Milligan College Film Festival Friday: Milligan College will host the 19th annual “Short Film Festival” May 3 at 6 p.m. in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. The free public event will feature five short films written, filmed and directed by Milligan students. For a full list of events at Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.
Campfire and S’mores at Grayson Highlands State Park: Come to the Campground Amphitheater, May 3 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and join your fellow campers to enjoy a brief introduction to the park and all it has to offer while snacking on the quintessential campfire snack: s’mores. The event is free and open to all ages.
First Friday Downtown Johnson City: East Main Street will be closed the First Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. for live music, food, drinks, vendors and more. For more information visit www.downtownjc.com/first-friday. Of Mice & Men will be at Capone's this Friday, May 3 with special guests Dead American, SHVPES and Vagrants. Tickets are on sale now at https://of-mice-capones.eventbrite.com. Advance tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day-of. This event is 18 and up.
Family Fun Day Saturday: The Birthplace of Country Music and the Bristol Public Library are inviting folks to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a free Family Fun Day. Included in the event is an Instrument Petting Zoo, a story-related activity and free entry to the special exhibit, “Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature.” The event will be May 4 at noon.
Ballad Health Derby Day Saturday: Ballad health is inviting locals to the Ballad Health Foundation’s annual Derby Day in Greeneville. The fundraiser event will be the day of the Kentucky Derby and provides attendees with the “authentic feel of the derby right in Northeast Tennessee.” Women are encouraged to wear traditional elaborate hats, and men seersucker suits and bow ties. The event will be May 4 at 4:30 p.m. and will be in the ballroom of the General Morgan Inn in downtown Greeneville.
Roan Mountain Trail Festival Saturday: Roan Mountain’s town-wide trail festival celebrating the anniversary of the Appalachian Trail Community #41 designation from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be May 4 at noon. The festival lineup includes activities such as “best beard” contest, free disc golf, Appalachian Trail trivia contest, a hot dog lunch served by the “Girls with Wieners” trail magic group, an “open mic jam” and more. Live music will include Art Lang and friends, Billy Crawford Band, Fiddlin’ Leona and JP Mathes II, Hawk Baby and will close with Twang Bangers.
Survival Course from Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute Sunday: The Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute is inviting locals to attend a one-day course teaching participants how to survive in the wild utilizing fire crafting, craftsmanship, water purification, knot-tying, off-trail navigation and rescue signaling. The event will cost $100 and run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be on Survival Island. To register, visit www.nolilearn.org/booking.
McKinney Center annual student art exhibit: McKinney Center will honor a tradition that is over seven decades old with the annual “Miss Brown’s End of the Year Program and Student Art Exhibition.” The event is named after Miss Ethel Brown, a teacher at Booker T. Washington School, who held an annual program to celebrate what the students had learned. The event is free and open to the public and will feature student art work, both youth and adult. At 6:30, audiences are invited to the auditorium for a series of short performances. For more information about the McKinney Center’s “Miss Brown’s End of the Year Program” as well as upcoming arts programs and events, contact Theresa Hammons, director of the McKinney Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-753-0562, or stop by the McKinney Center.
Pie Wars: The Carnegie Hotel will host the annual Pie Wars May 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Participating pizza joints will compete for Best Overall Pizza, Best Cheese Pizza, Best Pepperoni Pizza and Best Crust. Drinks will be provided by One Stop Wine and Spirits. The event is free for children 5 and under, $12 for children 6 and over, $20 for early bird YPTri members, $25 for non-members. Door prices will be $30 for members and non-members.