Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival | Kevin Scott Banks

Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival

Apparently once a yearly tradition in Nashville, the Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival returned for the first time in over a decade. I can confirm that for a few days leading up to the event, it was absolutely the hottest ticket in town. Everyone was looking for tickets, some people even frantically. It turned out to be a little over-hyped in my opinion, but it still made for a great photo op.


What festival is complete without zorbing?Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0001_150829 Food trucks for days. My poor roommate waited in line for almost 2 hours, only to be turned away right before he got to the window because they ran out of food 🙁Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0002_150829 At last the fun began.Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0004_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0006_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0007_150829

It is beyond cool watching a 20-foot burst of flame shooting up into a giant balloon.Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0009_150829

Like, really cool.


Couldn’t get enough of it, really.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many photographers in one place at the same time. It was a zoo. I did my best to find unique angles and not just take the same photos everyone else was.Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0013_150829  Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0015_150829

Couldn’t have asked for a prettier sky and sunset for an event like this.Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0016_150829Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0019_150829Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0021_150829 It was a nice touch to have live music on hand I thought. Here’s the view from backstage.Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0022_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0023_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0024_150829 After waiting for what seemed like forever, they finally managed to get almost all of the balloons lit at the same time. At this point, I had wandered way to the back and climbed up on a dumpster. Yes, that’s right, I’ll climb up a TRASH receptacle if it means getting THE shot.Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0026_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0027_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0028_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0029_150829 Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0030_150829Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0032_150829 To top it off, a full moon rose in the background. This was probably my favorite shot of the night. It was a fun night, and I’d consider going back again. I’ll be hoping for more balloons, and hoping to see them actually take flight next time. Hot_Air_Balloon_Festival_0033_150829It was a fun night, and I’d consider going back again. I’ll be hoping for more balloons, and hoping to see them actually take flight next time. Were you at the festival this year? What was your take on it?

2 Comments on “Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival

  1. Uh, I didn’t hear a THING about this! I must be out of the loop =)

    Gorgeous captures. Of all the things I’ve done in my travels, hot air ballooning has yet to make the list!

    • You didn’t hear about it? You must have had your head in the clouds, except not literally, because you’ve never been in a hot air balloon! Truth be told, I haven’t either. It’s definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for the compliment :).