Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

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Entertaining Treasure Valley For Over 30 Years 


The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic has a long, successful award winning history in Boise.

The first gathering of balloons held in Ann Morrison Park was June, 1991.
Steve Schmader, President of the International Festivals and Events Association, and event producer, Scott Spencer, partnered to produce the spectacular Boise River Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally. When the Boise River Festival was no longer held, Kevin Godwin of Townsquare Media and Scott got together to continue the iconic tradition of ballooning in the Park. In 2010 the Boise River Festival Hot Air Balloon Rally became the Spirit of Boise Balloon Rally.
We lost the founder of this event, Scott, in early 2020. He had an unequaled love of ballooning and this, along with his imagination, vision and energy is still felt each year as the balloons fill Ann Morrison Park. 2023 is the 32nd anniversary of the Scott Spencer Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Hosted annually at Ann Morrison Park, the event brings together locals and tourists alike who enjoy being surrounded by endless colorful balloons, inspiring music, and their favorite local radio stations.
All launches are weather-permitting, however they typically take place starting at 7:15 a.m. and last until as late as 9 a.m. You can frequently see the hot air balloons soaring over downtown Boise, with the occasional balloon falling on historic landmarks, including building rooftops, right in the middle of Broadway avenue, and even the front lawn at our Capitol building!
With FREE tethered rides on Cap Ed Kids, a chance to meet aeronauts each morning and a one-of-a-kind Nite Glow spectacular, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is truly an event you need to experience!
*NOTE: There are no public balloon rides available at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. Kids can do a FREE tethered balloon ride on Cap Ed Kid’s Day, Wednesday, August 30th. (first come first serve) @ Ann Morrison Park.



Here’s what you can expect from this year’s event!

Wednesday 8/30 – CapEd Kids Day

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic 2021 kicks off with Kids Day on Wednesday, August 3oth. Hours may vary depending on weather, but it’s scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. and continue until the balloons run low on air — typically around 8:45 a.m.Kid’s Day allows children to enjoy complimentary tethered rides aboard one of their favorite hot air balloons. In addition to FREE, tethered hot air balloon rides there will also be various activities for children available throughout Ann Morrison Park. Stop by before taking the kiddos to school! Lines do get long, so the earlier you can show up the better!

Thursday 8/31 – Media Day

Everyone is welcome on Thursday, our media day! Stop by to enjoy the first introduction day to the 2023 event! The festivities will kick off around 6:45 a.m. (weather depending) and should continue until 8:45 a.m.

Friday  9/1 – VIP Launch Day

Get your cameras ready! There’s no better way to kick off a holiday weekend than by watching countless hot air balloons take to the sky! The Boise skyline will be filled with colorful hot air balloons as they see where the wind will take them. The event is weather dependent, but is scheduled to kick off around 6:45 a.m. and continue until the balloons land, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Friday 9/1 – Night Glow

This once-a-year event is a MUST visit! Bring your loved ones, lawn chairs and blankets for a night at Ann Morrison Park watching the hot air balloons perform an epic nighttime glow show! The event is FREE and scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. depending on weather. While guests of all ages are encouraged to attend, we do hope that you’ll leave your fur animals at home, as noises that are undetectable to human hearing can cause extreme discomfort to pets.

Saturday 9/2 – Morning Launch

If you’re looking for a reason to get your Saturday morning started early, this is it! Stop by Ann Morrison Park between 6:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for a morning hot air balloon take off! The view is spectacular and is a definite must-see. As always, this flight will be weather dependent with times that could vary.

Sunday 9/3 – Morning Launch

Rise and shine! The final day of the 2023 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic includes morning flights and fun picture opportunities.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic: Kids’ Day 2017


Video from the 2017 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic presented by CapEd Credit Union kicks off on Wednesdays with the Kids’ Day! This is an opportunity for families to enjoy FREE tethered rides in Ann Morrison Park.


We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic! This is a FREE event so we invite you to bring the entire family! Before you head over, make sure you look over our parking and event map for this year – as areas have changed from previous years.


