The GFPBR is the oldest and largest FREE balloon event in the country. There is no cost for admission into the Balloon Glow or Balloon Race. Concessions, souvenirs and certain special activities will be available for purchase.

Is there food and drink available to purchase at the event? Food and beverages are available to purchase at the event. You may also bring your own refreshments. Please remember NO open flames or cooking appliances. Soft-sided coolers and cans are preferred (NO glass, please!) and viewing on Art Hill is best from a blanket or low-profile folding chairs.

Check out our schedule page for details!

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC is a Hare and Hound-style race. “Orange Blossom”, The PNC Bank hot air balloon is the “Hare” and leads the pack, launching and landing first. Once “Orange Blossom” lands, the team lays an “X” out on the ground as a target. The other “Hound” balloons launch in pursuit and the pilot who drops his birdseed/bean bag nearest the center of the target is the winner!

Yes, we will have ATMS on-site throughout the event – most often near our beverage concession areas.

Yes, pets may join you at the event as long as they attend on a non-retractable leash. Please take into considerations your pet’s comfort level with large crowds, heat and loud noise before you bring them along for the fun.