THE NATIONAL BALLOON CLASSIC
July 24-August 1, 2020
SAVE THE DATE
July 24th - August 1st, 2020 - Indianola, Iowa
FOR 9 DAYS EVERY SUMMER, IOWA SKIES COME ALIVE as 100+ hot air balloons paint the town with brilliant colors and charming special shapes. Don’t miss a moment of the excitement as skilled pilots compete for points and prizes every morning and every evening while dazzling guests below. Great family fun and incredible entertainment value await you at the Memorial Balloon Field. Just sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside as you listen to live music during the evening balloon flights. Grab a bite to eat, take the kiddos to Kids Land, buy a balloon ride for a one-of-a-kind view, and prepare to be awestruck as dark skies come alive with a mystical glow during Dawn Patrols and Nite Glows.
Memorial Balloon Field
Looking for directions?
Please visit the directions page.
2020 Schedule/Guest Guide
available February, 2020.
Check out the 2019 Guest Guide
for a sample schedule and great FAQs.
Balloon Field Hours
During Event Dates Only
AM Flight: Parking/Gates open at 5:00 AM
PM Flight: Parking/Gates open at 4:00 PM
The Memorial Balloon Field closes each day
after the morning flight and gates do not
reopen until 4pm.
There is no entertainment or
scheduled activities at the balloon
field during daytime hours.
Create lifetime memories and book a balloon ride. Balloon rides can be taken every morning or evening (weather permitting) during the event but spots fill quickly so reserve your first-rate, exclusive experience in advance.
Contact Galena On The Fly
Official balloon ride operator for
the National Balloon Classic.
It’s never too early to buy a
balloon ride. Make reservations
now for 2020!
Call for Price and Availability
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci
FAA Wind Requirements
The FAA states that maximum wind velocity for launch is 10 knots. In addition, winds aloft can vary greatly from surface winds. Nobody wants to fly more than us; however, the safety of our pilots must come first. In any weather-dependent event, conditions can change quickly; thus, a final decision is not made until the weather briefing and pilot meeting at 6pm. If conditions prove otherwise, and if we have updates, we will post most current information on our Facebook page at National Balloon Classic.