Downtown Bristol Events
May 16 | Bristol Public Library
Fred Sauceman, author of The Proffitts of Ridgewood: An Appalachian Family's Life in Barbecue, will speak at the Bristol Public Library on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. He'll discuss his latest book celebrating the extraordinary history of Ridgewood Barbecue and explore local food, cooking traditions, and dining.
May 16 | Elderbrew
Wednesday, May 16, Bring Your Own Vinyl is a special hand picked selection of our friends Ben and Cam’s favorite records. No need to bring your your Vinyl. Just love, laughs and support.
May 17 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club will finish reading Octavia E. Butler's Dawn, and pick up its next book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
BPL Book Club is open to everyone, so feel free to drop in at any time for a wonderful evening of good books, good company, and sweet treats!
May 17 | Paramount Bristol
FREE ADMISSION! Presented by East Tennessee PBS. Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran American” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.
May 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Join Quaker Steak and Lube for Bike Night featuring Cold Creek Band.
May 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.
May 18 | Bristol Public Library
Join Bristol Public Library for Bingo! No registration is necessary. Just drop in to the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for an entire evening of free bingo games and family-friendly fun. BPL will have snacks available and small prizes for bingo winners!
May 18 | Downtown Bristol
Celebrating 19 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol’s premier summer concert series—is back for another amazing season starting May 18, 2018! Hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee, Border Bash is about fun, family, great music, and creating memories to last a lifetime.
“Border Bash is a tradition that showcases everything that makes Downtown Bristol special, and that includes great live music,” said Maggie Bishop, Executive Director of Believe in Bristol. "Bristol’s downtown is definitely a hub for a wide variety of food, unique shopping, community events, and an all-around great place to come together with friends and family. This year Border Bash will introduce audiences to a whole new roster of talented, emerging acts as well as a few familiar favorites.”
May 18 – Piedmont / State Street Intersection
7:00 pm, A Great Disaster
8:30 pm, Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Border Bash takes place on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol. Children’s activities and vendors begin at 6:30 PM and live music will kick off at 7:00 PM. Border Bash is hosted by Believe in Bristol and the Cities of Bristol, TN & VA. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2018 include The Antique Automobile Club of America – Appalachian Region, Bank of America, Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Anne & Ben Cowan, Discover Bristol, Express AV Productions, John & Brenda Fincher, Highlands Realty – Bristol Branch, Anna Morgan, Tom and Barbara Smith/ Merrill Lynch, Stateline Bar & Grille, Tri-Cities Escape Game, Tri City Tent and Event, Walling Distributing Dr. & Mrs. Zaidiand media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, WBCM Radio Bristol, WCYB-5, and WXBQ 96.9 FM.
May 18 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
VISUAL HIP-HOP SHOW:
May 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Desmond Darko will be performing songs from his upcoming LP, CAPITAL, as well as older tracks at Bloom Cafe. As usual, he'll be using his trademark projector / keyboard combo for visuals as well. Come out and enjoy the show!
Larry Timbs, Jr., co-author of Fish Springs Beneath the Surface, will visit Blackbird Bakery for a book signing. Fish Springs Beneath the Surface is set in the area of what is now Lake Watauga and is based on a true story. In the late 1940’s TVA flooded the area to create for Lake Watauga and several settlements, including Butler and Fish Springs, were covered by water. Using a story told to him by his grandfather, Timbs has woven a tale of hard-working families, passion, jealousy, families split by war, and a death under mysterious circumstances. Reviews on Amazon call the book “riveting,” and “hard to put down.”
May 19 | Bristol Public Library
Join BPL at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, to paint a pretty pink floral arrangement or a lovely bird and blue sky. Pick your favorite and paint!
Cost is $10 per person, which includes the canvas, paint, and instruction. Space is limited, so registration is required. Note: there are limited quantities of both canvas shapes. If you know which canvas you would like to paint, notify the library in advance; otherwise, BPL may substitute on the day of the event with another canvas shape.
To register, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Borderline Band plays all the songs you love to hear and dance to, from some of the newest country and rock hits to the oldies that we all love.
May 19 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Indie/blues rock band from East Tennessee.
May 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.
May 21 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Enter another dimension with us on Monday for Rick and Morty Trivia. “Most timelines have a Rick, and most Ricks have a Morty. This place is a real who's who of who's you and me.” -Rick
This is timeline where YOU win trivia and everyone else tries but can’t compete with your level of nerdiness, your skill, your wisdom.
Winner will receive a $25 gift card.
Costumes are always encouraged!