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Downtown Bristol Events

Downtown Bristol Merchant Meeting

August 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum Performance Theater

Two meeting time options: 9:00 am or 3:00 pm

Representatives from the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Discover Bristol, Bristol Motor Speedway, Believe in Bristol, and Birthplace of Country Music will be on hand to provide information and answer questions regarding the Battle on the State Line Kickoff & Pep Rally (Sept. 8-9), and other events surrounding the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol Football Game.

Full Moon Jam: Music Memories

August 11 | Downtown Center


Earl Humphries and his band are some of the most talented musicians in this area. You don't want to miss this night of nostalgia and classic rock!

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For the 20th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 29th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

The Pickin' Porch Show: Ronnie Williams

August 11 | Mountain Music Museum


This week's Pickin' Porch Show will feature Ronnie Williams.

The Diamonds

August 11 | 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.

Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show

August 12 | Downtown Bristol


Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, August 5 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.

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

Bristol Saves Lives Benefit Concert

August 12 | Machiavelli's


Bristol Saves Lives will be holding a benefit concert at Machiavelli's August 12th at 7 PM. Come one come all for an evening of great music and help support this great cause!

I would like to publicly thank Dave and Val for allowing us the use of their fine establishment for the evening.

Artists who will be performing are as follows:
Major Canty with Tony Dixon
Adam Lawson
J.P. Parsons
Russell Goyette
Others tbd

No cover charge but we will have a donation booth for those who wish to support our great cause.

All proceeds will help with the purchase of Naloxone auto injector kits for the Bristol VA Police and Fire Departments.

West Coast Swing Lesson

August 12 | Bristol Ballet


Join Bristol Ballet for a West Coast Swing lesson August 14th at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

James Meadows

August 12 | Quaker Steak and Lube


About James Meadows
James started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show. Their shows contain a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue.

Exit 23

August 12 | Bristol Brewery


From the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Exit 23 was formed in the Summer of 2014 by core members Johnny “Pop” Day (Vocals/Guitar), Charlie Cable (Banjo/Mandolin/Guitar), and Scott Cable (Lead Guitar). Morphing each member’s musical influences and styles, a sound of their own was created as they began to arrange acoustic driven, country-tinged songs.

State Street Farmer's Market

August 13 | Downtown Center


Join us at the State Street Farmer's Market, where local merchants, fresh food and fun times come together. Choose your favorite local produce, homemade foods and unique arts and crafts. The market is open from May through October.

May — October
Saturdays 8 am — Noon

July — September
Wednesdays 2 — 6 pm

Don't forget! The State Street Farmer's Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards. Participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 in value and can use those tokens with participating vendors.

Yoga in the Park

August 13 | Cumberland Square Park


Do you like spending time outside? Do you like listening to bird songs? Do you want to meet new friends and take care of your health? Join Wellness Yoga of Bristol in the park for a free yoga practice. Classes will be held every Saturday in June, July, and August, weather permitting. The yoga practices will be taught by Rita Gregory and Nicole Putnam. Enjoy your free yoga practice in the midst of beautiful nature! Practices will be held at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, VA! See you on the mat!

Sunday Afternooner Music Series Kickoff

August 14 | Studio Brew


Studio Brew is serving up an outstanding music component on Sunday Afternoons from 5:00 pm to 7:30 beginning on August 14th: the Sunday Afternooner Music Series! Kicking off this sequence is a singer/songwriter event hosted by Jeff Lane (Hundred Acres and Real Life Heavies) joined by the haunting and lingering melodies of Annie Robinette, followed by themusic of Jamen Denton (Virginia Ground and Wise Old River).

State Street String Band

August 15 | Blackbird Bakery


Clap along to the bluegrass sounds of State Street String Band.

