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.

Nite Glows

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!

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. Dawn Patrol has been cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 and will return in 2022.

Fantastic Fireworks

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.  


Contact Us Form
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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