2018 VIP Experiences and Parking


Early Bird Pricing through August!

The BEST SEATS ON ART HILL can be found in our VIP Experience Tent. Attendees can look forward to premier views, parking passes (for specific packages), private bathrooms, tasty fixins and more! Treat your best pal, your entire family or a big group of friends to VIP treatment at the spectacular 46th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC!



New in 2018

The Friday night Glow Bar!

September 14th, 6:00 – 9:30pm


GLOW ON at the GLOW Bar! You’ll enjoy the best view on Art Hill along with the following amenities:
  • large format covered tent and outdoor patio
  • private restrooms
  • 3 beer or cocktail drink tickets
  • cash bar available featuring a variety of Blue Moon beers, Korbel Champagne & premium spirits provided by Southern Glazers
  • unlimited soft drinks
  • 10% off balloon race merchandise
  • an appetizer station provided by Butler’s Pantry to include:
  • hummus and tapenades
    cocktail shaker salads
    designer flatbreads
    duo of veggie and bacon potato skins
    German sausages & cheese
    chicken drumettes
    petite desserts

Glow Bar Adult: $60 per guest

(guests 21 and over only)


Glow Bar Package: $150

(2 adults + 1 VIP parking pass*)


*limited supply of VIP parking passes available



Back by Popular Demand

The Saturday Race Day VIP Experience

September 15th, noon – 6:00pm

packages available for families and spectators of all ages!


Join us as a VIP for an experience unlike any other. You’ll enjoy the best seats in the house for Race Day along with the following amenities:
  • large format covered tent and outdoor patio
  • private restrooms
  • 3 beer or cocktail drink tickets (for guests ages 21+)
  • cash bar available featuring a variety of Blue Moon beers, Korbel Champagne & premium spirits provided by Southern Glazers
  • unlimited soft drinks
  • roaming children’s entertainment
  • 10% off balloon race merchandise
  • The Butler’s Pantry Chuckwagon BBQ Buffet with all the fixin’s
  • ice cream and cookies

VIP Adult: $60*

(guests 21 and over)


VIP Adult Minor: $50

(guests ages 14 – 20)


VIP Child: $35

(guests ages 5 – 13)


VIP Adult Package: $150

(2 adults + 1 VIP parking pass)


Reserved Tables of 10: $625

(2 VIP parking passes)


*limited supply of VIP parking passes available

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