Thanks to generous event partners like presenting sponsor PNC Bank, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race remains the oldest and largest FREE balloon event in the country! 

There is NO COST for admission to the Balloon Glow (Friday) or the Balloon Race (Saturday). Public parking areas and street parking within Forest Park is also free throughout the weekend.

Pease keep in mind parking spots are limited so we suggest you plan ahead and arrive as early as you can. Check out the “Getting Around” page for details on road closures and transportation. Food trucks, festival concessions and beverages will all be available beginning as early as 5 p.m. on Friday evening, Sept. 15 and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Attendees are also welcome to bring a picnic – soft-sided coolers and cans only, please, and no grills or open flames. More questions? Visit our FAQs page HERE.