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.
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
How about this for the weekend?
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!
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.
Rides n Drives
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-434-4263 ext. 808.
Sabine Hill Tour
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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
John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge
NPR Bull Riding
The Bluebird Cafe & Tennessee Tourism Songwriter’s Contest
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.
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.
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.
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.
ETSU Men’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina
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.
American Girl Live
Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home in this American Girl musical.
Join us for all things Pi and pie! Programs and activities by announcement throughout the day. FREE with paid general admission while supplies last. Some activities may contain small parts and food allergens.
Casting Crowns – Only Jesus Tour
St. Patrick’s Day Pop-in Workshop
Stop in anytime between 10am and 2pm to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing Leprechaun bead bracelet, and grow Leprechaun “eggs” that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye. Children must be supervised at all times, due to small parts this workshop is recommended for ages 3+. Materials fee of $5 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $7 per person for non-members. while supplies last.
Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
Faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award-winning sound of the Eagles.
Broadway Comes to Greeneville
An afternoon of song and dance to raise awareness for the Niswonger Children’s hospital.
Biome Zones – Eastman Discovery Lab
Unearth the wonderful world of biomes in honor of Earth Day. Experience animal adaptations with blubber gloves, uncover the illusion of camouflage with a candy sorting survival challenge, and test your knowledge with a biome trivia game. The Eastman Discover Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. May contain small parts and food allergens.
Harlem Globetrotters World Tour
Murphy’s Celtic Legacy
Featuring dancers and musicians from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman.
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.
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.
Tusk – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute
#1 tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world. Tusk covers all the greatest hits.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
Three time Academy of Country Music Award winner performs hits like “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Just Fishin’.”