National Balloon Classic 2015

National Balloon Classic 2015

It’s that time of year and you will see lots of hot air balloons being released! The National Balloon Classic begins Friday, July 24th and goes on every day until Saturday, August 1st.

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Not only are balloons released everyday (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 4:30 pm) ages 6 and over: $5

Ages 5 and under: FREE

Friday, July 24th

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – The Nadas!

Saturday, July 25th

5:15 am – Dawn Patrol

6:30 am – Balloon Flight

11 am – Wacky Classic Parade

5:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies/ Des Moines Skydivers

6:30 pm – Mass ascension balloon flight

Live on the classic stage – Big Time Grain Co.

Sunday, July 26th

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

1 – 3pm – National Balloon Museum

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight, Dusk: Night Glow

Live on the classic stage – Damon Dotson Band

Monday, July 27th

6:30 am – Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – Monday Mourners

Tuesday, July 28th

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – Randy Burk and The Prisoners

Wednesday, July 29th

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 – Final Mix

Thursday, July 30th

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – Past Vertical

Friday, July 31st

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight

Live on the classic stage – Bonne Finken and The Collective

Saturday, August 1st

5:15 am – Dawn Patrol

6:30 am – Competition Balloon Flight

8:30 am – Balloon Challenge 5k Cross Country Race

6:30 pm – Balloon Flight, Dark: Fantastic Fireworks

Live on the classic stage – Decoy

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Some Tips!

  • No outside food and drink is 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 any time during the 2015 National Balloon Classic ONLY! There are no refunds.
  • Bring lawn chairs & blankets!

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