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The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has created a new event (weather permitting) in Downtown Des Moines (DSM): The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt!

How To Participate

Discover several hot air balloons glowing throughout Downtown DSM — providing a safe drive-by viewing experience. Clues to the exact locations of the balloons will be made public on each day of the Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt as the event is weather dependent. The hunt is on!

Residents are encouraged to come Downtown and discover several hot air balloons glowing throughout the different business and retail districts. The balloons will conveniently be located in close proximity to retailers, restaurants and attractions throughout Downtown to encourage patrons to support local while participating in the balloon hunt, such as by picking up food from local restaurants.  

To find clues to the balloon locations on the day of the event, as the Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt is weather dependent, residents can follow @downtownDSMUSA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Once spotted, balloon hunters are encouraged to post photos of the glowing balloons on social media and include #downtownDSM.  

Please remember to shop local and support Downtown DSM businesses while you enjoy a warm, safe and free drive-by viewing experience of the hot air balloons.  

We also encourage social distancing guidelines and mask wearing. Hot air balloonist pilots and volunteers will be wearing masks. 

Join The Hunt


The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt is scheduled for Friday, March 5 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. It is also tentatively scheduled for the evening of Saturday, March 6 — weather permitting.


6:30 – 8 p.m.

Remember To Support Local

For ideas on restaurants to support while visiting Downtown DSM, visit the #DSMlocal web page and also check out the #DSMlocal Buying Guide

Balloon Pilots & Downtown DSM Volunteers

Special thank you to the pilots participating in the Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt and all the volunteers supporting the event.  

  • Eric Martens 
  • Mike Green  
  • Chris King 
  • Grant Pfeifer
  • Tim Cloyd 
  • Denny Anderson 
  • Jeremy King 
  • Scott Edgerton 
  • Terry Garrett 
  • Angelica Haus 
  • Jason Hartson