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The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt Returns to Downtown DSM This Saturday

March 16, 2022

Greater Des Moines (DSM) residents can discover a fun surprise on Saturday, March 19 at the Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt in Downtown DSM. Glowing hot air balloons will be stationed in different locations throughout Downtown from 6 – 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Residents are encouraged to discover several hot air balloons glowing throughout the different business and retail districts in Downtown DSM. The balloons will be conveniently located in close proximity to retailers, restaurants and attractions to encourage people to support local while participating in the balloon hunt, such as by purchasing dinner from local restaurants or checking out attractions such as the local art scene.

Clues that hint at the exact locations of the glowing balloons will be posted on The Partnership’s Downtown DSM social media channels each day leading up to the event. Final locations will be announced the morning of the event on Saturday, March 19.

The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt is weather dependent. Hot air balloons can only be inflated when the wind levels are low to avoid damage. Residents should follow @downtownDSMUSA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for clues on where to find the balloons and to make sure the balloons will be inflated based on weather and wind conditions. Once spotted, balloon hunters are encouraged to post photos of the glowing balloons on social media and include #downtownDSM and #DSMlocal.

“The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt provides residents and guests a unique opportunity to add surprise and delight to their Saturday evening as they discover Downtown Des Moines,” said Tiffany Tauscheck, Chief Operations Officer of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and President of Downtown DSM, Inc. “The activity also gives all participants another opportunity to support local restaurants for dinner after they finish their balloon hunt.”

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

Learn more about the Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt here. This event is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership in partnership with National Balloon Classic.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.

About Downtown DSM, Inc.

Downtown DSM, Inc. is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is dedicated to ensuring the continued growth of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). A strong region needs a strong Downtown. Downtown DSM, Inc. leads efforts to drive development, placemaking and events in Downtown DSM. It promotes a strong Downtown through integration of retail, restaurants, businesses, housing, events and placemaking.