The 46th anniversary of The Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC will be held on September 14-15, 2018. The Balloon Glow will be on Friday evening. The glow will be a walk through event only — not a drive through event. The Balloon Race will take place in Forest Park on Saturday afternoon. Click here for maps of the locations. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC is free and open to the public.


Friday, September 14, 2018
Balloon Glow: 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

The Balloon Glow offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by their burners. Get up close and walk around the balloons. Refreshments and Food are available. The event will conclude with the PNC Bank fireworks finale display beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m.


Friday, September 14, 2018
Glow in the Park: 7:00 p.m.

Additionally, the Humane Society of Missouri will be hosting their annual Glow in the Park Balloon Glow Dinner Friday evening. This event includes private entry to the park, valet parking and dinner on the grounds of the Balloon Glow. To purchase tickets for this private fundraiser, click here.


Saturday, September 15, 2018
Balloon Race: 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Spend your day in beautiful Forest Park as the Purina Children’s Entertainment area is filled with pony rides, games, and other activities for kids. The Entertainment Stage features a variety of local talent. During the Photo contest the public can enter the balloon field and take pictures of their favorite balloons. Prizes will be awarded for the best photographs. The Skydiving Team performs and lands in the center of the launch field.

The race begins when the lead balloon takes off ahead of the pack. 70 “hound” balloons then launch in pursuit. The balloon dropping a birdseed baggie closest to the lead balloon will be declared the winner.

September 14-15, 2018

Celebrating our 46th Year

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

2017 Event Photos