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Downtown Bristol Events

Moon Viewing

August 7 | Bristol Public Library


See the moon in a new light using BPL's telescopes.

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Justin Mychals

August 7 | Lumac Rooftop Bar


Another installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday, this time we welcome Justin Mychals! We're excited for Justin to play for us on our rooftop bar and lounge, Lumac! Come out and enjoy some great live music while you sip on a signature cocktail and eat some of Chef's one-of-a-kind entrees!

Victor Lawson Band

August 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.

Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport

August 8 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:00 pm and the game starts at 6:00 pm!

Help us honor our First Responders. Free Admission for all First Responders.

Happy Camper Canvas Class

August 8 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Coming up for #CanvasClass on Thursday, August 8th with Marcy! Starting at 6:00 PM, Marcy will teach painters how to recreate this #Happy Camper Canvas! Cost for this class is $35 and always #BYOB. Call or message us to make your reservations!

Farm & Fun Time ft. The Lonesome River Band and Irene Kelley

August 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


BCM presents Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time live variety show featuring musical guests The Lonesome River Band, Irene Kelley, plus house band Bill & the Belles.

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About Lonesome River Band
Since its formation over 37 years ago, the award-winning Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events & festivals, their loyal fans continue to support one of the most loved and most influential acts of our time.

Lonesome River Band’s vocal and instrumental talents seamlessly come together as they perform their trademark sound that fans continue to embrace. Their vocal and instrumental skills are performed by: acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandon Rickman on lead vocals & guitar; the 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Vocalist of the Year Jesse Smathers on lead vocals & mandolin; fiddle extraordinaire Mike Hartgrove; outstanding bassist Barry Reed; and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer, Steve Martin Prize Winner, and five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Sammy Shelor.

Lonesome River Band’s long career has been filled with numerous awards and accolades from IBMA and SPBGMA and continues to be one of the most popular and influential bluegrass acts performing today.

About Irene Kelley
When Irene Kelley left her native Pennsylvania to move to Nashville in 1984, she brought along her guitar, a handful of original material and a love for traditional and bluegrass music. She was signed to MCA Nashville’s country division and was adamant about having Carl Jackson, Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and other bluegrass musicians join her first recording project. This was at a time when bluegrass instrumentation had fallen out of favor along Nashville’s Music Row, so Irene concentrated on the songwriting that exposed her music to millions through hits like “A Little Bluer Than That,” for Alan Jackson, as well as songs performed and recorded by Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, and Rick Skaggs. More than three decades later, Irene has assumed her place in a long line of great American songwriters.

Tennessee Champagne

August 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Tennessee Champagne is a rock group from northeast Tennessee that mixes together Rock, Blues, Soul, and country music to bring you their Appalachian Rock.

The Diamonds

August 8 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Matt Smile

August 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Matt Smile of the Buddz will perform at O'Mainnins.Matt Smile has worked hard to get to where he is now. He is a the co-founder of rock n roll band "The Buddz". Their music style has created quite the buzz in the music industry with one of their releases reaching over 1.1 million streams on YouTube and touring nationally.

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show

August 9 | Downtown Bristol


Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, August 9 from 6 – 9pm for the Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show! All cars will enter State Street from Commonwealth Avenue / Volunteer Parkway. Gates open at 5pm. There is a $10 entry fee for antique cars, which included 50/50 ticket, door prize ticket, and more!

Admission to the event if free for the public. Trophies to be awarded at Quaker Steak & Lube at 8:00 PM.

For more information, contact Jamey Rector, of the Appalachian Region of AACA at 423-383-2322

Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport

August 9 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm!

College Night
Half price admission for College Students and Teachers with your college ID. Local colleges will be on-site providing information and items for fans. | Presented By Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Movies in the Park: Ant-Man & The Wasp

August 9 | Anderson Park


Bristol, TN Parks and Rec is excited to announce a unique opportunity for families to enjoy the magic of the silver screen under the night sky at Anderson Park this summer. Friday Night Movie Night in the Park will present a new family friendly feature film each month from June through August.

The series continues with Ant-Man & The Wasp on Friday, August 9th. Pre-show activities such as face painting, bubble tables, sidewalk chalk, bean bag toss, and more will begin at 7:00 PM. The movie screening will begin at sunset. Everyone’s favorite movie concessions like popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase, but there is absolutely no cost to enjoy the movie or other activities. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets and enjoy a movie under the stars!

