Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Important Road Closure Information

Please see the map below highlight the key roads inside the park that will be barricaded closed starting at midnight Thursday 9/14.

Please note that entrances to the park will be closed as needed during the evening on Friday and during the day on Saturday as determined by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department based on congestion/gridlock in the park.

The entrance Hampton Exit from Highway 64 will be closed to all Eastbound traffic turning North or South and to all Westbound traffic turning North (into the park) starting as early as 5:00pm on Friday night until 11:30pm.   Please plan to use other entrances into the park (McCausland/Skinker, Kingshighway, etc.).

The Barnes Hospital Drive entrance into the park from Kingshighway will also be closed to all traffic beginning as early as 5pm and also at other times depending on congestion in the park.  

We will make every attempt to update our social media pages with the latest road closure/park entrance closure information on both Saturday and Sunday.

Where to Park

Parking (and admittance) is free for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. Largest and closest parking area for the Launch site is the Muny Opera parking lot. Street parking is also available, but come early as most spots in the Park are full by 2 p.m on Saturday and 5pm on Friday.  

Options to avoid Parking

Via Metro: Take MetroLink to the Central West End exit. Cross Kingshighway into the park directly to Central Field. Approximately 15 minute walk.

Coming by Bicycle

Bicycle racks/valet will be available for those coming to the race by bike. Racks are located at the corner of Union and Macklind and will be manned in an enclosed area for safety.

Handicapped Parking

Is available adjacent to the balloon launch site along Union drive. See the maps for exact locations. Additionally, there is a designated Handicap Drop-off area at the corner of Union and Macklind.

Maps and Directions

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September 15-16, 2017

Celebrating our 45th Year

The oldest and most well-attended
FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World
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Official Program