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 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 8-11, 2023
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)
Location: Freer Field, SR 60 (Center St.) & Morgan Ave. Ashland
“…enjoy lots of other activities: Balloon Glow, Balloon races, stage performances, sport tournaments, displays, exhibits, food and more.”
HAMILTON COUNTY – (SW OH)
LAROSA’S BALLOON GLOW
Date: July 3, 2023
Location: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Phone: 513.232.8230 | coneyislandpark.com
BUTLER COUNTY – (SW OH)
THE OHIO CHALLENGE
Dates: July 21-23, 2023
Location: Butler County Warbirds
2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
STARK COUNTY – (NE OH)
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BALLOON CLASSIC & FIREWORKS
Time: see schedule
Location: Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College, Canton, OH
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic 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. There are a total of five scheduled flights each year, and an exciting Night Glow on Friday evening.…
4 – 10 pm
DEFIANCE COUNTY – (NW OH)
DEFIANCE COUNTY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Location: 20399 Airport Road, Defiance, OH 43512
UNION COUNTY – (CENTRAL OH)
ALL OHIO BALLOON FEST
Dates: August 10-12, 2023
Location: Union County Airport, 15000 Weaver Rd., Marysville
HANCOCK COUNTY – (NW OH)
FLAG CITY BALLOONFEST
Dates: August 11-13, 2023
Location: Emory Adams Park
1861 South Blanchard Street, Findlay, OH 45840, Findlay, Ohio 45840
MAHONING COUNTY – (NE-OH)
MASTROPIETRO WINERY BALLOON FEST
Time: launch between 5:30pm-6:30pm depending upon the weather
Location: 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center, OH 44401
330.547.2151 | mastropietrowinery.com
Enjoy food trucks, live music, and craft vendors at the 14th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. Balloons will launch between 5:30pm-6:30pm depending upon the weather. There is a $5 admission fee per person. Children under 10 are free. This popular event is fun for the entire family!
For area visitor information
visit Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY – (SW OH)
Location: Historic Grimes Field
1636 North Main Street, Urban, OH
PORTAGE COUNTY – (NE OH)
RAVENNA BALLOON A-FAIR
Dates: September 14-17, 2023
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
Location: Maize Valley
6193 Edison St NE, Hartville, Ohio 44632
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
Location: Debonne Vineyards
7840 Doty Road, Madison, Ohio 44057
WEATHER PERMITTING ~ RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
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.
HOT AIR BALLOON VENDORS
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 – Cincinnati & Dayton
Banner photo credit: Ashland County CVB.
Article by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com, NorthernOhioTourism.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel. She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2021, 2022. The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2023 season. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.
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