National Balloon Classic

  • 15335 Jewell Street | Indianola, IA 50125
  • Presented By: National Balloon Classic
  • Dates: July 27, 2018 - August 4, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Memorial Balloon Field Location
  • Phone: (515) 961-8415
  • Start/End Time: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Event Times: Mornings 5 a.m.; Evenings 4 p.m.
  • Price: Morning Free; Evening $5 (6 and over); Children Free (ages 5 and under)
  • Overview

    Nearly 100 hot air balloons paint the Iowa sky with brilliant colors and playful Special Shapes! Cheer on skilled pilots as they compete for points and prizes, sit back and enjoy live music nightly, buy a balloon ride for a one-of-a-kind view, and prepare to be awestruck as dark skies come alive with a mystical glow during Dawn Patrol and Nite Glows. Kids Land, fireworks, fabulous food...experience all of this and so much more at the 2018 National Balloon Classic!

    We are busy at work planning a fabulous event. Full schedule including entertainment and special events will be available soon! Meanwhile, our tentative schedule will be:

    Friday, July 27: Evening Flight only

    July 28-August 4: Morning Competition Flights at 6:30 am and Evening Competition Flights at 6:30 pm.  


    July 23: Flight Over Des Moines Wacky Classic Parade

    July 28: Wacky Classic Parade

    First and Last Saturdays: Fireworks

    Nite Glows: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday (Nite Glow Extravaganza Wednesday, August 1)

    It's never too early to reserve a balloon ride at the Classic. To reserve your space for 2018, contact Galena on the Fly (815) 777-2747 or email