Great Forest Park Balloon Race Schedule


The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is always free to attend!




Friday, September 20, 2019

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, Balloon Glow at Central Fields


5:00 p.m. – Festivities Begin

Plan ahead, find the perfect viewing area for you and your family and join us for dinner at Central Fields! Enjoy tasty fare from food trucks, concessionaires, and activities – all open beginning at 5 p.m. Or pack your own (soft-sided coolers, please) and settle in at one of the Enterprise Family Picnic areas!

6:00 p.m. – Live Music from Boogie Chyld on the Maryville University Main Stage

Dusk until 9 p.m. – Balloon Glow officially begins.

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




Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC Bank


12:00 p.m. – The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Festivities Begin

  • Maryville University Main Stage featuring DJ Reggie
  • Enterprise Family Picnic Areas Open
  • Purina Children’s Entertainment Area Opens Featuring:
    • Purina Pro Plan Performance Team
    • Children’s Hospital Activities
    • PNC Bank Mobile Learning Adventure
    • Performances from location St. Louis dance and theatre troupes
    • Inflatables, games, giveaways
  • Midway concessions, food trucks and sponsor activities begin – including fun and giveaways from Phillips 66, MO Lottery, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres and more.

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




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September 20-21, 2019

Central Fields in Forest Park
Celebrating our 47th Year

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

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