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Great Balloon Glow

April 28, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Overlook of Waterfront Park's Great Lawn with a showcase of glowing hot air balloons

L&N Federal Credit Union Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glow

One of the most anticipated events of balloon race weekend is the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow. This year, for the second straight year, it takes place at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.

The Great Balloon Glow is a companion event to the race, the balloons on the field, but do not ascend. As the pilots fire their burners, watch as the balloons glow against the blackness of the night sky, synchronized to a special musical score.

You are invited to walk around the field and talk to the pilots as they have more time to show off their balloons than on race morning.

Even if you plan on coming to the race, you don’t want to miss the unique beauty of the glow. It’s a one-of-a kind experience!

Admission will be free with your 2023 Pegasus Pin®.


April 28, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Waterfront Park: Great Lawn
231 E. Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202 United States
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Kentucky Derby Festival
(800) 928-3378
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