We hope you will take time to enjoy our beautiful scenery, music, heritage and culture. From fossils to live music to golf or riding the rapids, you will find an experience like none other.


We want to extend a special welcome to you and thank you for choosing Johnson City to Start Your Adventure. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, we want to provide you with the best information to make your experience a memorable one.


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Top 10 things to do in Johnson City

Visit one of our Craft Breweries downtown


Take a trip down the Tweetsie Trail


Catch a show at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse & Music Room


Learn what animals roamed the region millions of years ago at the Gray Fossil Site


Rent a bike at Trek Bicycle Store and cruise around town on two wheels


Take a hike up Buffalo Mountain


Check out the public art trail downtown at Founders Park


Take the kids for a “hands on” learning experience


Shop till you drop downtown


Dine at one of the many Johnson City original restaurants

Can’t decide what to do?

How about this for the weekend?

Southern Dozen

If you’re looking for a driving adventure like none other, then you’ve found it in our “Southern Dozen.” If you’re traveling by car or motorcycle, we have a ride that’s perfect for you. Whether you enjoy the scenic back roads, a challenging terrain or just a relaxing journey through our beautiful mountains, you won’t want to miss this Northeast Tennessee experience!

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Tweetsie Trail

The Tweetsie Trail is a rails-to-trails project traversing the former ET&WNC (“Tweetsie”) railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton. The trail provides opportunities for walking, hiking, running, biking, etc. on a relatively flat grade in a beautiful, natural setting.

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Johnson City Events
Tuesday January 8 - Sunday January 27

Stellar Static

You will get a “charge” out of all the fun we will be having in the lab in honor of Static Electricity Day!  Make static spheres dance inside our static tube, test out our static generating Fun Fly Stick, and use a balloon to attempt to move objects such as bubbles, ping-pong balls, and more!  The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

Saturday January 19

World Snow Day Pop-in Workshop

Stop by for some cool fun in honor of World Snow Day!  Try out some polymer snow, similar to what is used on movie sets, and take it home to use over and over.  Then make some peppermint scented snow dough and learn about print making while making a snowflake art masterpiece.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

Saturday January 19

ETSU Men’s Basketball vs. UNC Greensboro

Saturday January 19

Blue Highway

Sunday January 20


Straight from Broadway, STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique, and appeals to audiences of all ages.  The percussion sensation has garnered an armful of wards and rave reviews.

Tuesday January 22

Hike to Snakeden Ridge

A 7 mile journey along the rich Flint Creek to the upland trails of Snakeden Ridge.

We will leave from the main parking lot at Noon and spend most of the day in the park enjoying biodiverse streamside to high elevation habitats. This excursion will hike along Rocky Fork Creek, Flint Creek, then we will use the Blockstand Creek Trail to climb in elevation (max. 3,400 ft) onto Snakeden Ridge, and we will return by traveling down Flint Creek. #rockyforkstatepark #getoutsidetn

Don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes/boots & to pack plenty of food, water, and rain gear.

Meet at Main parking area at Noon

Thursday January 24

Hike to White Oak Flats Overlook

Join Americorps Member, Colt, for a hike to the White Oak Flats Overlook where we will have amazing views of Whitehouse Cliffs, Flint Mountain, and the Black Stacks.

Make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, weather appropriate clothing, a good pair of hiking shoes, and don’t forget the camera!

Meeting: Main Parking Lot at 1PM EST
Distance Roundtrip: 2.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Saturday January 26

Wallace Coleman Band

Saturday January 26

Willow Tree’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Extravaganza

Sunday January 27

Willow Tree’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration Extravaganza

Monday January 28

Homeschool Day

Join us for this special day from 10am-2pm as we open our doors especially for our loyal home school visitors.  Come together to network, explore, learn, and play!  Pre-registration is required by Thursday, January 24th in order to receive the discounted Homeschool Day rate of $8 per person for ages 4+ for general admission, otherwise tickets are $10 at the door.  To make your reservation, email reservations@visithandson.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Tuesday January 29 - Sunday February 24

Magnificent Magnets

May the magnetic force be with you!  Discover the magnetic properties of breakfast cereal, design you own magnetic maze, test out various objects for magnetism, and play with some magnetic gadgets and games.  The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

Thursday January 31

John Lilly

Friday February 1

Balsam Range

A bluegrass band of 5 outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from western North Carolina.

Saturday February 2

Raised Bed Gardening with Ben Hunter

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden.  Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  No registration necessary.

Saturday February 2

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps

The Corps performs at historical events, dedications and parades.  Musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.

Sunday February 3

Period Card Games with the Sabine Hill Social Society

Join us in the Gathering Place in the park Visitors Center for an afternoon of early 19th century card games and family fun!

Thursday February 7

ETSU Men’s Basketball vs. Wofford

Friday February 8

Scout Day

Wear your scout uniform, or present your official scout ID card, and receive half price general admission for the day.  Valid only for the scout, cannot be cannot be transferred to another individual, transferred to another day, or combined with any other discount or coupon.  Not valid on Paleo Tours, Tesla Shows, memberships, or merchandise.  Groups of 10 or more require an advance registration of no less than 48 hours.

Friday February 8

III Time Out

Saturday February 9

Darwin Day

Stay tuned to our website and social media for more details about this special event presented by the Gray Fossil Site.

Saturday February 9

The Black Lillies

Wednesday February 13

Carter Mansion Tour

Registration required.  Visit website.

Join Ranger Davis for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house.  Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775-1780.  Tour will be given in 18th century period clothing.  The Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.


