900 Price Rd SE
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