Kat Latham, a chairwoman on the Little Chicago Festival committee, provided a preview for what festival-goers can expect from this year’s festival, which will include food, live music and fun along with several new additions.
“This is a free community event full of music, art and activities for the entire family,” Latham said. “They can expect all the fun from last year with several new additions.”
Aside from what the festival offered the previous two years, the 2018 Little Chicago festival has added new events, like ballroom dancing lessons, pictures with princesses and a body-painting exhibition.
Here’s a quick run-down of events.
Friday, Aug. 10
Nelson Stage, Colonial Way and East Main Street
12:30-1:15 p.m.: Donnie and the Dry Heavers
2-2:45 p.m.: Hip Gypsy
3:30-4:15 p.m.: Mind Modes
5-5:45 p.m.: Mahto and the Loose Balloons
6:30-7:15 p.m.: Gipsy Danger
8-8:45 p.m.: Daybreaker
9:30-10:30 p.m.: Indighost
Main Stage, Buffalo and Main Street
1-1:45 p.m.: Aaron Jaxon Band
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Magus and the Movers
4-4:45 p.m.: Loose Leaves
5:30-6:15 p.m.: Jake Quillin Band
7-7:45 p.m.: Fritz & Co.
8:30-9:15 p.m.: A Great Disaster
10-10:45 p.m.: The Kindest People
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Games expo for all ages registration, Market and Main Street. This will include basketball, chess, checkers and Connect 4 tournaments. Participants receive a T-shirt, and winners get medals.
11 a.m.-noon: Children’s Stories
11 a.m.-8 p.m.: Crafts with the McKinney Center
1-2 p.m.: Kindermusik
2-3 p.m.: Family Stories
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Kindermusik
6-7 p.m.: Family Stories
6:30-8 p.m.: Pictures With A Princess: Belle the Enchanted Princess. (free event)
7-8 p.m.: Ballroom Dancing Lesson with Johnson City Ballroom at the intersection of Roan and Main Street
8-9 p.m.: Tales for Teens and Adults
10-11 p.m.: JC Ghost Stories Tour. (adults only)
Saturday, Aug. 11
12:30 -1:15 p.m.: Achy
2-2:45 p.m.: FM Silence
3:30-4:15 p.m.: Art Smashes Records
5- 5:45 p.m.: American Dropouts
6:30-7:15 p.m.: Dullside
8-8:45 p.m.: The Force Field
9:30-10:30 p.m.: Scull Soup
1-1:45 p.m.: JB 5 n Dime
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Jackdaws 7
4-4:45 p.m.: Sammy Guns Band
5:30-6:15 p.m.: Rhythm & Roosevelts
7-8:45 p.m.: The Tan & Sober Gentlemen
9:15-10:45 p.m.: DJ Breese
10-11 a.m.: Yoga On The Street at the Nelson Stage with Downtown Yoga; free half pint of beer from Johnson City Brewing Co. for participants after
11 a.m. -5 p.m.: Games expo for all ages registration, Market and Main Street. This will include basketball, chess, checkers and Connect 4 tournaments. Participants receive a T-shirt, and winners get medals. (Intersection of Market and Buffalo Streets)
11 a.m.-10 p.m.: Little Chicago Selfie Booth
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Johnson City Public Library Craft Activity: Make A Maraca!
11 a.m.-noon: Children’s Stories
12:15-12:45 p.m.: Southern Fire Cloggers
1-1:30 p.m.: Touch-A-Fire Truck with the Johnson City Fire Department
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Kindermusik
2:15-2:45 p.m.: Touch-A-Cruiser with the Johnson City Police Department
2:30-3 p.m.: Children’s Yoga Class Presented by Downtown Yoga
3- 3:30 p.m.: Touch-An-Ambulance with the Johnson City EMS
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Plant Your Own Flower to Take Home
4-5:30 p.m.: Pictures With a Princess: Elsa the Frozen Princess. (free event)
4-8 p.m.: Forging Demonstration by Jason Knight from History Channel’s “Forged in Fire”
Food vendors will be open for business all weekend on Market Street and include Hungarian, Jamaican and carnival food like funnel cake, ice cream, deep-fried fish and kettle corn.
In addition to the vendors at the festival, restaurants and shops will stay open for festival-goers to take a break from the heat and cool off while browsing all downtown Johnson City has to offer.
“Downtown is in a period of revitalization,” Latham said. “It’s so important that we do everything that we can to pump up folks to come out and experience everything it has to offer and to continue to improve and move forward as a community.
“In fact, 68 cents of every dollar spent at the festival goes right back into our community.”
The chance of inclement weather won’t rain on the festival’s parade. Shops, restaurants and breweries will stay open to keep the streets bustling with crowds and families.
Plenty of parking will be available for the masses with 300 free parking spots in the Northeast State Community College parking garage and all public parking lots open.
For more information, visit www.littlechicagofestival.com and stay updated on upcoming events on Facebook.