Kansas City's Great Balloon Glow 2021

Sunday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. | North and Southeast Lawns

Kick off your summer with the first ever Hot Air Balloon Glow on the North and Southeast Lawns. Balloons were primarily used in WWI to collect reconnaissance miles above the front lines. A century later, the Museum and Memorial, in partnership with Cumulus Radio, invites the public to observe the magnificence of hot air balloons during an evening “balloon glow.” Hot air balloons will be grounded, and propane burners will be periodically lit to keep the balloons inflated.

Beginning at 6 p.m. the public is encouraged to gather safely on the 47 acres with friends and family to listen to live music from Emma Jo and the Wild Division, grab a bite to eat from a local food truck and picnic.

The Great Balloon Glow will begin around 8:30 p.m. and last for 90 minutes. FREE to the public.



Bring a chair or your favorite blanket and dine al fresco. Outside food and drink is welcome, and we will have a robust selection of food and beverage available from local food trucks, including:

Alcohol purchased on-site must remain within the perimeter of our grounds.

Be sure to purchase your picnic bundle that includes a Museum and Memorial blanket, tote, retired poppy and two tin cups from our Museum Store!


Don’t forget your wallet! Shop local at Kansas City’s Great Balloon Glow. The Museum and Memorial Store will have a booth on the North Lawn loaded with tee shirts, blankets, glow in the dark goodies and more. The Strawberry Swing will also be on-site with thirty local artisans selling the highest-quality handmade goods.


You are welcome to bring your leashed dog to the Great Balloon Glow. Please pick up after your pet!


We recommend street parking or nearby garages and lots.

Complimentary ADA parking is available at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108. The entrance is off Wyandotte Street and parking is first come, first served.

Paid parking is available for $10 at Hallmark’s surface lots #10, 11 and 12. All three lots are at 27th and Grand. Please do not use Crown Center garages.

Paid parking is also available at Union Station.


Memorial Drive is closed between Main Street and Wyandotte.

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Map and information sheet for the Balloon Glow event


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