Fun Fest 2018
Can something be too much fun?
Maybe so, but that is not the case with the annual FunFest event in Kingsport. Take this week’s music lineup for instance. On Thursday night, Casting Crowns make an appearance along with Passion. Then Friday night Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will take the stage to rock out the crowd. The big finale on Saturday features The Avett Brothers with their unique sets. Any one of these would be a great event to attend; you have the chance to see all three should you so desire. That’s my kind of event!
There is so much to do people of all ages at FunFest that it is easy to see where they came up with the title. Tuesday is a good example. The annual Putt Putt tournament is going on all day. The Kid’s Central Presented by Niswonger Children’s Hospital is 10:00 – 3:00; the Joseph Young Magic Show is 11:00 – 12:00. You can get into Bays Mountain for free all day long.
Whew – and that is just Tuesday. Check out all the various offerings at www.funfest.net, see what is available and make your plans – everyone has a great time at FunFest.
Here’s a few FAQ’s to know about before attending any FunFest event.
Does Weather affect Fun Fest events?
Fun Fest events go on rain or shine. Events may need to be delayed due to weather, but we try not to cancel any if possible. In the event of severe weather with thunder and lightning, events will stop or be delayed until we receive the “all clear”. In those extreme cases, please be cautious and return to your vehicle or the nearest facility. Do not wait it out under a tree or around metal fencing, bleachers, etc.
• Decisions on concerts depend on weather conditions that can change rapidly.
• Concerts are delayed if lightning is in the area.
• If the stadium is evacuated due to lightning or unsafe conditions you will be asked to return to your car or go to the dome.
• Continuation of concerts depends on the safety of everyone.
• In case of only rain it is the artists’ decision when or if the concert will go on.
• We make every effort to have a performance because they cannot be rescheduled and tickets are non refundable.
Do all ages require tickets to events?
• Children 5 and under do not require tickets to stadium concerts.
When do the gates open for concerts?
Normal gate opening is 1 hour before the concert start time, but several factors dictate gate opening (band’s arrival, sound check, crowd, weather, etc.)
What is a Fun Fest concert like?
J. Fred Johnson Stadium is a high school baseball/football stadium. Seating will be festival-type, where you can bring a chair (without spikes) or blanket & sit on the field (which is turf, not grass) or you can sit in the stands as in a ballgame. Yes, the earlier you arrive to stand in line, the better spot you’ll be able to grab when the gates open.
Are coolers and/or bags allowed in Fun Fest Concerts?
In an effort to enhance public safety, Fun Fest has modified its security policy by limiting the size and style of bags allowed in the stadium. PROHIBITED BAGS – • All purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag • Backpacks • Binocular case – Binoculars may be worn around the neck • Briefcases • Camera bags • Cinch bags • Computer bags • Coolers (beverages are available for purchase inside/outside the stadium) • Fanny packs • Luggage of any kind • Seat Cushions with pockets APPROVED BAGS – • Clear Tote – Plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″x6″x12″ • Clear Fun Fest totes will be available for purchase in the Fun Fest store • Plastic Storage Bag – Clear, one (1) gallon, re-sealable • Small Clutch – Approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap. No larger than 4″ x 6″ with or without a handle or strap. Can be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag. * Lawn chairs are allowed; however, the chair bag will be subject for inspection *An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose. Please limit the number of items you bring to the stadium on event days
What is the Taste of Tri-Cities?
We will have around 16 restaurants set up across the street from the stadium selling their specialties from pizza, ribs, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, fish/seafood, ice-cream, etc. We also have concession tents where you can purchase drinks, etc. We are an alcohol-free festival. The road in front of the stadium (Fort Henry Drive) is blocked to all vehicle travel so people can walk around, choose a place to eat and go back inside the stadium. We will also have activities during the day on Saturday outside the stadium and around our “Taste of Tri-Cities” area (hot air balloon launches in the morning and evening, cornhole tournament, etc).
Is handicap seating/access available at Fun Fest events?
Eastman Employee Center – Eastman has wheelchair accessible seating in the auditorium and aramp for access into the building. Dobyns Bennett Stadium – The metal bleachers on the visitor’s side have ramp access and seating for wheelchairs. There are seats next to these spots – Additionally, people can sit where they feel comfortable on the field. There will be a large video screen behind the sound tower so it is not necessary to sit up close to the stage.