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Tickets are NOW on sale!


One low ticket price = fantastic flexibility!
The purchase of a General Admission ticket allows you the opportunity to enjoy any ONE (1) evening of your choice during the 9-day event. Plus, you can enjoy eight mornings of competition viewing and park for FREE both mornings and evenings during the 2024 National Balloon Classic, July 26 – August 3, 2024.

Starting Saturday, July 27, gates are open from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. so guests can enjoy watching the competition flights. This experience does not include entertainment or activities; entrance is ‘at will’ with a select number of vendors open for food/beverages. All National Balloon Classic policies are in force, including no pets, smoking/vaping, or outside food/beverages. Chair rental is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission and parking are free-will donations for mornings only.

EVENING FLIGHTS (Gates open at 4:00 PM)
Hot air balloons are scheduled to launch each evening at 6:30 p.m. when winds are calmest, and the air is most stable. Flight decisions, including whether balloons will launch or land at the balloon field, are made approximately 30 minutes before each flight. Regardless of the flight plan, the sights and sounds are truly captivating—a unique experience that can only be found at the balloon field!

WEATHER or not to fly?
Admission to the National Balloon Classic does not guarantee a balloon launch. All National Balloon Classic events depend on prevailing weather conditions and are subject to delays or cancellations. Surface winds and winds aloft can vary greatly; maximum safe surface wind speeds are 8-10 mph. Although every effort is made for a successful balloon flight, the safety of our pilots, volunteers, and spectators is our priority. If extreme weather conditions exist, notices will be posted via social media and our website. Last-minute decisions are the norm in ballooning because the weather can quickly change and be indecisive. Taking a “wait and see” approach may result in arriving too late and missing a beautiful night of balloon gazing.