The East Tennessee region offers an abundance of fun things to do throughout the year, and several Tennessee Mountain Festivals take place in our region annually. Offering live music, games, food, and plenty of arts and crafts, these festivals are great ways to learn more about the area and enjoy all that it has to offer. Spend the day amidst the clouds and blooms at the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival, or let your kids go wild at Fun Fest in Kingsport; no matter what time of year you visit East Tennessee for a mountain vacation, you'll more than likely have the opportunity to enjoy one of these great festivals. Because our Cabin Rental in East Tennessee is located right along the border with Western North Carolina, we've included some information on some of the more popular festivals in Banner Elk and Linville as well.
- Covered Bridge Festival in Elizabethton
Elizabethton is home to the oldest covered bridge still in use. The Doe River Bridge has been celebrated for over 40 years at the Covered Bridge Festival. Taking place each year in June, the Covered Bridge Festival is a series of events that starts in historic downtown Elizabethton TN that are fun for the entire family. Visitors enjoy the 'Music on the Bridge' concerts year after year, and kids always love the fun games at the festival.
- Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival
The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens are located atop the massive 6,327 foot Roan Mountain, and cover an area of 600 acres, making them the largest gardens of their type in the entire world. For over 60 years, Roan Mountain has been the host of the annual Rhododendron Festival which typically takes place in June when the flowers are in full bloom. Our Cabin Rental in East Tennessee is located along the Watauga River, very close to Roan Mountain, and is the perfect place to stay while visiting the area for the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival.
- Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Taking place each year on Grandfather Mountain in Linville is the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games festival. This event is an annual gathering of the Scottish clans and ancestors and a celebration of the Gaelic and Scottish traditions. Filled with music, food, vendors, arts and crafts, and of course, competitive Scottish games, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is a very popular event that draws record crowds each year.
- The Jonesborough Story Telling Festival
Located in the natural beauty of northeastern Tennessee, Jonesborough has hosted the festival since its inception in 1973. Jonesborough is Tennessee's oldest town, located in the heart of the Appalachian cultural area. The festival features five or six large tents that seat hundreds of people each in parks around town. The storytellers sit on stages or at the head of the tent to perform for about 10,000 people each year. The festival has been acclaimed as one of the Top 100 Events in North America and has even influenced the creation of a graduate level degree in storytelling at East Tennessee State University.
- The Blue Plum Festival
Johnson City Tennessee's Blue Plum Festival takes place each year in June and is a free, outdoor art and music festival hosted in downtown Johnson City Tennessee. Visitors can sit out on the lawn and enjoy the music playing from the main stage. This annual event always draws record crowds and is a great way to celebrate Johnson City's excellent music scene.
- Fun Fest
Fun Fest is a fun community event that takes place each year in Kingsport Tennessee. Filled with fun games, food, live music and plenty of vendors and arts and crafts, Fun Fest is a great family event that takes place in July. This year Gavin Degraw, Little Big Town, and Rodney Atkins are scheduled to appear at Kingsport's Fun Fest.
- Rhythm and Roots Festival - Bristol
The Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival takes place each year in September and celebrates Bristol's deep musical heritage. Entertainers and musical acts from all over come to Bristol to celebrate and play together and a great time is always had.