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When you look down State Street and see the unique Bristol Sign all lit up, a beautiful streetscape, the hustle of patrons browsing from shop to shop and those dining at local restaurants, it is easy to forget that it has taken a lot of time and energy to produce the kind of charm found in Historic Downtown Bristol. We have such a treasure right here in Northeast Tennessee /Southwest Virginia and within the past several years, Believe in Bristol has won the hearts of those in our community as well as visitors from all over the world by recruiting and sustaining businesses, preserving and highlighting our historical roots, hosting concerts, recruiting businesses, and much more! With such variety and one of-a-kind-venues, it is no wonder that so many people find themselves shopping, dining, playing, living and working in this energetic environment. The double lines of our State Street certainly divide two states, but we work hard to keep “One State of Mind.”

As we head into 2020, it is with a great deal of gratitude to our beloved community, precious volunteers, diligent city leaders, and the city governments of both Bristol, TN and VA that we move forward. Now, more than ever, it is so important for us to continue rebuilding and believing in our wonderful downtown. As America strives forward and US citizens across the country take efforts in rebuilding our great land, it is vital that our community keep our money here and continue this great vision happening in Historic Downtown Bristol. That means you, my dear friend, are being called into action – support revitalization, support development, support community promotions, support our heritage – and asked to choose to be a BELIEVER by investing your money in Believe In Bristol. We would also like to extend the opportunity for you to get to know downtown and our organization better by volunteering at one of our many downtown events. We ask with grateful hearts and with an eagerness to see Bristol reach beyond its potential. Talk the talk, walk the walk – become a BELIEVER in Bristol today!

For more information, contact Believe in Bristol at 423-573-2201 or info@believeinbristol.org. Follow the link to make a donation: Donate or checks can be mailed to Believe in Bristol at PO Box 1931 Bristol, TN 37621.We hope to hear from you soon!

Downtown Bristol Events

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft with Regions Bank

December 4 | Bristol Public Library


Don’t let identity theft ruin your holidays with unwanted stress, worry and hours spent clearing your name! Did you know that increased shopping, both online and in stores, plus extra stress and distractions put you at a greater risk of identity theft around the holidays?Join the Bristol Public Library on Wednesday, December 4, at 5:00 p.m. for a special workshop on understanding and avoiding identity theft. A representative from Regions Bank will be available at the library to answer questions, offer tips on protecting yourself from identity theft, and explaining what you can do if you suspect you're the victim of identity theft.


For more information on our upcoming workshop with Regions Bank, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 orkayla@bristol-library.org. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/The Stone Mountain Serenaders

December 4 | Lumac Rooftop Bar


Please join us for the latest installment of Wine & Unwind Wednesday featuring The Stone Mountain Serenaders! Don't let the cold weather keep you from coming out — we have a fire pit and heaters to keep you warm. Also, try our specialty cocktails while you take in some great music!

An Evening with Ketch Secor & Molly Tuttle

December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join us for An Evening with Ketch Secor & Molly Tuttle. A virtuosic, award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle was crowned "Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2018 at the Americana Music Awards. Multi-instrumentalist Ketch Secor is the front man for Old Crow Medicine Show and was most recently featured in esteemed filmmaker Ken Burns' PBS documentary Country Music. The skill and energy created when this duo takes the stage is nothing short of magical. This is a must-see experience in an intimate setting — the "acoustically perfect" Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

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Ragged Sally

December 4 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Ragged Sally is an east Tennessee based country duo consisting of singer/songwriters Seth Broyles and Alli Epperson.

Canvas Class

December 5 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join #KTCrewMember Marcy starting at 6:00 on Thursday, December 5th to recreate this #GoodyGoodyGumDrops Canvas! Cost is $35 per painter and #BYOB (bring your own bottles of whatever you’d like to drink). Call or message us to reserve your seats!

