2. An apple a day: 41 years in the making, the Unicoi County Apple Festival will fill the streets of downtown Erwin with everything apple – from pies to fritters and cider. The festival will take place Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature entertainment and activities in addition to hundreds of vendors. The festival is free to attend.
3. Evening in Pink: Susan G. Komen of East Tennessee and The Highlands Ballet are teaming up for a gala fundraiser on Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., in downtown Bristol. A $50 ticket gets you access to a silent auction, desserts and drinks and a performance of short works by dancers which includes a sneak preview of “Magic Butterfly.” The auction includes trip and event packages for guests to bid on, and proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen of East Tennessee. Find tickets and more information at paramountbristol.org.
4. Celebrating the Johnson City Sessions: The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., Johnson City, will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Johnson City Sessions with a tribute concert Saturday starting at 8 p.m. featuring Corbin Hayslett, Bill and the Belles and the Brother Boys, who will all be performing songs from the original Johnson City Sessions. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $8 for students. Doors open at 6 p.m.
5. Back to basics: Artists can hone their painting skills with a four-week painting class taught by Donna Bird at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. The other classes will be on Oct. 16, 23 and 30. The class will cover basic drawing, composition, values and color mixing for oil or acrylic painting, and the series costs $100 to participate, and you can purchase supplies for an additional $10. Register online at kingsportartguild.com or contact [email protected]
6. Salsa social: Dance your way over to Bloom Cafe and Listening Room, 606 State St., Bristol, on Saturday night starting at 8:30 for a lesson in salsa lessons and to dance the night away. Beginners can take a class beginning at 8:45 before the dance floor opens. Dancers 18-up are invited to join the fun for $10 per person.
7. Welcome, autumn! Enjoy the start of autumn at Roan Mountain State Park, 527 TN-143, Sunday morning for an autumn colors hike that begins at 9. The 1.8-mile hike has moderate elevation climbs and descents and won’t last longer than an hour and a half for a moderately difficult hike. Bring hiking shoes, water and a camera. This hike is limited to 15 people, so register online at tnstateparks.com.
8. Spice it up: The Kingsport Farmers Market, 308 Clinchfield St., will be hosting the 5th annual Pepper Festival Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. See the crowning of the Pepper Queen at 10 a.m. with the pepper-eating contest at 11 a.m. and a wing-eating contest courtesy of East Coast Wings at 11:30 a.m. The festival will also feature live music, kids activities and a pepper show. Visit facebook.com/kptpepperfestival for more information.
9. Walking for a cause: Kingsport is one of 600 communities participating in the national Walk to End Alzheimers event, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The walk is open to all ages to participate and is a 2-mile walk down Kingsport’s Greenbelt. Registration is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. behind the HMG Med Plaza and Holston Valley Medical Center, 130 W. Ravine Road. The event is free and you can register your team at act.alz.org/kingsport.
10. A little honey: Stop by The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Friday from 8-11 p.m. for a unique blend of folk and roots music with The Honey Dewdrops. Tickets to the show are $10.