Downtown hosts several wonderful festivals each year!
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 2018 Blue 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! Festival is June 1 & 2 in Founders Park, festival website.
The Ballad Health Criterium is on Sunday, June 3. 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. For more info, click here.
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.
The Little Chicago Downtown is an annual Music & Arts Festival that debuted in 2016, fueled by the Downtown Merchants Association and an enthusiastic group of volunteers who have a heart for Downtown Johnson City. Our region has a rich heritage in music, arts and food, and the Little Chicago Downtown Arts & Music Festival is a great opportunity to bring the community together, celebrating what makes our downtown awesome!
First and foremost, our goal with the Little Chicago Downtown Music & Arts Festival is to provide a free festival for our community to enjoy. Our vision is to see the streets of Downtown Johnson City filled with families enjoying fantastic regional music, fine arts and crafts, and the best in local and regional foods. We encourage everyone to stop in and shop at any of the wonderful downtown businesses while strolling through and enjoying the festive atmosphere. This years festival is August 10 & 11. For more information, please visit us at www.littlechicagofestival.com.
Meet the Mountains is our newest festival, with a mission too enrich the region’s quality of life, health, and well-being by increasing awareness and use of our outdoor recreation resources. The basecamp for the event will be Founders Park on August 24 & 25.
This free festival will serve as an annual coming together of Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor recreation community. It serves as a one-stop shop to experience all of Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor recreation opportunities. By increasing awareness of our natural assets and encouraging residents to live healthy lifestyles, the Meet the Mountains Committee hopes this festival increases opportunities for growth of our outdoor recreation economy. The best outcome is enhancing the livability of the community. The Meet the Mountains Committee invites you to come be a part of making a positive impact in our region by participating in some or all of the activities bundled together for this event. Check out Meet the Mountains!
Umjoa, our unity festival, will be held on September 13th and 14th this year! It attracts over 30,000 people and showcases great food, merchandise vendors, information booths, wonderful music, medical screening,and fun games for everyone. A children’s park and entertainment is provided for young children. No entry fee is required, but donations are always welcomed. Festival website.
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.