BLINK Cincinnati Adds Drone Show to Lineup of Immersive Illuminations

The 10-minute show will involve 300 drones taking to the sky.

click to enlarge RUMBLE at the 2019 BLINK festival - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
RUMBLE at the 2019 BLINK festival

For four nights this October, the streets and structures of Greater Cincinnati will be fizzing with illuminations, immersive activations and now a drone show.

Oct. 13-16, BLINK will convert 30 blocks of downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and Covington into a lineup of literally and figuratively glowing visual, auditory and kinesthetic encounters.

BLINK officials recently announced the addition of a ten-minute drone show by Covington-based Durham Studio that is set to take place every night of the festival at Smale Riverfront Park.

300 drones will take to the sky “operating in harmony to display 3D imagery, animations and lighting,” per a release from BLINK.

“The BLINK Drone Show will connect Cincinnati and Covington riverfronts with an array of animation using the drone technology provided by Sky Elements Drone Shows,” BLINK executive director Justin Brookhart said in a release. “The drone show will highlight the beautiful Suspension Bridge as the back drop for the nightly shows.”

The drone show will take place two times each evening during the BLINK festival and fans can enjoy an optimal viewing experience at Smale Park in Cincinnati and across the river at Covington Plaza Amphitheater.

BLINK 2022 takes place throughout downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and Covington Oct. 13-16. Find more information at

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