Numerous festivals and local events are within a short drive, or an even shorter walk, of Prospect Hill in Mountain City, TN.
Abingdon and Damascus, VA Festivals
Virginia Highlands Festival (late July-early Aug.; 2 weekends)
Trail Days, Damascus (May) celebrates the Appalachian Trail hiker
Capo’s Music Store Jam, Abingdon, VA - every Saturday night at 6:30pm. Come play or just listen! 6:30 pm, 903 E. Main St. 276-525-1880
Acoustic Music Jam, Abingdon: Acoustic Music Jam every Thursday at the Virginia Ballroom located in the Abingdon Senior Center, 300 Senior Dr., 6:30 pm 276-628-5859. Public Welcome. Musicians welcome anytime after 5:00pm. Light Dinner starts at 5:45pm ($9).
Abingdon (VA) Spirit Tours: Haint Mistress Donnamarie Emmert tells where the skeletons are buried….literally! (all year round) History and ghost lore. 276-706-6093 [no website]
Growler Hours- Wolf Hills Brewing, Abingdon: Handmade malt beverages. Must be 21. Growler Hours- Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5-8 pm (sometimes earlier on Saturdays). 350 Park Street, an old ice house next to the Virginia Creeper Trail and train tracks. No phone number.
SEE MOUNTAIN CITY EVENTS CALENDAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE↓
North Carolina Festivals
This LINK covers these festivals (they are a selection!)
- Thomas the Tank Train Engine Festival at Tweetsie Railroad (June)
- Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain (July)
- Boone Bike Rally (end of Aug./first of Sept.)
- Boone Beer Fest (approx. Sept. 1)
- Autumn at Oz on Beech Mountain (by reservation; space limited, reserve early)
- Tweetsie Railroa
d Halloween Festival – spooky AND on a train (October)
- Todd New River Festival (October)
- Wooly Worm Festival – race your worm!(October) in Banner Elk, NC. Best time: Sunday lunch time.
Johnson County/ Mountain City Tennessee
Calendar of Events
Week before Easter – Annual Mountain City Sponsored Easter Egg Hunt, at Ralph Stout Park. Event starts at 11 am (423)727-2942 .
First Weekend in April – ATV Rodeo at Chamber Park on Hwy.67 W.(approx.. 3 miles west of city limits) Mountain City, TN. Doors open at 2pm. A day of rip-roaring, dirt-grinding fun. Frank Arnold @ (423)291-1800.
Every Friday Through August (Begins early April) – Knights on Main, 5-9 pm, West Main Street, Downtown Mountain City, TN. Antique, vintage, muscle cars and bikes gathering (show and tell for vintage vehicle lovers). Free. A perfect fit the the vintage architecture (think Elvis) (423)727-9221
Phase I Opening – DOE MOUNTAIN Recreation State Park – With miles of hiking, mountain biking, horseback and off highway vehicles (OHV) riding trails, this 8,600 acre mountain range nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is destined to become the regions premiere outdoor adventure destination. Permits Required! Permits can be purchased at the Doe Mountain Visitors Center, 1203 Harbin Hill Rd. (off Hwy 167 W.), or at the Johnson County Courthouse, 222 West Main St., Mayor’s Office (M-F), both located in Mountain City, Tennessee. (423)727-9696 or visit
Independence Day – Usually July 4 or nearest weekend Fireworks Show. Join us at Ralph Stout Park, Hwy 421 N. near Hwy. 67, Mountain City, TN, for a day of patriotism, live music, dancing, games, good food and family fun. There’s usually a parade in the afternoon, events in the park, fireworks at 9:30 pm. BEST spot to watching them: on the Prospect Hill (guests, cottage renters, friends of guests). Inn’s only free party for guests on the porch.
Third weekend in July – Annual Mountain City Sunflower Festival- held on Main and Church Streets in Downtown Mountain City, Tennessee; 9am-5pm. Arts, crafts, wide variety of food vendors, antiques, native-American art, African-American art, yard art, metal works, live music, square-dancing, sunflower judging contests, kiddie area with wet slide, face-painting, train rides, games, bouncy houses, annual beauty pageant, quilt show, ‘cruise in’ with the Johnson County Cruiser’s (antique, vintage, and muscle car club), and fun for the entire family. (423)727-1950 or visit www.johnsoncountytnchamber.org
Second Friday-Saturday in August - All day and into evening – Annual Old Butler Days- Butler, Tennessee. Live music, delicious food from vendors, kid’s activities, and 2 days of great family fun! (423)768-1818 or (423)768-2913.
August Mid – Watauga Lake Triathlon – Triathlon involves 1000 meter swim; 35 kilometer bike; and 8 kilometer run. Prizes awarded. Triathlon participants meet at ‘Sugar Grove Baptist Church’; 838 Sugar Grove Baptist Church Road, Butler, TN Registration begins at 6:30am- race starts at 8am
Scott Vandevier (828)963-3867 or visit http://www.wataugalaketriathlon.com/ (early registration can also be completed through active.com found on website).
August 23 & 24, 2014- 89th Annual Fiddler’s Convention- Old Mill Music Park, Hwy. 91, Laurel Bloomery, TN (approx. 7 miles north of Mountain City). Music and pickin’ begins 9am runs until it ends (evening) . This is the 89th annual Fiddlers Convention, Tennessee’s OLDEST Fiddler’s convention, Jackie (423)727-8013.
First Weekend in September – Annual Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Professional Rodeo. Event held at Chamber Park, Hwy. 67 West, Mountain City, TN. This is a professional circuit rodeo complete with all judged rodeo events; calf-roping, bull and bronco riding, barrel racing, and more. Frank Arnold @ (423)291-1800
Second Weekend in September- “Surviving the Snake”. Riding curving, mountainous Hwy. 421 north of Mountain City isn’t just for motorcycles. Bicycle enthusiast – Pack up your bikes for the famed “Snake” bike ride as you will brave the twists, turns, and cutbacks of several mountains on this 100K and 50K hair-raising bicycle ride. Surviving the Snake is a fundraiser by the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation, starting and finishing at Ralph Stout Park, Hwy.421 N. near Hwy. 67, in Mountain City, TN. Karen Clark (423)302-3122
October 1st through November 1st- Annual Mountain City Scarecrows of Main. Stroll through downtown Mountain City, TN and enjoy the quirky, scary, humorous, and downright outrageous scarecrows. Great family fun! (423)272-1950 or visit www.johnsoncountytnchamber.org
The area’s best known festival – October 12th- (morning) Annual Shady Valley Cranberry Festival in scenic Shady Valley, TN. Live music, dancing, arts, crafts, antiques, Native American art, food, kiddie games. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shady-Valley-Cranberry-Festival/362095236749
First Saturday in December – Annual Christmas Parade- Downtown Mountain City. Fun for the entire family!