Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow

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A few years ago we heard about the Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. It’s part of their Memorial Day weekend Blossom Time Festival and it sounded like a wonderful opportunity to see some hot air balloons up close. The day we went it was cloudy and windy so it was cut a bit short but we loved it anyway and always wanted to go back. We were excited to finally make it back this year and we couldn’t have asked for better weather, blue skies and 70 degrees.

The Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow takes place behind the Chagrin Falls High School on the baseball field. Spectators line the field from behind home plate all the way out into the outfield. This year it was set to start at 8:30 pm. We arrived about 8:00 and the crowd was already huge. We had to park pretty far away but at the end of the night we all agreed the walk was worth it. We set up our camping chairs out in left field and when we arrived the ReMax hot air balloon was already up and in place.

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow SunsetIt looked really neat against the beautiful sunset and I was excited capture a few colorful pictures before the sun went down.

Pretty soon trucks pulled onto the baseball field to unload the hot air balloon baskets.

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow BasketNext they placed the bag holding their hot air balloon on the field (can you believe a hot air balloon fits in that bag!).

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Balloon Bag

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Unpacking Hot Air BalloonThen one by one they unrolled the balloons laying them out on the field.

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Getting ReadyIt wasn’t long before they had them hooked up to the baskets and were turning on the gas, lighting the balloons so they would fill with air above and around us.

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Hot Air Balloons 2014

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Balloons

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Hot Air Balloons

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow 2014

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow May 2014Once all of the balloons were inflated it was getting pretty dark. This is where the “Glow” part of Balloon Glow comes in. There was a lady using a microphone that got the crowd to countdown from 10 and when we reached 1 all of the balloonists turned on their gas, lighting the balloons up against the dark night sky. Here’s a video:

Next time I’ll be sure to turn my phone horizontally.

It was an incredible and colorful site!

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow 2014

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Sun Moon Balloon

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow Blossom TimeThe balloonists would turn off their flames for a minute or so and then the lady with the microphone would shout, “Light your balloon if it has red in it!” And all the balloons with red would light up. She yelled out a number of different things to get a variety of the balloons to light up at different times.

Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow NightIt was all a lot of fun and I was excited to snap so many incredible photos. I captured all of these from my seat in left field where I sat with my mom and the kids.

Dave and my dad were more adventurous and actually went out on the field and got some amazing shots. I’m hoping Dave will have a little time in the next few days to put together a post full of his photos too.

As you can see we loved the Chagrin Falls Balloon Glow and had a wonderful and memorable time. We recommend it to anyone with an interest in hot air balloons. It’s a great family event and they had a few stands available with carnival food and drinks and there was enough space on the field before the balloons started for the kids to play catch, tag, and other outdoor summer games.

The link with a bit of info for this year’s Balloon Glow is here, if you are reading this another year and the link isn’t working try this one from the Chagrin Valley Jaycee’s, it should have some info for you. If you’re in the area we hope you can make it and that you have as much fun as we did.

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  1. This looks like so much fun! It’s on my bucket list.

  2. kristen mcclary says:

    when I lived in reno they used to have the balloon races I would go outside and watch them pass for hours I loved it and all the designs on the balloons

  3. I can’t imagine how pretty these look at night. Looks like such a fun time.

  4. Sarah L says:

    I miss chasing balloons. Need to get back into it since it’s so much fun.

  5. Kelly Tupick says:

    This look neat and a whole lot of fun. I have always wanted to go on one of these, and i will someday.

  6. Jenny Moses says:

    I would love to see this in person. Although, I’m so afraid of heights that I’d never be able to go for a ride!

  7. These are such great photos! I am sure the event is even prettier in person!

  8. Carolyn Barnett says:

    What amazing pictures! I would love to go there and it looks like a lot of fun!

  9. Christina Sparks says:

    I have not been to a balloon race in years, I see them in the sky now and then, but love watching them light up early in the morning.

  10. Kathleen Ophelan says:

    So awesome. We have a similar event in IL around the 4th of July and the kids love it!

  11. Sarah L says:

    I had my eye exam today and one of the pictures had a hot air balloon in it. Now I *really* want to get back to ballooning.

  12. Betty C says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Albuquerque balloon festival but this one looks good too.