Bristol Christmas Parade

December 5 | Downtown Bristol


Thousands of area residents will be on State Street Thursday night, Dec. 5th for the Bristol Christmas Parade.The parade, which has been taking place in the downtown area for more than a century, is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.The nights festivities, which will start on Bob Morrison Blvd., make its way through the center of town before finishing up at the Train Station. As always, jolly ole Saint Nick will make his presence known, riding in the final float.

More than 150 floats from local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands,schools, neighborhood groups, etc. make up the parade.

Click HERE for Rules & Regulations

REGISTER HERE — Deadline to register is Friday, November 29, 2019.
All Parade Credentials will be mailed to the address you provide IF your registration is completed by November 22. For those who register AFTER November 22, you will need to come to the Bristol Chamber to pick-up your credential packet. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce hours of operation are Monday — Friday 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Rebecca Lee Daniels

December 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Rebecca Lee Daniels plays Americana, country, folk, jazz, and crooner music.

Laura Thurston Live

December 5 | 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.

Tri-Cities Christmas Open Acoustic Jam

December 6 | State Line Bar & Grill


We are doing it again for the 4th year in a row for the kids! Come join us and listen to many talented local and regional artists donate their time and talents for a great time with a great cause. All genres welcome!

First Fridays: Art D'vine

December 6 | Downtown Bristol


Friday, December 6, 2019 | 6-8pm | Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA

Cost: FREE! ($5 Donation Appreciated)

Participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to off er! Refreshments will be provided and many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling. Those who complete their passport and visit each stop will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

Ian Feathers

December 6 | Cascade Draft House


Who is Ian Feathers?

It’s been said “He’s as authentic as a tree of oak” and “He’s as genuine as the Bristol sign, as reflected on his new album “Long Haul,” as referred by the great music journalist Tom Netherland.

Feathers is no stranger to music. By the age of 7 he was picking up the guitar and taking piano lessons. At 18, he had more than 5 years advanced training on trumpet and studied under Dr. Michael Fansler and Steven Cooper.

In 2001, Feathers jumped in as bassist for the local jam band Stormy Monday. In 2006-2008, he jumped in as bassist for a few with the founder of Appalachian Reggae, Ras Alan & The Lions; he even made a guest appearance at the Bristol Rhythm n’ Roots midnight jam. In 2008, he co-founded the Grassroots Gringos, a jam grass band out of Knoxville TN. While there, he jammed with the likes of Cruz Contreras and others. In 2009-2010, Feathers was a regular at the Santa Fe Brew Co open mic. He jumped in as bassist with local band Pigment. During this time, they shared the stage with Carolyn Wonderland and Yonder Mountain String Band. They even headlined the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, which is a pretty sweet gig.

Feathers took a brief hiatus in 2011-2013 for the birth of his son. During this time, songwriting took over and the Feathers family moved to Waxhaw NC. Ian was a regular in the Charlotte NC scene, playing open mics and gigs with many of the local musicians in the area.

Mike Farris Sings! – The Soul of Christmas

December 6 | Paramount Bristol


Mike Farris may be best known as lead vocalist and writer for acclaimed '90s rock band The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, but it was only after he pursued his own musical direction in the early 2000s that he found his calling. Taking a path that intertwines rock, blues and gospel has allowed him to rediscover and reinterpret traditional gospel music and add his own mix of Stax influenced blue-eyed soul. Farris' "Shine for all the People" was the 2015 Grammy Award winner for Best Roots Gospel album.

Momma Molasses

December 6 | Blackbird Bakery


Momma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of finger-picking a guitar. A lot of her inspiration is drawn from Appalachian Folk Music, Gospel, Old Country, Piedmont Blues, and Contemporary Roots Music. It's gonna be a great evening of fun!

Noah Spencer

December 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Noah will be back at The Lube on 12/06. Noah's arsenal of songs are constantly growing and he is more and more impressive each time he plays!

The Usual Suspect's!

December 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Come see The Usual Suspect's LIVE at O'Mainnin's Pub!

