Welcoming Springtime in Kingsport

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Spring has sprung in Kingsport, Tennessee, and we’re so excited to welcome back longer hours of daylight, new blooms on trees and more opportunities to spend time outdoors.

We’ve put together a list of springtime activities around the city to help you usher in a new season.

  1. Wildflowers and Waterfalls Tours at Bays Mountain

Experience the beautiful colors of spring on ranger-led tours hosted by Bays Mountain. See native wildflowers and natural waterfalls throughout the forests of Northeast Tennessee. Click here for more information or to sign up. The tours run at various locations from March 22 through April 19.

  1. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at MeadowView

The Easter bunny is hopping in to town this weekend for some early Easter celebrations. MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center is hosting breakfast at The Meadows this Saturday, March 23 from 8-11:30 a.m. The Easter bunny will arrive at 9. The cost is $15.95 for adults, $10.95 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under with a paying adult. Menu items include chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, French toast sticks, eggs, bacon and cookies and brownies. Click here to reserve your spot.

  1. Blue Ridge Artisan Days – A Crafter’s Spring Fling at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Join small business owners, artisans and non-profits from around the Tri-Cities for a day filled with shopping. There will be more than 50 booths set up at the Civic Auditorium, as well as raffle prizes and food trucks. The event runs from 9-3:30 this Saturday, March 23. Grab a friend and come to shop local and support small businesses. Click here for more information.

  1. Easter Egg Rolling at Allandale Mansion

Allandale Mansion, in partnership with The Assembly at Kingsport, is hosting its annual Easter Egg Rolling event this Sunday, March 24 from 1-3 p.m. This event is free and open to children ages 10 and under. There will be carnival games, inflatables, prizes, candy, popcorn and more. Click here to pre-register.

  1. Easter Eggstravaganza at the Kingsport Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center is hosting its second annual Easter Eggstravaganza on March 30 from 10-11:30 a.m. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than last year. To celebrate, more than 1,000 Easter eggs will be spread throughout the warm water pool, play pool and splash pad for kids to find. Children will also receive a goody bag for participating. The cost is $10 and preregistration is required. Click here for more information or to sign up.

  1. Downtown Kingsport’s April Shop and Hop

Support local and shop small in Downtown Kingsport this April 4 from 5-8 p.m. Grab a friend and visit Downtown Kingsport’s boutiques, salons, restaurants, etc. and enjoy an evening outdoors. As an added bonus, five yellow Easter eggs will be hidden in downtown businesses during the event. Find one and be entered to win an Easter basket full of prizes. Click here for more information.

  1. 45th Annual Spring Nature Festival at Warriors Path State Park

Expert naturalists are hosting a weekend full of outdoor discovery. There will be mini-seminars, guided hikes, animal tracking, birdwatching and more. The festival runs from the evening of April 12 until mid-morning on the 14th with events nearly every hour throughout the weekend. Click here to see the full schedule.

  1. Kingsport ARTS Festival presented by Engage Kingsport

Join Engage Kingsport for a two-day festival dedicated to the arts. The festival kicks off on April 19 with a ‘Light Up The Night’ event. There will be lanterns, puppets, art and more to fill the evening. Saturday, April 20 hosts a full day of art. There will be a chance for you to participate in an iron pour to create your own masterpiece. The event will also feature Raku firing, tie-dye making, glass blowing, family-friendly activities and performances, all while celebrating local galleries and public art. Click here to learn more.

  1. Downtown Kingsport Loft Tour

Enjoy an afternoon in Downtown Kingsport on April 20 and take a self-guided stroll through six residential properties. This tour includes multiple lofts and homes in the historic Shelby and Sullivan Street districts and provides an inside look into downtown living. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of and guests may choose which property they begin and end with. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

  1. Farmers Market to reopen for the season

Save the date for the first market of the year! The Kingsport Farmers Market reopens on Saturday, April 27. The market is currently being renovated, so this season will feature a fresh, new space. Expect to find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, local meats, artisan crafts, fresh flowers and more. You can view the full schedule as it’s posted here.

  1. Kingsport Carousel and Park in Downtown Kingsport

Spend your spring outdoors in Kingsport’s Carousel Park. Located on Clinchfield Street next door to the Farmers Market, the park features a fenced playground area open to children ages 6-12. Features of the playground include a crawl through tunnel, spinner, climbing net, stepping stones, musical equipment and more. There is also a plaza space with picnic tables for families to enjoy a snack. You can also head inside to the carousel for a ride on one of the 30 hand-carved wooden animals or chariots. Carousel rides are just $1. Click here for hours of operation.


Ashley Cline
Author: Ashley Cline

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