Great Smoky Mountain  Hot Air Balloon Festival


Experience the magic of the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival, where vibrant balloons paint the sky against the backdrop of stunning mountain vistas. 

A celebration of flight, nature, and community, this festival is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages.

August 17, 2024

4:00 – 9:00 pm

Townsend Visitor Center

Beautiful balloon glows, and tethered rides will fill the evening sky, set against a stunning Tennessee Smoky Mountain sunset.

Watch balloonists paint the sky in breathtaking colors

Sample fare from some of the most celebrated local eateries and breweries

Ticket Prices:

General Admission


Tethered ride


VIP tent and dinner


(Children 12 and under are free)

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