The Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest is an annual ballooning event, which takes place in Dandridge, Tennessee, every October. The festival features about 15 hot air balloons and plenty of entertainment. Tethered and free balloon rides are available for visitors. In addition to balloons, there's an antique tractor show, craft & artisan fair, wine & beer garden, food court, and kids' fair with inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, and fair games.
Live music at Lakeside of the Smokies Balloonfest is performed on the stage at the Nine Lakes Wine Garden. Guests of the festival can also opt for an “Elevated Experience” VIP ticket with tented seating, catered farm to table fare, wine tastings, and the best balloon viewing.
The beautiful balloons launch area of the festival is located between two lakes in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It's known for its picture-perfect fall foliage views as well as plenty of historical landmarks and an excellent restaurant scene. Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest was founded by Jefferson County Festival Charities in January 2020.