We are just a week shy of the official start of the Christmas/holiday season whether you like it or not. Instead of trying to hide from all the Christmas decorations all weekend and staying cooped up in your house, you need to head to Chattanooga, Tennessee. This massive hot air balloon festival in Tennessee will be making its debut Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 and you won’t want to miss this experience.

The Chattanooga Balloon Festival is returning for another year and if you haven’t been able to make the experience before, now’s your chance. The festival will feature tethered balloon rides, live music, craft and retail vendors and a hot air balloon glow. These types of festivals have been popping up everywhere and they have been a hit everywhere they go.

It’s perfect for families and groups of friends and would be a great date night spot for you and your boo thing. This similar event was raved about in Texas and Orlando

Hot air balloon rides may seem like a thing only for the movies or TV, but at this event, you can ride in one yourself. You might not go to the clouds, but you’ll still go pretty high. These tethered rides are the star of this event and perfect for some alone time with your significant other. These are only $20, which is much cheaper than your average-priced hot air balloon ride.

At 8 p.m. on both days, there will be a huge, bright finale you have to stay for. This is when all the balloons will glow. The one-hour show is accompanied by music and coordinated burns by the balloons. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and some chairs so you can be comfortable while you watch the show.   

There are a few different ways to experience this event depending on your group and how boujee you want to be.  

Regular admission for either day is only $10. This gives you admission to pretty much everything in the park, except the tethered rides.

Tickets are sold on their website and you need to purchase one (maybe two) before you attend. Grab some friends and have a fun weekend out and about, enjoying the cool air.


The Chattanooga Balloon Festival

Price: $10+

When: November 1-2

Address: 4301 Amnicola Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37402

Why You Need To Go: The night sky will light up both nights by the glowing tethered balloons. You'll be able to actually take a ride in one for only $20. 

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