Out and About Tri-Cities October 2018
Family Friendly Events In the Tri-Cities and Just Beyond
If you are looking for family-friendly events in the Tri-Cities, you have come to the right place. Our mission at Geez, Gwen is to encourage families and couples to get out and explore and learn together as often as possible. We also strive to be a source of information for excellent volunteer opportunities that you can take part in to improve our community and the lives and well being of our neighbors. Welcome!
Family Friendly Events This Month
Fall Family Campout! Johnson City Public Library
Monday – October 1st, 2018 at 6:30 pm
The weather may not say “fall” yet, but it’s time for our Family Campout, a pretend fall camping event for kids ages 4-12 and their families! On Monday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., the library’s Jones Meeting Room will be transformed into a fall forest scene complete with camping gear and a pretend campfire, but without the mosquitos and other creepy-crawlies from the outdoors.
The activities, crafts, and snacks will follow the camping theme. There will be fishing games, animal paw stamps, nature, and leaf art crafts, as well as storytelling and singing around the “campfire”. And it wouldn’t be a campout without s’mores; although the fire won’t be real because the event is indoors, the marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers will be!
Youth Services Assistant, Angela Stanbrough, says that this event is great for kids who have been camping as well as those who haven’t. She explains, “pretend play is always good for kids because it helps them process their experiences, as well as prepares them for future situations. If they have been camping, this event can remind them of that fun. And if they haven’t been or can’t go camping, this is a great way to simulate that experience for them.”
For more information and to register call the Youth Services Department at 423-434-4458 or sign up here. The event is free, but registration is requested.
AAME SPEAKER SERIES: TO THE ICE! IMAGES OF ANTARCTICA at the Bristol Public Library
Tuesday – October 2nd, 2018 at 7 pm
As a professor at Berea College, Dr. Libby Falk Jones, Photographer and Retired Professor of English at Berea College, taught courses in creative, academic, professional, and contemplative writing. She’s published extensively in the fields of writing and learning, visual learning, women’s academic vocations, utopian communities, and faculty development. Her poems and essays have appeared in Low Explosions: Writings on the Body, New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings, Connecticut Review, Poetry as Prayer: Appalachian Women Speak, and I To I: Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists, among others. Her photography has been exhibited locally and regionally and is part of the permanent Art As Healing collections at three Kentucky hospitals. In photographing ice, mountains, sea, sky, and wildlife in the Antarctic summer of 2017, she investigates the surprising beauty of this unique landscape.
41st Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival in Erwin
Friday and Saturday – October 5th and 6th, 2018
The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 annual attendees, has been consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and is a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. The 41st annual festival will include over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more. In addition, three food courts will be located throughout the festival grounds so attendees may enjoy festival foods, beverages, and specialty cuisine.
Three entertainment stages featuring live music will perfectly complement the arts and crafts atmosphere. A large children’s area complete with rides and activities will be included in the festival for both the young and young-at-heart. A wide array of tournaments will be featured including the NFS 4-Mile Race, Miss Apple Festival Pageant and Apple Dumpling Contest.
Best Christmas Pageant Ever Auditions at Bristol Theater
October 6th, 8th, and 9th, 2018
Theatre Bristol announces auditions for its holiday production ofThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Steve Baskett, on October 6, 8, and 9 at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. The popular holiday play comes to Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace for Christmas and we invite everyone to audition. Show details, audition times, character roles, and rehearsal dates are available at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.
No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and children.Doors will open 30 minutes before the first audition on each of these dates:
Saturday, October 6th at 10:30 am
Monday, October 8th at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, October 9th at 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 10th for callbacks, if needed
Anyone interested in being a part of the production crew may contact Theatre Bristol at email@example.com, or be present at any of the audition times.
Book End Painting at The Johnson City Public Library (Teen Event)
Tuesday – October 9th, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Paint your own design on a metal bookend to go in the library’s teen space. Designs must be book-themed and submitted by Friday, October 5 for approval. See Information Desk on the second floor of the library, or e-mail the library’s Teen Librarian Katelyn Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org for a template. This event is for ages 12-18 and registration is required. Register Here.
