Balloon Glow

24th Annual Balloon Glow

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024

What’s better than a great day with family and friends at Coney Island? A day spent with family and friends AND the visual splendor of 10 vibrant hot air balloons on Coney Island’s beautiful, expansive park! Not to mention live music, delicious food, huge inflatables for the kids, and the grand finale… a dazzling display of fireworks over Coney Island’s shimmering Lake Como!

Coney Island is our community’s treasured, family-friendly gathering place, and our Balloon Glow festival offers families a chance to enjoy experiences together that will become fond memories for a lifetime. What will those memories be made of? The look of awe on a child’s face as they see not one, but TEN hot air balloons glowing vibrant colors against the dusk sky. The unbridled smiles of the kiddos as they enjoy the Twister water slide over and over and over again, waving to Dad every time. It’s the moment Mom joins her kids on the dance floor as she introduces them to her favorite songs at a dance party with a live band. It’s the way the kids lean back on each other as they look up to see fireworks splashing color all over the night sky.

This is what Coney Island is all about. We’re here to help Mom or Dad show the little loves of their lives what it means to be a kid in the height of summertime.

Here’s the tentative schedule of events for Balloon Glow 2024:

  • 10am  – 9:30pm: Sunlite Water Adventure is open
  • 1pm – 6pm: Storybook Paddleboats, Action Alley, Sports Alley, inflatables, and Cincy Mini-Golf are open
  • 5pm – 9pm: Interactive games and sponsor booths are open
  • 6pm – 10pm: Live band performs for a dance party in Moonlite Pavilion
  • 8pm: Ten gorgeous hot air balloons begin glowing against the night sky. Guests are welcome to meet pilots and see up close how hot air balloons work. Please note that the hot air balloons fully inflate but remain tethered for safe viewing.
  • 10:10pm: Rozzi’s Fireworks Finale over shimmering Lake Como

Booth sponsorships available!

Your brand can be a part of this popular regional event, reaching 14,000+ consumers.

Please download our mail-in request form here  by June 18, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I purchase tickets for Sunlite Water Adventure at the park?

Yes, tickets will be available for sale at the park. However, purchasing tickets online provides a savings over tickets purchased at the park. Purchasing online will also save you time, allowing you to skip the admissions booth line! Please note that tickets to Sunlite Water Adventure on July 3rd include your Balloon Glow parking costs.

What concessions will be available for purchase at Balloon Glow?

Concessions will include LaRosa’s Pizza, Skyline Chili, burgers and wraps, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and a wide selection of cold soft drinks and beer.

Can I purchase admission online?

Parking is available for purchase at the gate upon arrival.

Is Balloon Glow free for Season Passholders?

Yes! Balloon Glow is free to all Season Passholders.

Where at Coney Island will the hot air balloons be?

The hot air balloons will be tethered in the Moonlite Mall, which is the grassy parklike area located at the southernmost part of the park, on the banks of the Ohio River.

What time does the fireworks show begin?

Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show will begin at 10:10pm. Please note that due to the fireworks and safety regulations, all vehicles parked through Gate One will not be permitted to leave the park from 9:45pm until the fireworks are over. Gate 3 will remain open the entire time.

What sponsorship opportunities are available?

Interactive booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your brand will be able to increase reach and interact with our 14,000+ guests during a four-hour, high-traffic time in the height of summer for $1,000. Higher sponsorship opportunities with extensive value-adds are also available. Please email for information and pricing.

What if we do not plan to visit Sunlite Water Adventure but would like to attend the festival?

Admission for just the festival portion of Balloon Glow is available at the gate for a price per carload. Please check back in June 2024 for pricing details.