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 4-6, 2020
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.
HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Location: Debonne Vineyards
7840 Doty Road, Madison, OH 44057
440.466.3485 | debonne.com
This is a ticketed event. In order to park you need to have your parking ticket.
Click here for more information.
ASHLAND COUNTY – (NE OH)
Dates: June 25-27, 2020
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
Location: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Phone: 513.232.8230 | coneyislandpark.com
BUTLER COUNTY – (SW OH)
THE OHIO CHALLENGE
Dates: July 17-18, 2020
Location: Butler County Warbirds
2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
STARK COUNTY – (NE OH)
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BALLOON CLASSIC & FIREWORKS
Dates: July 31- August 2, 2020
Time: see schedule
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.
DEFIANCE COUNTY – (NW OH)
DEFIANCE COUNTY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL
Time: 6:30 AM – 10PM
Location: 20399 Airport Road, Defiance, OH 43512
MEDINA COUNTY – (NE OH)
BALLOONS OVER WADSWORTH
Date: August 8, 2020
Location: Wadsworth Municipal Airport
840 Airport Dr., Wadsworth, OH 44281
Facebook event page.
MAIN STREET WADSWORTH AUGUST FIRST FRIDAY:
Around the World – Featuring Hot Air Balloons
Date: August 7, 2020
Location: Main Street Wadsworth
102 Main Street, Suite 20, Wadsworth, OH 44281
UNION COUNTY – (CENTRAL OH)
ALL OHIO BALLOON FESTIVAL
Dates: August 13-15, 2020
Location: Union County Airport, 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville
HANCOCK COUNTY – (NW OH)
FLAG CITY BALLOONFEST
Dates: August 14-16, 2020
Location: Emory Adams Park
1861 South Blanchard Street, Findlay, OH 45840, Findlay, Ohio 45840
MAHONING COUNTY – (NE-OH)
MASTROPIETRO WINERY BALLOON FEST
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! This is the only event where there is a fee charged). Activities for kids in the afternoon and balloons launch in late afternoon pending FAA approval.
For area visitor information
visit Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau
PORTAGE COUNTY – (NE OH)
RAVENNA BALLOON A-FAIR
Dates: September 19-20, 2020
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 TBA
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
Dates: May 22, June 5, June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, August 14, August 28, 2019
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.
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 – Cinncinnatti & Dayton
Banner photo credit: Ashland County CVB.
Article: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2018. The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2019 season. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.