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Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 17th, 2019 - August 18th, 2019

Through Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro, you can purchase a Gold, Silver, or Platinum VIP Package for the weekend of the GSM Hot Air Balloon Festival, or an Elevated Experience Day Pass, tethered ride or advance parking for the day of the event. Read below for more information on both weekend VIP and day pass options.

Click Here to purchase VIP Weekender Packages.

Click Here to visit purchase Elevated Experience Day Passes.

Townsend TN upcoming events: Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival

GSM Balloon Fest- VIP Weekend Packages

VIP Guests of Dancing Bear will receive the FIRST of the tethered hot air balloon rides at this year's Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival. The VIP Weekend Balloon Fest Package at Dancing Bear includes meals, overnight accommodations, festival parking and VIP tethered balloon rides for two guests.

Click Here to purchase VIP Weekender Packages.

Gold package — for two 

Enjoy overnight accommodations in a One-bedroom Deluxe or King Villa Suite, meals, and hot air balloon rides for two. Includes free festival parking for one vehicle.

Silver package — for two 

Enjoy overnight accommodations in a Queen Villa or Jack Pine Cottage, meals, and hot air balloon rides for two. Includes free festival parking for one vehicle.

Platinum package — for four 

Enjoy overnight accommodations in a Two-bedroom Loft, meals, and hot air balloon rides for four. Includes free festival parking for two vehicles.

Enjoy overnight accommodations in a Two-bedroom Loft, meals, and hot air balloon rides for four. Includes free festival parking for two vehicles.

All VIP Weekend Packages include: 

  • Meal Package: Dinner for two Friday
  • Breakfast both Saturday and Sunday 
  • Apple Valley Lunch Voucher for Saturday 
  • Overnight accommodations 
  • Festival parking and VIP tethered balloon rides for overnight guests, weather permitting

GSM Balloon Fest- Elevated Experience Day Pass

Elevated Experience Day Pass holders will enjoy a tethered hot air balloon ride at this year's Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Dancing Bear exclusive day pass includes a catered lunch, draft beer tickets, festival parking and a tethered balloon ride ticket.

Click Here to visit purchase Elevated Experience Day Passes.

All Elevated Experience Day Packages include: 

  • Tethered Ride Ticket
  • VIP Parking Pass
  • Draft Beer tickets
  • VIP Catered lunch from Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
  • Commemorative t-shirt





Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.

For more information regarding the 2019 Hot Air Balloon Festival schedule of activities, please visit https://gsmballoonfest.com

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