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Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 21 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.

The balloons begin to inflate at dusk and glow for around an hour. This means balloons are usually up from about 8 pm to 9:30 pm, conditional on weather. Parking for the event is $20 online and $25 day of event.

Our four legged friends are not discouraged from attending the GSM Hot Air Balloon Festival, but we understand that the Balloons can be frightening and noisy much in the same way a fireworks show creates stress for our furry pets. All pets must be leashed and poop bags are required.

This year we will offer tethered rides (weather permitting) and balloon glow. The balloons will not launch.

Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival


Townsend Visitor’s Center


Saturday, August 21 • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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