Produced by Cincinnati Parks, Balluminaria is one of the largest hot-air balloon festivals in the country, with nearly a dozen full-size hot-air balloons are secured around Mirror Lake in Eden Park. As dusk falls, the flames that heat the air in the balloons cause them to glow bright – having a beautiful effect that is reflected in the water. This year’s event will take place on Saturday November 17th, from 4PM to 6PM and is FREE to the public!


Here’s a quick rundown:

WHAT: Balluminaria (Presented by Fifth Third Bank)

  • Balloon glow
  • Face painters
  • Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature activities
  • Balloon twisters
  • Carolers
  • Food and hot chocolate for sale

WHEN: Saturday November 17th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Mirror Lake in Eden Park

PARKING:  Plenty of free on-street parking throughout the Mt. Adams neighborhood; $5 parking in the lot off of Martin Drive between Cliff Drive and Parkside Place – follow the parking signs.

This a FANTASTIC way to kick off the holiday season! For more information, visit Cincinnati Park’s official website.


           Guided Walking Tours of Historical Mt. Adams


Ever wanted to know more about Mount Adams but didn’t have time to do the research? Schedule a guided walking tour of Cincinnati’s first suburb and our trained professional guides will give you all the details. They’ll even give you restaurant recommendations and places to sit and watch the world go by.

Visit the Immaculata Church, location of the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage, and learn where the US Weather Bureau and American Astronomy were born. See Rookwood Pottery, the Passionist Monastery, Cincinnati’s oldest Irish pub and the site of the Mount Adams Inclined Plane Railroad.  Why did John Quincy Adams visit Mt. Adams in 1843 and why tequila isn’t served at the City View Tavern, Mount Adam’s oldest saloon? We’ll tell you.

The tour takes about 90 minutes and includes some steps and moderate grades so comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended.

Tours are now offered at 1pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the months May through October.

To schedule your tour, get more information, ask about group rates or arrange a custom tour, call Jim Steiner at 513 684 0101 or email Cost is $10 per person.