U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest: Great Balloon Glow

Friday, April 27, 2018
6:00 PM: Gates Open
9:00 PM
: Glow Begins


One of the most anticipated events of balloon race weekend is the U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow on Friday, April 27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This spectacular event truly rivals the race in popularity with more than 50,000 fans in attendance annually!

The U.S. Bank Derby Festival 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. KDF President Michael E. Berry says, “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 is free with your 2018 Pegasus Pin®!

$8 KEC Parking Fee.

April 25 - April 26