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First Friday: Summer Vibes

May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

First Friday is BACK in Downtown Elizabethton! Join us for this engaging and fun summer series and experience the streets of Downtown Elizabethton come alive for an amazing community event.

Community Connection • Live Entertainment • Elevated Shopping & Dining • Family-Friendly Activities

May 3 kicks off with SUMMER VIBES to set the tone for the series and create a festive atmosphere to enjoy the season! Pick-up a BINGO card each month at any Zone or participating business. Enjoy a list of participating businesses, activities, & a First Friday map as you complete your card for a chance to win prizes.

Explore our boutiques, vintage shops, and art-centric spaces with elevated shopping as you enjoy performances and live music in the streets throughout downtown. Engage in family-friendly fun at the Fun Zone featuring a rotating schedule of complimentary activities (sponsored by Citizens Bank). Treat yourself to drinks and great food at one of our downtown establishments as well as the Mobile Food Zone on Armed Forced Drive. Discover new ways to get involved at the Community Zone in the 400 Block Breezeway, featuring non-profits and community organizations. Experience the warmth of our community and the lively atmosphere of our bustling district during First Friday!

Fun Zone (Sponsored by Citizens Bank)
  • Inflatables
  • Yard Games
  • Library Summer Reading Program Teasers
Community Zone
  • Carter Compassion Center
  • Carter County UT Extension
  • Libery! Cast Members
  • Main Street Elizabethton
Mobile Food Zone
  • Taco 51
  • Tin Can Diner
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
Live Performances
  • Mark Larkins (5:00 – 8:00 PM | Fun Zone)
  • Mike Preslar (5:00 – 8:00 PM |Community Zone)
  • Corey Smith (7:00 PM | Riverside Taphouse)
  • Samantha Grey (7:30 PM | The Bonnie Kate Theater)
  • The Hired Guns (7:00 PM | Jiggy Ray’s Downtown Pizzeria)
Participating Businesses
  • Appalachian Sun Brewing: Beer poking, S’mores, and campfire pies around the fire pit  
  • August Muse: Oil & Water’s Nicole Buckmaster hosting space for creating foot and bath soaks
  • B&C Music: Appalachian Tails Rescue adoption
  • Big Dan’s East TN BBQ
  • Boomtown & Co
  • Brumit Sports Shop
  • Cannon’s Fine Home Furnishings
  • Cottage Boutique: Summer must-have bundles + complimentary beverages while you shop
  • Crossroads Craftworks: Felted Flower Magnet Craft ($10 for 3), selfie station, & mocktail samples from the soon-to-be on-house So-Bar
  • Duck Crossing Antique Mall
  • Eagle Center Antiques: Sidewalk chalk activity + live music throughout the shop
  • Hellbender Outfitters: One-Year Birthday Celebration festivities
  • Jiggy Ray’s Downtown Pizzeria: Beach Party with Hawaiian Pizza & The Hired Guns live performance from 7 – 10 p.m. 
  • Made on Elk: Art demonstrations and opportunities
  • Natural Kneads Wellness – Massage & Yoga: $1/minute chair massages + yoga demos
  • Riverside Taphouse: Live performance by Corey Smith + First Friday After Party from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Simple Blessings General Store: Simply Southern specials + Summer Strawberry Sundae + Pritchard Family fundraiser
  • Simply Elegant Bakery
  • The Curious Moon Apothecary: Free mini spheres with $20 purchase & free worry stone with $50 purchase
  • The Clock Stop
  • The Wicked Whit: Live hat burning demos and custom orders from “The Spunky Sorrell”
  • The Coffee Company: Open Late for desserts and speciality coffee beverages 
  • The Cookie Crate: Downtown pop-up shop with delicious batch from scratch cookies
  • Tweetsie Trailing: Summer ice-cream specials and sidewalk chalk activity
  • Undervalley Dragway: 15% off all products
  • Pioneer Tattoo Co.: Summer Flash Tattoo Sales + live demonstrations
First Friday is Presented By:
  • Main Street Elizabethton
  • Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library
  • Carter County Tourism


May 3
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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