Great Forest Park Balloon Race moves to Art Hill

Organizers say this year it'll be held at Art Hill while renovations are being done at Central Fields.

ST. LOUIS - One of Forest Park's biggest events of the year will take place in a new location.

The 45th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race is moving to Art Hill from the Central Fields this fall. The race, which will take place on September 15 and 16, is moving temporarily as the park works to renovate the Central Fields.

More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the event to see 60 hot air balloons as they glow then launch from Art Hill. Organizers say it's the largest fall event in the St. Louis region and the largest sporting event in Missouri.

Photos: 2014 Forest Park Balloon Glow

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is the second-oldest balloon race in the United States, and remains a free event for everyone to enjoy.

Schedule of events

Friday, September 15, 2017
Dusk till 9:00 p.m. —The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, Balloon Glow on Art Hill
9:15 p.m.— PNC Bank Fireworks Finale

Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:00 p.m. – The Great Forest Park Balloon Race Festivities Begin
•      Purina Children’s Entertainment Area Opens Featuring:
o   Purina Pro Plan Performance Team
o   Children’s Hospital Art Activities
o   PNC Bank Learning Center

•      Enterprise Family Picnic Area Opens
•      Toyota Vehicle Display Opens
•      Phillips 66 Activities Begin

1:00 p.m. – Maryville University Main Stages Opens
2:00 p.m. – Photo Contest Sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
3:00 p.m. – Miller Lite Skydivers
3:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
4:30 p.m. – PNC Bank “Hare” Balloon Launches
4:45 p.m. – “Hound” Balloons Launch

More information can be found at

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