Fall is in the Air

Temperatures are a bit cooler, the days are getting a bit shorter, and football season is in full swing. That can mean just one thing – – fall is definitely in the air. Fall in Morristown offers a cornucopia of festivals and special events. Here are just a few of the events in September and October.

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September 15th 

Arts in the Park 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 350 W. 9th North St.

10:00AM – 4:00 PM

Arts In The Park, “Art in the Heart of Hamblen County,” is a one-day celebration of visual and performing arts—two-dimensional fine art, artistic photography, and sculpture, theater, music, and dance. Arts in the Park is an event for Morristown Art Association Member artists, as well as other local visual artists, to showcase, display, sell, and demonstrate two-dimensional fine art, artistic photography, and sculpture. Dick Ensing, a French impressionist artist and owner of the Dutchman’s Loft Studio in Pigeon Forge, is the featured guest artist. Local theatre, music, and dance groups perform on two stages and throughout the park. Fine art, exciting live performances, great food and refreshments, demonstrations, “Try Your Hand At Art,” an art walk, sidewalk chalk art, and children’s activities will add to the festival’s appeal. Admission is FREE.

September 18th

Weeping Willows “The Honeymoon is Over USA Tour”

Rose Center for the Arts, 442 W. 2nd North St.

7:00 PM

Admission: $10 (tickets are limited)

Nominated as “Group/Duo of the Year” by the Country Music Channel’s CMC Awards for 2018, this delightful band is at the top of their game.   Currently, The Weeping Willows are enjoying tremendous success with their collaboration with Allan Caswell on the track, The Roses Fall, which reached the #1 spot on two of Australia’s premiere Country Charts (My Country Australia Top 40, Australian Country Radio). Tickets are very limited; call the Rose Center at 423-581-4330 to reserve a seat.

September 20th

Downtown Green Music Series

Downtown Green & Farmers Market Pavilion (corner of Morris Blvd. & Cumberland St.)

6:00 PM

The Funky Truth from Johnson City will close out the inaugural season of this popular community event. Both Kurbside Grilling and Jacked Up Bagels food trucks will be on hand and the Pour Guys will be happy to sell you a brew. The gates opens at 6 pm and music starts at 6:30.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of great music.  Admission is FREE.

September 22nd

Annual Morristown Airport Fly-In/Cruise-In

Morristown Regional Airport, 5233 Old Hwy. 11E

10 AM – 3 PM

Enjoy a fun day at the Morristown Airport for a day of aviation activities and fun. Event admission and parking are FREE. There will be food vendors, $25 helicopter and airplane rides, aviation related crafts and activities for all ages, and information on flight training and scholarships. A wide variety of aircraft and show cars will be on display. Come out for a day of family fun at the airport!

September 29th

6th Annual Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off

8:30 AM -2 PM

Walters State Community College, 500 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy.

For the 6th annual event, 28 chili competitors, over 50 craft and antique vendors and a huge vintage automobile show will all highlight coming together to support the work of the Substance Abuse Coalition. This year’s top prize will take home $500 and the grand champion trophy. Returning this year, there will be a “Top Hog at the Trough” (men) and “Miss Piggy” (women) chili eating contests. There is a $10 entry fee for these events with a top prize of $100 for the victors in each contest.

October 6th

7th Annual Heritage Day Festival

Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Rd.

11 AM – 4 PM

The staff and Friends of Panther Creek State Park invite you to participate in the 7th annual Heritage Day celebration. This event will include live music, food vendors, crafts, hayrides, games and prizes, candy bags, tomahawk throwing, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin piñatas, historical displays, birds of prey program and other demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss this this fun-filled family event. Admission is free.

Celebration of American Crafts

Farmers Market Pavilion, Morris Blvd.

10 AM – 2 PM

Artisans and crafters will be on hand to exhibit, demonstrate, and sell their hand-made items. There will be food for sale. Artists from the Morristown Artists Association will also be demonstrating their work. Over on Main St. will be a car show during the same time period.  For more information or to exhibit, contact Crossroads Downtown Partnership at 423-581-1476

October 11th – 15th

Vietnam War Memorial Traveling Wall

Walters State Community College

This traveling replica of the memorial will be on display in front of the library on the Walters State Morristown campus.  The wall will be accessible 24 hours a day during its time in Morristown.

October 20th

Zombie Walk

Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Rd.

1:00-4:00 PM

Do you love Halloween and Zombies, and haunted houses? Then this is the perfect program for you! Come out dressed as your best zombie and try and win Frightmare Manor tickets.  All entrants will receive a t-shirt, while supplies last. The cost will be $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 13 along with 2 non-perishable foods to be donated to Central Services. Pick up an entry form at the Visitors Center.

October 26th

Mountain Makins Preview Party

Rose Center for the Arts, 442 W. Second North St.

6:30 -9:00 PM

The celebration begins with a Preview Party on Friday, October 26. Advance-only tickets for this special event are $25. Guests will be treated to a gourmet buffet and exclusive early-bird shopping.  Additionally, Preview guests are admitted to the festival free on both Saturday and Sunday. (Festival Hack–Preview Tickets bring best value and access to the festival.)

October 27th & 29th

43rd Annual Mountain Makins Festival

Rose Center for the Arts, 442 W. Second North St.

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

If you’re looking for something to do on a beautiful Smoky Mountain fall weekend that includes great entertainment, lots of yummy home-cooked food, children’s activities, and a first-class arts and crafts show, then spend the weekend at the Mountain Makins Festival. The festival was recently designated as part of the new Tennessee Music Pathways. This award-winning festival celebrates the very best of Appalachian culture, from crafts to music. In 2016 it was selected as the Best Festival in the Southeast by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association.  Since the very first festival, authentic craftsmen have demonstrated folk-life skills, giving guests young and old a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia.  The historic Rose Center and surrounding grounds are filled with pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps and lotions, fine art, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and much, much more. Admission: $7 adults; $1 children 6-12; children 6 and under are free.

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