Fun For All

There is something for everyone at the First Annual Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest!  Enjoy great food, good music, the antique tractor show, balloon rides and much more! 

Smoky Mountain Antique Tractor Show

Here in East Tennessee, who doesn’t love a good tractor show? The Smoky Mountain Antique Engine and Tractor Association will have antique tractors of all kinds on display both Saturday and Sunday!

The Elevated Experience

Enjoy a wine, food and hot air balloon themed afternoon at Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest.  Have the best seat in the house for optimal balloon views while enjoying a glass of three local wines served in a commemorative crystal still and sparkling wine glass paired with three food themes featuring local meats, cheeses and ice cream.

For more information visit our Elevate Your Experience Page

Nine Lakes Wine Garden

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

Check out our Take a Sip page to learn more about all the amazing East Tennessee wineries that are attending.

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides

We are offering a limited number of tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides (weather permitting) which will be available Saturday and Sunday evening and is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the entire festival grounds! Tethered rides last about 5 minutes and are a good way to experience ballooning while staying close to the ground. 

Visit Our about the tickets page for more information.

Purchase your tethered balloon ride now!

Shapes of All Sizes

There will be Hot Air Balloons of all shapes and sizes that will be joining us at the festival.  Come see Smokey the Bear, Sunny Boy, Pokey the Turtle, Yellow Bird, and Puddy Cat.

For more information on our Hot Air balloons visit the Balloons and Pilots tab.

Faces Gone Wild

Face painting for people of all ages. Be transformed into your favorite animal, become a flying fairy, be your favorite superhero, or become a fire breathing dragon! Whichever face paint design you choose you are sure to wow your friends and family! Faces gone wild will be joining the balloon festival both Saturday and Sunday and is FREE to attendees!

Walk in Balloons

Balloon Glow

The balloon glow will begin right at dusk when the pilots will inflate thier balloons and coordinate their burners to music, creating an amazing spectacle like no other! The balloons will glow on Saturday & Sunday evenings approximately around 7:30 pm. You won’t want to miss this!

Inflatable Slides & More

We will have tons of fun activities just for kids including inflatable slides and bouncy houses for kids to run, jump, and play in. The inflatables will be at the festival both Saturday and Sunday and are FREE to the public! 

Food Trucks & Concessions

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!

Check out the full list and grab a bite!

Arts, Crafts, Memorabilia & Vendors

You won’t want to miss all of the amazing vendors that will here!  From locally handmade arts & crafts, to fine jewelry, to Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest memorabilia and t-shirts, you’re sure to find a treasure to take home with you.