TOWNSEND, Tenn. – The Great Smoky Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival will return to Townsend with new tethered balloon rides 3-9 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Townsend Visitors Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery from hot air balloons, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for the event is $20 online or $25 the day of the event.
Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, crafters demonstrating and selling their artwork, delectable food from the food truck court, wine tastings by Nine Lakes Wine Country and local craft beer. There will also be a balloon glow.
Tickets for the wine tasting will be available on-site for $10 and include a commemorative wine glass and six-compartment wine tote with purchase. Due to the popularity of the event, attendees are encouraged to book their travel plans to Blount County and the Townsend area in advance. Last year, the event drew 10,000 attendees as the area was filled with a spectrum of colorful balloons against the backdrop of the breathtaking mountains and sunset.
For a list of accommodations, places to eat and things to do in Blount County, attendees can visit www.smokymountains.org/plan-your-trip.
For more information, visit www.gsmballoonfest.com.
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