2nd Annual Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival is back again this year for an evening full of colorful glowing balloons, food trucks, entertainment, family- friendly activities, and so much more! For the full scoop on the event, keep on reading—>



Mark your calendars for the summer’s most colorful event at The Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival! Professional balloonists light up to create a beautiful glow all around the Townsend sunset. This is the second year of this successful festival and it’s going to be even better than last year’s events. You and your family will be able to enjoy:

  • Live Entertainment
  • Crafters- demonstrating and selling products
  • Family- Friendly Activities including: balloons, face painting, rock wall, and more!
  • Food Trucks
  • Local Craft Beers
  • Wine Tastings

Balloons will inflate at dusk and be lit for about an hour. The event is weather permitting- that means if it rains, the event will continue with a candlestick glow.



The event takes place at The Townsend Visitor Center at:  7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882



Saturday, August 18th, 2018 3:00 PM- 9:00 PM



  • The balloons will not be launched. The event is for glow purposes only.
  • All parking is $20. Pre- purchase of parking tickets is encouraged.
  • All pets must be on a leash and waste bags are required.


For the full entertainment line-up and list of food truck vendors, visit: http://gsmballoonfest.com/


Get Tickets Here


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