2022 Schedule

 July 29-August 6, 2022 

Schedule is Weather Dependent and Subject to Change

The National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field is a grassy, landscaped field; seating is on the ground, bring your own lawn chair or blanket. A limited number of chairs are available for rent on a fist come first serve basis.

Morning Competition Viewing Only

Gates are open from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., for morning viewing, weather permitting. Parking and viewing is “at own risk” only, no parking attendants, services, entertainment, or amenities. Flights over the balloon field are not guaranteed. All policies apply including: No pets, smoking/vaping, or outside food or beverages. Chairs are available to rent on first come basis. Admission and parking are free-will donation for mornings only.

Launch Info

Whether hot air balloons launch from the balloon field, or land at the balloon field, the sights and sounds are magical. The final decision about launch location, including scheduled Mass Ascensions, is determined during that evening’s pilot briefing.

Friday, July 29th

6:30 PM - Friday Night Kick-Off Flight SKY’S THE LIMIT!

ON STAGE - Fahrenheit

Shape Inflate!

Saturday, July 30th

5:00 AM - Dawn Patrol

10:00 AM - Celebrate Warren County Parade & Summer Art Festival

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight + Shape Inflate!

ON STAGE - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

DARK - Fantastic Fireworks

Sunday, July 31st

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight + Shape Inflate!

ON STAGE - Damon Dotson Band

DUSK - Nite Glow Extravaganza

Monday, August 1st

Pilot Appreciation Night Sponsored by The Sports Page Grill

6:30 pm - Balloon Flight

ON STAGE - The Sinclair's

Tuesday, August 2nd

Townie Tuesday and 

Vintage Balloon Inflate

Sponsored by

Retirement Solutions of Iowa LLC

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight


Wednesday, August 3rd

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight

ON STAGE - Not Quite Brothers

DUSK - Nite Glow Extravaganza

Thursday, August 4th

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight

ON STAGE - TrainWreck

DARK - Fantastic Fireworks

Friday, August 5th

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight

ON STAGE - Punching Pandas

DUSK - Nite Glow

Saturday, August 6th

6:30 PM - Balloon Flight

ON STAGE - Jason Brown

DARK - Fantastic Fireworks

The FAA states that maximum wind velocity for launch is ten knots and tonight’s forecast is not looking favorable for hot air balloons. What does like wind? Kites! And we have them…like you’ve never seen before. The show must go on and our show is in the sky so join us for a fantastic kite display by Great American Kites & Events and Jason Brown on the stage (people come for miles just for this) and fireworks at dark. It’s Iowa, and winds aloft can change so if it’s safe, the balloons will also fly.