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Downtown Bristol Events

Red, White & Bristol Block Party

August 15 | Downtown Bristol


Discover Bristol is excited to announce the inaugural Red, White & Bristol block party in partnership with Bristol TN, Bristol VA and Believe in Bristol in downtown Bristol on Wednesday, August 15. Bristol TN kindly moved their Sounds of Summer concert series to Wednesday night, so we’re excited to have Borderline, Wyldeheart and Shooter perform from 5 – 10 that evening on a stage at the intersection of State Street and Piedmont.

In addition, we’ll be hosting a cornhole tournament further down State Street, exclusively serving Bristol beer. The winner will receive an authentic, one-of-a-kind State Street brass marker trophy! Multiple restaurants along State Street will extend their service out onto the street with beer gardens for the evening.

Our businesses are ready with unique race souvenirs and specials to show off the best of what Bristol has to offer. For young and old alike, there will be yard games and kids’ activities along the 600 block of State Street with show cars and even Special Guest Appearances! Full details listed HERE.

Continuous Shuttles from 2:00-10:30 PM at the following locations:

· Bruton Smith Building
· BMS Tower C – Speedway Blvd. (Tree)
· Bristol Dragway Showerhouse
· Hwy 11 E & Whitetop Rd.
· Hwy 394 & Copperhead Rd.

BPL Book Club: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

August 16 | Bristol Public Library


BPL Book Club will finish reading and discussing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë and pick up its next book, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.

BPL Book Club is open to everyone, so feel free to drop in at any time for a wonderful evening of good books, good company, and sweet treats!

Hip Gypsy

August 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


From many different musical backgrounds, Hip Gypsy has come together to form a band that reaches into many genres in their original music. From hard hitting Rock to Reggae, Funk, Blues, and Soul Hip Gypsy has formed an alliance sure to thrill the ears of any musical connoisseur.

The Zoh Hamrick Trio

August 16 | Blackbird Bakery


The Zoh Hamrick Trio Band will play on saxaphone8-10 pm at Blackbird Bakery.

Benny Wilson Band

August 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Benny Wilson will perform at Quaker Steak & Lube in downtown Bristol on Thursday, August 7th.

Savory Sandwich Class for Kids

August 18 | Bristol Public Library


August is National Sandwich Month! This kids cooking class is a tasty way to learn new recipes and get a hands on experience in cooking! Paired with some healthy fresh fruit and fruit dip (that we will also make ourselves!), this savory sandwich cooking class is a great way to celebrate sandwich month!

Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so register soon!

Yoga 101

August 18 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Interested in Yoga? Join Breathe Bristol for a beginners workshop and learn more about the basics of yoga to acclimate you to a class setting. This workshop will be offered Saturday, August 18: 11am-12:30pm or Sunday, August 26: 2:30-4 pm.

Register at: breathebristol.com/schedule

Creative & Crafty: Floral Canvas Class

August 18 | Bristol Public Library


Join BPL on Saturday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m. for a Creative & Crafty: Floral Canvas Class. For this class, registered participants will have the opportunity to choose between one of two canvases—a pretty bouquet of purple hydrangeas, or a cluster of morning glories on a barn wall—and craft a completely unique portrait of their very own. The class is being offered for $5 per person per canvas; all canvases, paint, supplies, and instruction will be provided with payment.

Space is limited, so registration is required. To learn more or to register, contact Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.

Wise Old River

August 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Wise Old River shares songs about the human condition, human experience, times of need, times of pain, times of being lost and times of being found, our searching, and finding hope, grace and truth as well as times of spiritual growth. They sing about it all. Their desire is for their music to be stripped down organic, earthy, wires, wood and vibrations from the soul.

State Street String Band Bluegrass

August 20 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass August 20th at 7pm.

Video Development & Promotion Workshop

August 21 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Want to keep up with the most current trends to market through video? This workshop offers the "how to" of utilizing video to promote your business or pretty much anything you do!
The workshop will focus on the power of using video for marketing, and provide tips to creating video content:

  • Why is video necessary for marketing?
  • Tips and tricks for producing your own videos VS when to hire a professional.
  • How to effectively implement video for marketing your business.
  • How/when to use Facebook Live.

Video is not only the future of marketing, but is already the fastest growing component of social media.

