Downtown Bristol Events
May 29 | Bristol Public Library
The Bristol Virginia Fire Department will be hosting a special workshop on emergency preparedness on Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. This workshop will offer tips on emergency preparedness in disaster situations, as well as take a look at mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147.
May 29 | Bristol Hotel
Please come out and enjoy the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesdays with our very own Johnny Sword at our beautiful rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Get here early because it's first come, first serve and the music starts at 7:00 pm!
May 30 | Bristol Public Library
Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire), an American showman, is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London when he meets Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers). Their attraction is instant, but, when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace, sparks fly—and not in a good way. Soon, their turbulent relationship leads to a whirlwind adventure across Europe.
Not rated; 101 minutes.
May 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Come on down and join us for a killer Bike Night with music from Coal Creek!
May 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Join us at Blackbird Bakery for a swinging good time with Blue Mountain Saints from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
May 30 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.
This talented musician launched her solo career in 2011, performing up and down the east coast. With her original ideas and talented executions this one woman band is sure to dazzle any audience. Laura Thurston has her own unique style from a vintage era that will enliven you and have you feelin fine.
May 31 | State Line Bar & Grill
About Chris Long
Growing up in the mountains of Southwest Virginia the son of a musician, Chris has been around music his whole life. Picking up his first guitar at the age of twelve, he became a young musician that has played in several bands and groups including a regional band that he formed with his father Melvin in the late 90’s.
After taking several years off from music to pursue his education, Chris has returned to music as a singer songwriter performing regionally for the past year. With strong influences from his Heartland Rock roots with artists such as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, he enjoys writing about life with a little twist of history to it.
Coming from a region that is deeply rooted in coal mining and farming Chris loves telling the stories of people we see every day that go untold. Passionately painting a picture in your mind, he will make you identify and feel the struggles and triumphs of life, love, loss and war like no other.
May 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
This will be a relaxed event with some snacks for the guests. I’m working on the perfect playlist to help set the mood.
May 31 | Paramount Bristol
John Schneider is a celebrated country artist with four #1 singles and 10 albums to his credit. His very first hit was a 1981 cover of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Country chart. It remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date. Other hit songs include “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” “Country Girls,” and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.”
Schneider is also an accomplished actor, best known for his role as “Bo Duke” in the hit CBS comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also played the role of Superman’s father on the CW’s Smallville, and starred in Tyler Perry’s drama series The Haves and The Have Nots on Oprah’s OWN channel. He has appeared in Desperate Housewives, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Nip/Tuck, Touched by an Angel, and numerous films.
Singer/songwriter Kaitlyn Baker has been making waves in Nashville since the release of her ballad “Coal Train” which was chosen by the Academy of Country Music as part of the star-studded 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak album. The Huffington Post listed her among “Top 10 Country Artists to Watch.” Baker’s “Heart of Appalachia” is the official theme song for tourism in her native Southwest Virginia.
May 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Join us at Blackbird Bakery for a swinging good time with Zoh Hamrick Trio featuring Zoh on saxophone from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!
May 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Please join us for a night of adult comedy featuring Bryan Morton, Kelly Morgan, Hunter Roberts, and Dave Stone! This will be a 18+ event so find a sitter and come out for our first Comedy Show here at the Lube!
May 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub
June 1 | Bristol Public Library
Dandy, a so-called "dandy in space," is a an alien hunter. He trawls the universe in search of undiscovered and rare aliens with his robot assistant QT and his feline-like friend named Meow. Shenanigans, of course, are bound to ensue.
Rated TV-14; approximate runtime is 144 minutes.
June 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Calling all coffee lovers! Join us for our #SaturdayCanvasClass for the month of June! From 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Victoria will be teaching painters how to recreate this #FlirtyFlamingo Canvas!
All who attend this class will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to @Bloom Cafe and Listening Room!
Cost is $35 per painter. Call or message us to reserve your seats.
June 1 | Studio Brew
BIG Son & 7 Mile Mushroom are happy to be back on stage together for a fun night of good tunes and great beer at Studio Brew!
June 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Noah Spencer is a musician who enjoys singing and playing guitar, drums, piano and the ukulele. He enjoys learning and performing all types of music!
June 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Robinson Park is an alternative rock trio out of Knoxville, Tenn. Take the intensity and spunk of the Killers, mix it with the rock n’ roll growl of Kings of Leon, combine that with the raw honesty of John Mayer’s songwriting style, then sprinkle it all with the nouveau, electronic undertones of the 1975. Robinson Park is a strong mix of all of those greatest qualities.
June 5 | Bristol Public Library
Back by popular demand! We're making "Book Bouquets" on Wednesday, June 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. We'll be crafting our bouquets by upcycling pages from an old Webster's dictionary, hot glue, and floral wire.
The class is free to attend, but registration is limited to only 15 participants. Each participant will have the supplies to create between 4 and 6 flowers, which will become their bouquet. To register for the class, please contact Ambrea at the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or email@example.com.
June 7 | Downtown Bristol
Celebrating 20 years in Historic Downtown, Border Bash—Bristol's premier spring/summer concert series—is back for another amazing season! 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.
“We are always excited when it’s time for Border Bash.It is an opportunity to bring great music to our downtown and bring the community together during the summer months.Believe in Bristol is proud to have brought this event to the community for twenty years,” stated Maggie Bishop, Executive Director, Believe in Bristol.
June 7, 2019 — 500 Block State Street
7:00 pm, Fritz & Co.
8:30 pm, Mr. Nobody & The Extras
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. Border Bash would not be possible without our community sponsors. Our sponsors in 2019 include Bank of Tennessee, Birthplace of Country Music, Blackbird Bakery, Bristol Herald Courier, Camellia Digital, Cascade Draft House, Coca-Cola, Dr. & Mrs. Ben Cowan, Express AV Productions, Dr. & Mrs. John Fincher, Framed, Jeff & Terri Gregory, Knoxville TVA Employee Credit Union, Lost State Distilling, Merrill-Lynch, Anna Morgan, Dale & Joneen Sargent, Tom & Barbara Smith, The Bristol Hotel, John & Ann Tickle, Tri-City Tent & Event, Turtleson, and Dr. & Mrs. Zaidi.