Johnson City

Blue Plum Festival begins Friday

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The 15th annual Blue Plum Festival gets underway on Friday in downtown Johnson City.

The festival includes music, arts and crafts, a fast 5K, bicycle criterium, activities for kids of all ages, storytelling, and a craft beer tent.

This year's festival will feature three stages: the Fountain Square Stage, the Southern Stage and the Jazz Stage.  
The Fountain Square Stage will offer wonderful Americana music by David Bromberg Band and Humming House on Friday night and Bill Kirchen Band and Jeff Austin Band on Saturday night.
Musicians featured on the Southern Stage include Squash Blossoms, Malcolm Holcombe and Josh Oliver.

Several new events are being added in celebration of the 15th anniversary.

On Saturday, we will celebrate one of the region's gems as the ETSU Storytelling Program will bring artists to the Majestic Stage to tell tall tales and spin yarns.

Storytelling runs from 4-7 p.m.

Also new for 2014 is the Blue Hop Brew-HaHa on Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

This event is for craft beer lovers. For a $20 ticket, you can sample 20 craft beers, including Holston River and Green Man breweries.

Holston Distributing will be offering its Sober Ride program during the festival hours. Bartenders will have vouchers for $10 cab rides for those who have over-consumed during the festival.

For more information about the Blue Plum Festival, click here.

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