A myriad of events are falling into place this season at Tennessee’s Mountain Playground, also known as Carter County.
The first event of its kind called the Downtown Elizabethton Art Walk is being organized by Blue River Studio, the Elizabethton Art and Cultural Alliance and the Downtown Business Association. Most businesses are planning to stay open later in the evening for guests of the event. Children are invited to Sweetsie Treats to create their own art in the nearby chalk area. A children’s art show will also be on display at the Bonnie Kate Theater. The Art Walk takes place on Friday, September 22, from 5-8 p.m.
Stick around the city of Elizabethton for back-to-back celebrations at Sycamore Shoals State Park and the Covered Bridge Park the following day.
The Bonnie Kate Theater and East Tennessee Foundation will take over the Covered Bridge Park for the first-ever BBQ, Blues and Brews Festival and 5K. The event takes place from 4-9 p.m. with the 5K beginning at 4 p.m. and the festivities beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Earlier the same day, Sycamore Shoals State Park will honor the Overmountain Men who mustered on the grounds more than 200 years ago with the annual Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration. The encampment takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the park grounds.
Continuing the celebration of the Overmountain Men, Sycamore Shoals State Park will host the Overmountain Victory Trail March next week on September 25 at 2 p.m. This event recreates the muster, Watauga River crossing and also honors the bravery and volunteerism of those men who went on to help turn the tides of the American Revolution.
In honor of National Public Lands Day on September 30, Roan Mountain State Park is hosting a Girls Outdoors Workshop. The park hopes to encourage more young girls to fellowship with nature as well as provide an opportunity for them to meet women who are engaged with the outdoors. Ticket holders are encouraged to camp overnight with park rangers. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and will conclude on October 1 at noon. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at tnstateparks.com.
One week later on October 6, head back up the mountain to meet beer connoisseurs at Roan Mountain State Park’s conference center to sample Tennessee Brew Works’ newly released State Park Blonde Ale. The event is from 5-8 p.m.
Just in time for the peak of the annual autumn color show, Security Federal Bank is sponsoring the Taste of Carter County, which is set for October 12. Samples from several local restaurants will be available to ticket holders. Benefits from the event will go to Isaiah 117 House, which aims to provide a safe space for children in transitional foster care. Tickets are on sale at www.elizabethtonchamber.com. Tickets are $20. The event is at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology from 5-8 p.m.
Two additional family-friendly fall festivities are taking place on October 14. Those are the annual Autumn Harvest at Roan Mountain State Park from 1-4 p.m. and the Fall Family Fun Festival at Doe River Gorge Ministries which lasts through October 15 this year. In conjunction with the Fall Family Fun Festival, the Goliath at the Gorge will take place beginning at 10 a.m.
More information about these events and other happenings is available online at www.tourcartercounty.com/events.