National Balloon Classic

July 26 - August 3, 2024

Memorial Balloon Field
15335 Jewell St, Indianola, IA 50125

Visitors swarm to the balloon field of Indianola by the thousands every summer. And they leave awestruck. The National Balloon Classic spans nine incredible days. More than 150 hot air balloons take to the skies in a burst of brilliant color as pilots from around the world test their skills in pursuit of points, prizes, and the championship titles.

There’s live music and activities every night as well as plenty of food and fun for the whole family! And there are more than just hot air balloons taking to the sky — watch for skydivers, fireworks, and a display featuring giant kites.

Blue indianola hot air balloon
hot air balloons right above the ground
kid in front of the crowd and balloons at the balloon festival
The one can't-miss event:

Once the sun sets, the balloons re-inflate while tethered on the field, the crowd counts down, the pilots hit the burners, and it’s a color explosion against the night sky! Then the real fun begins when the crowd is invited to walk amidst the balloons during Nite Glow™ Extravaganza! Be sure to have the kids ask the pilots for pilot cards along the way!

Fantastic Fireworks

The skies light up in a different way with one of the best fireworks displays of the year. We have two fantastic shows to start, and end, the incredible 9-day National Balloon Classic.

spectators at the National Balloon Classic