Thursday February 14

Be Miocene Pop-in Workshop

Stop by anytime between 2pm-5pm to create your own fossil cast replica out of plaster to paint and take home as well as craft your own Miocene themed valentine for that someone special in your life.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $3 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $5 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

Thursday February 14

ETSU Men’s Basketball vs. Citadel

Friday February 15

Kristi Stanley & Running Blind

Saturday February 16

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps

The Corps performs at historical events, dedications and parades.  Musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.

Saturday February 16

ETSU Men’s Basketball vs. Mercer

Saturday February 16

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Sunday February 17

An Early 19th Century Formal Sweetheart Tea


The Sabine Hill Social Society has planned a fun afternoon of refreshments and entertainment. Our historically inspired event will have an early 19th century flavor in keeping with the history of Sabine Hill.  You and your companion will dine on finger foods, appetizers and pastries accompanied by coffee and a selection of hot tea.  Call 423-543-5808 for reservations.

Sunday February 17

The Platters & The Drifters

Spend a nostalgic evening with two of the world’s most beloved Motown groups who were instrumental in creating the Rock & Roll and Doo Wop sound. Hits like “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes'””Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “Under the Boardwalk.”

Tuesday February 19 - Friday February 22

Reverse Engineering Discovery Cart

Join us during National Engineers Week for some reverse engineering and test your skills on lots of items adults would never let you take apart.  Dismantle computer towers, phones, keyboards, and more!  Reverse Engineering will be setup on our TVA Discovery Cart throughout each day.  (*Contains small parts not suitable for children 3 and under.)  FREE with paid general admission.

Wednesday February 20

Imagineer It! Homeschool Drop-off Workshop

Celebrate National Engineering Week with a workshop to test your craftsmanship, skill, and ingenuity.  Create  a wearable LED light-up gadget/jewelry, build a 2-liter bottle rocket launcher, then craft and race your own alternative energy contraption.  Ages 7-12.  A healthy nut-free snack will be included.  Payment in full is required to complete registration and hold each registrant’s spot.  Register early and save big!  Cost: Early registration prior to Friday, February 8th is $15 for Hands On! members, $20 for non-members; Late registration after February 8th is $20 for Hands On! members, $25 for non-members. Cancellation is required by February 8th in order to receive a full refund. To ensure a fun, effective, and consistent experience, we do not allow parents/guardians to be present in our workshops.  To register, email reservations@visithandson.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.

Wednesday February 20

Sabine Hill Tour

Visit website for registration.

Join Ranger Hayslett for a tour of Tennessee’s most remarkable example of Federalist architecture.  The home of the Taylor family, Sabine Hill is a unique and beautiful home that documents the period of East Tennessee in transition from frontier to sophistication.  The historic Sabine Hill site is located at 2328 W. G Street, Elizabethton, TN 376430

Friday February 22

John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Saturday February 23

The Bluebird Cafe & Tennessee Tourism Songwriter’s Contest

Sunday February 24

Old Time Music Jam led by Art Lang

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back and enjoy the tunes.

Sunday February 24


Known for tunes such as “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Sister Golden Hair,” the band paved its way with an impressive string of hits.

Tuesday February 26 - Sunday March 24

Can You Hear Me Now?

Discover some of the smallest bones in your body – the ones in your ears!  Celebrate Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday by learning about sound and how Mr. Bell used sound in many of his inventions.  Play a song on our palm pipes, listen to singing crystal water glasses, and even try out a tune on our Boomwhackers!  The Eastman Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day.

Tuesday February 26

Fossil & Artifact ID Night

You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils, but identifying them is a different story.  Bring in any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral and scientists from the ETSU Center of Excellence in Paleontology and Gray Fossil Site will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.

Saturday March 2

ETSU Men’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina

Sunday March 3

Russian National Ballet – Cinderella

The esteemed Russian company brings the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet to the stage with one of the most magical and well-known works from their repertoire.

Tuesday March 5

American Girl Live

Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home in this American Girl musical.

Friday March 15

Casting Crowns – Only Jesus Tour

Saturday March 16

Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles

Faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award-winning sound of the Eagles.

Sunday March 24

Broadway Comes to Greeneville

An afternoon of song and dance to raise awareness for the Niswonger Children’s hospital.

Tuesday March 26

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour

Saturday March 30

Murphy’s Celtic Legacy

Featuring dancers and musicians from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman.

Friday April 12

Lightwire Theater – The Ugly Duckling

Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and evocative music scores that create an imaginative audiovisual experience.

Saturday April 13

Little Texas

Little Texas shook up the country music world with a new, energetic sound that fused the look and attitude of modern rock music with traditional country themes and styles.

Friday April 26

Tusk – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute

#1 tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world.  Tusk covers all the greatest hits.

Saturday April 27

Fiddlers & Fiddleheads Festival

The event will include indoor and outdoor music stages with music from all over the area, an antique car show, handmade craft vendors, food trucks, and much more! Music will range from bluegrass to gospel with some country. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and musical instruments and join in the open jam sessions that spring up in nearly every corner of the farm.

Saturday April 27

Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of the award-winning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.

Saturday May 4

The Texas Tenors

Billboard #1 recording artists and three-time Emmy Award-winners, The Texas Tenors present an unforgettable musical experience the whole family can enjoy.

Saturday May 18

The Scared Scriptless Tour – Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, the 2-man show takes to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes from audience suggestions and participation.  Known from the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”

Sunday May 19

Trace Adkins

Three time Academy of Country Music Award winner performs hits like “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Just Fishin’.”

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