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2024 National
Balloon Classic

July 26 - August 3
Indianola, Iowa


100+ hot air balloons suspended over the horizon, skilled pilots from around the world, roaring burners creating a whoosh that is both heard and felt. All of this and so much more!



Balloon Rides



We are so glad you landed here!

You seek adventure and crave first-rate entertainment. You desire a destination that fills your bucket list and your photo gallery: an unspoiled, out-of-the-ordinary place where the whoosh of a hot air balloon is felt and heard, where marvelous moments are waiting, and they whisper to you, take me away. And you go.

But you also want value. A place to relax, rewind, and recharge where you invest in yourself, not high costs. We get it. And we got you. We are curators of fun where sky-high does not mean high price. Where families and friends gather and where words like “enchanting” and “breathtaking” are still part of our daily vocabulary. We are the soul of Iowa, where more than 85,000 guests choose to spend time with us every summer. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, our event is over the top, but our community-minded mission has been firmly grounded for over 50 years.

Event Details

We are curators of fun and specialize in unique experiences, and there is no better experience than nine days every summer at the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa!

More than 100 magnificent hot air balloons paint the sky with brilliant colors as skilled pilots from around the world compete for points, prizes, and championship titles. Guests watch in awe as they also enjoy live music nightly, Nite Glows, fireworks, kite shows, skydivers, Kids Land, and so much more.

Find your fun at the National Balloon Classic … we are ready to take flight with you!


Balloon Rides

Want to take your fun to new heights? Create lifetime memories and buy a balloon ride. Balloon rides are available every morning or evening (weather permitting) during the 2024 National Balloon Classic.

Book early, balloon rides sell out quickly!

Galena on the Fly, the official Ride Balloon Operator for the National Balloon Classic.