Downtown Bristol Events
August 26 – September 11 | Theatre Bristol
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines; Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines" And on the Theatre Bristol ARTspace stage, according to the sign; adults, girls, and boys present "The Adventures of Madeline"!
For the first time, Theatre Bristol will bring "The Adventures of Madeline" to the ARTspace stage, featuring all the familiar characters, including Madeline, 11 little girls, Ms. Clavel, Pepito, Genevieve, and many more, including even author Mr. Bemelmans as the narrator.
With the blessing of Ludwig Bemelmans’ estate, playwright James Still has adapted the classic stories of the little girl Madeline and woven them into a stage adventure that incorporates the memorable rhyme and endearing charm we expect.
Directing "The Adventures of Madeline" will be actor/director/scriptwriter, Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik, most recently director of Charlotte’s Web, and actor in The Music Man, Les Misérables, Scrooge! The Musical, Steel Magnolias, and many more productions.
"The Adventures of Madeline" cast features Steve Baskett as the celebrated series' author and production narrator Mr. Bemelmans and Charli Carpenter in the title role as Madeline. Talia Kestner as Miss Clavel often notices something is not right and looks after Madeline and her 11 school chums: Natalie Beheler, Whitney Brooks, Isabel Gross, Zora Gross, Emmersyn Hardy, Emma Hatcher, Mary Hitch, Lea Johns, Carly Street, Faith Vance, and Ava White.
Sydney Cunningham plays Bemelmans' daughter and she is accompanied by friends Annabelle Myers, Lucy Tester, and Ryleigh Tolbert. With their much-loved dog Genevieve portrayed by Wyatt Rush, the girls all go on adventures that include Dr. Cohn played by Katie Davis, Lord and Lady Cucuface played by James Altman and Cameron Roberts, the Spanish Ambassador played by Katie Davis with "bad hat" son Pepito played by Zaiah Gray, the thief by Wyatt Gross, and animal friends Jean-Pierre the mouse by Susannah Johns and tiger Isabel by Gracie Brooks. Cats, monkeys, as well as shoppers are played by Wyatt Gross, Raina Moody, and Olivia Opper.
"The Adventures of Madeline" will run from August 26 to September 11 for nine shows over three weekends. Tickets are available online at www.TheatreBristol.org, by calling 423-212-3625, or at the door.
September 1 | Downtown Center
Shooter is a 4 piece band with 3 part harmonies on every song. Formerly known as Old Dogs- New Tricks, they are ready to spread the joy of Music.
About Full Moon Jam
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.
September 2 | Studio Brew
Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.
Jake Quillin (Guitar), Magus Vaughn (Bass), and Mike Lubrano (Drums) form the north east TN based trio of Jake and The Comet Conductors. The band combines blues, funk, soul, and rock and roll elements to form a cohesive and complex blend of passionate and accessible music. The band's philosophy is to stay true to the music,perform live shows with sincerity, and write good songs that reach out and grab people where they live. They took their show on the road to compete in the prestigious Piedmont Blues Band Challenge last fall and came home with an impressive third place title out of hundreds of bands and artists. Jake and The Comet Conductors' cool factor has definitely been solidified with their self-titled, debut CD. It's a compilation of original songs that perfectly captures the band's musical attitude and produces a heady, cosmic experience for the listener.
September 2 | Bristol Brewery
The Riverbank Ramblers bring a unique, energy-packed sound that combines Americana, Rock, Country, and Grunge. With roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Ramblers sound as been referred to as Alt-Country, CowPunk, and All killer No filler! Along with this sound comes a catalog of bootleg-fueled original songs that speak of the good, bad and harsh truths of life. Their rowdy on stage performances are electric and jam packed with energy that gets crowds involved and moving. The band has recently finished their new album "Muddy Banks" at Catawba Sound Studio tucked deep into the mountains. With the album catching ears and getting lots of attention, the band is hitting the road to share their unique sound and energy with new fans.
September 3 | 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.
September 3 | Bristol Brewery
The CHR Band is a Rock N' Roll band with deep roots in country, rock, rhythm, and blues. Show starts at 8 on the outdoor stage.
September 4 | Bristol Public Library
Join Beaver Creek Storytellers at Bristol Public Library (use rear entrance) for a fun afternoon of entertaining stories. Admission is $5.
September 5–12 | Theatre Bristol
Theatre Bristol announces September 5th, 6th, and 12th auditions for its upcoming November 18 — December 4 ARTspace production of Little Women: The Musical.
Veteran and novice actors are invited to audition those dates at 6:30 pm at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. Roles are available for young and older men and women, as well as opportunities with the production crew.
Directing this classic story will be Theatre Bristol veteran David D. Hyde, Jr., most recently Theatre Bristol production designer of The Music Man, Scrooge The Musical, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The audition will consist of cold readings and musical pieces that can be prepared beforehand but that will also be taught during the audition. For a listing of those musical pieces and additional important details, including the rehearsal schedule, please visit www.theatrebristol.org/audition.
For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 7 | Downtown Bristol
Come celebrate the 100th match between Virginia High School and Tennessee High School in downtown Bristol!
