In addition to 100+ hot air balloons flying every evening (weather permitting) there is entertainment galore during the magnificent 9-day event! See schedule for specific details.
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.
Balloon Flight Over Des Moines
On this one special morning, hot air balloons fly over the capital in Des Moines and it’s a sight to behold. Tune in early to Newsradio WHO 1040 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. Dawn Patrol has been cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 and will return in 2022.
The skies light up in a different way with three Fantastic Fireworks shows during the 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.
the National Balloon Classic Parade has been cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 but our local shops and restaurants are open and we invite you to check out our charming community.