Great Forest Park Balloon Race

The 2023 Great Forest Park Balloon Race weekend, presented by PNC Bank, takes place annually at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. This free event brings families & friends together for two days of outdoor fun, “wow” moments, new experiences & memories that will last a lifetime. 

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is one of the longest running hot air balloon races in the country, and one of the only that takes place in a large metropolitan city. The tradition began in 1973 with a handful of hot air balloons and a few spectators. Now an internationally renowned event, GFPBR welcomes more than 50 of the nation’s best hot air balloon pilots and thousands of spectators annually. Learn more at

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