She Loves Me Auditions

December 7–10 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol announces December auditions for the musical She Loves Me coming February 7-16 to the Theatre Bristol ARTspace. The community is invited to audition for this award-winning romantic comedy musical inspired by the same story that brought "You've Got Mail" to the screen. In She Loves Me love letters and sardonic wit are exchanged to beautiful music in a 1930s perfumery. Written by Joe Masteroff, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, She Loves Me is based on a play by Miklos Laszio.

No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and teens. Doors will open 30 minutes before the first audition on each of these dates: December 7, 8, 9, and 10. The audition will consist of singing, reading, and dancing. No preparation is necessary as musical pieces will be provided, but prepared material will also be welcome. Auditions will also include cold readings. For important details on preparation and auditions, please be sure to visit www.theatrebristol.org/audition.

Anyone interested in being a part of the production crew may contact Theatre Bristol at info@theatrebristol.org, or be present at any of the audition times.

Santa at Bloom Cafe

December 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Santa cleared his schedule and will be stopping by before heading back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas!

He'll be there from 9am-11am. We'll have an area to sit with him and take photos so be sure to bring your family so he'll know whats on their wish lists. We'll have brunch specials and holiday drink specials to purchase if you are feeling the holiday cheer.

This is a free event to attend so whether you've been good, or bad, you still don't want to miss this!

Santa at The Center

December 7 | Downtown Center


Join us at the Downtown Center / Country Music Mural for a visit and professional photo with Santa Claus! Photos will be printed on site and will cost $5 per print. Sponsored by Believe in Bristol, Twin City Photo Club, and the City of Bristol, TN. We'll have hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies for you while you wait to meet with the jolly man himself!

Kids Rock Painting

December 7 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


Join #KTCrew member Julie for our upcoming #KidsRockPainting Class! From 12-2 Julie will be teaching painters how to recreate these adorable rocks! After your rock is dry, you can take it home to keep or leave it hidden somewhere for someone to find as a surprise! Parents are welcome and encouraged to join. Cost is $20 for 3 rocks!

Frozen Tea Party

December 7 | Mercantile on State


Here’s our secret!!! We’re having a Frozen tea party!!!! Saturday December 7th at 1pm. We’ll have tea, finger foods and a craft. Then Anna and Elsa themselves will join us to sing and take pictures!! This is going to be an amazing event! $25.00 per child. Message us to reserve your spot. Prepayment is required to secure your spot. Seats are very limited.

Kevin Lorenz

December 7 | Blackbird Bakery


Join us at Blackbird Bakery for the music of Kevin Lorenz from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

The Brewery Comedy Tour

December 7 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 1500 breweries across the U.S. More than a dozen New York and L.A.-style stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. This stop is set to feature a lineup whose credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances.

Tickets here.

Momma Molasses

December 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Ella is an extremely talented and awesome musician. Come out and enjoy a night with Momma Molasses here at The Lube!

Robert Earl Keen: Countdown to Christmas

December 7 | Paramount Bristol


Christmas has been an important part of Robert Earl Keen’s repertoire ever since he released “Merry Christmas from the Family” on his 1994 LP Gringo Honeymoon. Part of the fun is that each edition of the show has a different theme, and each member of his band gets a chance to shine. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Keen’s theme for this year’s tour is COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times. This Christmas-variety-show-meets-country-revue stops in Bristol as part of its 15-City tour. Fans will blast off with Keen's classic “Merry Christmas from the Family,” fan favorites, and “unearthly” covers from his band members.

“For the people who know the song, they’ll know what to expect. For people who don’t, what I tell them is that if you are not in the Christmas spirit, come to this show and I promise when you walk out you will be.” –Robert Earl Keen

Opening the tour is Austin-based, swamp-pop-soul supergroup Shinyribs. After appearing on Austin City Limits, Shinyribs is selling-out shows across the U.S. Their unique Texas/New Orleans/Memphis blues/soul vibe is irresistible! Named 2017 Best Austin Band at Houston Chronicle's prestigious Music Awards, and Album of the Year from the Austin American Statesman.

