Numerous festivals and local events are within a short drive, or an even shorter walk, of Prospect Hill in Mountain City, TN.
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Abingdon & 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
- 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. On left 1 block past grocery store
North Carolina Festivals
- This LINK for comprehensive NC festivals info
- 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 Railroad 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
Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- an 8,600 acre mountain range in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is in a soft-opening phase, with 35 miles of Hiking & ATV riding trails currently available, but with Equestrian, Mountain Biking, and additional trails ‘coming soon’! Open Daily, 8am-Sunset. Call (423)727-9696 or visit www.doemountain.org for additional information and trail passes. The Doe Mountain Visitors Center (423)460-1295 is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road- off Hwy. 67 West, in Mountain City, Tennessee 37683.
- First Weekend in April – ATV Rodeo at Chamber Park on Hwy.67 W.(approx.. 3 miles west of city limits) Mountain City, TN. A day of rip-roaring, dirt-grinding fun. Frank Arnold @ (423)291-1800.
- NEW DATE: 3rd weekend in April – NASCAR Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, just 48 minutes away.
- Week before Easter – Annual Mountain City Sponsored Easter Egg Hunt, at Ralph Stout Park. Event starts at 11 am (423)727-2942 .
First Saturday- “2nd Annual Watauga Lake Winery Memorial Day Event” – 6952 Big Dry Run Road, Butler, TN. www.wataugalakewinery.com 10am onward.
Fireworks in the park – great view from the inn as we celebrate July 4. The town usually has a parade the same day (afternoon). BEST spot to watching them: On the Prospect Hill (guests, cottage renters, friends of guests are invited). This is the Inn’s only free party for guests. Join us on the porch!
June & July
- 4th of July “Party at the Park, Parade, & Fireworks Show”- July 4th– A Johnson County Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. All Day Party with Live Music, dancing, and adult and kiddie activities, Ralph Stout Park- 465 South Shady Street (Hwy.421) in Mountain City, TN 11 am-9:30pm then fireworks start. (423)727-5800 www.johnsoncountychamber.org
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- 3rd Saturday in July – Annual Mountain City Sunflower Festival- Downtown Mountain City, (Main and Church Streets). 9am-5pm: Join us for a day of wonderful live music, festivities, contests, family and children’s fun activities, and over 75 vendors selling everything from rare antiques and collectibles, to handmade and popular jewelry, to Native American art, to African and metal yard art. Famous ‘Quilt Show’ presented by “Mountain Sunrise Quilt Guild”. (423)727-1950 or visit www.johnsoncountytn.org
- First Saturday, – All Things Auto – 5 pm on Main Street in Downtown Mountain City – Car, Truck, & Bike Show and Live Music till the party ends. August 2 – “Memorial Ride” begins at sunrise on Saturday, contact Dan (423)291-1082.
- 2nd weekend in August – “Old Butler Days” – celebrating the “Town that wouldn’t Drown”! Festival takes place at Butler Park, Selma Curtis Road [right off of Hwy.67 West] Butler, Tennessee, and begin at 12 noon on Friday, August 8th ’til 10pm. Hours for Saturday, August 9th are 10am-10pm. Join us for fun, festivities, live music. www.johnsoncountytn.org
- 4th weekend – (Friday & Saturday) – 90th Annual “Fiddler’s Convention” at ‘Old Mill Music Park’, Hwy.91, Laurel Bloomery, TN. Festivities begin Friday, August 22nd and last through Saturday, August 23rd. Join us with your RV’s (electrical only- public restrooms) or with tent-camping for a weekend of pure MUSIC- cash prizes awarded! Meet and jam with old friends and make music with new friends as you join Fiddler’s from around the world when they descend on Beautiful Laurel Bloomery, TN for the 89th annual Fiddler’s Convention- The South’s Oldest Fiddler’s Gathering! (423)727-9595
- 4th weekend – 11th Annual “Watauga Lake Triathlon” – 1,000 meter swim (in l Watauga Lake), 35 kilometer bike, and 8 kilometer run (Cherokee National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains) triathlon is open to the public, registration beginning at 6:30am, or in advance at REGISTER Triathlon begins at 8am at 838 Sugar Grove Church Road, Butler, TN 37640.
(First weekend) Annual “Mountain Heritage Professional Rodeo”– at “Chamber Park”, Hwy.67 West (3 miles west of Mountain City limits), -a Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Event. Friday- gates open at 6pm, Rodeo starts at 8pm. Saturday- gates open at 5pm, rodeo starts at 8pm. Free Parking. (423)727-5800 or CHAMBER
Middle Saturday-“Surviving the Snake” 50 & 100 Kilometer Bicycle Ride. “Surviving the Snake”. Riding curving, mountainous Hwy. 421 north of Mountain City isn’t just for motorcycles. Bicycle enthusiasts: 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. Ride begins and ends at Ralph Stout Park, 465 N. South Shady Street (Hwy.421 N.) in Mountain City, TN. Registration begins at 6:30am, or REGISTER/MORE INFO LINK. Surviving the Snake is a fundraiser by the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation, Karen Clark (423)302-3122
October 1st through 31st – “Scarecrows on Main”. Throughout Octobe, visitors come to view the over 40 creative, whacky, scary, zany, and imaginative scarecrow exhibits that line Main and Church Streets in the heart of downtown Mountain City.
Second weekend in October – Shady Valley Cranberry Festival. Annual festival in Shady Valley- a stunningly beautiful valley set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. Friday: 5 pm Bean Supper with live auction at 7 pm. Saturday: breakfast 7 a.m. with Cranberry Festival Parade at 10am. Live music, adult and children’s activities, vendors, fun for all! ‘American Indian Arrowhead and Relics display’ at Shady Valley Elementary. Olan/chairman (423)739-9242.
November – December
First Saturday, Annual Chamber of Commerce Sponsored “Christmas Parade”. Annual Christmas Parade 5:30pm down West Main and Church streets in the heart of downtown Mountain City. Lighted floats bedecked with little singing angels and elf’s; manager scenes; wise men; Christmas tree’s; and everything Christmas, act as a catalyst to begin the wondrous Christmas season. From authentic horse-driven sleighs, to bedecked trucks and ATV’s, and of course ending with Santa Claus. (423)727-5800 www.johnsoncountychamber.org