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Donation Based Wolfenoot Celebration

November 23 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join Nicole for a celebratory practice, to get the turkey moving, unwind with an extra long savasana, then enjoy a Wolfenoot treat. This will be a donation based class with donations to go to The World Wildlife Fund.

Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road

November 23 | Paramount Bristol


Three-time Grammy Award recipient and 11-time Grammy nominee Steve Earle is a cornerstone artist of Americana music. One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation; he has released 20 albums, a number of them with his longtime band the Dukes. Earle and the Dukes are on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of Copperhead Road, Earle’s third album, which was released to widespread acclaim in 1998. Copperhead Road is called Earle’s first “rock album” because it introduces country music's storytelling and three-chord structures to rockabilly and contemporary rock music. Earle himself described it as “heavy-metal bluegrass.” It more than lives up to that description, hitting a just-right synthesis of acoustic strumming and electric guitar power chords (not to mention the occasional bagpipe). In addition to performing Copperhead Road in its entirety, Earl includes tunes from his 2017 release “So You Wanna Be An Outlaw” which explores his country songwriting roots and includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Miranda Lambert.

Featuring special guests The Mastersons. Husband and wife duo of Chris Masterson (guitar and vocals) and Eleanor Whitmore (violin and vocals), have been integral members of Steve Earle’s band for many years and are opening for Earle on this tour. They have released three albums filled with irresistible melodies, buoyant harmonies and stellar songwriting.

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Rick Savasten Trio with Mahto & the Loose Ballons

November 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Big show for the new trio, Rick Savasten Trio, along with Mahto and The Loose Baloons kicking off the show ! this is a must see/hear/attend. Full night of original music on a perfect holliday weekend, all ages family friendly venue, so bring the gang!

James Meadows

November 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube


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.

Brother Oliver

November 23 | Machiavelli's


Take a journey with psychic folk rockers Brother Oliver as they return to Bristol.

Small Business Saturday

November 24 | Downtown Bristol


Believe in Bristol announced its participation in the ninth annual Small Business Saturday on November 24th 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 eighth 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 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 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. This year, be sure to pick up your Passport to Prizes in participating businesses and complete 15/20 stops in Downtown Bristol to be entered in for drawings for some awesome prizes! No purchase necessary to get a stamp on your Passport, just have to make it in the door (it'll be hard to pass up the unique gifts once you're in those doors, though)!

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.

“Small Business Saturday plays a key role in driving customer traffic and growing revenue for our Historic Downtown during the important holiday retail season,” says Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “By shopping local and small, the majority of the money stays within the community. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite at a local eatery.”

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 423-573-2201.

Kids Hand Building Class: Christmas Bell Ornament

November 24 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio


#KTCrew member Victoria is going to be sharing how to recreate this adorable Christmas Bell Ornament with kids ages 7 and up on Saturday, November 24th from 12 — 2 PM!

In this class, builders will learn basic techniques for hand building with clay. Once finished, the pieces will be left with us to dry until they are ready to be fired. After we do the first fire, builders can then come back and paint their ornaments and we will fire them again so they will be bright and shiny!

Cost for this class is $25
Builders that choose to come back and paint their pieces can do so and get 50% off the regular studio fee!

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

November 24 | Paramount Bristol


The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker casts a Christmas spell at Paramount Bristol on its “Dove of Peace” American tour. With the strength and classical skill of the Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls –Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life,delighting audiences of all ages.

November 24th at 3PM and 7PM.

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State Street Market and Rummage Sale

November 24 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Join us on Saturday November 24th for our first Market and Rummage Sale!

We’ll have multiple tables available to rent! Let us know if you are interested in being a vendor. $15 table fee. Bring your weird things, bring your art! This will be a great night to pick up that present for the hard to buy for person in your life.

Coffee. Beer. Thrifting. Friends.

Mama Molasses

November 24 | 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!

The Swing Band

November 24 | Blackbird Bakery


Alli Epperson

November 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube


From an early age, Alli Epperson has carried a passion for music and telling her stories through song. She is a folk singer-songwriter from Bristol, Tennessee, but can been seen playing at venues all over East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Natural ability will only take a talented artist so far, but a strong will and determination has helped push this artist forward and continues to drive her development and success.

Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting

November 26 | Cumberland Square Park


Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir decorated with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display.

Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out

November 29 | Downtown Bristol


Join Bristol's downtown merchants the evening of November 29th for this exclusive holiday event! A $10.00 ticket allows you after hours special discounts at participating stores, two adult beverages (must be 21 years of age or older) and/or non-alcoholic beverages, light appetizers, and door prize drawings!

Stores include:

  • Blakley-Mitchell Clothing
  • Cranberry Lane
  • Mercantile on State
  • Misty Mountain Designs
  • Serendipity
  • Shoozies
  • Southern Churn
  • Studio 6
  • Willow Creek Antiques

Tickets are available at the participating stores, on-line (Pay Pal) at www.bvpsfoundation.org or by phone at 276-821-5615. Tickets will also be available at the door. This event is sponsored by the Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation. Ticket price is tax-deductible and supports the BVPS Education Foundation.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol


Theatre Bristol is pleased to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River's Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio;and Fiddler on the Roof.Directing The Best Christmas Pageant Everwill be Theatre Bristol veteran actor and director Steve Baskett (Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Robin Hood).

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is based on Barbara Robinson's much-loved best-selling novel by the same title.The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.

"In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on (Samuel French)!"

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens November 30, and runs for three weekends at Theatre Bristol's ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and will be available at www.TheatreBristol.org/tickets.

Santa at The Center

December 1 | Downtown Center


Join us at the Downtown Center / Country Music Mural for a visit and professional photo with Santa Claus! Photos will be printed on site and will cost $5 per print. Sponsored by Believe in Bristol, Tri-Cities Photo Club, and the City of Bristol, TN. We'll have hot chocolate, apple cider, and cookies for you while you wait to meet with the jolly man himself!

Community Notice Board

Holiday Happenings at the Haberdashery

November 21 – December 28 | Wm. King Clothiers


With the change of seasons comes a change of hours for the holiday season. Starting November 21st, we will be OPEN each Wednesday until 5:30 pm and OPEN each Saturday until 5:00 pm. Stop by today and load up on our famous Big Tom Bloody Mary mix that is imported from England.It’s the perfect cocktail for the holiday weekend! All you need to do is add a good measure of your favorite Vodka (we are partial to Bristol based Volunteer Vodka) and Big Tom is guaranteed to help ease the pain of a button-busting Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite relatives.

We wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Donation Based Wolfenoot Celebration
November 23 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
Rick Savasten Trio with Mahto & the Loose Ballons
November 23 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
James Meadows
November 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Brother Oliver
November 23 | Machiavelli's
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Kids Hand Building Class: Christmas Bell Ornament
November 24 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 24 | Paramount Bristol
State Street Market and Rummage Sale
November 24 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Mama Molasses
November 24 | Blackbird Bakery
The Swing Band
November 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Alli Epperson
November 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
Christmas Music by Fellowship Chapel Children's Choir
November 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out
November 29 | Downtown Bristol
Soundtrack for a Revolution
November 29 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
November 29 | Paramount Bristol
Christmas Music by Mama Molasses
November 29 | Blackbird Bakery
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Tom's Handgun w/ Loose Leaves
November 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Matt Smile
November 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
How To Workshop: Cookie Plates
December 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Santa at The Center
December 1 | Downtown Center
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
The Brewery Comedy Tour
December 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Megan Jean/Maggie Valley Band in Bristol
December 1 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Cookies with Santa
December 4 | Blackbird Bakery
Community Conversations about Race: A moderated panel discussion
December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol
Andrew Alli
December 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Jane Kramer w/ Momma Molasses
December 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Andrew Alli
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Clint Black Christmas
December 9 | Paramount Bristol
Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Damn the Torpedoes"
December 14 | Paramount Bristol
Corey Smith
December 15 | Paramount Bristol
EmiSunshine Christmas Show with Etta May
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
Journey's End
December 18 | Downtown Bristol
Cookies with Santa
December 18 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Church Sisters, Carolina Blue and Sally & George
December 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Kids Hand Building: Snowman
December 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 4 | Paramount Bristol
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library

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