Balloon Rides, Live Music, Great Food, Wine Garden, & So Much More!
Chilton Farm in White Pine, TN, has partnered with regional balloonist and the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council to bring you Tennessee’s premier Fall Agritourism event, Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival.
Scheduled during peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the marvelous colors of autumn will provide the perfect backdrop for over 15 hot air balloons as they ascend above Douglas Lake and provide spectacular views of the surrounding rural countryside and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Chilton Farm will be filled with activities on the ground and in the air, the festival provides family fun for all ages. From antique tractors and engines, local farm fare, live bands, climbing walls, kids’ activities and much more, join us for an afternoon of family fun for all ages. The balloons will begin to inflate early afternoon with as many as 10 balloons ascending in free flight, shape balloons inflating for static display, and round balloons providing tethered rides.
Attendees will be able to walk among the static display balloons; a balloon basket will be available for selfies and tethered rides will be given until balloons start forming up around dusk for the evening glow. The glow will last around an hour each evening. Everything is conditional on weather (if weather does not permit an elevated balloon glow the balloons will perform a candlestick glow).
This is a Not-For-Profit Event! 100% of proceeds from the event reimbursed expenses and support 16 Not-For-Profit Middle East Tennessee County Tourism Associations that promote the Middle East Tennessee region.
Learn more about all the event!
Chilton Farm is just a short drive from Knoxville, Morristown, Jefferson City, and other East Tennessee cities. Simply type in “Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest” or click the link below to get directions!
The festival will go on rain or shine! East TN weather can be unpredictable, and we do have policies in place just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate! Stay up to date on our weather policies by visiting our weather page below.
The Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival will be PACKED with fun activities! We’ve provided a daily schedule to help you make the most out of your visit. Schedules will also be provided at the information booth the day-of.
Come see 21 different hot air balloons with fun shapes, including the Smokey the Bear and Sunny Boy, which are rare balloons to see! Make sure to buy a ticket for your tethered or un-tethered ride and catch the evening balloon glow!
You can’t truly experience all the beauty East TN has to offer in a single day! Plan a weekend around fun activities like seeing a UT football game, spending the day in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains!
There’s something fun for everyone at the Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival! From face painting and huge inflatable slides for the kids to a wine tasting garden that features wine made in East TN for Mom and Dad, make memories that will last a lifetime!
Bring a chair and join us by the stage for good tunes and better memories! Dance the afternoon and evening away to the picture-perfect backdrop of hot air balloons, rolling mountains, and East Tennessee sunsets!
We’re excited to have the opportunity to host several area food truck vendors! With options from bbq to burgers, teriyaki and hibachi to pasta delights, and everything in between, you’re appetite is guaranteed to leave happy!
Sit back and relax as the sun sets and the hot air balloons glow with a glass of East Tennessee wine in the Nine Lakes Wine Country Wine Garden sponsored by the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association.
Register as a volunteer or vendor
If you are interested in being a volunteer at the Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest, please use the button below to be redirected to the vendor application form then click “Register.”
If you are interested in being a vendor at the Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest, please use the button below to be redirected to the vendor application form then click “Register.”
We’re thankful for each of our sponsors and community partners!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact us if you would like more information on how to become part of this event.
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