Every year, Forest Park hosts a range of events that are highlights for the St. Louis community. Here, we highlight just a few of these, with links for how to learn more.

Please note: the following events are not organized by Forest Park Forever

Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow

The oldest and most well-attended free hot-air balloon event in the world, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race has been held in Forest Park for over 40 years. The Balloon Glow takes place annually on a Friday evening, with the race taking place the next day. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is free and open to the public. More information, including up to date information about future events, can be found at greatforestparkballoonrace.com.



LouFest is a two-day music festival taking place annually on Forest Park's Central Fields. This event includes a packed lineup of bands, local vendors, activities, beer tents and a Nosh Pit to keep guests entertained all day. More information can be found at loufest.com.

Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

A description from sfstl.com/in-the-park:

Our most popular event is our annual free festival in Forest Park. No tickets are necessary, and there are no gates to walk through. When you arrive at Shakespeare Glen, find your own seat or rent one of our chairs. Bring your own picnic or take advantage of our full restaurant. The Festival is the only free outdoor professional theater in St. Louis. Join nearly 3,000 people nightly for the evening’s Green Show from 6:30-8:00 p.m., followed by the mainstage show at 8:00 p.m.

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St. Louis Earth Day Festival

A description from stlouisearthday.org:

St. Louis Earth Day organizes what now ranks as the 2nd largest Earth Day celebration in the nation according to Earth Day Network, the international organization that catalogs and supports community Earth Day events around the world.  Funds raised from the St. Louis Earth Day Festival support the year-round programming of the St. Louis Earth Day organization, ensuring everyday sustainability.

Join in this community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations, meet area non-profits that share the mission of Earth Day, catch local musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on educational activities, and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic and vegetarian options.

Art Hill Film Series

During the month of July, the Saint Louis Art Museum hosts a free outdoor film series on Art Hill. These events feature food trucks, craft stations and a DJ prior to the start of each film. For more information: slam.org/filmseries

Twilight Tuesdays at the Missouri History Museum

Twilight Tuesdays is an outdoor concert series held on the Missouri History Museum's front lawn. Learn more at mohistory.org/twilight-tuesdays.