Downtown hosts several wonderful festivals each year!
Building on our region’s rich heritage in music, arts and food, the Little Chicago Downtown Arts & Music Festival is a great opportunity to bring the community together by filling the streets, celebrating what makes our downtown awesome! We encourage everyone to stop in and shop at many of the wonderful downtown businesses while strolling through and enjoying the festive atmosphere.
This year’s music lineup will host some of the biggest and best regional bands and artists from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas on two stages flanking both ends of the festival. Local buskers will also be stationed throughout the streets for an eclectic spin on the festivities.
Featured areas of our festival will include local artisans in our arts and crafts area to browse and shop, a wonderful food court area with local food vendors and downtown restaurants, a kid’s play zone, and activities such as a roller derby and car show. The Umoja Unity 5K Race will be held on Friday evening in conjunction with our festival for those who want to enjoy the sound of music on their run or walk.
For more information on the Little Chicago Downtown Music & Arts Festival, please visit us at www.littlechicagofestival.com.
Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza! Saturday, April 8 The annual craft beer festival, held each year in April, welcomes back the Tennessee Championship of Beer, which is a medal competition among commercial breweries as well as a Home Brew Competition. RAnked as one of the Top 5 Beer Festivals in the country by Beer Yeti, attendees will get to taste some of the best craft beers being poured this year. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Trout Unlimited.
The Blue Plum Festival of music and art is always the first weekend in June. Musicians have been announced, on both free and ticketed stages. Surprisingly, it’s not a festival about a fruit. The name, Blue Plum Festival, is in honor of the 1800’s rural post office serving an area in East Tennessee that would become known as Johnson City.
The Blue Plum Festival was originally organized by the Friends of Olde Downtowne in 1999. It’s beginnings as a street fair has grown considerably over the years. With this growth came the establishment of the Blue Plum organization who will host the 20167Blue Plum Festival. This year, folks will converge on downtown Johnson City over the course of 2 days to enjoy music, arts, food and so much fun!
The Fountain Square Criterium is on Sunday, June 4. Plenty of fast sections with high speed corners along with the section of tight corners. Alfresco dinning is available on the course at several restaurants. There will be a separate field for Women Category 4 in the Criterium.
Juniors will race free in the Junior fields since the TBRA is paying their fee. They still need to register online for the TT and CR or can register day of for the CR. The master’s categories in the Omnium will be the same as 2015. They will be the Elite Masters 35+category 1,2,3; the Masters 40+ category 4,5; the Masters 50+ category 3,4,5; and the Masters 60+ category 3,4,5.
Umjoa, our unity festival, will be the last weekend of September this year!
Downtown in December is a series of holiday events in the heart of Johnson City. It’s a festive winter experience featuring a tree lighting ceremony, shopping, parties, visits with Santa, and family friendly activities…all surrounded by holiday lights. Most events are free of charge and there is an open invitation for all to attend.
Plus, check out our First Friday and Founders After 5 pages, for even more events that occur downtown.