Bristol Chevy Show

For more than 30 years, the Bristol Chevy Show has been known for some of the most exciting bracket and exhibition racing in the country and this year is no different. Add the Thunder Valley Mayhem on Saturday night and this show is a can’t-miss event set for Thursday, September 26th through Sunday the 29th. Those in attendance will have plenty of activities to keep them busy all weekend. Fans also will get to see a spectacular selection of some of the region’s best classic and modern Chevrolets. Chevy die-hards will be impressed with the attention to detail given to these show machines. Get details at www.bristoldragway.com

Abingdon Block Party

Don’t miss the Abingdon Block Party on Main Street, set for Saturday, September 28th from 4 to 9 p.m. Get your costumes ready as Abingdon’s newest event will have you dancing in the streets…literally! They’re closing down Main Street for a block party, featuring a street fair, costume contest, kids activities and live music. Come and join in at the 200 Block of West Main Street. For ALL AGES & FREE! Get details at visitabingdonvirginia.com

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart, is currently on exhibition at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol through January 31st. Although known primarily as a country music star, Marty Stuart is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through his revealing photographs. He has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass performer Lester Flatt at age 13. The exhibition is organized around three themes; The Masters, featuring some of the great figures of country music; Blue Line Hotshots, highlighting the unique characteristics of towns Stuart has passed through over the years while touring the country; and finally, The Badlands, featuring his encounters through the decades with the Lakota people. Find out more at www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org

Wait Until Dark

“Wait Until Dark” is at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon through November 8th. Featuring murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine, this suspense classic is a fresh adaptation of Frederick Knott’s original compelling mystery that will have you shrieking out loud. Susan Hendrix is a blind yet capable woman who is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds to its unknown conclusion, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion. There will also be an Open-Caption Performance of this production on Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm and Saturday, October 19 at 2:00pm. Get tickets at bartertheatre.com/

Bandit Bristol Battle

The inaugural Bandit Bristol Battle will be Saturday, Oct. 12, and showcase the world’s fastest semi-trucks rumbling around the iconic high-banked all-concrete half-mile oval in pursuit of championship points in their 2019 season finale. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. and fans will be able to meet the drivers of the Bandit Big Rig Series on the backstretch at 1:45 p.m. The green flag will drop at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids 8 and younger. Tickets for the Bandit Bristol Battle are on sale now and can be purchased at www.banditseries.com/bristol

Collective Whimsey

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and the McKinney Center are pleased to present “Collective Whimsey”, featuring the original artworks of artists Aleta Chandler and Lauren Anderson in exhibition running through September 20th. Chandler first fell in love with clay while watching a demonstration of a potter at Dollywood theme park when she was a teenager and believes that anything that can spark the imagination while causing the viewer to have a familiarity helps her to connect to her audience. Anderson entered into occupational therapy with the desire to help people reach their functional goals through creative activities. She has illustrated a book that will be published this November. Find out more at jonesborough.com

CREATIVE & CRAFTY!

Creative & Crafty: Dyeing Silk Scarves class is taking place Monday September 16, at 2pm at the Bristol Public Library . For this project, we will be using acid dyes in limited colors (yellow, red, blue, navy, magenta, and black) to create unique tie-dyed/twist-dyed silk scarves. This project is easy and fun, and we’ll show you each step in making your own personal scarf! This class will cost $5 for materials and instruction; however, if you bring your own white silk scarf, we will waive the materials fee. We are limited to only 10 participants, so if you are interested in joining our class, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8790 or tjdewitt@bristol-library.org.

CROOKED ROAD OPEN JAM!

Happening now through December 30th, it’s the Crooked Road Open Jam at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace . The Crooked Road Open Jam is an informal musical gathering on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month. You don’t have to play an instrument to partake, though it’s always open to those who do. Either way, just come prepared to have fun and be blown away by the level of talent Southwest Virginia has to offer. Entertainment is free; special a la carte BBQ menu also available. Once again the Crooked Roa Open Jam takes place the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Abingdon Block Party

Don’t miss the Abingdon Block Party on Main Street, set for Saturday, September 28th from 4 to 9 p.m. Get your costumes ready as Abingdon’s newest event will have you dancing in the streets…literally! They’re closing down Main Street for a block party, featuring a street fair, costume contest, kids activities and live music. Come and join in at the 200 Block of West Main Street. For ALL AGES & FREE! Get details at visitabingdonvirginia.com

The Jericho Shrine Circus

The Jericho Shrine Circus is coming to the Freedom Hall Civic Center Arena in Johnson City, September 27th through the 29th. This year’s event features the Carden International Circus. For over 50 years the Carden family has been bringing an astonishing and awe-inspiring show to people across the country. From amazing feats of athleticism with aerial acrobats, to their magnificent elephants, awesome tigers, and so much more for the entire family. Get details at www.johnsoncitytn.org