About the Event

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.


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.


Tennessee is all about being a volunteer!  There are tons of fun jobs to apply for, from helping out our balloon crews to assisting our band crews.  There’s no better way to become involved with this great festival!

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.”


Vendors must fill out an application.

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.”

Nine Lakes Wine Country Wine Tasting

East Tennessee has the best wines in our state!  Join ten local Tennessee wineries tasting dozens of award-winning wines.

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 before you depart.  Tickets for the wine tasting are available in advance or on site for only $10.00 and include a Nine Lakes commemorative wine glass and six compartment wine tote with purchase.

You must be 21 or older and have a valid ID to taste and purchase wines.

Entertainment, Food, and More!


With live music, great food, the beautiful colors of fall, and of course, Hot Air Balloons, you and your family are guaranteed to have a great time!  

Stay in the Lakeside of the Smokies


Come stay with us and take full advantage of the festival and the peak fall color season in the Great Smoky Mountains.  All lodging options are within 30 minutes of the festival site!