Roan Mountain History at The Visitor’s Center
Friday- October 12th, 2018 from 3 pm to 4 pm
Do you know the people who walked through this area that changed the course of the American Revolution? In 1871, who was the mayor of Chattanooga and what does he have to do with this area? What about the man who could have killed President George Washington? If your curiosity has you intrigued, then join Park Ranger Keifer Helle at the Park Visitor Center to learn more about these questions and many more.
Stories from the Pumpkin Patch at Tipton-Haynes
Saturday – October 13th, 2018 from 4 pm to 8 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly evening with fun crafts and great stories. As daylight fades, spooky stories will be taking place in our cave! Also, take a hayride around the historic grounds. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Children three and under free. Members of Tipton-Haynes are also FREE!
The Kingsport Aquatic Center’s 4th Annual Pumpkin Plunge
Saturday – October 13th, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., children ages 12 and younger are invited to plunge into the Palmer Center Foundation Warm Pool and retrieve a pumpkin to decorate, participate in Halloween games and swim in the indoor pools.
Admission is $5 per person if you purchase your ticket in advance, and $7 per person on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the KAC front desk or online. Everyone is welcome to swim during the Pumpkin Plunge Party with the entry fee, but only children ages 12 and younger will be allowed to decorate the pumpkins.
An Evening with Andrew Jackson at Sycamore Shoals Historic Site
Saturday – October 13th, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is proud to welcome historian and renowned living history figure Grant Hardin as he portrays one of America’s most well known historical figures, General Andrew Jackson.
The evening will begin with a presentation of early 19th-century music followed by General Jackson as he recounts his days as a youth during the American Revolution, his rise in military leadership, and his finest hour at the Battle of New Orleans. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the program.
This event kicks off a full weekend of programs celebrating the bicentennial of Sabine Hill, the recently restored 1818 Elizabethton home built by Mary Taylor, widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor.
Cost is $8 – Register here.
21st Annual Wildlife Weekend at Steele Creek Park in Bristol
Friday and Saturday – October 12th and 13th, 2018
Friday starting at 6:30 pm in the new Nature Center enjoy a short program, ribbon cutting, and photography contest rewards. Saturday beginning at 8:30 am, bird bandings, lots of children’s activities, fossils, nature walks, seminars, and much more.
Kids Club® Spooky House & Bat Frame at Michael’s in Johnson City
Saturday – October 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
They craft, you shop! Kids 6 and up can enjoy turning a plain frame into a spooky house with mini clothespin bats. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Cost is $5.00. Register Here!
Autumn Harvest 2018 at Miller’s Farmstead on Roan Mountain
Saturday – October 13th, 2018 from 12 noon to 3 pm
Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage at Roan Mountain and celebrate autumn at the park’s annual harvest festival with traditional crafts, food, and entertainment. At the Miller Farmstead from 12-3 PM.
Fall Family Festival at Rocky Mount
Saturday – October,13th, 2018
Come to visit the Cobb family and enjoy the season with family activities for all ages!
Junior Bigfoot Hike at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday – October 20th, 2018 from 9 pm to 10 pm
What sounds like a steam engine, can read your mind, communicates by knocking on trees, and has a love for apples? Why Bigfoot of course! Join Park Ranger Keifer Helle at the Camper Check-In Station located at the Campground to go hiking for Bigfoot.
This program is limited to ages 5-12 and costs $10.00 per kid. Participants will receive a backpack and a flashlight. Spots are limited to 15 kids. Parents/guardians accompanying kids are free.
Details and registration here.
Fall Family Fun Festival at Doe River Gorge
Saturday and Sunday – October 20th and 21st, 2018
Family fun | craft vendors | train excursions through the Doe River Gorge Enjoy beautiful Fall colors while making memories with your family!
2018 Scarecrow Skedaddle at Founder’s Park
Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 2 p.m.
Start a healthy habit and come to join us for an afternoon of fun and fitness at the Scarecrow Skedaddle at its new location, Founders Park! All participants will get a t-shirt and runner’s bib and all finishers will get a finisher’s medal as they cross the finish line. Registration must be received by October 5, 2018, to guarantee supplies of participant items. For more information and registration details visit here.
