What is now know as the Corazón Latino Festival, first took place in Downtown Johnson City four years ago, as part of the First Friday Events. It emerged as a way to engage the community and celebrate Hispanic art and culture. The brainchild of Jackie Turnquist a Federal Work Study of the Language and Culture Resource Center and Mathew Wampler of AmeriCorps Vista; they partnered with East Tennessee State Universtiy and Johnson City’s Friends of Olde Downtown to bring this unique and exciting celebration of cultural heritage to the community.
I'm A NASCAR Driver! - A video post made on Facebook last week features a local teenager who swears she's a NASCAR driver! She's not just any NASCAR driver, she's the #1 NASCAR driver who just won the World Series of being the fastest NASCAR driver. The video went viral today and was approaching 10,000 shares at the time of this post, making her the most popular teenager in the Tri-Cities almost instantly!
Kingsport Oktoberfest is back for its third year this weekend in downtown Kingsport. It happens on Saturday, September 28th, and spans over 6 city blocks. Despite its short history, Kingsport Oktoberfest has already been rated a Top 50 Festival by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine in 2012 and 2013. Over 16,000 attended the event in 2012. General admission to the event this year is FREE! Tickets are required for the Craft Bier Garden, VIP Tent and Premier Club.
More than 80,000 people are expected to embark on downtown Johnson City for this year's Blue Plum Festival, taking place June 7th through 9th. What began in 1999 as an idea by a group of small merchants and volunteers has turned into one of the South's largest free outdoor music and arts festivals.