4 Must-See Tennessee Hot Air Balloon Festivals

There’s nothing quite as magical as a billowy rainbow of hot air balloons flying high overhead. Whether it’s the kaleidoscope or colors, or the soothing sights and sounds of their fiery glow, hot air balloons always seem to spark a sense of awe and wonder in kids and adults alike.

You and your family can make magical memories this festival season, with a visit to one of these amazing Tennessee hot-air balloon festivals. They’re closer than you think!

For your convenience, the festivals are listed with the earliest date first. As always, you can verify all information and get additional details, by clicking any of the blue event links.

3 hot air baloon flying high in the sky representing, hot air balloon festivals in tennessee.

East Tennessee Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Summer Fun Fest

  • Date: July 19-27, 2024
  • Location: Kingsport, TN
  • Cost: varies by event

This festival is over a week long and features new events each day. In addition to in-flight balloons and an after-dark balloon glow, events include an 8k run, multiple concerts, games, vendors, an outdoor movie, a fishing derby, and more!

Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival

  • Date: August 17, 2024
  • Location: Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 
  • Cost: $20 per car + $7 per adult with advanced purchased

This festival does not feature in-flight balloons. Instead, the main event is the tethered balloon glow that takes place after dark. In addition to the glow, there will also be food trucks, wine and beer tastings, music, and artisan vendors.

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Monroe Life Balloon Fiesta

  • Date: August 31-September 1, 2024
  • Location: Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 TN-360, Vonore, TN 37885
  • Cost: TBA

This event features both in-flight balloons and a peaceful after-dark balloon glow. There will also be food trucks, live music, and more!

For additional fees, you can also tour the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and enjoy a fun kids’ zone with games and activities.

Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest

  • Date: October 26 & 27, 2024
  • Location: 295 W. Dumplin Valley Rd. Dandridge, TN
  • Cost: TBA

This stunning fall event will feature 15 balloons, with 10 flying high over Douglas Lake. After the flight session, festival attendees will be treated to a balloon glow against the evening sky. In addition to balloons, the festival will feature food trucks, music, activities, wine tastings, and vendors.

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