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Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month – And you can help our local breweries win a prize!


August is Virginia Craft Beer Month! During the month of August, Virginia's tourism bureau encourages consumers to post a photo or video to Instagram in a “toast” style about their favorite Virginia beer, brewery or craft beer experience using the hashtags #ToastVA and #VAcraftbeer, then “pass the mic” by tagging a friend to do the same.

All participants will be entered to win weekly drawings for Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers swag, and the two breweries with the most engagement will win giant Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers neon signs.

Let's help our beloved downtown breweries, Bristol Station Brews & Taproom and Studio Brew win those signs! Each time you visit a brewery, be sure to post your toast!

What's A Toast?It's an open interpretation, but stirring salutes, songs, tributes and pint pics are all options. Photos, gifs, videos and Boomerangs are welcome. Follow #ToastVA and #VACraftBeer on Instagram for a few ideas, and visit virginia.org/craftbeer for more information.



It's not too late to register your dancer for Bristol Ballet's fall term


Bristol Ballet's fall classes begin this Thursday, but it's not too late to register your dancer for fall term! You can register conveniently online at bristoballet.org.

Save on registration when you volunteer at Food City Family Race Night or BMS
Bristol Ballet is seeking volunteers for Food City Family Race Night. Bristol Ballet has been selected, in partnership with Theatre Bristol, to be this year's beneficiary charity of Food City Family Race Night on August 17! Click here to download the FCFRN volunteer sign-up form.

Bristol Ballet will also have a Souvenir Booth inside the track at Bristol Motor Speedway. The booth will need volunteers Saturday, August 12, Wednesday, August 16, Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19. Click here to sign up for the Souvenir Booth.

These events will earn thousands of dollars for Bristol Ballet, which help keep tuition and ticket prices low and allow the Ballet to provide tuition assistance to families who otherwise could not be a part of Bristol Ballet. Folks who volunteer at either Food City Family Race Night and/or Bristol Ballet’s BMS Souvenir Booth will not be charged the annual registration fee ($25 value one per family/per event).



National Farmers Market Week being celebrated in Bristol with numerous events


National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, and the State Street Farmer’s Market will be celebrating with a number of exciting events. On Saturday, August 5 the 2017 limited edition poster will be made available and is free while supplies last. “We’re really excited about the poster this year! We’re tying in something new, and we think our customers and the citizens will really like it. Quantities are truly limited, so you’ll want to get yours early,” said Mike Musick, Recreation Superintendent for the City.

August 5 will also be the date everyone needs to come down and bite into the 17th Annual Corn Fest. Beginning at 10am, free ears of cooked corn on the cob will be available, while supplies last, giving customers a chance to taste test the local product.

The following Saturday, August 12, the market will be hosting its annual Tomato Fest. Beginning at 9am, market customers are encouraged to come out to get their home grown tomato on a fresh baked biscuit while supplies last.

National Farmers Market Week is being celebrated by the Bristol market in so many ways including giving away a limited number of State Street Farmer’s Market t-shirts on both Saturday, August 5 and August 12.

“The way we look at celebrating National Farmers Market Week is, it’s really a celebration of our vendors and our customers. They are who makes our market the success that it is. Coming to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning or Wednesday afternoon is really destination shopping,” Musick said.

The State Street Farmer’s Market in located in historic downtown Bristol at 810 State Street and is open on Saturdays 8am until Noon. The Wednesday afternoon market is open from 2pm to 6pm.

For more information on the market and market events go to www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com.



Downtown Bristol Events

Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City – Paint the Park Purple Night!

August 9 | Boyce Cox Field


Join the Bristol Pirates and the Alzheimer's Association for Paint the Park Purple night. $1 of every ticket purchase will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band

August 10 | Downtown Center


Purple Masquerade Is a Prince Tribute Band from Nashville, Tennessee.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual 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 28th. 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.

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

Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City

August 10 | Boyce Cox Field


Farm & Fun Time: Town Mountain and Jonathan Byrd

August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time hosts Town Mountain and Jonathan Byrd on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Farm &Fun Time, the historic Radio Program broadcasting from Downtown Bristol, was a staple to listeners across the Southeast during the 1940s and 1950s on the former WCYB Radio. Radio Bristol breathes new life into the classic program with a fun, energetic show broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Hosted by Radio Bristol producer and house band-leader Kris Truelsen, Farm &Fun Time is an event the whole family can enjoy live, in the studio or when gathered around their radios.

Click here to purchase tickets.

The Diamonds

August 10 | 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 11 | Downtown Bristol


Come out to Historic Downtown Bristol on Friday, August 11 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 Dolphia Booher, of the Appalachian Region of AACA at 423-418-2103.

HB Beverly

August 11 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Bristol Brewery is proud to welcome back HB Beverly to perform at the Brewery Friday, August 11th, at 8:00 PM. Come out to Bristol Station for some good tunes and, of course, some good beer!