Guests have three points of entry for this year’s event. Guests can enter the park from Americana Blvd (west end of the park) and either Royal Blvd or University Dr/Ann Morrison Park Dr. entrances (east end of the park).


It is a grand family experience to come to Ann Morrison Park and watch all the balloons drifting into the morning sky above Boise. Here are a few tips to enhance your experience for this year’s gathering of hot air balloons.

Always dress for the morning

• It usually doesn’t take long for the temperatures to rise, but it is chilly first thing in the morning. Experienced balloon fans dress in layers so that they can shed a layer as needed. Speaking of dressing for the morning, the grass in the park is usually pretty wet with overnight dew right after sunrise, so you might want waterproof shoes for the smaller guys and gals in your family.

Taking pictures

• You’ve never seen the likes of our “ham” pilots before. They’ll always take a moment to pose for a picture with you next to a balloon or basket; all you have to do is ask. Asking is the key word here. Please don’t presume to enter a balloon for a picture without first obtaining permission from the pilot or crew chief. Looking for the perfect shot? Here’s a hint, closer is not always better.

Dogs and balloon launches

• Despite the fact that we’ve been telling people for years not to bring their pet to the park during balloon operations, some people still do. We love dogs, however the burners that power our balloons make a sound that is inaudible to humans, but when experienced up close by your pet, actually hurts his/her sensitive ears. It’s the same reason that dogs bark and cats, horses and cows beat feet the opposite direction when a balloon flies overhead. Please be thoughtful of your animals and leave your fur buddies at home.


• It is perfectly appropriate to bring a lawn chair with you. Remember though, the balloon you see laying on the ground is going to grow nearly 20 times bigger when its filled with air. If a pilot or crew member asks you to move your chairs, please do so with a smile.

For your safety (and everyone else as well)

• Never, ever, EVER, step on a balloon. Always be mindful of where your feet are.

• Please listen carefully to any instructions given over the P.A. system.

• Refrain from smoking on the field. Propane fumes will sink to the ground and are very explosive! Please, simply walk to the edge of the site before you light up. This will also avoid a burned balloon from ashes or a dropped cigarette.


• Absolutely no drones will be allowed on the premises by regulation of the FAA.


Spirit of Boise from the CBS 2 Stem Action Drone


The CBS stem action drone captures stunning footage of balloons gearing up for the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.


Are you interested in volunteering at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic? There is so much going on and we’d love for you to be part of it!

Q: Who can “Crew” a balloon?
A: Pretty much anyone. We love families. It’s a great way for Mom, Dad, and the kids to spend some quality time together. Smaller kids (under 14 yrs) are welcome but need to be managed by their parents.

Unless they are with one of the several local clubs and organizations that come out and crew, young people below the age of 18, won’t be able to crew without Dad and/or Mom.

Q: What will we be doing?
A: You’ll actually help ready the balloon for flight, help inflate it, launch it, chase it while it’s up in the sky, help it land, pack it up and return it to the launch site.

Q: How do we learn to do that?
A: No experience needed, we’ll teach you what you need to know.

Q: Is it hard work?

A: It can be, there is some lifting and packing the balloon around, so you should be in good physical condition. It’s an adventure! If you have a bad back, you should pass on crewing.

Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Just yourself. Dressed in long pants (usually Levi’s), a good hiking boot or tennis shoe and leather gloves. You’ll want a jacket in the morning, but that time of year it usually warms up fast, so dress in layers so you can shed down as the heat comes up.

Q: What time do I need to be there and where do I park?
 Check in time is 6:40 a.m. by the big white tent and parking is available by the baseball fields.  Use W. Ann Morrison Park Dr. off of Capital Blvd to access.  Please do not park by ramps, cones or barriers.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic Volunteer Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a balloon crew member! By submitting this form, you are agreeing to the following: -I have read and understand the frequently asked questions printed above. -I do understand that I am volunteering as a ground crew member. -I understand that I will not be a passenger in the balloon.


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Coloring Contest

Teachers Guide

2023 Balloon & Pilot Lineup


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Morning Launch Map

Night Glow Map

Lost Kids Booth




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