1. Border Bash: Celebrate at the Tennessee-Virginia border Friday night on State Street with a concert featuring Ancient Cities, Justin Fedor and Frank Bronson from 6-10 p.m. Make sure to check out the first ever Night Market at the Bash, where more than 50 local vendors will set up shop for guests to browse while enjoying local music, craft beer and food trucks. 49 Winchester will be closing out the night at Bloom Cafe and Listening Room, 606 State St., starting at 9:30 p.m. for a free show.
2. Farm dinner: Enjoy dinner in the middle of Main Street in Greeneville this Saturday with the second annual Incredible Farm Dinner. The dinner begins in front of Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. and will include a meal brought to the table from local farms along with music from local artists and cocktails. Tickets for the event are $75 and can be purchased at ruralresources.net.
3. How about a cheese football? If you want to know about a football made of cheese, you’d better catch teller Andy Ouffet Irwin at the International Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough Thursday night at 7:30 as he recalls his attempted success with real football, tabletop electric football, paper football, and finding success with a football made of cheese. Tickets to Andy’s antics are $15.
4. Funfest: Funfest is winding down this weekend, but there are still several events to catch before this year winds down. The balloon glow will light up Forth Henry Drive Friday night from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The annual balloon rally will follow Saturday morning as the balloons take to the air to soar over Kingsport beginning at 7 a.m. Close out the festival by catching the Avett Brothers at J. Fred Johnson Stadium Saturday night at 7:30. For tickets and a complete list of events, visit funfest.net.
5.Dance by the lake: Bring your chairs, but don’t forget your dancing shoes this week at the Lakeside Concert series at Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway, as four-piece band CrossRoad takes the stage. Drawing from artists like Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Travis Tritt, the Eagles and Brooks & Dunn, CrossRoad will liven up the night with their old-time, country and rock tunes. The free show starts Thursday at 7 p.m.
6. Empire Strikes Brass: Founders After Five is back this weekend Saturday at 6 p.m. with Empire Strikes Brass. Prepare for a high energy show from this 11-piece band with a New Orleans Brass Band, funky sound. The concert series is free and takes place in Founders Park every Saturday through September excluding the month of August.
7. Stories on the Farm: Local farmers are in the spotlight this month as the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange radio show delves into the heritage and tradition of farmers in our region like Keith Ervin, Chris Wilson from Clover Creek Farm, family farm stories from Elaine Cantrell, and the show will also hear stories from up-and-coming farmers like Dominick Haynes. Nate Harris will join the cast as a musical guest this month. The live show will take place at the International Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough Monday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
8. Out of the toy box: Toybox Theater is coming to Gypsy Circus Cider, 2645 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, for a puppet show like no other Saturday from 8-10 p.m. The show will be a series of short puppet shows that are sometimes silly, sometimes sad, but always enlightening and entertaining. This performance has been featured in the New Orleans Puppet Festival in 2016, the Nashville International Puppetry Festival in 2016 and 2017 National Puppetry Festival in St. Paul Minnesota in 2017.
9. Pints and pits: Pick a pint, kiss a pittie and help the Washington County Animal Shelter this Saturday at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main for “Pits, Brews and Tunes.” The event features a silent auction, family-friendly activities from 4 to 6 p.m. with activities like face painting and pitbull education, then the tunes will kick off at 6 p.m. with Big Like the Ocean, Annie Robinette and Crazy Like Lexi. A silent auction will have items like Bristol race tickets, Rhythm Roots & Reunion tickets and National Storytelling Festival tickets up for grabs. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and special VIP tickets are available.
10. Dinos in the dark: Bring your flashlight and your courage to Backyard Terrors, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, for summer fun after dark. After hours for the park are every Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m. for a spooky spree through the park, complete with dozens of life-sized dinosaurs. It costs $10 per vehicle to attend, and spots may be reserved in advance by emailing [email protected] A donation box is set up at the front of the park. This event is kid-friendly.