1. Slammin’ and jammin’: Sol Driven Train is bringing their annual festival to Erwin for its first year as Sol Slam Mountain Jam, running all weekend at USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Road. Camp out and enjoy mountain tunes Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m. each day from bands like Yarn, Empire Strikes Brass and Lovers Leap. Take the afternoon to explore the Nolichucky or the Mountains with USA Raft, with specials on whitewater rafting available throughout the weekend. Pricing for tickets and camping are available at usaraftonline.adventureres.com.
2. When You Wish Upon a Star: From a puppet to a real boy, join Pinocchio in his on-stage adventure at Theatre Bristol, 506 State St., Bristol, opening this weekend. The classic children’s tale stars newcomer Conner Knapp as Pinocchio and veteran actor Steve Baskett as Geppetto. The show opens Friday and runs for two weekends at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors, and are online at TheatreBristol.org.
3. Journeys of Women: A new exhibition opening at the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave., in Jonesborough this weekend features the artwork of women and serves as a fundraiser to support women. The art at the exhibition is for sale, and proceeds will benefit the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of East Tennessee women. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 8 and is free and open to the public.
4. How about them apples? North Carolina is the 7th-largest apple-producing in the nation, and since Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, it’s only appropriate to celebrate with the annual North Carolina Apple Festival this weekend on Main Street in Hendersonville. Eight blocks of Main Street will be closed Friday through Monday to accommodate more than 200 vendors including goodies from apple farmers, children’s and youth activities, special shows, exhibits and the King Apple Parade at 2:30 p.m.
5. Wealth of Knowledge: Like trivia? What about game shows? Stop by Model City Taphouse in Kingsport Friday night starting at 9:30 for Wealth of Knowledge Man, a comedy trivia game show where three contestants compete in three rounds of trivia for a prize. The show is for mature audiences only, and admission is free.
6. A good week for an EP: Local singer-songwriter will be releasing her EP, “Don’t Apologize” Friday at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. The seven-song EP will be available for purchase beginning at 7 p.m., and make sure to stick around for a hometown show. Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased at engagekingsport.com or by calling the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at 392-8414.
7. Anime Theater: Join Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode St., Bristol, VA, for the first five episodes of the anime series Cowboy Bebop and enjoy Japanese snacks and popcorn for the evening. Catch the showing from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and viewers should note that the show is rated TV-14.
8. Busker Fest: Catch weird and wonderful street performers this weekend in downtown Abingdon for the 2018 Main Street Busker Fest on Saturday beginning at noon and running until 5 p.m. Every corner in Main Street will feature exciting acts from fire eaters to contortionists, from one-man bands to mimes and everything in between. Buskers After Dark runs from 8-10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
9. Pony? Ice cream? Why not both? Saturday at Apple Valley Pony Parties, 3755 Highway 81 South, Jonesborough, kids and adults are invited for a Farm Fun Day. Kids and guardians are invited to come pet the animals, grab some ice cream and maybe even ride a pony. Admission is free for adults and children younger than a year old, $2 for children ages 1-2 and $8 for children 3 and older. Pony rides are available for children 3-up and riders under 140 pounds. Ice cream and drinks will be available for $1. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and registration can be made by contacting the farm through their website jonesboroughponyparty.com or by calling/texting 397-2303.
10. Hold my heifer: The second annual Justin Rose Cattle Show will take place at the Appalachian Faigrounds in Gray, 100 Lakeview St., on Saturday and Sunday this week in the Livestock barns. Judges Kirk Stierwalt and Lydell Meier will be judging the show, held in memory of 16-year-old Justin Rose, who loved farming and showing cattle. Contact [email protected].