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!
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.
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.
2019 Parade Route