The Brewfest at Bristol will be held September 8 in downtown Bristol as part of the Battle on the State Line Kickoff and Pep Rally weekend. This celebration of beer will feature over 40 breweries, hundreds of beers, and thousands of passionate craft beer and football fans.
In addition to sampling local and regional craft beer and ciders, Brewfest at Bristol will have music acts playing on two stages—featuring all the local Bristol music scene has to offer. Additional entertainment will include a Real Hot Yoga pre-fest yoga session from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a DJ and demonstration during the Brewfest, and more!
Advance tickets are $45 through August 31, and $50 after. Tickets are on sale at noon EST on August 9 at brewfestatbristol.eventbrite.com. Tickets include admission to the Brewfest, a tasting glass, a Fest map, and beer tasting.
Brewfest at Bristol will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Downtown Center off of State Street in downtown Bristol at 810 State St, Bristol, TN 37620. For more information about the event, go to www.brewfestatbristol.com.
Brewfest at Bristol benefits Tailgating for a Cause, a 501(c)(3) organization that started by turning football Saturdays into a way to raise money for philanthropy. Now in its 3rd year, Tailgating for a Cause hosts events year-round to bring communities together for fun and charity.
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September 8–9 | Downtown Bristol
BATTLE ON THE STATE LINE KICKOFF & PEP RALLY
September 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRISTOL, TN/VA
Bristol's historic downtown State Street will be decorated in MAROON & ORANGE (Hokies) on the Virginia side of town, and the ORANGE & WHITE (Vols) on the Tennessee side of town. UT & VT flags also will also line State Street in the downtown district, as well as portions of State Street will be closed Thursday evening through Friday afternoon to accommodate the influx of visitors and locals, and to allow the more than 75+ merchants, breweries and restaurants to expand their stores out onto the sidewalk for fuel up before the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept 10.
Quaker Steak and Lube has been designated as the home base for the Hokies, while 620 State will serve as the home base for the Vols, as chosen by each university’s alumni association for Sept 8-10.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8
6:00 p.m. — 10:30 p.m., Live music by award-winning FOLK SOUL REVIVAL, along with BROTHERS OF THE HIGHWAY and JAMES MEADOWS on the Food City State Street main stage. THIS IS A FREE EVENT!
9:15 p.m., SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORIC BRISTOL SIGN — you don't want to miss this! Live music will continue from Folk Soul Revival and will conclude at 10:15 p.m.
Visitors and locals can then explore and frequent one of several restaurants and live music venues throughout the night in historic downtown Bristol.
5:30-9:30 p.m., BREWFEST AT BRISTOL (www.brewfestatbristol.com), a craft beer festival with 40+ breweries and live music at the Country Music Mural, will take place at the Downtown Center on State Street. Brewfest at Bristol is a ticketed event, 21+.
FRIDAY, SEPT 9
11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m., Fans will get a chance to meet a number of former players from both Tennessee and Virginia Tech, several of whom have played in the NFL. The players will be on hand to sign autographs and visit the SPORTS DESK, which will be set up on the Food City main stage. Pep bands from both schools, as well as cheerleaders and mascots, have been invited to participate and to get fan bases pumped up! THIS IS A FREE EVENT!
Fans will also get to participate in painting the University of Tennessee "Rock" and the Virginia Tech "Hokie," play cornhole throughout the day. Also on tap is live music from SPANK and BROTHERS OF THE HIGHWAY, beginning at 11 a.m.
As a precursor to the mega Honda Ridgeline presents Bristol’s Tailgate Party concert at Bristol Motor Speedway, which will feature Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry and Old Dominion.
To assist fans in planning their trip, the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol Visitor Playbook will be available for fans online atwww.BattleInOurBackyard.com.This site, specially designed for the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, will be a guideline for visitors, directing them to the many special events, including live music and discounts, being offered in Bristol and the surrounding area, Sept. 8-11.
Check back to this event page often as additional details and transportation/shuttle information is released.
The Battle on the State Line Kickoff & Pep Rally is hosted by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Motor Speedway, City of Bristol Tennessee, City of Bristol Virginia, Discover Bristol and Food City.
Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has spotlighted the amazing talents of the country music songwriter community in the United States and abroad. The critically-acclaimed series will bring it’s show to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on September 8.
CMA Awards winner Tracy Lawrence, along with CMA Awards nominees Barry Dean and Luke Laird, are the artists chosen to perform during the Bristol leg of the CMA Songwriters Series tour.
September 9 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Kids' Painting Class: Ages 7-12
September 9, 2016 from 6-9pm
A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
600 State Street, Bristol, TN
Instructor: Laura King
Your child will create their own masterpiece in this two-hour painting class with artist Laura King at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts on State Street in Downtown Bristol! This class will contain an overview of the basics of painting with acrylics, the difference in artistic styles, and all students will come home with their own work of art. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Make sure your child wears clothing they won’t mind getting a little messy — just in case! Class limit is 10 students. Registration closes September 2. To obtain a registration form or find out more information, contact the gallery via Facebook, or email@example.com.