Get the Led Out

August 9 | Paramount Bristol


From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians, intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before! Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-creates songs, in all their depth and glory, with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album...GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants...a high energy Zeppelin concert with honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on Led Zeppelin’s early years. They touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also includes a special “acoustic set”, with Zep favorites “Tangerine”, and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

A Get The Led Out concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

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Ian Feathers Band

August 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Ian Feathers rises up from Bristol, TN. Feathers’ musical background is rooted by a foundation of edgy traditionals. These roots provide a sound foundation for musical and spiritual exploration, which has been described as “smokey music from the hills and hollers of Appalachia” that combines “blues, bluegrass, and funk” and feels “delightfully energetic, with a hint of surprise and passion.” Feathers’ first independent music venture has grown popular over the last 2 years, and he is playing larger venues and crowds.

The Honey Badgers with Sorrel

August 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


The Honey Badgers are a Delaware based folk/Americana duo who combine crisp harmonies and thoughtful lyrics with upbeat guitar lines and lively violin to create a sound that is satisfying, authentic, and fun.

Founded in 2015 by brothers Seth and Isaac Ratliff, Sorrel is an Appalachian indie band based out of Tri-Cities, TN/VA. Sorrel’s music is reminiscent of American traditional music like blues and old-time country while reaching out into folk, soul, and indie. The brothers' instrumentation—a mixture of guitars, keys, and banjo—provides a textured musical bed for their expressive vocals and evocative lyrics.

Rylee Peters

August 9 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery to enjoy the powerhouse voice of local Rylee Peters from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm!

VillaNova

August 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Villa*Nova turns rock 'n' roll upside down. Hailing from Columbia, SC, the band distills elements of rock and pop into a hypnotic hybrid.

Summer Pasta Class

August 10 | Mercantile on State


Enjoy the light flavors of summer in this custom Healthy Hands Cooking Class! Participants will make fresh gluten free pasta with lemon and fresh herbs.

Seats are limited and registration is required!

Lithophane Night-Light Workshop

August 10 | Bristol Public Library


Design & create your own Lithophane-style night-light with our 3D Printer. Workshop is free, just bring an image and your own night-light (or purchase one from us for $3). Drop-In held in our Jones Creativity Center.

Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport

August 10 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm!

Ladies Night
Ladies receive $1 off admission and a free gift. Come out and enjoy!!

JABW, Tom's Handgun, and Adam Bolt

August 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Jordan Allen and The Bellwethers, Tom's Handgun and Adam Bolt are coming to the Bloom Cafe Stage on August 10th, in Historical Downtown Bristol. Come join in the fun for a night of musicianship and songwriting you won't soon forget!

Steele Cookin Band

August 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube


The Steele Cookin’ Band is a tribute to all the great jam bands circa August 15, 1969 to the present. If you would like to hear Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Tedeschi Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Black Keys, Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, ZZ Top (early years), The Alabama Shakes, Jimi Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, then you need to see the New Steele Cookin’ Band.

Jive Mother Mary

August 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub


American Music played loud. Les Pauls. Tube amps. Harmonies. You get the drill. Music for all the people.

Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield

August 11 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:00 pm and the game starts at 6:00 pm!

Church Bulletin Night
Fans can receive $1 off admission with a church bulletin from today's date!

Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield

August 12 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm!

Promotion:United Southeast Federal Credit Union Night

Luau Dinner Class

August 13 | Mercantile on State


Celebrate flavors of summer with this tasty and festive custom Healthy Hands Cooking Class! Participants will make a pineapple chicken and rice boat, along with a homemade tropical punch to enjoy with dinner. Don't miss out on this luau class before summer is gone!

Perfect for a date night, girls night, or cooking with your teen!

Participants may bring their own water or other beverage as well (no alcohol allowed).

*Seats are limited and pre-registration is required. Teens are welcome to join parents for a joint cooking class!*

Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Willis Jones

August 13 | Blackbird Bakery


Willis Jones is the featured artist of the month at Blackbird Bakery. He has over 40 years experience in the photography business. Willis enjoys doing images for residential as well as commercial décor. He is also available for photo sessions and workshops. Please join us on Tuesday night August 13th for a chance to meet Willis while enjoying one of our many flavors of summer ice cream by locally made Homestead Creamery. See you at 6:00 pm!

Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield

August 13 | Boyce Cox Field


The gates at Boyce Cox Field open at 5:30 pm and the game starts at 6:30 pm!

Promotion:$2 Tuesdays
Enjoy select 12-ounce drafts for $2 on Tuesdays!

Food City Family Race Night

August 14 | Downtown Bristol


Join us Wednesday, August 14, 2019 for Food City Race Night on State St in beautiful downtown Bristol, TN/VA. Event starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. Admission is FREE!

