Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot air balloons are a testament to science and human ingenuity that still inspire awe in people young and old despite their reliance on scientific principles which may now seem quaint.

The first untethered and manned hot balloon flight took place in the fall of 1783 in Paris and was captained by Jean-Francois Pilatre De Rozier and Francois Laurent d’Arlandes. The balloon was created by the Montgolfier brothers. The first American flight was undertaken by Jean Pierre Blanchard at the Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia.

The hot air balloon is the first known aircraft to carry a person—this spirit of human flight is carried on in part by the annual All Balloon Festival.

First held in 1975, the All Ohio Balloon Fest is one the longest-running occasions of its sort throughout the entire existence of the United States. Every August, 30,000 guests of any age accumulate at the Union County Airport in Marysville, Ohio to appreciate sustenance and product sellers, melodic excitement, kids’ exercises, helicopter, plane and inflatable rides, and sky bouncing notwithstanding a wide assortment of conventional and unique molded tourist balloons. Inflatable flights and inflatable gleams are day by day features you won’t have any desire to miss. A non-benefit occasion, all returns from the fest are given to United Way of Union County.

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, Coshocton, OH

This free family event has been a favorite for over 30 years. Enjoy musical entertainment, carnival rides, festive foods, arts and crafts booths and of course, hot air balloons. Spectators enjoy watching 20 or more hot air balloons taking off, landing and the popular “night glow”.

Fly-ins to the Fairgrounds typically take place between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday mornings. Balloon launches take place from the Fairgrounds typically between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday evenings.

This is one of Ohio’s longest running Hot Air Balloon Festivals, bringing joy to people of all ages each June. The festival features Hot Air Balloon Launches (public rides are not available), and a balloon night glow (all weather permitting). Plus, enjoy fireworks, live musical entertainment, and a full midway of rides, games, food and antiques, craft & gift show.

Schedule of events, list of balloon sponsors and more available here: