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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Want to find something great to do this weekend, or plan ahead for a group tour? See our Calendar of Events below. There's something for everyone in historic Sullivan County and the entire region... Whether you are interested activities in the great outdoors, or simply want to go to a play or concert, check out our list.

Planning to host an event in the region? Send us an email with the details and we will review for listing on our website and social media, all free of charge! Email info to matthew.johnson@sullivancountytn.gov

June 2022

June 23rd and 30th –June Jams at Blountville , Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism is hosting the inagural outdoor concert series in the heart of Historic Blountville, TN. The Park at Deery Inn (The Park is dedicated to Dennis Houser longtime historian and community servent). Food Trucks at 6 and concert at 7:00 the event will last from 6:00pm –8:00pm, Bring your lawn chair and enjoy some great food and music. June 23rd 'The Ledgerwoods & June 30th Nashville Recording Artist Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising. For additional information (423) 323-4660.

June 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2022 – Theatre Bristol presents, Sound of Music, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. ♫ The hills are alive with the sound of music! ♫ Theatre Bristol takes the stage again this June with the beloved classic, The Sound of Music, directed by Glenn Patterson. This two-weekend only breathtaking musical features amazing talent from around the region, many seen in lauded Theatre Bristol productions on the Paramount stage including Les Misérables, The Music Man, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and more (www.TheatreBristol.org). For show times and additional information (423) 279-8920

June 25, 2022 – The Kruger Brothers, Doors open at 7:00 pm/Show at 8:00 pm, Cameo Theater 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were eleven and twelve years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Jens’ and Uwe’s first public performances were as a duo, and in just a few years they were busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe. For additional information (276) 296-1234

June 26, 2022-Heritage Sunday at The Exchange Place, A living history farm, will be hosting a Heritage Sunday from 2:00-4:30pm. Showcasing their overall mission, the educational piece will be provided by the Overmountain Weavers Guild. THe historical aspects on display will be many of the farms buildings with volunteeers to speak on the histroy and other relative information. The Exchnage Place is a working farm most animals will be visable. Lastly, you will want to stop by the garden near the kitchen and speak to one of the wonderful Master Gardners, who will describe what is being grown on site. For additional information (423) 288-6071.

July 2022

July 2, 2022 – Red White and Boom Independence Day Celebration, 5pm, 235 E. Main Street, Centennial Park Kingsport, TN.  Southern Rock icons 38 Special will headline the night with a free performance from the Cardinal Glass stage with opener Ultimate Garth, the Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute. Immediately following the concert will be the largest Independence Day fireworks display in Kingsport history. Food trucks, fireworks, and fun for the entire family! Kingsport's Red, White & BOOM - Visit Kingsport

July 4, 2022 – Blountville Ruritan Independence Day Parade, 2:00pm Highway 126, Blountville, TN. The parade will begin at Oak Street / Keystone Drive on the east side of town and end at the old Sullivan County courthouse in Blountville. Line-up for the parade begins about 1:00 pm. Participants should line up on Oak Street, Cherry Street, and Keystone Drive. Signage will be in place to help facilitate the line-up. The theme of the parade is American Independence Day. Both the West Ridge High School Band and the Kingsport Community Band are planning to attend. If you have any questions, please message us on Facebook and we will try to respond promptly. Blountville Ruritan Club - Home | Facebook

July 2, 2022 – Red White and Boom Independence Day Celebration, 5pm, 235 E. Main Street, Centennial Park Kingsport, TN.  Southern Rock icons 38 Special will headline the night with a free performance from the Cardinal Glass stage with opener Ultimate Garth, the Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute. Immediately following the concert will be the largest Independence Day fireworks display in Kingsport history. Food trucks, fireworks, and fun for the entire family! Kingsport's Red, White & BOOM - Visit Kingsport

July 2, 2022 –Observation Knob Park, The location is 533 Knob Park Road Bristol, TN. Enjoy and celebrate Independence Day Weekend at Observation Knob Park. The event will begin at 11:00am with a fantastic selection of food trucks, all kinds of goodies, a cornhole tournament, and live music beginning at 5:00pm. The festivities will close with a bang with fireworks at 9:45pm! Food, music, fireworks and alot of fun. Observation Knob Park For additional information (423) 878-1881

July 4, 2022 – Downtown Bristol July 4th Parade, 5pm, State Street, Bristol, TN/VA. Bring the family for an all-American celebration.

July 4, 2022 – Border Bash SCYTHIAN WITH FLORENCIA & THE FEELING, 6:30pm & 7:30pm.  Cumberland Square Park, Bristol, VA. Border Bash, a free summer concert held annually, celebrates its 22nd Anniversary on State Street. The series includes children’s activities, arts & crafts, and food vendors, in addition, to live music and much more. All the events will rotate along State Street this year, and the Star-Spangled July 4th Border Bash will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

July 8, 2022 – Lita Ford, Doors open at 7:00 pm/Show at 8:00 pm, Cameo Theater 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. Lita Ford’s career began in 1975 as a founding member and guitarist of the groundbreaking all female group the Runaways. The groups hard rock / punk edge spawned hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise”. Lita and the Runaways proved their timelessness in 2014 when “Cherry Bomb” was featured in the critically acclaimed Marvel / Disney Studios hit movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and was nominated for a Grammy Award. For additional information (276) 296-1234

July 9, 2022 – The Kenny & Dolly Show, Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. Justin Sullivan performs as Kenny Rogers, Justin grew up in Fairview outside Nashville, Tennessee. He comes from a musical family; in fact, his mother and her sisters performed years

July 10, 2022 –Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Enjoy the beauty of the Bays Mountain Reservoir while the secrets of aquatic animals are revealed.Meet at the barge. Tickets can be purchased in the Nature Center on the day of the program. The cost is $5 per person for non-members. For public health and safety purposes, this program will be limited to 15 people. Please socially distance. Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium - Kingsport, Tennessee

July 11, 2022 – Begin FunFest Week with an exciting talk & description of the Battle of the Wilderness, (May 5–7, 1864), During the American Civil War, the first battle of Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s "Overland Campaign," a relentless drive to defeat once and for all Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and capture the South’s capital at Richmond, Virginia. Although a bloody and inconclusive encounter resulting in a high body count, the battle put the Confederates on the defensive and set the stage for the aggressive war of attrition that followed, ultimately spelling the South’s defeat.
The battle took place in an area of almost impenetrable scrub and rough terrain known as the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, a few miles to the west of where the Battle of Chancellorsville had been fought a year earlier. The Union Army of the Potomac, under the command of General George Meade but taking orders from Grant, crossed the Rapidan River on 4 May and converged at the Wilderness Tavern on the main turnpike. This is a ticketed event $5 which can be purchased at the Fun Fest Store (beginning on June 24) or at the theater ticket booth on the evening of Monday, July 11 (beginning at 6:00pm). 

July 15-23, 2022 –Fun Fest, Visit Kingsport announced this year’s Fun Fest lineup Tuesday morning, with some national names slated to appear in the Model City. According to a press release, the concert series is scheduled as follows:

  • July 21 – Zach Williams, with Shane & Shane opening. Early tickets $15 early, $20 after July 15.
  • July 22 – Jamey Johnson, with Colt Ford opening. Early tickets $20 early, $25 after July 15.
  • July 23 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, with Dalton Dover opening. Early tickets $20, $25 after July 15.

The concerts will take place in J. Fred Johnson Stadium, with general admission tickets going on sale May 13. Sales will take place exclusively online. For additional information: Fun Fest - Kingsport, TN - 9 days/50+ locations/100+ events.



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ONGOING EVENTS

  • Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the train station in downtown Bristol. Info at 423.646.7780.
  • Blountville Farmers Market, 12 Noon, each Thurs., April through October, located behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse at Blountville. Info at 423.323.4660.
  • Cooper's Gem Mine, 11 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and 12 Noon to 5 PM on Saturdays, from the 1st of April through October 31. For group tours and information, please call (423) 323-5680. Beginning in October 2015, an online store will be available at coopersgemmine.com and will include natural artifacts.
  • Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society meets bimonthly at 7PM, 3rd Thursday evening of each month,Sullivan County Department of Archives & Tourism, downtown Blountville. Free admission. General public is cordially invited. (423) 323-4660.
  • Sons of the Confederate Veterans, John Singleton Mosby Camp #1409, meets at 6PM, 4th Monday of each month, Mama's House Buffet, John B. Dennis Parkway, Kingsport, TN.
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lt. Stephen Powell Camp, meets at 7PM, 3rd Monday of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville.
  • Netherland Inn, Open Saturday and Sunday - May through October. Hours: 2p.m. to 4p.m. Admission: Adults $4.00 and age 6 and under $1.00. Group Tours: April through October by appointment- School, Civic and Church Groups Welcome!
  • Old Deery Inn and Museum. Step back in time as you visit this lovely hidden gem in downtown Historic Blountville! Tours include rooms of beautiful antiques inside the 2-story inn, and visitors will also enjoy seeing the dependency buildings including the old brick kitchen, slave quarters, blacksmith shop and more! A must-see for early Tennessee history! Tickets are $5 per person; children under 12 are $3. (423) 323-4660.
  • Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
  • Sullivan County Preservation Association, 3rd Thursday of each month, 7pm, Community Center at Blountville.
  • Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
  • TAMHA Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association holds jam sessions at 6PM every Friday at the Anderson Townhouse in historic downtown Blountville. Jams are also held from 2-4 PM at the Bristol Tennessee Welcome Center on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free and open to the general public.
  • Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.       

 

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