Ticket Options

Your admission into the hot air balloon festival is free with your parking pass!  Want to take a balloon ride?  Weather permitting, we will have both tethered balloon rides and free-fly balloon rides.  If you are over the age of 21, check out our Nine Lakes Wine Garden.  Taste and purchase a variety of wines from all across East Tennessee region.

Want to try a bit of everything?  Check out our Elevated Experience VIP Option!  Reserved parking, a tethered balloon ride, wine tasting, local farm-to-table fare, and souvenirs–all wrapped into one price!

Parking and Admission

There is no admission fee!

There is a fee for parking that covers festival expenses.  Parking for the event is $20 per car in advance of the event.  Parking passes are available online for both Saturday and Sunday and can be purchased until midnight the day prior to the event.  Parking passes will be $30 per car day of the event.

We strongly encourage you to pre-purchase parking tickets as this will allow rapid flow of traffic at the event.  Parking is limited and passes may sell out, so please purchase early; you don’t want to miss out on Tennessee’s premier Fall Agritourism event, Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival.

Elevated Experience

Join us for an elevated experience!

With the advance purchase of a limited number of tickets that include reserved parking near the Wine Garden (parking pass purchased separately), a tethered balloon ride (weather permitting), wine tasting, a Lakeside of the Smokies commemorative wine glass and six compartment wine tote, tented seating with optimal balloon viewing, local farm to table fare featuring Sweetwater Valley Cheeses with crackers, fried cheese curds, summer sausage, Benton Bacon’s Prosciutto and local melons, fresh salsa and chips and other local fare, you are guaranteed to have a high-flying time!

Please bring your printed ticket or a screen shot of your mobile ticket barcode.

Tethered Balloon Ride

Weather permitting, we are offering a limited number of pre-purchased tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides which will be available on Saturday afternoon October 26 and Sunday afternoon October 27. 

Ticket holders will need to be inline starting at 3PM for their rides.  Que lines will be clearly marked near the balloon staging area.  Please bring your printed ticket or a screen shot of your mobile ticket barcode.

Un-tethered Balloon Ride

Mark this one off your bucket list! 

Weather permitting, un-tethered rides will be available Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon.  A ride coordinator will pair you with one of our participating balloon pilots for an experience of a lifetime.  Please bring your printed ticket or a screen shot of your mobile ticket barcode. 

Following your flight, you will participate in the long-standing tradition in ballooning of a champagne toast to celebrate!  Local Tennessee wineries will provide an award-winning champagne to celebrate your experience!

Wine Garden Access

East Tennessee has the best wines in our state! 

Join ten local Tennessee wineries tasting dozens of award-winning wines.  Your favorites will be available to purchase by the bottle or by the case and a Wine Coral will be available to check your purchases while you enjoy the afternoon.  Tickets for the wine tasting are available in advance or on site and include a Nine Lakes commemorative wine glass and six compartment wine tote with purchase.  The wine garden will be open starting at 2 PM going until 9 PM in the evening.  Taste samples and purchase wines by the bottle or by the case.  Check your purchases in our wine coral and pick them up when you depart.  Please bring your printed ticket or a screen shot of your mobile ticket barcode.

Have a few questions?  Visit our FAQ page for all your answers!

To purchase tickets, please select a date and ticket types below. You will be redirected to our Eventbrite page upon clicking
“Order Now” to complete your transaction.


PRINT YOUR TICKET AT HOME – Please bring your printed tickets and have them ready at the gate.  Once our parking crew verifies your ticket you will be directed to your parking spot.

MOBILE TICKET PURCHASES – Your phone can be your ticket! To ensure your ticket is available on your phone, you can take a screen shot of your mobile ticket bar code and save it to your phone.

This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.  There are no refunds for advanced parking ticket purchases.