ST. LOUIS – Metro Transit is an easy and convenient way to get to Forest Park to enjoy all of the fun and excitement of the Balloon Glow and Great Forest Park Balloon Race on Friday, Sept. 14th and Saturday, Sept. 15th.
If you are planning to attend the annual event, you can avoid traffic jams, parking issues and road closures by walking, driving or cycling to any one of the 21 free Metro Park-Ride lots in Illinois and Missouri, and riding MetroLink or MetroBus to the festivities.
Balloon Glow – Friday, Sept. 14th
Metro Transit will operate additional MetroLink trains as needed during the evening on Friday, September 14, to accommodate the large crowds anticipated for this year’s Balloon Glow on Art Hill in Forest Park. The Balloon Glow is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Spectators headed to the Balloon Glow can ride MetroLink to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station or the Skinker MetroLink Station, and then walk to the event grounds on Art Hill. Both stations are located about a half-mile from the Balloon Glow.
Park visitors can also use MetroBus to connect with these two stations. The #1 Gold and #90 Hampton MetroBus routes serve the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, and the #1 Gold, #2 Red, #16 City Limits and Green Line MetroBus routes serve the Skinker MetroLink Station. Please note that the #90 Hampton MetroBus route will be operating on a reroute during the Balloon Glow and Balloon Race, and will not serve destinations within Forest Park.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race – Saturday, Sept. 15th
The Great Forest Park Balloon Race begins at noon on Saturday, September 15, on Art Hill in Forest Park. Spectators headed to the event can ride MetroLink or MetroBus to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere or Skinker MetroLink Stations, and walk Art Hill.
Metro Transit will NOT be operating special bus shuttle service to or from the balloon glow or race event.
To plan your trip to the annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race or Balloon Glow, download the Metro On The Go app to your mobile device, visit metrostlouis.org, or contact Metro Transit Information by calling 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 or texting 314-207-9786, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm.