20 Fun Things to Do in Tri-Cities TN in August

Summer fun doesn’t have to end just because school is back in session. This big list of fun things to do in Tri-Cities TN in August will help you keep the party alive all month long.

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Fun Things to Do in Tri-Cities TN in August

Playtime in the ARTspace

Saturdays in August
Theatre Bristol
$5 Per Family

Parents can mingle while kids age 5 and under are entertained with fun and educational songs, rhymes, and more.

Makebreak Art Classes

Sundays in August
Michaels Craft Stores (All Locations)

This month kids can make fidget bugs, animal pencil toppers, a “kindness is cool” poster project, and an abstract art painting. You can choose one or make them all. These events are free and all supplies are included.

Moonshiners Paragliding Fly-in

August 1-6, 2023
Johnson County Airport
Spectator Admission is Free

Bring the kids out to watch paragliders flying over scenic mountain views.

Elizabethton Butterfly Count

August 5, 2023
Sycamore Shoals State Park
Call For Pricing

Sign up to count butterflies to help with conservation efforts.

DIY Treasure Chest Building Project

August 5, 2023
Home Depot (All Locations)

Kids will use real tools to build their very own treasure chest. This event is free and all supplies are included.

Community Fest and Car Show

August 5, 2023
Ketron Elementry School, Kingsport
FREE Spectator Admission

In addition to a lovely car show, guests will enjoy food, live music, and vendors. There is a $20 fee for cars that would like to enter the show.

Beginner Blacksmithing

August 5, 2023
The Inventor Center, Kingsport
$50 Per Person

Are you or your teen interested in blacksmithing? Check out this fun beginner class for ages 16 and up.

The Splash at Franklin Pool

August 5, 2023
Elizabethton City Pool
FREE Admission

This fun end-of-the-season pool party is hosted by Parks and Rec. The fun will include inflatables, food, music, and of course, swimming.

Summer in the Park

August 7-13, 2023
Warrior Path State Park
Donation Based Admission

Enjoy a full week of fun summer activities. You and your family can meet native wildlife, explore habitats, listing to traditional storytelling, and more.

DIY Rolling Toy Pickup Truck

August 12, 2023
Lowes All Locations

Kids will use real toys to build their very own pickup trucks. This event is free and all supplies are included. Advanced registration is preferred.

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Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

August 15, 2023
Johnson City Public Library

Join the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra for a fun and free program where kids will get to play various instruments with help from orchestra members.

Meet the Mountains Festival

August 18-19, 2023
Winged Deer Park, Johnson City
FREE Admission

This experiential festival celebrates all things outdoors. Bring out the kiddos to try your hand at kayaking, rock climbing, a kid-friendly bicycle obstacle course, and so much more. All the experiences are free.

Of course, there will also be plenty of food and music to help complete the experience.

Ride Like Hale Bicycle Race

August 19, 2023
Hawkins Elementary School, Rogersville
$25 Per Rider

This fun bicycle race is for all experience levels. This is a fundraiser for the Chip Hale Center.


August 19-20, 2023
Holiday Inn, Johnson City
$12/Adults, $6 Ages 12 and Under

See exotic animals from around the world and purchase unique pets.

Imperial Pro Wrestling presents: OH Snap

August 19, 2023
National Guard Recruiting Center, Bristol

Turn off the TV and see all the fast-paced fun live and in person.

Appalachian Fair

August 21-26, 2023
Appalachian Fair Grounds
$10/Ages 12 and Up, FREE/Ages 11 and Under

Find all your favorite fair activities, including rides, games, food, music, and more!

Midway Days

August 21-27, 2023
Tiebreakers, Johnson City
Cost Varies Based on Chosen Activities

Tiebreakers is going all out for this special event that will feature carnival games, face painting, carnival food, circus arts, and competitions with prizes.

Cherokee Heritage Day

August 26, 2023
Sycamore Shoals State Park
$8, Ages 6 and Under Are Free

Learn about traditional Cherokee dance, music, language, cooking, and traditional skills. There will be live demonstrations, historical presentations, food vendors, and more.

Little Dragons Kids Canvas Art Class

August 26, 2023
Kil’n Time Contemporary Ceramics Studio, Bristol
$35 Per Painter

Bring your kiddos out for a fun canvas painting project featuring an adorable green dragon.

Art and Garden Party

August 26, 2023
Cherry Hill Art Cottage, Johnson City

Local artists and buskers are coming together with a fun art show with snacks.

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