Beautiful balloons will fill the skies of St. Louis Sept. 17–20, in a series of tribute flight

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the largest and longest-running balloon festival in the Midwest, has been canceled for 2020.  

While the festival will not proceed as originally planned, hot air balloon fans will still have the opportunity to see balloons soar over St. Louis in September. “We encourage the community to take heart because our team is determined to take to the skies, bring smiles and Lift Up St. Louis,” said Jessica Stegen, director of communications and event production for The Great Forest Park Balloon Race. 

With the new theme, Lift Up St. Louis, The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, its dedicated local pilots and generous sponsors are hard at work on plans to surprise and delight St. Louis with colorful hot air balloons flying from various locations throughout the Greater St. Louis area. These tribute flights will honor essential workers, educators, healthcare heroes and those standing up for change, and will take place Sept. 17−20 ― spanning the days the traditional event was originally scheduled.  

Along with the multiple tribute flights, The Great Forest Park Balloon Race team is working closely with sponsors, including presenting sponsor PNC Bank, to develop exciting ways to bring hot air balloons and smiles to families. 

The annual September tradition typically spans two days and has been bringing families and friends together for 47 years of “wow” moments, new experiences and memories that last a lifetime.

Thanks to the generous contributions of Race sponsors, attendance is always free. The festival will return to its home at Central Fields in Forest Park in September 2021