The Race is On!
September 17 & 18, 2021 | Central Fields, Forest Park | St. Louis, MO
The Race is On!
September 17 & 18, 2021 | Central Fields, Forest Park | St. Louis, MO
The Race is On!
September 17 & 18, 2021 | Central Fields, Forest Park | St. Louis, MO
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Join us September 17-18, 2021!

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race planning team is working diligently with city and park officials on returning to Forest Park for its 49th annual event on Friday, September 17th (The Glow) and Saturday, September 18th (The Race). Covid-19 and safety plans will be in place, as needed. We are in close touch with city officials to discuss plans for the event, we will adapt our plans for health safety.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

5:00 P.M. – Central Field Opens
6:00 P.M. – Live Music from ABC Band on the Maryville University Main Stage
DUSK UNTIL 9 P.M. – Balloon Glow
The balloons “glow” like huge fireflies, a truly magical scene, and one not to be missed! The balloons do not launch during the balloon glow but for a portion of the evening (weather permitting) the rope line will be released, and spectators will be invited to walk around to enjoy the view and chat with pilots and crew.
9:15 P.M.— PNC BANK FIREWORKS FINALE
Dine under the Balloons at the VIP Glow in the Park Charity Dinner benefitting the Humane Society of Missouri, Friday September 20, 5:30-10pm. VIP Tickets include:

  • Private entry to Forest Park
  • Valet parking
  • Gourmet dinner and drinks

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

12:00 P.M. – CENTRAL FIELD OPENS

  • Maryville University Main Stage featuring DJ Reggie
  • Enterprise Family Picnic Areas Open
  • Purina Children’s Entertainment Area Opens Featuring:
    Purina Pro Plan Performance Team (performances at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Children’s Hospital Activities
  • PNC Bank Mobile Learning Adventure
  • Performances from local St. Louis dance and theatre troupes
    Inflatables, games, giveaways
  • Midway concessions, food trucks and sponsor activities begin 

3:00 P.M. – SKYDIVERS TAKE FLIGHT

3:30 P.M. – OPENING CEREMONIES

4:30 P.M. – PNC BANK “HARE” BALLOON LAUNCHES

4:45 P.M. – “HOUND” BALLOONS LAUNCH