Hundred Acres

August 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Hundred Acres is an East Tennessee-based band centered around the sharp vocals and unique songs of guitarist Jeff Lane. The rhythms mostly have an acoustic groove driven by the mandolin and guitar. You probably won’t confuse the songs with anyone else’s, and that’s a good thing, although you will hear echoes of Steely Dan, and occasionally the Beatles, Eagles, and even the Doobie Brothers. But it’s mostly the fertile mind of Jeff Lane, with great help from Matthew Oakes, Joe and Howard Bastedo and Quentin Horton.

State Street Farmers Market's Annual Tomato Fest

August 12 | Downtown Center


The State Street Farmers Market will be hosting its annual Tomato Fest August 12, 2017. The fest will feature tomatoes from all the market vendors. Some Heirloom type tomatoes and some local favorites as well. Biscuits will be available for as long as they last. Come early and shop before the selection becomes limited.

Don’t forget to stop by the market’s sweet corn vendors and get the last of the crop for the year and remember green beans are now available by the bushel. “For fresh fruit and vegetables don’t forget the State Street Farmers Market. It is open Saturday mornings until the end of October and Wednesday afternoons until the end of September. Right now there is still a great selection available,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation, the department that oversees the operation of the market for the city.

For more information, visit www.statestreetfarmersmarket.com.

The Grand Ole Uproar

August 12 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


The Grand Ole Uproar's musical gumbo conjures up the Texas twang of Waylon Jennings and Doug Sahm, the electric carnival of Dylan, the improvisational impulses of the Grateful Dead, and the laid-back swampy sound of J.J. Cale, as well as many other(and older) songs and artists in the American tradition.

The Grand Ole Uproar frequently tours the Southeast and Midwest, appearing recently on Knoxville TN's Blue Plate Special Radio Program on WDVX and Balcony TV Nashville. The Uproar has shared the stage with artists like Zach Deputy, PALEFACE, The Corbitt Brothers, The Deadstring Brothers, and Cosmic Charlie.

Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends

August 15 | Downtown Center


These guys can play it all from rock to pop to country to blues and everything in between. Very entertaining.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual 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 28th. 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.

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

Food City Family Race Night

August 17 | Downtown Bristol


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. For the spring race, the event is held at BMS in the hospitality area while remaining in downtown Bristol in August. Food City Race Night events are also held in the Spring and Fall 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. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at selected Food City locations. Tickets will be $6 the day of the event with children 12 and under being admitted free of charge. 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

Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City – Paint the Park Purple Night!
August 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Book Signing: Rita Hawkins
August 9 | Blackbird Bakery
Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band
August 10 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Farm & Fun Time: Town Mountain and Jonathan Byrd
August 10 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Diamonds
August 10 | Blackbird Bakery
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 11 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 11 | Boyce Cox Field
HB Beverly
August 11 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Hundred Acres
August 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Annie Auditions: Roles available for men, women, children, and a dog
August 12–21 | Theatre Bristol
State Street Farmers Market's Annual Tomato Fest
August 12 | Downtown Center
The Grand Ole Uproar
August 12 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
August 15 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor, Wyldeheart, Shooter
August 17 | Downtown Center
Food City Family Race Night
August 17 | Downtown Bristol
BPL Book Club
August 17 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Shake it Like a Caveman
August 17 | Studio Brew
Lukas Patrick
August 17 | Blackbird Bakery
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 18 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 19 | Boyce Cox Field
State Street String Band
August 21 | Blackbird Bakery
Inside the Millennial Mind
August 22 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Roots and Region: Exploring Local Music History and Traditions
August 22 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
August 22 | Downtown Center
Creative and Crafty: Mini Mandala Portraits
August 23 | Bristol Public Library
Book Signing: B.T. Harris
August 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Magical Mug Cakes
August 24 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford
August 24 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
August 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
Steele Cookin Band
August 25 | Studio Brew
BCM's Free Family Fun Day
August 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 28 | Boyce Cox Field
AAME presents The First Generation of the English Bible
August 29 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 29 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 30 | Boyce Cox Field
The Adventures of Robin Hood
August 31 | Bristol Public Library
PBS Documentary: "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037"
August 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Swing Band Trio
August 31 | Blackbird Bakery
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hundred Acres
September 8 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 9 | Downtown Bristol
Sugar Lime Blue
September 9 | Studio Brew
Something Beautiful Fall Market
September 10 | Bristol Train Station
Certified CPR, AED & First Aid Training
September 12 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
"May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers" Film Screening
September 12 | Marquee Cinemas — Pinnacle 12
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2017
September 15–17 | Downtown Bristol
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Comedian Henry Cho
September 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
September 29 | Studio Brew
The Paramount Chamber Players Presents "Pure Classics"
October 6 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Delbert McClinton Presented by Big Spring Entertainment
October 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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