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Jonesborough’s special events are offered through the Parks and Recreation Department and Jonesborough’s Main Street Program. They are designed to entertain the community and to help promote downtown businesses. Current/Seasonal Events Guide HERE. If you would like to host a downtown Special Event you may download the Special Event Permit Application HERE.
Scheduled annually the weekend before Easter, the Parks and Recreation Department pulls out all the stops for this free event for children ages 10 and under. Over 4,000 filled eggs are hidden in Storytelling Community Park for children to hop and sniff about to find. Of course, the Easter Bunny is sure to make an appearance, so be sure to record the memorable event with a picture. There are also plenty of free games, free popcorn and cotton candy and much more for children to enjoy.
Music on the Square
Held each Friday evening May through September, Music on the Square is Americana at its best, featuring live performances by local and regional bands, storytellers, poets, and performance artists. Each week offers at least two different acts. Many of the shops in Jonesborough stay open for these events, and the restaurants are full of diners and dessert seekers. Folks can visit, chat, enjoy the music and meet new friends as the bands play a variety of bluegrass, Celtic, old-time, Blues or jazz. Now an official Jonesborough event, Main Street is blocked off to through traffic for these concerts. Each concert begins at 7:00pm and everyone is invited to attend and enjoy. Check HERE for more information
Jonesborough Open Juried Art Show
The juried art show is held at the McKinney Center each spring for four weeks. Artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the beautiful McKinney Center and have their work judged alongside fellow artists by a well-known juror. To obtain information about the show or to find out how to get your artwork submitted for the next show, call the McKinney Center at 423.753.0562 or click HERE to see if applications are available. The McKinney Center hours are Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Exhibit hours may be different.
The Town of Jonesborough and volunteers plan and organize this annual patriotic festival to celebrate our Nation’s Heritage on the weekend closest to July 4. There is so much for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend: a parade to kick off the festivities, games and an animal petting zoo for the kids, the #OnlyInJonesborough Discovery Park, the Main Stage that boasts musical performers all weekend long, crafters, yummy festival food, and, of course, fireworks. Come and celebrate our Nation’s birthday with us and we promise a weekend that you will never forget! Craft and food vendors may check HERE to check for applications. Click HERE to see the most recent JBO Days Guide. For more updates check out our Facebook page.
Fine Art in the Park
This is both a juried and judged show, with the goal to focus on truly fine art. The show features many categories of fine art and high quality handmade items. The event takes place at the International Storytelling Center and in Jimmy Neil Smith Park during the third weekend in October. Check HERE to check for Call To Artists and Application
Labor Day Concert
There is nothing better than listening to the sounds of the Johnson City Community Concert Band while you celebrate Labor Day by taking the day off to sit leisurely at the Visitors Center and be serenaded. The Johnson City Community Concert Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit, concert band whose members are from all over Northeast Tennessee. The band was originally formed with the goal of performing for community events and providing adult citizens of Northeast Tennessee an opportunity to practice and perform music as a community service.
Halloween Haunts & Happenings
Experience a whole different world as Main Street in downtown Historic Jonesborough is transformed into a hubbub of little ghosts, goblins, superheroes and good witches, all gathering to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween. This completely free event boasts the best games, ghost stories, costume contest and trick-or-treating around and takes place the Friday closest to Halloween. You’re sure to shake in your boots when you visit the transformed Haunted Wedding Chapel.
Lighting of the Tree
Jonesborough goes all out to celebrate Christmas in the Storytelling Capital of the World. The festivities officially begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Enjoy this spectacular event while you sit back and hear familiar Christmas Carols, a Christmas Story told by a local Storyteller, and best of all, when all eyes take in the glory of the huge lit tree that sits next to our Courthouse on Main Street in downtown.
Christmas in Olde Jonesborough
Keep your Christmas spirit alive every Saturday following the Tree Lighting with Christmas in Olde Jonesborough. Santa himself will make an appearance on Saturday afternoons outside the Courthouse in his sleigh where he will hear the whispered wishes of all children and have a jovial smile ready for the flash of the camera. Be sure to bring a new toy, wrapped for Christmas for underprivileged children in our community.
Special holiday events take place in downtown Jonesborough every Saturday from Thanksgiving to Christmas to get you in the Christmas spirit and help you get your shopping done!
Jonesborough Christmas Parade
What better way to entertain the kids and keep them on their good behavior for a visit from Santa than the annual Jonesborough Christmas Parade, held the second Saturday in December at 6pm. The most unique part of this parade is the fact that it is takes place at night, because what better way to showcase the floats and parade entries than to decorate with Christmas lights! Traditionally, over half of the entries are musical as well, so feel free to sing along with the church choirs, wave at the passing fire truck decked out in Christmas decorations and look in wonder at the live nativity scene as it passes by. Enjoy making many Christmas memories in Jonesborough. If you are interested in submitting an entry into the Christmas Parade then click HERE to see if they are accepting applications.