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Book Your Holiday Event at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Make your company's holiday party or event extra-special by hosting it at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum this season! Consider the Performance Theater and Atrium or the Blue Stocking Club Learning Center for your gathering or allow guests to experience the entire museum including the core and special exhibits. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy all that the museum has to offer! There is a kitchen available on-site for your catering team, and The Museum Store can even be be open during your event. Contact Carey Kidd to book now.



Downtown Bristol Events

Lift Every Voice: A Conversation

November 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will host “Lift Every Voice: A Conversation” on Thursday, November 17, 6—8pm.

Join members of our community and staff in a round table-style discussion about the history of the African American community in Bristol through the mid-1900s.Participants include Dr. W. A. Johnson, pastor at Lee Street Baptist Church; Ms. Wilhelmina Banks, owner of the Nyumba Ya Tausi-Peacock Museum of African American art and artifacts; and Dr. Jerry Jones, professor at Emory & Henry College. The conversation is part of the “Lift Every Voice” series happening this fall at the museum.

“Lift Every Voice” is a global initiative highlighting organizations co-celebrating the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which showcases the depth and breadth of African American history and culture across the nation and around the world.

This event is free and open to the public; seating for this free event is limited so please RSVP by clicking hereto reserve your ticket. For more information, call 423-573-1927.

Mama Molasses

November 17 | Blackbird Bakery


Mamma Molasses performs Alt-Country, Americana, Indie Folk, and Blues. She is a songwriter, and she has her own way of fingerpicking 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!

Kids' Painting Class: Trees (Ages 7-12)

November 18 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


Your child will paint their own tree 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 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 November 11. To register, visit the gallery.

Instructor: Laura King
Cost: $25
Time: 6-8pm

"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club

November 18 | Bristol Train Station


Join the Boys & Girls Club for "Australian Dress Down Under" at Bristol Train Station. This is the antithesis of a black tie event. Dress is casual or even “Aussie” style. The premier food sponsor will be Outback Steakhouse, and beers from local breweries will be available.

Dance to the music of Lance Stinson, one of Rhythm and Roots favorites, and enjoy both a live and silent auction.

Mark your calendar and plan on having an evening of fun! All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 276-669-8932.

Little Women: The Musical

November 18 – December 4 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol presents "Little Women, The Broadway Musical" November 18 through Thanksgiving weekend until December 4 at the ARTspace, 506 State Street, with tickets on sale now.

With book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, "Little Women, The Broadway Musical," follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Jo (Lorrie Anderson) longs to publish a novel. Meg (Emily Barnes) longs for a fiancé. Beth (Annika Burley) longs for a piano. Amy (Eden Phillips) longs to be admired. This timeless tale has been given new life as an exhilarating musical filled with glorious song, dance and a few tears. Author Louisa May Alcott's classic story celebrates personal discovery and coming of age in a time of challenge and transformation.

Little Women will run from November 18 to December 4 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace for nine shows over three weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets are $12, with students and seniors $10 each, available online at the Theatre Bristol website, www.TheatreBristol.org or by calling the reservation message line at 423-212-3625.

PF Flyers

November 18 | Studio Brew


The PF Flyers will play Studio Brew November 18th.

Rex Montgomery

November 18 | Bristol Brewery


Bristol Station welcomes Rex Montgomery to the stage this Friday, November 18. He will take the stage at 8:00 PM. Come out for a great show and great beer!

Stephen Bennett, Harp Guitarist

November 19 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join BCM for an evening with renowned harp guitarist Stephen Bennett at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Bennett will perform with a 1909 harp guitar and a newer version of the instrument, and will give background on these rare instruments. A skilled guitarist, Bennett will also perform with a standard 6-string guitar and his 1930 National steel guitar, choosing from a broad repertoire of well-known songs and his own compositions.

A prolific and original guitarist, Stephen Bennett has performed around the world and created a large body of recorded work ranging from solo guitar to his 2013 release The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet Score for Guitar Orchestra. His latest release is a collection of music for harp guitar titled Tone Poet.

The concert will be held in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.

Derrick Ryan

November 19 | Bristol Brewery


Born in Bristol, Tennessee, and spending all of 2015 recording his debut album, 2016 holds nothing but promise for Derrick Ryan. A power house of heart and soul, a Derrick Ryan show will be a one of a kind experience.

Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Jamen Denton & Annie Robinette

November 20 | Studio Brew


Three wonderful musicians you won't want to miss!

Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House

November 21 | Downtown Bristol


Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 21, 2016, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, the Washington–Lee Warblers from Washington Lee Elementary after-school program will perform at 6:30 pm.

Last, but certainly not least, a special thank you to Serendipity and Be.Ella Boutique for allowing us to bring in a new favorite — Holiday Hay Rides! Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer's Market) to catch your ride through downtown, $5 each person, children 5 and under are free.

“We look forward each year to showcasing our beautiful downtown to the community and surrounding areas. Our Believe in Bristol Downtown Open House is the perfect way to ‘kick-off’ the holiday season. This event offers something to every age, and we hope the attendees will feel the warmth and hospitality of Bristol” said Vicie Dotson, Believe in Bristol Promotions Committee Chair.

Be sure to keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

The Diamonds

November 21 | 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.

Small Business Saturday

November 26 | Downtown Bristol


Believe in Bristol will host the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 26th to support small businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to be part of Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the greater Bristol area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday. Stop by to support small businesses and pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons as well as special sales and promotions from participating retailers.

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Supporting Small Business Saturday is a wonderful way to show your love to our local mom and pop shops,” says Christina Blevins, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “Shopping locally keeps money here in our community and it’s one of the most important things you can do as a Bristolian is support Bristol!”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on www.shopsmall.com. Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday. For questions or more information about Small Business Saturday, visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 276-644-9700.

Also Coming Up

Lift Every Voice: A Conversation
November 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Mama Molasses
November 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Kids' Painting Class: Trees (Ages 7-12)
November 18 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club
November 18 | Bristol Train Station
Little Women: The Musical
November 18 – December 4 | Theatre Bristol
PF Flyers
November 18 | Studio Brew
Rex Montgomery
November 18 | Bristol Brewery
Stephen Bennett, Harp Guitarist
November 19 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Derrick Ryan
November 19 | Bristol Brewery
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Jeff Lane, Jamen Denton & Annie Robinette
November 20 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 21 | Downtown Bristol
The Diamonds
November 21 | Blackbird Bakery
James Meadows
November 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Small Business Saturday
November 26 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 28 | Cumberland Square Park
State Street String Band
November 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 1 | Downtown Bristol
Laura Thurston
December 1 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Radio Bristol Premieres: Dylan LeBlanc
December 2 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ryan Ward
December 8 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Farm & Fun Time Christmas Spectacular with Larry Sparks
December 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 9–10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Yoga Nidra Workshop
December 10 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Below 7
December 16 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Open House Holiday & LuLaRoe Party
December 17 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Journey's End
December 20 | Downtown Bristol

More Upcoming Events »

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L.C. King's Red White & Blue Sale

This week at L.C. King


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Bristol Historical Association Tag Sale

Saturday from 10-5


The Bristol Historical Association has scheduled a Tag Sale to be held at the E.W. King house on Saturday, November 19, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The house is located on the corner of Anderson and Seventh Streets in downtown Bristol. Access to the sale will be from the rear of the building, adjacent to the Ferguson Animal Hospital.

The association recently accepted an offer to sell the historic E.W. King house, a landmark that was constructed in 1903 for Edward Washington King. The house was listed on the National Historical Register in 1999. In the late 1990’s the association began a campaign to restore the landmark into a local house museum but due to funding the plans were changed. As a result the house was placed for sale. The plan for the museum, and the later sale, has been a labor of love for the association and many Bristolians. As a result the BHA will be offering for sale a number of furnishings that have been stored for the planned house museum and other items de-accessioned from their collection.

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase period Victorian furniture and other furnishings for your collection. Items include Eastlake chairs, settee, marble table, and secretary, a 1920’s Victrola phonograph, White sewing machine, patterned china, glassware, lamps, home décor’, and decorative books. The original partner-desk from the E.W. King firm will also be available at this sale.

Contact Tim Buchanan, president, for details of the upcoming sale, by e-mail, buchanan03@bvu.net.

Visit BCMM during Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House and Save!

November 21st


Visit the Birthplace of Country Music Museum store during Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House, and use this coupon to receive 10% off your purchase.

Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through November 18


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