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Balloon Glow Tonight, Race Tomorrow

September 14, 2012 Events/Meetings, Featured 1 Comment

Tonight (9/14) hundreds (thousands?) will converge on Central Field in Forest Park for the annual Balloon Glow, a tradition the night before the Great Forest Park Balloon Race.

ABOVE: The 2011 Balloon Glow

The Balloon Glow starts at 7pm and ends around 8:30pm:

The Balloon Glow offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by their burners. Get up close and walk around the balloons. Refreshments and Food are available. The event will conclude with the PNC Bank fireworks finale display beginning at approximately 9pm.

ABOVE: Up close last year.

If you plan to attend I suggest you think about your route into the park because driving up to the event isn’t an option (a disabled drop-off location exists).  Last year I took the #10 MetroBus to the Central West End MetroBus Transit Center and crossed over kingshighway into the park. Many bus routes also end up at this transit center (adjacent to the CWE MetroLink station).

ABOVE: Families making their way to Central Field along the paths last year. Click image for event map.

The “hare” balloon launches at 4:30pm on Saturday.

– Steve Patterson


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  1. John Corbett says:

    On your way to the balloon races on Saturday – – – – The 3rd Annual Dogtown Street Musicians Festival is tommorrow from noon to 7PM on Tamm Avenue in the Dogtown Business District. 24 street musician acts will be entertaining the festival goers and the admission is FREE !! Come down and bring the family. Remember to vote for your favorite musicians by putting your dollar in the ballot box next to the act. A dollar is one vote!The Dogtown Historical Society will be presenting the festival dedication plaque to Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist Mike peters in honor of his TV star mother Charlotte peters.


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