Nite Glows & Nite Glow Extravaganza

One of the most anticipated events at the National Balloon Classic. Cheer on as the pilots fire the burners and balloons dazzle with their gorgeous glow. The excitement builds during Nite Glow Extravaganza when guests are invited onto the launch field for an up close, one-of-a-kind view.

Balloon Flight Over Des Moines

On this one special morning, hot air balloons fly over downtown Des Moines and it’s a sight to behold. Tune in early to

Newsradio WHO 1040 with Van & Bonnie for information about launch time/place. You may even win a balloon ride!

Dawn Patrol

A rare flight, not seen very often at hot air ballooning events. Prepare to be awestruck as dark skies come alive with a mystical glow during

Dawn Patrol. Bring your flashlight and watch in wonder as Dawn Patrol pilots launch prior to sunrise and fly until it is light enough to land. Secured with specially approved lighting systems, balloons flying in the dark are a rare phenomenon in ballooning. Launch takes place promptly at 5:15 am. Do not be late or you’ll miss it.

Fantastic Fireworks

Spectacular fireworks shows to kick-off, and wrap-up, an incredible 9-days!

National Balloon Classic Parade

The National Balloon Classic Parade makes its way through the streets of Indianola including the city square. Plan to make it a day; Indianola and Warren County have so much to offer. Enjoy unique shopping around town, craft beers, local wines, and great dining options.

Parade Route


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Office number: 515-961-8415


Office Address: 1601 North Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA. 50125

Mailing Address: PO Box 346, Indianola, IA. 50125

Memorial Balloon Field: 15335 Jewell Street, Indianola, IA. 50125 


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