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Event Summary

PLEASE READ **NOTE ABOUT PARKING PASSES ** Packages with parking passes are sold out. Single tickets will remain available through the 14th and on-site at the VIP TENT. 


The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Day VIP Experience is your front row ticket to the spectacular 46th annual hot air balloon launch on Saturday, September 15, 2018!

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC Bank will be held on September 14-15, 2018. The Balloon Glow will be on Friday evening. The glow will be on Art Hill (the site of the Race) and will be a walk through event only — not a drive through event. The Balloon Race will take place on Art Hill in Forest Park, on Saturday afternoon, with the grounds opening at noon.

The Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race are FREE to attend and open to the public with activities, viewing areas, entertainment and treats for all ages.

Our VIP Experience offers premier views, parking and other special features and can be purchased through this site - ticket options are available for adults, children and groups. 

* Limited supply of VIP Parking Passes available. VIP Parking Passes only available with specific package options.

Single ticket options include:
   VIP Adult (21+)
   VIP Adult Minor (ages 14-20)
   VIP Child (ages 5-13 -- must be accompanied by VIP Adult)
   Children 5 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket

Packages Include:
   VIP Adult Package with 2 adult tickets and 1 VIP parking pass)
   Reserved Table for 10 + 2 Parking Passes

All VIP Experience tickets include:

Art Hill in Forest Park
35-43 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110

Event Details

Saturday, September 15, 2018

46th Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race presented by PNC Bank:
Art Hill in Forest Park - 12:00p.m. to 6:00 PM


Schedule of Events

12:00 PM Festivities Begin!

      Maryville University Main Stage Opens
      - featuring live music from Feel Good Inc. and performances by The Muny Kids, IGNITE Theater Company,       Pazazz Performers, Krupinski Academy of Dance, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company and more!

      Purina Children's Entertainment Area - Inflatables, games, giveaways, performances by The Purina Pro Plan Performance       Team, PNC Bank's mobile learning adventure, activities by Children's Hospital and much more!

      GFPBR Photo Contest (both days)– Sponsored by St. Louis Post Dispatch - enter online at

3:00 PM Miller Lite Skydivers

3:30 PM Opening Ceremonies at the Maryville University Main Stage

4:30 PM “Hare” Balloon Launches – PNC Bank’s Orange Blossom

   The race begins when the lead balloon takes off ahead of the pack. Nearly 60 “hound” balloons then launch in    pursuit. The balloon dropping a birdseed baggie closest to the lead balloon will be declared the winner.

4:45 PM “Hound” Balloons Launch

6:00 PM Event Concludes

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race