Have you ever seen a balloon glow?

  • September 14, 2017
  • By WashU Olin Business School
  • 2 minute read

It’s quite a sight as the sun goes down and dozens of hot air balloon owners fire up their burners to inflate giant balloons in the middle of Forest Park. It’s called the Balloon Glow and part of a beloved St. Louis tradition that signals the end of summer and a 45 year old race across the sky of colorful hot air balloons.

The festivities begin Friday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. on Art Hill. Boogie Chyld will be performing on the mainstage and fireworks are set to light up the sky at 9:15 p.m. You can also walk around the grounded, inflated balloons and see they glow before they take off for the race on Saturday.

The organizers claim the Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race  is “the oldest and most well-attended FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World.”

Race day
Saturday's race!

Saturday, September 16, 2017, Festivities begin at Noon
Great Forest Park Balloon Race – Art Hill
Maryville University Main Stage
Featuring STL’s Ultimate Mash Up Cover Band – Super Majik Robots plus performances by The Muny Kids, IGNITE Theater Company and Pazazz Performers

PURINA Children’s Entertainment Area
activities for kids of all ages – inflatables, games, Mural painting with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, performances by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team and much more!

Enterprise Family Picnic Area
3:00 P.M. — Miller Lite Skydivers
3:30 P.M. — Opening Ceremonies at The Maryville University Main Stage
4:30 P.M. — “Hare” Balloon Launches – PNC Bank’s Orange Blossom
4:45 P.M. — “Hound” Balloons Launch

Link here for map, parking, directions

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