Big Field
Community Event

Raleigh Balloon Glow

The Raleigh Balloon Glow takes place in Dorothea Dix Park  the weekend of September 24-26.

The three-evening event features hot air balloons glowing at dusk, tethered balloon rides, food vendors, arts & craft vendors plus activities for the kids. The event is part of the nationwide series operated by the Balloon Glow Tour

Dates: Friday, September 24, Saturday, September 25 & Sunday, September 26

Time: 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Tickets: Admission to this event is charged per vehicle, and tickets must be booked in advance to gain entry to the event. There will be no tickets sold at the gates for this event. Tethered balloon rides sold separately from event entry tickets. More information provided on the Balloon Glow Tour website.


Location: The Big Field at Dix Park, 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

Park Impacts + Know Before You Go:


  • 4:00 PM - Barbour Dr, Blair Dr & Hunt Dr. entrances close to the public
  • Park visitors can still enjoy use of the west side of the park, including the dog park, during regular park hours (dawn until dusk).
  • After 4:00 PM park visitors can use S. Boylan Ave, Lake Wheeler Rd & Goode St entrances
  • Only ticket holders will be able to enter the Balloon Glow event area to view the hot air balloons