  13. I loved the one in Albuquerque. I need to find one closer to home.

  14. Priscilla S. says:

    What a gorgeous night! Wow, I would have loved to be there. I’ve never seen anything like this.

  15. Sarah L says:

    I need to get back into chasing balloons. Got into it when I lived in Albuquerque with the big balloon festival there. It’s lots of fun.

  16. Erin Ellis says:

    Beautiful! We are lucky to have a lot of hot hair balloons near us. They fly most weekends.

  17. It has to be such a stunning sight to see all of the lit up globes together.

  18. chelsea r says:

    I have never heard of it and we live in Ohio, maybe next year we will make the trip.

  19. Donna Pyszk says:

    I would not only love to see this , I would love to fly in one!!

  20. Wow! Looks like a fun adventure… in the sky! I’ve always thought it’d be cool to ride a hot air balloon.

  21. Linda Poplees says:

    I have always wanted to see these balloons in action. It must be incredible to ride in one.

  22. Wow – I had no idea that balloons could be so gorgeous – and what amazing photos it makes! This looks like a good time for all!

  23. Mary Happymommy says:

    We’ve never been to an event like this but I’ve always wanted to. It looks spectacular.

  24. Melissa S says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. We have a balloon festival near us that we hit every year, it is awesome.

  25. Maralea says:

    My grandson was just showing me pictures the other day of his hot air balloon ride he went on while on vacation. I absolutely love watching these. I bet they are beautiful at night.

  26. Tammy S says:

    We just went to a hot air balloon event and it was amazing to watch all the balloons take off. After going and watching them in person, I want to ride in one now more then ever. They are beautiful to watch!

  27. We have a hot air balloon festival near us we visit every year. I am amazed at the beauty of the balloons as they fill the sky!

  28. Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    What a great event. We have small versions around my area and are always amazed at the sight of them. I am not a big fan of heights so I don’t plan of taking a ride any time soon.

  29. Mary Withrow says:

    This is something the children will never forget, such a wonderful sight. I always think of the Wizard of Oz when I see ballons, lol

  30. Linda Bradshaw says:

    I would love to see this. I remember as a kid we saw some in our area but not many. I would love to ride in one!

  31. Stacey Roberson says:

    I got to see my first hot air balloon up close a few months ago. I would love to ride in a hot air balloon – it looks like an exciting adventure. But, unfortunately, I’m afraid of heights.

  32. Cassandra Eastman says:

    Wow, I would love to go see that someday. Absolutely beautiful!! My son loves Hot Air Balloons, he would be amazed!

  33. Cheryl B. says:

    It’s always been a dream of mine to travel to New Mexico to watch the big gathering or hot air balloons. You are truly tempting me with those pictures.

  34. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Wow those pictures are fantastic. I would love to go and sit and watch this. I would never do the actual flying but to watch it would be great. I know the kids would love it as well!

  35. robyn paris says:

    Wow, this sounds like you had so much fun. I love that they put a “show” on with the flames.

  36. shelly sawicki lash neuhouser says:

    We just had a hot air balloon go over our house a couple of nights ago. They are so mesmerizing to watch!

  37. Tracie Vandermeulen says:

    Hot air balloon glows are so fun!

  38. I went to the big one in Albuquerque. It’s more spectacular than you can imagine.

  39. Wow, they look amazing! I’ve never gone to anything like that before.

  40. Susan Smith says:

    These balloons look so pretty. I have always wanted to ride in one.

  41. Elisabeth says:

    These photos are so gorgeous! I especially love the one with the sun and moon.

  42. alena svetelska says:

    this look so beatiful,must be fun to watch them taking off.I woudlnt ride one these as i am fear of heights but always wanted;-)

  43. Linda Poplees says:

    This looks wonderful. I have always wanted to see the Balloons up close and experience it.

  44. Jennifer Marie says:

    Oh what a fun time. My sons would love this.

  45. Maria S says:

    We were there too! The festival is awesome & the city is just so adorable. We went to the parade they had too, the kids loved it!

  46. Emerson says:

    I have been to something similar in Texas. Ballunar Fest. Quite a sight to see.

