The aroma of bratwursts and pretzels fill the air, the sounds of polka music fills the streets, and over a hundred craft biers are on tap to fill your belly... Immerse your senses at the 4th annual Kingsport Oktoberfest, on Saturday September 13th, the largest Oktoberfest in Tennessee. Kingsport's Oktoberfest has been named a 'Top 50 Festival' for the second year in a row, by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine. They'll be plenty of activities on hand to keep everyone in the family entertained, from an assortment of live musicians, to a corn hole tournament, and even Wiener Dog races.
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.
As Valentine's Day approaches, it's a good time to discuss what love is and what exactly we mean when we say, “I Love You”. We tell family members and friends that we love them and, of course, significant others; we use the same word to convey very different meanings. Though the English language only has one word for love, we can turn to the Greeks to better define and, perhaps, better understand “what is love?”.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, 2 Ton Tattoo will be holding a free sideshow and ballyhoo on Saturday, June 1st, from 6 pm until 8 pm, at their gallery in Kingsport. So step right up and enjoy games, prizes, free popcorn, face painting, airbrush tattoos, a fortune teller and live music by If Birds Could Fly.
When it comes to re-visiting the decade of MTV, no other musical act in America does it better than The Breakfast Club. For over a decade, music fans in the Tri-Cities have validated the band's claim of retro supremacy by flocking to four shows per year. After a sold out show in February, The Breakfast Club will be returning to Capone's in Johnson City on Saturday, May 25th. The show is 18 and up and admission is $10. Early arrival is recommended.
Racks By The Tracks, a Saturday festival packed with great music, ribs and beer tasting, returns to Kingsport this weekend for its sixth year. The event has grown from 450 attendees in its first year to over 9,500 in 2012 and is now hosted at the Farmer's Market in downtown Kingsport. The event has raised tens of thousands of dollars in past years for many local non-profit organizations. This year's festival will benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society and Relay For Life among others.