Flag City Balloon Fest hot air balloons in the sky (photo courtesy of Visit Findlay)

Float On: 4 Ohio Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Enjoy food, entertainment and family fun at these Ohio festivals centered around hot air balloons.

Ashland BalloonFest: Along with its main attraction, this festival features fun competitions among hot air balloon pilots and live entertainment from June 23 through 25. Each night of the festival features a balloon glow in which illuminated hot air balloons float above the field to music that corresponds with the lighting, adding another element to an already beautiful sight. ashlandohioballoonfest.com

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic: This Canton event, set for July 29 through 31, features 40 food trucks, local bands and five flights from 54 balloons. The event kicks off Friday, and a fireworks display paired with a balloon glow is set for Saturday night. A final flight takes place on Sunday morning as pilots depart the festival. profootballhoffestival.com

All Ohio Balloon Festival:This Marysville event brings live music headliners Bret Michaels, Night Ranger and Niko Moon, as well as Kidz City (on Friday and Saturday) when it returns Aug. 11 through 13. The Darth Vader balloon returns for its 10th year, with the “Star Wars” villain being joined by the festival’s first appearance of a “Looney Tunes” Tasmanian Devil balloon. allohioballoonfest.com

Flag City BalloonFest: 
A Friday balloon flight kicks off this festival in Findlay, which runs Aug. 12 through 14. This year’s event brings 40 balloons, and live music from Ohio-based bands begins on Friday evening and runs all day Saturday. Admission is free, but special parts of the event may cost extra. Balloon-glow packages are available for those who want to get up-close. flagcityballoonfest.com

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