Out and About Tri-Cities October 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities October 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Hello, everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s October already. I was almost convinced we were trapped in an eternal summer there. So grateful for the cooler temps at last! Now, what to do with these amazing Fall days? Grab your calendar and make some plans to enjoy some family-friendly time together enjoying all that our community has to offer.

* Local Halloween Events in the Tri-Cities and Beyond *

*I did not include Halloween Events in this post because there are so many I decided to create them their own page. Click here to check out all the ways to make the most of your Halloween adventures this month!*


Unicoi County Apple Festival

Friday and Saturday – October 5th and 6th 2017 from 8 am to 8 pm

Yes, it’s that time of year again! The Apple Festival is back! With over 350 vendors this event is not to be missed! Everything from handmade crafts, antiques, entertainment, a large children’s area, a Blue Ridge Pottery show and sale, contests and a smorgasbord of food can be found! This has become a tradition for our family and we look forward to it every year. Hope to see you there. Learn more here.

Astronomy Club at Bay’s Mountain in Kingsport

Friday – October 6th, 2017 at 6 pm

Topic – Observatory Cleaning & Celestial Observing will follow if the weather cooperates. If the weather is poor, we’ll participate in a constellation shootout in the planetarium. Please remember to bring cleaning supplies like rags et al. to help. Meet at the Discovery Theater. For more information click here.

Mystery Mastery – Creating a Believable Mystery Novel with Michael Havlin at the Bristol Library

October 7th, 2017 at 1 pm

Bristol Public Library is pleased to welcome Michael Havelin, a local Asheville mystery author, to the Tri-Cities. Mr. Havelin will host a special author signing and mystery writing seminar in the Jones Creativity Center. Come hear selected readings from the author’s work, discuss mystery elements with a published mystery author, and talk about November’s annual writing extravaganza, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

Lit Cakes Competition at Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday – October 10th, 2017 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Come celebrate Teen Read Week 2017 by participating in our Lit. Cakes Competition! Decorate a cake as your favorite book character or cover for our panel of judges to choose a winner. All supplies provided.

This event is intended for ages 12-18.
*Registration is required. You may register on our calendar at www.jcpl.net.

Homeschool Nerf War

Thursday – October 12th, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm

Bring your own Nerf guns! We will supply the Ammo and awards will be provided for the children! This event is sponsored by Carter County Drug Prevention, Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, Carter County UT Extension and Elizabethton Parks and Rec.! (300 W Mill St. Elizabethton)

Wildlife Weekend/Expansion Unveiling at Steele Creek Park

Friday and Saturday – October 13th and 14th, 2017 – Friday starting at 6:30 pm and Saturday starting at 8:30 am

Join Steele Creek Park at the Nature Center for the unveiling of the NEW Nature Center, a reception, a short program, a photography contest, bird banding, nature walks, seminars, and more! Friday activities start at 6:30 pm and Saturday activities start at 8:30 am.

Fall Family Fun Day at Doe River Gorge

Saturday and Sunday – October 14th and 15th, 2017 starting at 10 am

The annual Fall Family Fun Day at Doe River Gorge has been transformed this year into an extended family festival! Spanning two days, this weekend of family fun offers even more exciting activities, craft vendors, and scenic train rides. Load up the car and head to Doe River Gorge for an exciting and beautiful day in the mountains of East Tennesse! Admission is free. Some activities will have charges but you can play disc golf, volleyball, Octaball, corn hole, and enjoy horseback riding for free! Learn more here. Note: Reservations for train rides are recommended due to popularity.

Camp Placid’s 6th Fall Festival in Blountville

Saturday – October 21st, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm

Camp Placid’s Annual Fall Festival is a large arts and crafts event with family-fun activities stretching over 20 acres of beautiful scenery. Featuring vendors from all over the region, there will be plenty of handmade crafts, artwork, clothes, and jewelry, not to mention lots of food! ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE! With such a large place to browse, shop, play, eat, and just relax, Camp Placid’s Fall Festival is truly unique.

Spirit of the Harvest at Rocky Mount Historic Site

Saturday – October 14th, 2017

Participate with the family and friends of the Cobb Family as they gather in the rewards of their labor throughout this productive year with the harvest of the crops and the preparations being made for the long winter season.

“Take Steps” Trail Volunteer Project at Warrior’s Path State Park

Saturday – October 14th and 21st, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm

Come help us improve a trail at YOUR State Park. On two Saturdays in October (14th and 21st), we will be replacing an aging set of 38 steps on the park’s Sinking Waters Trail. Note that this will be an especially good opportunity for students to satisfy their Tennessee Promise volunteer requirements, but volunteers of all ages are needed and welcome.  We’ll meet at 9 AM at the pool parking lot, and carpool out to the trail. Work will continue until 5 PM each day. Wear old clothes and sturdy non-slip footwear. Bring along your work gloves, lunch, water, and enthusiasm! Come prepared to work hard, to get dirty, and to make a lasting difference for nature and for people. Meet at Warrior’s Path Pool Parking Lot.

16th Annual International Food Festival in Knoxville

Saturday – October 28th, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm

I am including this because T loves learning about different cultures and he is an amazing cook. This is something he will really enjoy and I thought, he probably isn’t alone with these interests. So, here are the details.

No entrance fee required! This is your chance to taste some of the most popular and tastiest foods from different countries around the world. Food and drink tickets will be sold for $1 each. Food prices will vary. Our bazaar will give you the feel of shopping in the marketplace and will have authentic products to purchase. $5 armband allows your child to explore our kid’s corner which includes inflatables and crafts for your child’s entertainment. And they get a passport keepsake to collect stamps from various country booths. The entertainment schedule will have you singing and dancing on the lawn. More information here.

So there you have them. Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to get out there and have some fun together! Before I let you go, I have a few other posts you may enjoy that will help you get the most out of your Fall!

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Be blessed,


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