Festivals & Local Calendar

Numerous festivals and local events are within a short drive, or an even shorter walk, of Prospect Hill in Mountain City, TN.

Sunflower Festival, 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

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↓

Scottish dancers, Highland Games, Grandfather Mountain NC

Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain, Linville, NC

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
    Wooly worm festival, banner elk, nc

    This is a wooly worm–you can race one!

    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

March, 2014

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.

NASCAR Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, just 48 minutes away.

April, 2014

1.) Doe Mountain Adventure Trails-open.  Inn is nearest lodging to the Doe Mountain Visitors Center (423)460-1295 is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road- off Hwy. 67 West, in Mountain City, TN.Easter egg cupcakes

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.

May, 2014

Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- Open. Inn is nearest lodging to the Doe Mountain Visitors Center (423)460-1295 is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road- off Hwy. 67 West, in Mountain City, TN.

May 24th – Saturday- “2nd Annual Watauga Lake Winery Memorial Day Event” -  6952 Big Dry Run Road, Butler, TN. www.wataugalakewinery.com Festivities start at 10am.

May 31st- Saturday- “2nd Annual Doe Mountain Fundraiser: Brisket Dinner, ATV Rodeo & Mud Bog, and Motor-cross Event”. Located at Chamber Park- Hwy 167 West (3 miles west of Mountain City- city limits), Mountain City, 3pm – until sunset.  (423)727-9696 or visit www.johnsoncountytn.org

Every Other Weekend in May, 2014 (May 3rd; 17th; & 31st): Trade Community “Turkeyshoot”, at Trade Community Center & Gristmill Park, 228 Modock Rd.(off Hwy.421 South) in Trade, Tennessee. Call (423)895-2213, or (423)727-5574 for dates, times, and details.

June, 2014

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. (423)727-9696  www.doemountain.org  The Doe Mountain Visitors Center (423)460-1295 is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road- off Hwy. 67 West, in Mountain City, Tn very near Prospect Hill B&B Inn.

Every Other Weekend in June, 2014 (June 14th & 28th): Trade Community “Turkeyshoot”, at Trade Community Center & Gristmill Park, 228 Modock Rd. (off Hwy.421 South) in Trade, Tennessee.  (423)895-2213, or (423)727-5574

1st Annual ‘Old Mill Days’, Trade Gristmill and Community Park (off Hwy.421 South at the state line with NC.) Trade, Tennessee. Dates and Details coming soon!

Fireworks in local park celebrating Independence Day July 4

Fireworks in the park – great view from the innas we celebrate our Nations Independence.The town usually has a parade the same day (afternoon).

July, 2014

4th of July “Party at the Park, Parade, & Fireworks Show”- July 4th & 5th, 2014- A Johnson County Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. All Day Party with Live Music, dancing, and adult and kiddie activities will take place at Ralph Stout Park- 465 South Shady Street (Hwy.421) in Mountain City, Tennessee, with festivities starting at 11:00am. Call (423)727-5800 or visit www.johnsoncountychamber.org

Fireworks at 9:30 pm.   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!

July 19th (3rd Saturday in July) – 10th 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.orgsunflowers against bright blue sky
Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- Open Daily, 8am-Sunset.  (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, TN.

Every Other Weekend in July, 2014 (July 12th & 26th):   Trade Community “Turkeyshoot”, at Trade Community Center & Gristmill Park, 228 Modock Rd. (off Hwy.421 South) in Trade, Tennessee.  (423)895-2213, or (423)727-5574 for dates, times, and details.

August, 2014

August 1st, - 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.

August 8th & 9th, 2014 (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

August 22nd & 23rd – (Friday & Saturday) – 89th Annual “Fiddler’s Convention” at ‘Old Mill Music Park’, Hwy.91, Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee. 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

Cherokee Forest picnic area, Watauga Lake

Watauga Lake (summer) at Cherokee Forest picnic area (Hwy.67-321)

August 23rd, 2014 (Saturday) – 10th Annual “Watauga Lake Triathlon”. This fun and fast growing 1,000 meter swim (in beautiful Watauga Lake); 35 kilometer bike; and 8 kilometer run (Cherokee National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains) triathlon is open to the public, with registration beginning at 6:30am, or in advance at REGISTER   Triathlon begins at 8am at 838 Sugar Grove Church Road, Butler, TN 37640.

 Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- Open. (423)727-9696 or  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.
Every Other Weekend in August, 2014 (August 9th & 23rd): Trade Community “Turkeyshoot”, at Trade Community Center & Gristmill Park, 228 Modock Road (off Hwy.421 South) in Trade, Tennessee. (423)895-2213, or (423)727-5574 for dates, times, and details.

September, 2014

Bike the Striped Snake to Shady Valley - Hwy. 421

September 5th & 6th- 26th 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, September 5th- gates open at 6pm, Rodeo starts at 8pm. Saturday, September 6th- gates open at 5pm, rodeo starts at 8pm. Free Parking. (423)727-5800 or CHAMBER

Striped snake motorcycle road

Johnson County has numerous stunning, curving roads with mountain views (NC seen in distance)

September 13th – 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 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. Ride begins and ends at Ralph Stout Park, 465 N. South Shady Street (Hwy.421 N.) in Beautiful Mountain City, Tennessee. Registration begins at 6:30am, or REGISTER/MORE INFO LINK.  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

Doe Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- Open .  (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.

Every Other Weekend in September, 2014 (September 6th & 20th): Trade Community “Turkeyshoot”, at Tra11bank displayde Community Center & Gristmill Park, 228 Modock Rd. (off Hwy.421 South) in Trade, Tennessee. (423) 895-2213, or (423)727-5574 for dates, times, and details.

October, 2014

October 1st through 31st – “Scarecrows on Main”. Throughout the entire month of October, 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.
Area businesses and organizations get creative and work hard as they vie for ‘top honors’ in this annual and extremely competitive outdoor exhibit- consequently creating an exciting and mammoth visual feast for all to enjoy.11ScarcrowWeb

October 10th & 11th – Shady Valley Cranberry Festival. This fast-growing and beloved annual festival takes place in the heart of Shady Valley, Tennessee- a stunningly beautiful valley set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest- also referred to as ‘God’s Country’!   Friday’s festivities take place at ‘Shady Valley Elementary School’ (a WPA rock school) located at 423 Hwy.133, Shady Valley, TN 37688, and begin with the annual ‘Bean Supper’ at 5pm, with Live Auction starting at 7pm till finished.
Saturday’s festivities begin with breakfast at 7am, with the Cranberry Festival Parade beginning at 10am- kicking off a day of wonderful live music, a plethora of adult and children’s activities, vendors selling their wares, and great fun for all! Don’t’ forget to visit the ‘American Indian Arrowhead and Relics display’ at Shady Valley Elementary, where there is always free parking for all events–this is a ‘can’t miss’ festival! Olan/chairman (423)739-9242.

Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- 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.

Every Other Weekend in October, 2014 (October 4th & 18th): Trade Community “Turkeyshoot”, at Trade Community Center & Gristmill Park, 228 Modock Rd. (off Hwy.421 South) in Trade, Tennessee.  (423)895-2213, or (423)727-5574 for dates, times, and details.

View of mountains, Watauga Lake, from Doe Mountain, TN

November, 2014

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.Santa conducting

December, 2014

Doe Mountain Adventure Trails- Open Daily, 8am-Sunset. Call (423)727-9696 or visit www.doemountain.org for additional information and trail passes.

Saturday, Annual Chamber of Commerce Sponsored “Christmas Parade”. Our annual Christmas Parade starts at 5:30pm, and rolls down Main and Church Streets in the heart of downtown Mountain City. This family favorite event has the ability to put even a Scrooge in the Christmas spirit, as 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 as the main attraction for the kids. The parade is a wonderful tradition that we invite all to be a part of and enjoy.  (423)727-5800 www.johnsoncountychamber.org