Lakeshore Balloon Glow, a much-anticipated annual event, returns to light up downtown Manitowoc on Friday, August 18, 2023 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event features colorful hot air balloons that glow along the Manitowoc riverfront. Additional entertainment includes the Webfooters Water Ski Show, aerial dancers, and a variety of children’s activities including bounce houses, Mischief & Magic performances, story time, demonstrations by Lakeshore Robotics and more.

The event has expanded this year and will take place on both sides of the Manitowoc River – in and around the parking lot at 720 Quay Street and the Manitowoc Public Library and also on the roof deck and around the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Available for purchase on both sides of the river will be food from a total of 17 food trucks, corn on the cob served by the Manitowoc Lion’s Club, and beverages, including beer, soda and water. The night will conclude with a fireworks show.

A free shuttle service will be provided between 4:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. from three remote parking areas including: Lincoln High School JFK Field House parking lot, Roncalli High School parking lot and Faith Church parking lot.

The event would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors: Title Sponsor, Fox Communities Credit Union; Water Ski Show Sponsors, Formrite and Nicolet National Bank; Sub Pub Sponsor, TDS; Fireworks Sponsors, RE/MAX Port Cities Realtors and River North Apartments; Entertainment Sponsor, MGW Law; Map Sponsors, Baycare Clinic and Kohler Credit Union; Children’s Area Sponsor, Americollect, Bellin Health, Burger Boat Company, Jim Reif Builders and Lakeshore Technical College; Beer Tent Sponsors, Breiss Malt & Ingredient Co., Gutman Insurance Agency, Lakeshore Business Interiors, Shoreline Credit Union, and VT Industries.

This event is organized by The Chamber of Manitowoc County in partnership with the City of Manitowoc. For more information, call 920-684-5575, visit The Chamber of Manitowoc County's website or follow Lakeshore Balloon Glow on Facebook.