Get Carried Away: National Balloon Classic 2016

It’s that time of year and you will see lots of hot air balloons being released! The National Balloon Classic begins Friday, July 29th and goes on every day until Saturday, August 6th.

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Not only are balloons released every day (depending on weather conditions) but there is live entertainment, kids activities, food, fireworks and more! Below you will find an outline of what you can expect each day. You can check out the entire schedule here!

Morning admission (gates open at 5 am): Always FREE

Evening admission (gates open at 4 pm) ages 6 and over: $5

Ages 5 and under: FREE

FRIDAY, JULY 29TH

5:30 PM – Des Moines Skydivers/Skydive 515

6:30 PM – Balloon Flight

Live on the Classic Stage: Bonne Finken and the Collective

SATURDAY, JULY 30TH

5:15 am – Dawn Patrol

6:30 am – Balloon Flight

8 am – 5K Off-Road Balloon Challenge

11 am – Wacky Classic Parade

5:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies

6:30 pm – Mass ascension balloon flight

DARK – Fireworks show!

Live on the classic stage – The Nadas

SUNDAY, JULY 31st

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

1 – 3pm – National Balloon Museum

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Dusk: Night Glow

Live on the classic stage – Abby Normal

MONDAY, AUGUST 1st

6:30 am –  Competition balloon flight

6:30 pm – Mass ascension balloon flight

Live on the classic stage – Monday Mourners

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – Randy Burk and The Prisoners

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3rd

5:15 am – Dawn Patrol

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Dusk: Night Glow Extravaganza

Live on the classic stage – Damon Dotson Band

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4th

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – Past Vertical

FRIDAY,  AUGUST 5th

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Dusk – Night Glow

Live on the classic stage – The Pianopalooza Band FeaturingTony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th

5:15 am – Dawn Patrol

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Dark: Fantastic Fireworks

Live on the classic stage – Decoy

What is Night Glow? This is when inflated balloons light up the sky! The pilots fire their burners and the balloons glow up in the air. The night of the Night Glow Extravaganza, guests are invited to come out to the launch field for an even closer view.

What is Dawn Patrol? Pilots launch early in the morning prior to sunrise and fly around until it is light enough to land. It is very rare for balloons to fly in the dark! Grab a flashlight and look for them up in the sky! 

Balloon Flight over Des Moines! On Monday, July 25th The National Balloon Classic will kick-off this year’s event by having hot air balloons fly over Des Moines.  

SOME TIPS!

  • No outside food and drink are allowed.
  • Make sure you bring cash! Cash is only accepted. There are ATM’s on the grounds.
  • No pets.
  • If a balloon flight is cancelled due to weather, you can use that ticket anytime during the 2016 National Balloon Classic ONLY! There are no refunds.
  • Bring lawn chairs & blankets!
All dates, times, and events have been added to our event calendar also! Download our FREE app to have easy access to what is going on!

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