Regularly attracting over 30,000 people every year, Food City Race Night is one of the largest and most successful fan events held in conjunction with races at any NASCAR venue. Food City Race Night features entertainment, food, and fun. Fans of all ages get the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and their teams. Fan favorites such as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and others have made personal appearances over the years.

Food City Race Night started in August of 1987. A few hundred spectators showed up at the Kingsport, Tennessee Food City location to see legendary car owner and former NASCAR driver Junior Johnson, NASCAR driver Terry Labonte, and a Budweiser show car. “Food City Race Night actually began with a single driver and show car appearance arranged by one of our vendors at the Eastman Road Food City,” said Steven C. Smith, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “Our customers seemed to enjoy it, so we decided to repeat it the next year, adding a couple more drivers."

Over the next few years more and more fans began to make Food City Race night a part of their race week activities. “Each year the event continued to grow in driver participation and attendance," said Smith. "When one of our vendors secured an appearance by Richard Petty, the store literally couldn’t hold all of the fans who came out. We knew we had to relocate to a larger space and as they say, the rest is history.” To better accommodate the growing crowds, Food City Race Night was moved to downtown Bristol TN/VA in 1993. Later due to the ever increasing popularity of the event, the decision was made to also have Food City Race Night during the March race weekend. Starting in 2018, both the Spring and Fall Race Night events were moved to BMS in the hospitality area. Food City Race Night events are also held in the Spring during race week at the Knoxville Expo Center.

“Food City Race Night is one way we give back to the fans for the tremendous loyalty and support they have shown our company throughout the years,” said Smith. “It’s a commitment we take very seriously, like many of the drivers and team owners who have made themselves accessible to their devoted fans. It’s what made the sport great and differentiated it from its competitors. Going forward, my greatest desire is to see that commitment thrive.”

Plenty of drivers will be available to sign autographs, along with live music, free food sampling, show cars, racing simulators and special appearances by numerous NASCAR celebrities. All proceeds from Food City Race Night will benefit local organizations. Over a half million dollars has been raised through Food City Race Night and donated to various area organizations.

Also Coming Up

Moon Viewing
August 7 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Justin Mychals
August 7 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Victor Lawson Band
August 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Happy Camper Canvas Class
August 8 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Lonesome River Band and Irene Kelley
August 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Tennessee Champagne
August 8 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
August 8 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
August 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 9 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Movies in the Park: Ant-Man & The Wasp
August 9 | Anderson Park
Get the Led Out
August 9 | Paramount Bristol
Ian Feathers Band
August 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Honey Badgers with Sorrel
August 9 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Rylee Peters
August 9 | Blackbird Bakery
VillaNova
August 9 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Summer Pasta Class
August 10 | Mercantile on State
Lithophane Night-Light Workshop
August 10 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 10 | Boyce Cox Field
JABW, Tom's Handgun, and Adam Bolt
August 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Steele Cookin Band
August 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Jive Mother Mary
August 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
August 11 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
August 12 | Boyce Cox Field
Luau Dinner Class
August 13 | Mercantile on State
Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Willis Jones
August 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
August 13 | Boyce Cox Field
Food City Family Race Night
August 14 | Downtown Bristol
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/My One and Only
August 14 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Studio Brew Tasting
August 15 | Bristol Beer & Cigar Emporium
Exploring Free Office Software Workshop
August 15 | Bristol Public Library
Boots for Walkin’ Canvas Class
August 15 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Rusty Steel & Quarter Bounce
August 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
For The Song's Sake Hannah Kaminer+ Bailey George & Jukebox Jess
August 15 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Gerald Sheppard
August 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Food On Your Feet
August 16 | Cumberland Square Park
House Cat , Inside Voices & Mahto And The Loose Balloons
August 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Anthony Mangrum
August 17 | Blackbird Bakery
State Street String Band
August 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/My New Favorites
August 21 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Ocean Song Canvas Class
August 22 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
The Diamonds
August 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Applachian Outlaw Jamboree
August 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Keep
August 23 | Blackbird Bakery
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
RTE 23 Music Festival
August 24 | UVA Wise
Hank, Pattie, & The Current
August 24 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Railway Express
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
August 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Summer's End 5k Run and Back to School Youth Mile
August 31 | Anderson Park
Pinion Pine
August 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Hollow Mana: An Art Exhibition by Brian Serway
September 14 | Elderbrew
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22
VMFA on the Road Artmobile
September 18–22 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street
September 28 – October 1 | Theatre Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony: The Eagles' "Hotel California"
October 3–4 | Paramount Bristol
Russian Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake
November 1 | Paramount Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 8 | Paramount Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Into the Woods
November 15–24 | Paramount Bristol
Front Country
November 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Miracle on 34th Street
December 6–22 | Theatre Bristol

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