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Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
photo courtesy Losurdo Studios

So what is a balloon glow?
The hot air balloon festival event now known as a balloon glow was started in Albuquerque in 1979, when local pilots inflated balloons on Christmas Eve night as a thank you to local residents. The sight of balloons lit from within at night like giant holiday ornaments is breathtaking, and glow events are now held all over the world.

photo courtesy Losurdo Studios

Our Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival continues the hot air balloon glow tradition by presenting two balloon glows. Up to twenty five hot air balloons participate in our balloon glow events on Thursday and Friday evenings at dusk. Music and spectator participation make the GLOW a unique experience.

Photos from past Preakness Balloon Festivals

Glowing at Rash Field Inner Harbor Baltimore.

Balloon Glow Inner Harbor East Baltimore


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