Join us for the Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival in Jefferson County, TN on October 28-29, 2023. Gates open at 1pm and the festival is from 2-8pm. We’ll have food trucks, live music, a craft & artisan fair, wine garden, tethered and untethered rides, antique tractor show, and kids fair.
Nine Lakes Wine Country
With nine lakes between two Appalachian mountain ranges — the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains — the region of Middle East Tennessee called Nine Lakes creates a climate unique to anywhere in the United States. This climate is dominated by the “rain shadow” effect, offered by the geography of the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountain Valley of East Tennessee. This, combined with the lake influences, soil, elevation and physical features, imparts a special character to the grapes. Using grapes grown here, our skilled and talented winemakers craft wines that can only be found in East Tennessee!
Guests 21 & older can enjoy wine tastings from ten or more local Tennessee wineries. Each winery brings a selection of their favorite wines for you to enjoy. Commemorative glasses and wine totes are included in the price.
Guests 21 & older can enjoy an elevated experience in the VIP tent. Local food and wine pairings, tented seating, specialty wines, and a fantastic view of the festival are included in the ticket. **Ticket includes both a Saturday and Sunday general admission ticket.**
Wineries in the Garden
There will be 7 different wineries showcased in our Nine Lakes Wine Country Wine Garden. Click on the logos below to learn more about the various wineries!
Get in Touch
There are so many ways to become involved with the festival. Sign up to be a volunteer, learn about our sponsorship opportunities, or donate to the festival.