Also Coming Up

State Street Farmer's Market
August 10 | Downtown Center
Downtown Bristol Merchant Meeting
August 11 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Music Memories
August 11 | Downtown Center
The Pickin' Porch Show: Ronnie Williams
August 11 | Mountain Music Museum
The Diamonds
August 11 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
August 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 12 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Saves Lives Benefit Concert
August 12 | Machiavelli's
West Coast Swing Lesson
August 12 | Bristol Ballet
James Meadows
August 12 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Exit 23
August 12 | Bristol Brewery
State Street Farmer's Market
August 13 | Downtown Center
Yoga in the Park
August 13 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
August 13 | Boyce Cox Field
Sunday Afternooner Music Series Kickoff
August 14 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
August 14 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
August 15 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street String Band
August 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
August 16 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street Farmer's Market
August 17 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Retroville
August 18 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Marcus Boyd
August 18 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Shooter
August 18 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 18 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 19 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street Farmer's Market
August 20 | Downtown Center
Yoga in the Park
August 20 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 20 | Boyce Cox Field
Quarter Bounce
August 20 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Apps for Business Workshop
August 23 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 23 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street Farmer's Market
August 24 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Midnight Riders — Allman Brothers Tribute Band
August 25 | Downtown Center
Salsa Social
August 25 | Studio Brew
The Adventures of Madeline
August 26 – September 11 | Theatre Bristol
Radio Bristol Premieres: Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome
August 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Great Affairs
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street Farmer's Market
August 27 | Downtown Center
Yoga in the Park
August 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Healing Hands 11th Annual Fundraising Gala
August 27 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
August 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters
August 28 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
August 28 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
August 29 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street Farmer's Market
August 31 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Shooter
September 1 | Downtown Center
Laura Thurston
September 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street Farmer's Market
September 3 | Downtown Center
State Street Farmer's Market
September 7 | Downtown Center
Battle on the State Line Kickoff & Pep Rally
September 8–9 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: James Meadows
September 8 | Downtown Center
Ryan Ward
September 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Kids' Painting Class: Ages 7-12
September 9 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
State Street Farmer's Market
September 10 | Downtown Center
Social Media 101 Workshop
September 13 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
State Street Farmer's Market
September 14 | Downtown Center
Salsa Social
September 15 | Studio Brew
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2016
September 16–18 | Downtown Bristol
State Street Farmer's Market
September 21 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
September 22 | Downtown Center
Salsa Social
September 22 | Studio Brew
Quarter Bounce
September 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street Farmer's Market
September 24 | Downtown Center
State Street Farmer's Market
September 28 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 29 | Downtown Center
Mama Molasses
September 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Ride the Line Bike Rally
September 30 – October 2 | Downtown Bristol
State Street Farmer's Market
October 1 | Downtown Center
The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' Abbey Road
October 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Laura Thurston
October 6 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Dan Deel
October 7 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street Farmer's Market
October 8 | Downtown Center
Salsa Social
October 13 | Studio Brew
Ryan Ward
October 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Royal Hounds
October 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
State Street Farmer's Market
October 15 | Downtown Center
PUSH! Film Festival
October 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
The Gentlemen & Liars
October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street Farmer's Market
October 22 | Downtown Center
Below 7
October 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Salsa Social
October 27 | Studio Brew
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 28 | TriSummit Bank
James Meadows
October 28 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street Farmer's Market
October 29 | Downtown Center
Laura Thurston
November 3 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Below 7
November 5 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
November 10 | O'Mainnin's Pub
James Meadows
November 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Laura Thurston
December 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Ryan Ward
December 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Below 7
December 16 | O'Mainnin's Pub

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Featured Artist Exhibit: Ken Simmelink

September 1–30 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


Featured Artist Exhibit: Ken Simmelink
September 1-30, 2016
A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
600 State Street, Bristol, TN

Ken first became aware that he could "sketch animals pretty well" when his 4th grade teacher asked if she could frame his pencil drawing of a deer and hang it in her home. Years later while home-bound recovering from meningitis, it was another woman who encouraged him to try oil painting. In college, he took art courses for enjoyment and to boost his grade point average. And finally it was his wife, who just before retirement bought him an easel and paints to get him started on a retirement hobby.

"I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and always had a special affinity for animals. A career in Aviation and missions allowed me to live, work and travel in many areas of the world. Photography was my hobby long before painting replaced it, but the one compliments the other. And both require an artist’s view of the world.My approach to art is this: our world of nature is beautiful and I probably can’t improve on it. But I can depict its beauty in two dimensions on canvass with paint. I work in watercolor, pastels and oils. My favorite media is oils. My style is photo realism and my favorite subject is still animals."

Ken has been retired for the past twenty years and painting is his favorite use of time and talent.

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