Post race Shindig immediately following the races at the Pavilion or Amphitheater at Founders Park.
COST: $10 per entrant
Fall Celebration at Johnson City Public Library
Wednesday – October 24th, 2018 from 10 am to 11:30 am
For children 18 months to 5 years old, this special event is a celebration of our senses! We will explore all things autumnal with our five senses, touch, hearing, sight, smell, and even taste. This is a drop-in program that will start at 10:00 am and last until 11:30 am.
Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown at Milligan College
Thursday – October 25th, 2018 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Milligan College presents the exciting play, Around the World in 80 Days. Hold onto your seats for an amazing ride as you join the fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful attendant as they race around the world in an unheard of 80 days. Danger, romance and comic surprises abound in Mark Brown’s new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time. All seats are $5. Advance tickets go on sale October 1 at the Milligan Bookstore, 423.461.8733.
Scary Stories at Fort Watauga
Thursday – October 25th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Bring the entire family for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a healthy dose of humor thrown in for good measure. Dress warmly, and make sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted . . . we think!
Touch a Truck – Trunk or Treat Memorial Park
Thursday – October 25th, 2018 from 6 pm to 7 pm
Join us for a fun family event that offers hands-on opportunities for children to explore, climb and touch trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery, and other cool equipment and motor vehicles while collecting candy. Please bring your bag. Kid-friendly concessions will be sold. Event ends when candy runs out.
For more info, call 423-434-5749
Halloween in the Campground at Warrior’s Path State Park
Friday – October 26th, 2018 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Enjoy an evening of spooky fun! There will be trick or treating, camper decorating contest, a visit from our local volunteer fire station and ghost stories around the campfire. Halloween festivities are from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Bring a flashlight!
Witches Wynd at Exchange Place
Friday and Saturday – October 26th, and 27th, 2018
Exchange Place needs no props after dark for a spooky atmosphere, with its shadowy corners of ancient log buildings where storytellers wait to relate chilling tales of the past. Guests assemble at the barn, divide into five groups, each of which is led by a lantern-bearing host to hear all of the five stories wind and through scenes relating to the story just heard.
Halloween Spooktacular at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site
Saturday – October 27th, 2018 from 2 pm to 6 pm
Join us on the Saturday evening before Halloween for our Halloween Spooktacular! This free, family-friendly event will include children’s crafts, storytelling, hayrides (weather permitting), and more!
Halloween Festival at Carver Recreation Center
Saturday – October 27th, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Open to all ages. In costume $1, No costume $2 Game tickets 50 cents. Kids will have a chance to win cash prizes for best costume in different age categories. Games include inflatables, basketball shot, football toss, dart throw and many more. For more info, call 423-461-8830
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating in Bristol
Saturday – October 27th, 2018 9 am to 12 pm
It’s time for the Annual Pumpkin Palooza and Trick-or-Treating on State Street! On Saturday, October 27, 9 am to 12 noon, kids of all ages can come to the Farmers’ Market at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street for a spooktacular event! Hosted by Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department and Believe in Bristol, there will be fun and games galore — children can decorate a pumpkin with a variety of fun craft materials. There will be treat bags for kids to take home (while supplies last), along with the pumpkin they decorated. The fun continues as downtown merchants are open for trick-or-treating at various shops along State Street from 10 am until 12 noon, or until the candy runs out! It’s fun for the whole family!
BOO N’ BREW at The Johnson City Mall
Saturday – October 27th, 2018 12 pm to 7 pm
Halloween’s just around the corner, and so is our Boo N’ Brew festival! Join us on October 27 starting at noon for a pumpkin patch, inflatables, a costume contest, hayrides, beer, live music, food trucks and more!
There is plenty of entertainment for all. It will be skele-TONS of fun!
Frankenfest at The Johnson City Public Library
Tuesday – October 30th, 2018 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Celebrate Frankenweek in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Join us for games, crafts, and food inspired by the monster himself! This event is intended for ages 12-18 and registration is required.
Trick or Treating at The Mall at Johnson City Mall
Wednesday – October 31st, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Join us for our annual trick or treating inside the Mall at Johnson City! Go store to store for your favorite candies!
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