Up, Up & Amaze: National Balloon Classic 2017

It’s that time of year and you will see lots of hot air balloons being released. The National Balloon Classic begins Friday, July 28 and goes on every day until Saturday, August 5.

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

Parking: Free

Friday, July 28 

5:30 p.m. Des Moines Skydivers

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

On Stage: The Nadas

Saturday, July 29 

5 a.m. Dawn Patrol

6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight

11 a.m. Wacky Classic Parade on the Indianola City Square

6:30 p.m. Mass ascension Balloon Flight

Dark: Fireworks

On Stage: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Sunday, July 30 

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dark: Nite Glow

On Stage: Decoy

Monday, July 31

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Open the Skies, Mass ascension Balloon Flight

On Stage: Royce Johns Band

Tuesday, August 1 

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

On Stage: Randy Burke and the Prisoner

Wednesday, August 2 

5 a.m. Dawn Patrol

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dark: Nite Glow Extravaganza

On Stage: Damon Dotson Band

Thursday, August 3

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

On Stage: Past Vertical

Friday, August 4 

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dusk: Nite Glow

On Stage: Abby Normal

Saturday, August 5 

5 a.m. Dawn Patrol

6:30 a.m. Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dark: Fireworks

On Stage: Jason Brown

What is Nite 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 Nite 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 24 The National Balloon Classic will kick-off this year’s event by having hot air balloons fly over Des Moines.  Rain date Tuesday, July 25.

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 2017 National Balloon Classic ONLY. There are no refunds.
  • There is a special area for kids to play called “Kids Land Activities”.
  • Purchase your tickets ahead of time here.
  • Bring lawn chairs & blankets. If you forget your chair, you can rent one $2 per chair.

Do not miss the Warren County Fair going on July 26 – 31. Not far from the Balloon Classic.

All dates, times, and events have been added to our event calendar. Download our FREE app to have easy access to what is going on.

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