Hot Air Balloon Festival Floats into Townsend, TN

Looking for an adventure in the Great Smoky Mountain area this weekend? On Saturday, August 18, 2018, you’ll want to head to Townsend for their Second Annual Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival and take in the amazing display of hot air balloons from around the region. The event takes place at the Townsend Visitor Center and is from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is free, but the cost of parking is $20 (purchased in advance) or $25 per car on the day of the event. Advance purchase is recommended.

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Breathtaking Sights

You’ll experience a breathtaking view of hot air balloons that are situated to be best viewed during the sunset. As the sun sets, the hot air balloons glow brightly and light up the evening sky. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss!

Fun and Entertainment for the Whole Family

Join in on the festivities, there is something for every member of the family!

  • Family-friendly activities such as face painting, water balloons, rock wall, and much more!
  • Food Trucks
  • Craft Beers and Wine Tastings
  • Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Live Entertainment

Why not plan a weekend getaway? Situated in the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend has so much to offer. This quiet town offers accommodations, dining, craft shops and outdoor adventures that are away from the hustle and bustle of the high-tourist areas of the mountains. The Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro offers an array of Appalachian inspired dishes using farm to table ingredients and flavors from the region. If you’re in the mood to shop, check out CAM Cabin Crafts. They specialize as a one-stop shop for local Appalachian artisans selling handmade items. You’ll find quilts, dolls, woodcrafts, homemade food items and a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Plan your weekend stay now!

Looking ahead, you’ll want to check out the Townsend Heritage Festival on September 28-29, 2018. Bring a chair and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and fall festivities galore!

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