  47. Oh my gosh! What a cool festival! I live in Michigan so this would be a do-able drive! Wow! How neat!

  48. Those are so beautiful! I have never been in a hot air balloon, I don’t think I could handle it, since I am pretty chicken to even get in a helicopter/air plane.

  49. These hot air balloons are wonderful. I have been to a park in the past when they took off and it was quite a site. They are amazing for sure!

  50. Laura J says:

    Oh Carter would love this! He really loves the hot air ballons, have never seen them lit up though! Wish we lived close to be able to see it! Hopefully someday!

  51. I wish we lived close see to this!!

  52. Lauren E. says:

    I wouldve loved to have seen this in person. The photos are absolutely gorgeous.

  53. Nicole Dz says:

    Very pretty got air balloons, love the colors and styles. They looks so pretty at night light up like that. Must have been so much fun watching them prepare them. And our kids would love this.

  54. Mary Williams says:

    That looks beautiful! I love that you write travel posts from here in Ohio. I find out about so many different things that are offered that otherwise I wouldn’t have known about!

  55. Dawn Monroe says:

    I’m in Columbus and I didnt know about the balloon festivelle. Id like to take my grandkids next year.

  56. Maria Malaveci says:

    Wow, just so beautiful! Have always wanted to go for a Hot Air Balloon ride!

  57. Sherrie C. says:

    Some of those hot air balloons are just gorgeous. One of these days I hope to get to experience a ride in one with my hubby. Thanks for sharing these photos :)

  58. cassandra says:

    This looks absolutely beautiful I would love to go to something like this.

  59. Wes Hovorka says:

    I’ve always wanted to go up on a hot air balloon. It looks like so much fun!!!

  60. Christopher Sorel says:

    dang went about 7 years ago to a ballon field race and was very cool to see these.

  61. DEBIJOT says:

    It has been years since we attended a hot air balloon show. This review make me want to attend another one soon.

  62. Tammy S says:

    I have always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. We have been to a similar event and it is amazing watching these balloons all lift off and float through the sky. You took some great pictures!

  63. Michelle S says:

    Such a cool thing to see! I would never in my life get in one, but that has got to be even more awesome in person.

  64. Lisa L. says:

    Fun to watch but I would absolutely never ride in one.

  65. Christina G. says:

    I definitely would not get bored watching that. Thanks for the info!

  66. Sarah L says:

    I volunteered at the Albuquerque balloon festival for a couple of years when I lived there. I love hot air balloons and love to ride in them. You got some nice pictures.

  67. RICHARD HICKS says:

    Must have been a lot of fun seeing all those balloons. Many years ago, I rode in one and it was breathtaking.

  68. shelly peterson says:

    It’s neat to see the set up of these hot air balloons. I love the pics and would to see this in person.

  69. kathy pease says:

    This would be so fun to watch. We have nothing like that in our area but it would make for a fun time :)

  70. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    So Cool! I Bet The Sky Full Of Balloon’s Was Beautiful In Person, Great Photo’s Thanks For Sharing!

  71. Michael G says:

    Rode one once. Quite a thrill.

  72. Cynthia R says:

    How pretty, I’ve always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, I love what they look like in the twilight too.

  73. Robin Wilson says:

    I’ve always been awestruck by hot air balloons. This must have been just like seeing some of the worlds largest candles all lit up! Just beautiful. I will never forget when one had to set down in our backyard when I was growing up in the country because it was getting windy and it was going off course. It was the coolest thing!

  74. saminder gumer says:

    i have been to a hot air balloon festival in new mexico and i love all the shapes and types of balloons there are. if i ever make it out here i will try my best to check it out. it looks cool.

  75. Trisha B. says:

    The hot air balloon with the sun, moon and stars is really pretty! I would love to see them in action

  76. Maralea says:

    I bet these were all so pretty at night. Hot air balloons are amazing!

  77. courtney hennagir says:

    So beautiful! We had something like this where I grew up.It started at about 3 in the morning and we would show up with hot chocolate or coffee and blankets and just sit and watch them.There were so many cool balloons!

  78. Michael G says:

    We’d love a balloon festival!

  79. Julie Wood says:

    How pretty!! I would love to see the Balloons light up at different times and see all the different designs. How pretty, and fun for the family to see. I want to go to the Chagrin Falls Balloon Festival.

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