1. The Judy Chops: Award-winning Virginia-based band The Judy Chops are bringing their unique, creative, high energy performance to The Down Home Saturday starting at 8 p.m. The 7-piece group touring with a brand new album under their belt, ‘Love is the Answer,’ in a sound that blends modern and vintage Americana styles. Tickets to the show are $12.
2. Jonesborough Days: Back for year 48, Jonesborough Days will take over downtown Jonesborough for a weekend of food, fun, music and, of course, fireworks. The weekend is packed with contests including a watermelon social Friday, a Moon Pie-eating contest Saturday at 1:30 p.m., a Johnny Cash lookalike contest Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and a Dog Days contest Sunday at 2 p.m. The “I Made It Market” will be open throughout the weekend, and the event will be out with a bang with a fireworks show on Sunday night.
3. ”A Great American Tapestry”: Documentary film director David Weintraub will be at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a Q&A session on his film “A Great American Tapestry: The Many Strands of Mountain Music” Saturday night starting at 7. The event will be held in the Performance Theatre at the museum. The film explores the origins of the Southern mountains’ music and evolution by weaving of Scots-Irish legacy, African-American tradition and indigenous tradition and features appearances by Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons of the Grammy Award-winning old-time string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, folk performer and lecturer Sheila Kay Adams, David Holt and folk balladeer and storyteller Joe Penland. Tickets to the event are $5 and can be purchased at birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/events.
4. Nerf it up: Fight the zombie apocalypse and capture the flag at Memorial Park Community Center from 6-8 p.m. for a NERF War in the gym. NERF warriors can bring their favorite guns to the event or use one from RDMA NERF Warrior Parties’ 70-plus NERF gun arsenal full of LITE, MEGA and RIVAL guns to choose from. All ammo will be provided for the event. Admission is $22 per child 7 years and older. Call 587-3755 for more information.
5. See “The Colors of the Mountains”: From Golden Oldies to toe-tapping bluegrass, Symphony of the Mountains is back with the concert series that brings together fun dynamic music for the weekend. The symphony, along with North Carolina Bluegrass quartet ShadowGrass, will be performing at Mary B. Martin’s Music at the Mansion at Allandale Mansion in Kingsport July 29 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will also include a picnic area decorating contest for a “hand crafted” trophy and two tickets to the Symphony of the Mountains 2017-18 season. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased by calling the box office at 392-8423 or by visiting SymphonyoftheMountains.org. Tickets at the door are $20.
6. Red, White and Tuna: Take a ride through Texas’ third-smallest town with the opening of “Red, White and Tuna” at the Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The satirical ride through rural America stops in the land where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The show opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. with other performances Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22-$24 and can be purchased online at ensemblestage.com or by calling the box office at (828) 414-1844.
7. Train Talk: The Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough is opening a new exhibit Thursday that focuses on the communication tools utilized by the railroad throughout its history. Learn how railroad technicians communicated during the day, at night, across distances and during bad weather using bells, whistles, flags, lanterns and lights before technology took over. The exhibit opens Thursday at 6 p.m. and will run through January 2019. Operating hours fro the museum are Wednesday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
8. Cash revisited: Relive the music of Johnny Cash and June Carter Saturday night starting at 8 at Holston River Brewing Company in Bristol. The show is part of a new tribute concert series hosted by Holston River Brewing Company that also include a Tim McGraw tribute concert next month.
9. Fire and cider: Come one come all to Gypsy Circus Cider Company as Jalopy Junction puts on the fire for a Fourth of July celebration Saturday at 7-10 p.m. The variety show is all-ages and free to attend.
10. Something’s fishy: Grab your fishing pole and head to fishery park for a free day of fishing Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon courtesy of RISE Erwin, Impact Plastics and The Erwin Monday club. Bait and refreshments will be provided. This event is for kids 12 and younger.