TICKETS

Sugar Lime Blue

December 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Americana Music Association Recording Artist, Sugar Lime Blue, is truly a genre crossing band as proven by the title track, off of their sophmore release "Move That Earth", which became a top 3 radio single in the country genre as reported by Spins Tracking System(STS/New Music Weekly) The album was favorably reviewed by critics including respected Americana outlet The Alternate Root. Meanwhile, the band was featured on the Grateful Dead's Website and Social Media for their cover of "Little Sadie" a song rarely played by the Dead themselves, but included as part of Sugar Lime Blues weekly cover series "The #SundayShoutOut. These inclusions, and many more, show how the band continues to transcend genres. Sugar Lime Blue is redefining Americana, drawing from the 3 main American stylings of Jazz, Blues and Country, to create a purely unique sound. Classic Rock, Blues, and Traditional Country are all part of a musical offering that draws from the best of the familiar past with a twist of something new for the modern listener. Pull up a chair, lend an ear and get lost in the smooth grooves, winding musical passages and lilting vocals that is Sugar Lime Blue.

Christmas at the Train Station

December 8 | Bristol Train Station


The Bristol Train Station will host its first inaugural Christmas at the Train Station event on Sunday, December 8th. There will be a variety of fun-filled activities for all ages including Santa for children to meet and have their picture taken with by Jared Jarvis Photography (digital photos will be emailed), a miniature trackless train for children to ride on, meet-and-greet with the famous Ice Princess Sisters, several crafts, letter-writing to Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, ringing of the historic train bell, a gingerbread house-building contest, and more!

There are a limited number of tickets and they must be purchased in advance for one of five groups with corresponding check-in times (2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, and 4pm). The check-in time system is in place to ensure that both wait times and lines are kept to an absolute minimum, and to make sure each guest has a smooth & fun-filled experience. After checking in, guests will begin the Christmas tour with their group. It will take approximately one hour for each group to enjoy the activities.

Thanks to generous sponsors, tickets are only $8 and can be purchasedhere.

All aboard for Christmas at the Train Station!

Creative & Crafty:Book Page Christmas Tree

December 10 | Bristol Public Library


Join us at the Bristol Public Library on December 10th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and create a decorative Christmas tree using recycled book pages! We will have all the materials available for you to DIY a festive tabletop decoration for the holidays!

This activity is open to adults only. There is no fee to participate, but please RSVP before the event so we can be sure to have enough supplies. You may reserve a spot by calling 276-821-6147 or email kayla@bristol-library.org

Featured Artist Meet & Greet:Kandee Wallace

December 10 | Blackbird Bakery


Meet & Greet the artist Kandee Wallaceat 6-8 pm.

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Whimsdays

Wednesdays at 5pm | Lost State Distilling


Come out on Wednesday evenings and try the culinary whims of Chef Michael Killgore and have a cocktail at Lost State Distilling while you are here! Something different every week.

