It's one of the coolest things about Boise...It's the Mix 106 Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic presented by Cap Ed Credit Union and it's free for you and your family August 31st through September 4th. Here's everything you need or want to know plus watch what it's like to be up in a balloon high over Boise.

I'm  super afraid of heights, yet a few years ago, I mustered up the strength to climb into a basket and take a ride during the balloon launch one morning..and I'm so happy that I did. After getting about 50 to 60 feet in the air, I lost my fear of being off the ground and was able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of flying quietly over Boise. This unique Boise event is just one reason we live in one of the best cities in America and if you've never been a part of this great event you and your family don't want to miss it.

Her is this years schedule of events. (save it in your phone and refer to it often)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 — Kids’ Day sponsored by CapEd

  • 7:15 a.m.   First Inflation...About 20 balloons are expected.  As long as the balloons are remaining in the park, kids will have an opportunity to interact, pose for pictures in baskets and (weather permitting) take a short lift in the balloon ‘on float’ during “Kid’s Day” activities.

Thursday, September 1, 2016 — Media Day

  • 7:00 a.m. – First 2016 Multiple Balloon Launch at Ann Morrison Park

Thursday is Media Day...Watch as nearly 30 balloons  are scheduled to launch.


Friday, September 2, 2016 VIP Day

  • 7:05 a.m.        Tribute launch to friends we’ve lost this year.
  • 7:15 a.m.        Second 2016 Multiple Balloon Launch

VIP Day: Honoring those who make the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic possible with their financial support by taking them aloft with us for a flight.  Person’s who have contributed to making the Balloon Classic possible are on board the balloons as special guests of our pilots.

Later that night:

Nite Glow Spectacular...Glow in the Park Event, Friday night, September 2, 2016

“Nite Glow” activities. include the 25th consecutive parade to Ann Morrison Park through the streets of Boise.

  • 6:00 p.m.       Live Music in Park
  • 6:45 p.m.        Demonstration Balloon Inflation

Very special and unique hot air balloons are inflated prior to the Nite Glow to entertain the crowd. This year’s balloon inflation include appearances by :

“Tic Toc” presented by the Spencer’s ‘non-profit’ partner St Luke’s one of the newest creations from Scott Spencer’s “Lighter Than Air America Special Shapes”

“Speedy” the latest creation to fly from Scott Spencer’s Lighter Than Air America fleet will make his first appearance at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.

Pat Prothro will help start the Fall Season by sharing his exciting balloon, Ms. Autumn at this years Balloon Classic.

  • Nite Glow (time approximate / dusk)

Balloons cannot lift off the ground in the dark so in the event, our pilots will turn the night into day with our largest Nite Glow Spectacular ever, 25 balloons lined up side-by-side on the launch site. You simply have to see it if you’ve never seen a balloon glow.


Saturday, September 3rd — Governor’s Cup Competition

  • 7:15 a.m. – Inflation in Ann Morrison Park

This is Competition Day at the Spirit of Boise-Balloon Classic. Pilots will be assigned a navigational task to challenge their flying skills and the winning pilot will be awarded the Governor’s Cup for Aviation Excellence.


Sunday September 4th — “Last Dance” – The GREAT LAUNCH

  • 7:15 a.m. –  Inflation and lift off from Ann Morrison Park

The fifth and final day of flying for the 2016 Spirit of Boise-Balloon Classic.

Based on the success of last years “Great Launch” (fifty balloons off the ground in 30 seconds) We will once again attempt to provide local photographers with the perfect “Boise & Ballooning” photo from Ann Morrison Park. The goal is to put all the balloons into the sky in under one minute,

Anything less than perfect weather will require reverting to a standard “launch controlled” lift off.




Watch this time lapse video as over 30 balloons lift off in the early morning hours in under a minute and a half.