48th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival

Tennessee’s Oldest Town will celebrate the 48th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival on June 29 through July 1 with family activities, an exciting music line-up, handmade arts and crafts, patriotic parade, fireworks, storytelling and much more!

The 2018 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. and host the Annual Kick Off Dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. with music and more until 10 p.m. The festival will continue on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. with the parade marching through downtown and festivities continuing until 10 p.m. On Sunday, July 1 activities start at noon and the event wraps up with the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its community patriotism and nostalgic atmosphere. Various entertainment and activities will take place throughout the historic district on all three days. Get your tickets now for the popular Kick Off Dinner on Friday evening at the International Storytelling Center. A low country shrimp boil is on the menu with entertainment by the Jonesborough Novelty Band and lots of family fun all for $15/person.

Doc’s Front Porch will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center during the day. The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening including headliners The Beach Nite Band, Johnny Cash NOW and the Music City Stones. Shop over 70 vendors, showcasing local handmade crafters with a variety of wares. And of course, there will be a variety of great festival foods with everything from BBQ and tacos and of course funnel cakes being offered.

Discovery Park, located behind the Storytelling Center, will offer even more activities for children and their families this year. There you will find lots of hands-on ways to experience activities only found in Jonesborough including a taste of what they offer at the McKinney Center for the Arts classes, Oak Hill School sessions complete with a schoolmarm, heritage games and an archaeological dig provided by the Heritage Alliance and more. Visit Discovery Park each day and see what all Jonesborough has to discover!

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present 1776 the Musical with performances scheduled all weekend long. Visit their website, jonesboroughtheatre.com for show times and tickets. Parking will be available at the Jonesborough Middle School for $5/car and a free shuttle will be running all weekend long. For a complete event schedule, tickets or for more information on the 48th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, call 423.753.1010 or visit our website at jonesboroughdays.com.

Main Stage Line-Up

The Jonesborough Days Main Stage, sponsored by BrightRidge, will feature the sounds of regional favorites along with exciting tribute bands during the 48th annual patriotic summer event June 29 to July 1.

The Main Stage entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29 beside the Washington County Courthouse in Downtown Jonesborough. The Main Stage welcomes the return of a few familiar faces to the Jonesborough Days musical line-up with The Beach Nite Band. Formally known as the Collegians, the Beach Nite Band combines a summer feel to popular R&B, soul, disco blues, classic pop and boogie music guaranteed to appeal to all ages.  Known for their “Carolina Beach Music,” they offer a wide variety of music styles for dancing and listening, along with comedic showmanship from the group’s four members. Their performance will continue until 10 p.m. and is sponsored by BathFitters.

Saturday evening, we pay tribute to everyone’s favorite man in black as Johnny Cash NOW, a Johnny Cash Tribute Band from Georgia joins the entertainment lineup from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Johnny and June Cash along with Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three played during the Jonesborough Days Festival in 1973. 45 years later, we will commemorate that concert and welcome back his music that every generation has grown to love. During intermission at 8:30 p.m. there will be a “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash Look-a-Like Contest”. Call 423.791.6540 to sign up or for more info. This concert is sponsored by Eastman Credit Union.

On Sunday, July 2 the Music City Stones, a Rolling Stones Tribute band based in Nashville, will take the stage from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Featuring top Nashville musicians and performers, Music City Stones prides itself on integrity of the musicianship along with Louis Lee’s spot-on rendition of Mick. The Music City Stones were founded by lead singer, Louis Lee Napolitano, and have been Rockin’ the Stones tunes since 2004. This concert is sponsored by Wolfe Development. The festival then wraps up with the annual fireworks show at 10 p.m.

For more information on the festival, please visit jonesboroughdays.com or call 423.753.1010.

Photos by Whitney S W Creative.