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Busy weekend on tap – literally and figuratively – in downtown Johnson City

Jessica Fuller • Apr 5, 2018 at 11:13 PM

Craft brews, a taste of Latino culture and the official opening of a new downtown park will lend a festive spark to Johnson City this weekend.

What’s in store?

Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza 

What better way to close out craft beer week than with four hours of 150 craft beers, live music and some of the area’s best food trucks?

The seventh annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza brings the best of area breweries to one place for an afternoon – in fact, 83 percent of the breweries are within a four-hour drive of Johnson City.

Thirsty Orange will take place in Founders Park on Saturday. General ticket holders can sample beers from 2-6 p.m. for $50, or a $65 First Pour tickets gets holders an hour-early entry access with shorter lines and special cask tappings.

Johnson City-based bands Doctor Ocular and The Kindest People will take the stage throughout the festival, and Opie’s Pizza Wagon, Feeding Frenzie and Smoke Shack BBQ will offer a variety of foods during the festival.

The festival closes out Tri-Cities Craft Beer week, which packed this week with events highlighting the best in local breweries including special infusions and limited-time releases. Barley Waters will host a Thirsty Orange pre-party Friday beginning at 5 p.m.

The festival will also benefit The Overmountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is a program dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

Tickets for Thirsty Orange are available at www.thirstyorange.com.

Corazòn Latino Festival 

Latino culture is at the heart of the ninth annual Corazòn Latino Festival, which will flood Founders Park with activities, live music and food with a dash of health education from 4-10 p.m. on Friday.

East Tennessee State University’s Language and Culture Resource Center, Hispanic American Student Community Alliance and Department of Art and Design come together to celebrate the connection between Latino and Appalachian communities, providing the “Running of the Bulls” with the LIttle City Roller Girls, “Latingrass” music by Argentinian band Che Apalache, dance lessons with Bj Goliday, and Zumba demonstrations and music by DJ Torrado.

The festival will also offer a savory taste of foods from Mexico, Honduras and Cuba.

Children’s activities include face painting, sack races and coloring will be available in the ChicoZone, and an art exhibit, “Pawned Quiceañera Jewelry,” by Mexican-American artist Rosalie Lopez, will also be on display at the Tipton Art Gallery, 126 Spring St.

Representatives from the Quillen College of Medicine, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the Johnson City Community Health Center and Ballad Health will also be on hand for health awareness and prevention information. Blood pressure and glucose screenings will be available as well as information for healthy living and self-care management.

The event is free and open to the public.

King Commons Park 

While Founders Park will be hosting two festivals this weekend, downtown officials will also be celebrating the opening of Johnson City’s newest park with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony will take place under the landmark sign in King Commons Park.

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