Exchange Place: Fall Folk Arts Festival

For Catherine Shook, it really all began when she was 12 years old. “Dad gave me my first pocket knife,” she said, “I thought, ‘this is cool, I want to figure out how to make this stuff.’”  Youthful curiosity grew and expanded until now, at the age of 21, she is a full-fledged blacksmith, a traditional… Read more »

Fall Foliage in Northeast Tennessee

If leaf looking is your thing, than this map is for you.  Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Northeast Tennessee attracts guests from all over the country in anticipation of peak fall foliage. The peak time for fall foliage in Northeast Tennessee is estimated to be the weekend of September 29 through October 1. Calculations are provided… Read more »

Watauga Lake Winery Grape Stomp

Its not often that you hear of a grape stomp taking place in Northeast Tennessee, but Watauga Lake Winery has turned the age old tradition of winemaking in to an event attracting folks from all over the country. Wayne and Linda Gay opened Watauga Lake Winery in 2012 in the historic Big Dry Run Schoolhouse… Read more »

Mountain Music: Long Journey Home Festival

Just about a far northeast in Tennessee as you can get, you’ll find a county that is half Cherokee National Forest and half Watauga Lake. Nestled within those hills, lies Mountain City (appropriately named), and each year a celebration takes place honoring the iconic old time mountain music style that eventually developed into country music. The Long… Read more »

Rogersville: Hot Sauce, History and Hot Rods

Rogersville has been on the map for longer than the United States has been a country, so they know a little something about history.  When you pair Rogersville’s heritage with slow cooked barbecue and a Main Street decked out in classic hot rods, you end up with a pretty sweet combination. Having a family of… Read more »

Enter to Win: Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Prize Pack

We’ve teamed up with Believe in Bristol and Southwest Virginia for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion to offer a 2018 Prize Pack. Download the Festival App to enter and access the full 2017 schedule as up to 120 bands and more than 20 stages take on the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol. The 2017… Read more »

Solar Eclipse Events in Northeast Tennessee

Where will you be when the 2017 solar eclipse takes place?  If your answer is Northeast Tennessee, you’re in luck because there are several events throughout the region leading up to and during the August 21 event dedicated to the skies. Even though Northeast Tennessee will not host a total eclipse, depending on where you… Read more »

Northeast Tennessee: There’s More…Outdoors

A trip to the foot of the Appalachian Mountains is where you’ll howl with wolves, relax on nationally renowned waters, or hike through mountain tops showcasing fluorescent colors of each distinct season. It’s time to step outside and take in the outdoors, the Northeast Tennessee way.  Here are a few trip ideas to get you started:… Read more »

Whitewater Rafting: Cruising Down the Nolichucky Gorge

I had heard that folks from all over the country visit the small Tennessee mountain town of Erwin to take on the whitewater rapids of the infamous Nolichucky River. And, when I stepped on a bus full of folks that had traveled for a few days just to feel that cool mountain breeze against the… Read more »

Legs in a Barrel Murder Mystery, Aug. 25-26

SOLD OUT – The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is excited to present an original, murder mystery event.  Legs In a Barrel follows the twists and turns of an actual, historic murder that took place in Jonesborough in 1909.  The body of a local resident was pulled from the French Broad River, and his… Read more »

It’s Bristol Baby: NASCAR Takes on Bristol Aug. 16-19

The campfires, the laughs, the racing, the music, the sights, smells and the check off your bucket list. Fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR, and if history’s any indication The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside the… Read more »

Kingsport Fun Fest! July 14-22

What do you get when you mix nine days with more than 60 locations and nearly 100 events?  Kingsport Fun Fest! And, with the City of Kingsport celebrating 100 years, this year’s festival is set to be one of the largest parties of the year. Many FunFest! favorites will return, including block parties along the… Read more »