Dive deep into the local jazz scene: Spend the evenings this weekend diving deep into jazz at the annual Johnson City Jazz Festival. During this three-day event, experience local and out-of-town jazz musicians. Performers include the ETSU Jazz Band, the Perkins Peterson Quartet, The Bill Bares Trio, Steve Wilson and many more. The festival will take place at the Carnegie Hotel. Thursday night with four group performances will be free beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday night performances will also begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for one night or $30 for both nights. To purchase tickets in advance or to learn more about the events and performers, visit johnsoncityjazzfestival.com.
Dance it out: Night Owl Circus Arts (NOCA) is more than just circus performing. NOCA will provide a ballroom dance class Friday nights at 6 p.m. at Azure Aerial Arts Studio in Johnson City. The class was designed for beginners to intermediate ballroom dancers and will cover the basics of waltz, rumba, tango, foxtrot and cha cha. The class is open to ages 13 and up and advance registration is required and the cost is $10 per class or $80 for 10 classes. To sign up online, visit nightowlcircusarts.com
Support the arts: Support local art at Music on the Square 21st Anniversary Fundraising Gala. Money raised goes toward free music performances throughout the year. The event will be held at the McKinney Center on Friday and will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. The McKinney Center is located at 103 Franklin Ave. in Jonesborough.
Would you like a side of caffeine with your comedy? Freshly Brewed comedy returns to Johnson City with fresh stand up comics from around the region. The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room will open its doors for this free show tonight. Featured comedians for this show include Jake James Hasenauer, Lance Adams and Ryan Cox. Headlining the event will be Kris Bell. The Willow Tree is located at 216 East Main St. in downtown Johnson City.
Live tunes: Spend Saturday night enjoying an Intimate Evening of Song at The Club at Ridgefields in Kingsport. Songwriters Tim Stafford, Bobby Starnes and Justin Mychals. The concert is open to the public and includes a buffet dinner provided by the Domestic Divas. It also includes a cash bar from the Ridgefields Tavern. Tickets are $39 plus $3.70 tax. Tickets must be bought in advance. There is limited seating so purchase tickets at PayPal.me/justinmychals or call Ridgefields Tavern at 423-392-8373.
Food trucks are back! As weather climbs back into the 60s this weekend, take some time to enjoy some local grub as the food trucks come back out for the warmer seasons. A Food Truck Junction will take place in the parking lot of The Mall at Johnson City on Saturday. Starting at noon food trucks will be set up until 7 p.m. or the food runs out. A few of the trucks present Saturday will be Auntie Ruth’s Doughnuts, Bistro Snacks, Bite, Botana Food Truck and Caribbean Grill. The Mall of Johnson City is located at 2011 North Roan St. in Johnson City.
Attention music collectors: Looking for that special something to top off your music collection? Or maybe you've been searching long and hard for a certain record? Browse the biggest vinyl-CD store in the area for one day only at the Double Tree-Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane in Johnson City. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, music vendors from all over the South will be set up selling vintage vinyl albums and 45s, and CDs, DVDs, and memorabilia and more. Admission is $2.
A night of originals: The Green Fingers will return to the Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room Saturday night with a set of all original music and celebrate the birthday of their frontman, Austin Barrett. Starting at 7 p.m. experience the band playing originals that cover the musical spectrum from blues to country to good old-fashioned rock and roll from the 60s and 70s.
Live tunes: Magus and the Movers will take to the stage for the first time at the Gypsy Circus Cider Company on Friday. Music will start at from 8-10 p.m. There is no cover charge and the taproom will be serving up delicious cider. Trucky Cheese will be serving up grub.
Frolic among the wildflowers: Enjoy the beautiful new flowers in the parks that come with the new spring season during the Wildflower Hike at the Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium on Saturday. These hikes are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. They will last an hour and a half and the length depends on what is blooming. Plan to dress for the weather.