Great BalloonFest℠

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:30 PM: Great Balloon Glimmer Begins

Friday, April 27, 2018
7:00 AM: Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race Lift Off
9:00 PM: Great Balloon Glow Begins

Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:00 AM: Great Balloon Race Lift Off

Recognized by Louisville Magazine as Louisville’s “Best Event,” the 46th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race will come together with the 26th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow and other events to create the Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest.

Taking place the weekend before the Kentucky Derby, these five events attract tens of thousands of spectators to the Kentucky Exposition Center and other locations throughout Greater Louisville.

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer

April 26, 2018 | 8:30 pm | Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race

April 27, 2018 | 7:00 am Launch | Bowman Field

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow

April 27, 2018 | Gates open at 6:00 pm | Kentucky Exposition Center

$8 KEC parking fee

Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race

April 28, 2018 | 7:00 am Launch | Bowman Field

March 16
April 25 - April 26
April 28