Also Coming Up

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft with Regions Bank
December 4 | Bristol Public Library
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/The Stone Mountain Serenaders
December 4 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
An Evening with Ketch Secor & Molly Tuttle
December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ragged Sally
December 4 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Canvas Class
December 5 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 5 | Downtown Bristol
Rebecca Lee Daniels
December 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Laura Thurston Live
December 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Miracle on 34th Street
December 6–22 | Theatre Bristol
Tri-Cities Christmas Open Acoustic Jam
December 6 | State Line Bar & Grill
First Fridays: Art D'vine
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Ian Feathers
December 6 | Cascade Draft House
Mike Farris Sings! – The Soul of Christmas
December 6 | Paramount Bristol
Momma Molasses
December 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Noah Spencer
December 6 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Usual Suspect's!
December 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
She Loves Me Auditions
December 7–10 | Theatre Bristol
Santa at Bloom Cafe
December 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Santa at The Center
December 7 | Downtown Center
Kids Rock Painting
December 7 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Frozen Tea Party
December 7 | Mercantile on State
Kevin Lorenz
December 7 | Blackbird Bakery
The Brewery Comedy Tour
December 7 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Momma Molasses
December 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Robert Earl Keen: Countdown to Christmas
December 7 | Paramount Bristol
Sugar Lime Blue
December 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Christmas at the Train Station
December 8 | Bristol Train Station
Creative & Crafty:Book Page Christmas Tree
December 10 | Bristol Public Library
Featured Artist Meet & Greet:Kandee Wallace
December 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Trisha Gene Brady
December 11 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
December 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Author Talk: Chrissie Anderson Peters
December 12 | Bristol Public Library
River's Way Christmas and Hanukkah Celebration!
December 12 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Diamonds
December 12 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
December 12 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 13–14 | Paramount Bristol
Operation HOPE: Credit and Money Management Workshop
December 13 | Bristol Public Library
Adam Bolt
December 13 | Cascade Draft House
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Ball
December 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Rylee Peters
December 13 | Blackbird Bakery
Daniel Messer
December 13 | Quaker Steak and Lube
David Mayfield Parade
December 13 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Below 7
December 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Fused Glass Workshop
December 14 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
BPL Anime Theater:.hack//SIGN
December 14 | Bristol Public Library
Naughty Elf Pub Crawl
December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Shannan Miller
December 14 | Blackbird Bakery
Sam Collie
December 14 | Quaker Steak and Lube
BHA Christmas Luncheon
December 15 | Bristol Train Station
Lunch with Santa
December 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street String Band
December 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Journey's End
December 17 | Downtown Bristol
Wine & Unwind Wednesday w/Megan Jean & The KFB
December 18 | Lumac Rooftop Bar
Cleve Edwards
December 18 | Blackbird Bakery
The Knotty G'sLive Duo from Ashville host our Humpday Party! $1.50 Drafts
December 18 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Radio Bristol Book Club
December 19 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Anthony Wayne Vibe
December 19 | Cascade Draft House
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
December 19 | Blackbird Bakery
TJ Darnell
December 19 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Julie Williams
December 20 | Cascade Draft House
Ian Feathers
December 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Loose Leaves
December 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Virginia West
December 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Saul Brooks
December 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Wizards of Winter
December 22 | Paramount Bristol
The Diamonds
December 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Matt Smile
December 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Dirt Road Rising
December 27 | Cascade Draft House
Anthony Mangrum
December 27 | Blackbird Bakery
Melissa & Kayla McKinny
December 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Indighost & 49 Winchester: Holiday Hangover
December 27 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Tennessee Champagne
December 27 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Lady & the Tramp Kids Canvas Class
December 28 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
William Mullins Live
December 28 | Cascade Draft House
Pinion Pine
December 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Aaron Walker
December 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
A Great Disaster
December 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
New Years Eve Hooley with Below 7!
December 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub
NYE with The Dusty Travelers
December 31 | Cascade Draft House
Free Screening: The First Rainbow Coalition
January 2 | Paramount Bristol
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 3 | Paramount Bristol
Kelly J
January 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube
JP Parsons
January 4 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin
January 9–10 | Paramount Bristol
Ryan Ward
January 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Chris Long
January 11 | Cascade Draft House
Corey Snowden
January 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Zamar Band
January 17 | Cascade Draft House
Henry Cho
January 17 | Paramount Bristol
Victor Lawson
January 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Monica Woodard and Dave Sizemore
January 18 | Cascade Draft House
Laura Thurston
January 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Nicholas Jamerson
January 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Trey Epling
January 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Rebirth Brass Band
February 1 | Paramount Bristol
The Steeldrivers
February 6 | Paramount Bristol
She Loves Me
February 7–16 | Theatre Bristol
Bill Engvall
February 9 | Paramount Bristol
The HillBenders: WhoGrass!
February 29 | Paramount Bristol
Triumphant Quartet
April 18 | Paramount Bristol

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