(After completing this workshop, for those who would like to dig deeper into the actual creation and editing of video development, sign-up for the Video Editing and Marketing Workshop offered on Oct. 2, 2018)

REGISTER

Banking Basics for Students with Regions Bank

August 21 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday, August 21, at 4:00 p.m. for a special seminar on Banking Basics for Students. A representative from Regions Bank will discuss banking basics—including how to create a budget, how to apply for a checking or savings account, how to start saving money and use credit wisely—and answer audience questions. Although this seminar will help students learn the basics of banking and budgeting, Banking Basics is open to all ages.

Registration is not required. To join, simply drop in at 4:00 p.m. on August 21 to learn more about banking basics.

Write Here: A Writing Club for Current and Future Authors

August 21 | Bristol Public Library


Write Here is a writing club organized by Bristol Public Library for readers and writers who are or aspire to become authors. Everyone is welcome to attend, write, share, and discuss. Meetings and workshops are fun and informal, and completely free to enjoy.

Sounds of Summer: Beaver Creek

August 21 | Downtown Center


The Sounds of Summer Concert Series, formerly the Full Moon Jam, will start June 5th and run through September 27th. Concerts will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from7-9pmfrom June -Augustat the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Concerts will be held on Thursdays during the month of September.

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.

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

August 25 | Cumberland Square Park


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mountain Empire will host their 3rd annual Australian Dress Down Under in Cumberland Square Park on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Entertainment by The Phantoms, sponsored by Renasant Bank. Primary food sponsor will be Outback Steakhouse. Beverages by Bristol Station Bar & Taproom and Studio Brew. There will be a 9 week old Australian Shepherd puppy for auction, sponsored by First Bank & Trust, a raffle for an Indy Red 2018 Polaris Sportsman 570, and many other live and silent auction items. For more information, call 276-669-8932 or visit our Facebook Page at facebook.com/boys&girlsclubsofthemountainempire.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Red, White & Bristol Block Party
August 15 | Downtown Bristol
BPL Book Club: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
August 16 | Bristol Public Library
Hip Gypsy
August 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Zoh Hamrick Trio
August 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Benny Wilson Band
August 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Savory Sandwich Class for Kids
August 18 | Bristol Public Library
Yoga 101
August 18 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Creative & Crafty: Floral Canvas Class
August 18 | Bristol Public Library
Cleve Edwards
August 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Wise Old River
August 18 | Quaker Steak and Lube
State Street String Band Bluegrass
August 20 | Blackbird Bakery
Video Development & Promotion Workshop
August 21 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Banking Basics for Students with Regions Bank
August 21 | Bristol Public Library
Write Here: A Writing Club for Current and Future Authors
August 21 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Beaver Creek
August 21 | Downtown Center
Bingo
August 23 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Shake Yo Money Maker
August 23 | Downtown Center
Shades of Grey
August 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
The Diamonds
August 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Asylum Suite
August 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Creative & Crafty: Crumple Dyeing
August 25 | Bristol Public Library
"Australian Dress Down Under" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club
August 25 | Cumberland Square Park
Hello October
August 25 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Yoga 101
August 26 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Sounds of Summer: ETSU Bluegrass Band
August 28 | Downtown Center
Classic Movie Corner: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
August 30 | Bristol Public Library
Sounds of Summer: Shades of Refinement
August 30 | Downtown Center
Below 7
August 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Gerald Sheppard
August 30 | Blackbird Bakery
The Great American Novel Book Club: Their Eyes Were Watching God
August 31 | Blackbird Bakery
About Folk Soul Revival Album Release Concert
August 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Moose Roberts & Mama Molasses
August 31 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Loose Leaves
August 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Sounds of Summer: Head Games
September 4 | Downtown Center
Flood Insurance Seminar
September 5 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
September 7 | Paramount Bristol
David Wiseman, Smokey Joe Peoples, and Moose Roberts
September 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Downtown Bristol TN/VA Loft Tour
September 8 | Downtown Bristol
Momma Molasses and Earleine
September 8 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sounds of Summer: My New Favorites
September 13 | Downtown Center
Healthy Dinner Class
September 20 | Bristol Public Library
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol
Business Planning & Finance Options Workshop
September 26 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Sounds of Summer: James Meadows
September 27 | Downtown Center
Video Editing & Marketing Workshop
October 2 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Chicks with Hits: Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 4 | Paramount Bristol
The Black Jacket Symphony: AC/DC "Back in Black"
October 5 | Paramount Bristol
PUSH! Film Festival
October 12–14 | Downtown Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. the Quebe Sisters and The Barefoot Movement
October 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Networking & Promotion Workshop
October 24 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Spectral Celestial: Art Exhibit by Brian Serway
October 26 | Elderbrew
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 27 | Downtown Center
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
EmiSunshine with Etta May
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol

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