About the Festival

The Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest will return for its fifth year in 2024.

The festival is organized by Jefferson County Festival Charities, established in January 2020.

Tickets on sale in May!

our mission

Dedicated to promoting community, friendship, and fellowship throughout Jefferson County, East Tennessee, and greater Appalachia while educating festival participants about the sport of hot air ballooning and educating participants about the importance of Jefferson County agriculture.


About the Area

Jefferson County, Tennessee, is nestled between two lakes in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains! Our area is full of history and long-standing traditions. If you’re visiting us from out of town, be sure to take time to visit one of our many local restaurants or shops.

For a full list of area accommodations, restaurants, shops, and more, visit Jefferson County’s tourism department’s website.

We look forward to hosting you!