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Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

Runs through Sunday. Sept. 2, Ann Morrison Park

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After nearly 30 years of launching colorful vessels into the sky over the City of Trees, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic lives up to its name. As always, this year's event is really a string of smaller celebrations in the downtown jewel that is Ann Morrison Park. Balloons in every shape and color will take off from the park each morning from 6:45-8:30 a.m., weather permitting. CapEd Kid's Day will kick off the fun Wednesday, Aug. 29, during the morning launch window, and offer free tethered rides to junior balloonists. Then on the morning of Friday, Aug. 31, the classic will host VIP Launch Day to give photographers a chance to snap high-quality shots. That evening from 6-10 p.m., the Night Glow event will fill Ann Morrison with balloons lit from within like colorful jack-o-lanterns, offering a beautiful lead-in to fall.