If you have never been to a hot air balloon festival, you really should add it to your bucket list. The colorful balloons against the sky can be quite breathtaking. Many of the festivals, also offer tethered and balloon rides for those who would like to see Ohio from a different vantage point.
HOT AIR BALLOON EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
GEAUGA COUNTY – (NE OH)
BLOSSOM TIME FESTIVAL
Dates: May 24-27, 2018
Location: Riverside Park, Chagrin Falls, OH
Blossom Time is the Jaycees’ signature event, taking place every Memorial Day Weekend in the village of Chagrin Falls.
COSHOCTON COUNTY – (NE OH)
COSHOCTON BALLOON FESTIVAL
Dates: June 7-9, 2018
Location: Coshocton County Fairgrounds, Coshocton
Free Admission and parking.
Coshocton County has one of the longest running balloon festivals in Ohio with over 20 hot air balloons filling the skies. Musical entertainment, carnival rides, festive foods, crafters and an Antique Flea Market are just a few of the items lined up at this annual festival.
ASHLAND COUNTY – (NE OH)
Dates: June 28 – 30, 2018
Location: Freer Field, SR 60 (Center St.) & Morgan Ave. Ashland
HAMILTON COUNTY – (SW OH)
LAROSA’S BALLOON GLOW
Date: July 3, 2018
Location: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Phone: 513.232.8230 | coneyislandpark.com
BUTLER COUNTY – (SW OH)
MIDFIRST OHIO CHALLENGE
Dates: July 20-21, 2018
Location: Butler County Warbirds
2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
Walk-in admission is $5 per adult, 13 and up. 12 and under are free.
Parking is $15 w/ free shuttle and admission for all in the car.
Parking Shuttle from the Airport Entrance
STARK COUNTY – (NE OH)
BALLOON CLASSIC & FIREWORKS
Dates: July 27-29, 2018
Location: Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College, Canton, OH
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic & Fireworks annually attracts balloonists from throughout the United States. It has become one of the most popular of all Festival events with more than 130,000 spectators viewing the balloon activities over the weekend of July 27, 28, and 29.
DEFIANCE COUNTY – (NW OH)
DEFIANCE COUNTY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Date: August 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 AM – 10PM
Location: 20399 Airport Road, Defiance, OH 43512
UNION COUNTY – (CENTRAL OH)
ALL OHIO BALLOON FESTIVAL
Dates: August 9-11, 2018
Location: Union County Airport, 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville
Parking is $5 (exact change appreciated)
General admission – Weekend Pass for Friday & Saturday $10, kids 10 and under are FREE!
HANCOCK COUNTY – (NW OH)
FLAG CITY BALLOONFEST
Dates: August 10-12, 2018
Location: Emory Adams Park
1861 South Blanchard Street, Findlay, OH 45840, Findlay, Ohio 45840
MAHONING COUNTY – (NE-OH)
MASTROPIETRO WINERY BALLOON FEST
Date: August 19, 2018
Location: 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center, OH 44401
This is a kids friendly event! This is by far our most popular and busiest event of the summer! Kids are more than welcome and we generally have two to three activities that should entertain them during most of the afternoon, plus music in mid-afternoon. Lots more info to be posted especially for those who would like a balloon ride. Remember that the balloons do not go up until late afternoon or early evening and they cannot take off until they have approval from the FAA. We have no jurisdiction in this matter.
Please Note: There is an Admission Fee of $5.00 per person.
For area visitor information
visit Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau
PORTAGE COUNTY – (NE OH)
RAVENNA BALLOON A-FAIR
Dates: September 15-16, 2018
Location: Downtown Ravenna and SUNBEAU Valley Farm, Ravenna, Ohio
For area visitor information visit
Central Portage VCB.
STARK COUNTY – (NE OH)
MAIZE VALLEY’S HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT OFF
Dates: September 29-30, 2018
Location: Maize Valley
6193 Edison St NE, Hartville, Ohio 44632
Half a dozen balloons will take to the sky against the backdrop of all of our fall harvest activities. Admission to this event is included with you fall harvest admission of $10 per person.
For more Ohio winery information or events visit discoverohiowines.com.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
LAKE COUNTY – (NE OH)
Want to ride in a balloon? Below we have listed information about where you can sign up for hot air balloon rides in Ohio. Before booking any rides, please review and/or discuss all rules with each vendor and verify insurance.
SUMMER TETHERED HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
Dates: May 23, June 6, June 20, July 4, July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29, and September 12, 2018
Location: Debonne Vineyards
7840 Doty Road, Madison, Ohio 44057
WEATHER PERMITTING ~ RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMENDED
Rides are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends out for this unique experience. Check out the winery property from a bird’s eye view (50-70 feet approx.) as the hot air balloon lifts you up into the sky for a tethered ride.
For area visitor information visit Lake County Visitors Bureau
HOT AIR BALLOON VENDORS
America’s Unknown Destinations – Kent
Soaring Sports – Cleveland
Fun Makers Inc – Tallmadge
Ventures Aloft Hot Air Balloon Rides – Norwalk
Balloon Masters Inc. – Columbus
Mid-Ohio Balloon Adventures, LLC – Mt. Gilead
Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloons – Cincinnatti & Dayton
Banner photo credit: Ashland County CVB.
Article submitted by: D. Rock
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