Forest Park Forever! Upcoming Events in St. Louis

by Robyn Wright on August 16, 2015

in St. Louis

Things to do in St. Louis, Missouri | RobynsOnlineWorld.comFor those in St. Louis you know that Forest Park is a huge part of our city that plays a vital role. If you are not in St. Louis you should know that Forest Park is one of the largest parks in an urban area in the US at 1,300 acres which is 500 acres larger than New York’s Central Park even. Forest Park Forever is a private, nonprofit organization to restore and maintain this glorious destination.

This one magnificent area is home to the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, The Muny Outdoor Opera House, World’s Fair Pavilion, The Jewel Box, Steinberg Skating Rink, along with several conservation and nature areas and recreational areas open to everyone. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who lives in the St. Louis area who has not been to Forest Park and if you visit us it is a must of places to see while you are in town. Be sure to download (free PDF) the Forest Park Visitor’s Guide.

The I Love Forest Park 5K and Kids Fun Run is coming up on September 13, 2015. This year the run has a new route taking you past some of the best of Forest Park and ending with a big gathering at the Post-Run Party! This is the only benefit that directly supports Forest Park Forever. Registration for the 5K Run is $25 on/before August 17 and includes a free T-shirt, after that date registration is $35. The Kids Fun Run is $8 on/before August 17 and $15 after that date.

I Love Forest Park 5K Run and Kids Fun Run - St. Louis Missouri

If you are not the 5K type of family you can still help by becoming a member of Forest Park Forever with your donation or check out the various volunteer opportunities available.

Here are a few more events coming up soon within Forest Park, by no means is this a complete list though. There is always something happening at Forest Park!

  • LouFest
    September 12-13, 2015
    Ticket prices vary
    Our huge music festival with over 30 bands on 4 stages.
  • Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow
    September 18-19, 2015
    Free
    This is the 42nd year for the race and balloon glow and is a huge favorite among St. Louisans. The glow takes place on Friday evening and the race is on Saturday afternoon.
  • St. Louis Zoo Jungle Boogie
    Fridays thru September 4, 2015
    Free
    Family concert series inside the zoo.
  • Forest Park Boathouse Moonlight Paddleboat Picnics
    Thursdays thru September 24, 2015
    $77.13 for 2 adults – reservations required
    Take a paddleboat ride around the lake, each boat furnished with a picnic basket with dinner and snacks.
  • Missouri History Museum Twilight Tuesdays
    Tuesdays thru September 29, 2015
    Free
    Pack a picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs and enjoy the free concert along with pre-concert activities. There is also a 25 minute walking tour of 1875 Comes Alive! which you stroll through neighborhoods of 1875. For the kids there is face painting, a strolling magician, and make-and-take crafts.
  • Forest Park Wildflower Walks
    Last Tuesday of each month thru October
    Free
    Informal, fun and educational plant walks thru the park. All ages and skill levels welcome on the 1 to 1.5 mile walks.
  • Bird Banding in Kennedy Forest
    September 12-13, 2015
    Free
    Witness and learn about mist-netting and bird banding at Kennedy Forest along with the World Bird Sanctuary. Learn about all the steps they take and some people will get to release the birds from their own hands.

Have you been to Forest Park? What is your favorite part?

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1 Karen Goodman August 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

I love the Balloon glow but I wish the parking/crowds weren’t so bad. I haven’t gone in a few years because of it. Have never heard of the Moonlight Paddleboat picnics. Sounds like a great date night.

2 Robyn Wright August 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

I have not ever been to the glow at all – ack! The boat picnics were new to me as well – will have to hint to Brad about those :-)

3 Robin August 18, 2015 at 7:03 am

Those events sound so fun. Is the balloon race a hot air balloon race? Or normal balloons?

4 Robyn Wright August 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

They actually have a race for the balloons!

5 steve weber September 3, 2015 at 1:22 am

Never been to Forest Park – great events for a great city.

6 Natalie September 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I would love to see the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow!!!

7 shellypeterson October 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Sounds like some fun and great Summer events over there!

8 salexis November 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I love going for a run along a trail that runs beside a lake near my house. It is so nice to be outside and with nature!

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