We hope you had a great Fun Fest 2017! A special thanks to the thousands of volunteers ... trashbusters, public works, emergency personnel, concessions, store workers, gate guards, liaisons ... and so many more. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors. And most importantly ... a giant thank you to every attendee of every event. Fun Fest would not be what it was without each and everyone of you!
Stay tuned for info for Fun Fest 2018!
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Visit the Kingsport Chamber Gift Shop for various Fun Fest items and Kingsport specialty items.
The Fun Fest Store Hours:
Week of Fun Fest
Monday - Wednesday - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tent at Taste - 4 p.m. - approx. 9 p.m.
Friday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tent at Taste 4 p.m. - approx. 9 p.m.
Saturday - TENT ONLY AT THE TASTE - 6 a.m.- 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - sellout
Click here for a map to the Fun Fest Store.
2017 Fun Fest T-Shirt ()
6m - 4T $12
Youth XS-L $14
Adult S-XL $15
Adult 2X-4X $17
Plain White T with 2017 logo
Adult S-3XL $10
Polo Shirt - $28
Child's Bucket Hat - $10
Beach Ball - $3
Ladies Hoodie - $25
Long Sleeve T - $22
Caps - $15
Lunch Box - $14
Coffee Mugs $10
Bean Tote Bag - $10
The History of Fun Fest
The summer festival commonly known as Kingsport Fun Fest began in the fall of 1980 when Kingsport Chamber staff and board members conducted their annual weekend retreat to discuss matters of paramount importance. At this time, the staff and board found numerous situations that tended to divide the community—ranging from political issues (such as annexation, liquor by the drink, etc.) to extreme and unhealthy rivalries among local high schools. Noting these concerns, the group sought to create a program that would build a more positive attitude about the Kingsport community and a more friendly nature among its residents.
In 1981, founders stated an original theme of "Community Unity." Fun Fest's sole objective was "to promote unity, harmony, fellowship and cooperation among people in the greater Kingsport Area. . . . If tourist attraction and/or economic development benefits accrue, this is desirable; however, promotion of Fun Fest should not be conducted with those objectives primarily in mind." In addition to this objective, all events (to the extent possible) should be free of charge or at low cost, and open to the general public. Events should also be appealing to all age groups, and to people with varying interests. In short, Fun Fest was created as an effort to unite Kingsport residents, to help foster a belief that Kingsport is a caring community that is a good place to live and to work, and to provide numerous opportunities for people to congregate and become acquainted while appealing to their interests in culture, athletics, arts and entertainment.
The first Fun Fest celebration was Aug. 8 – Aug. 15, 1981.
For a list of Entertainers that have played
Fun Fest in the past, click here!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Weather affect Fun Fest events?
Fun Fest events go on rain or shine. Events may need to be delayed due to weather, but we try not to cancel any if possible. In the event of severe weather with thunder and lightning, events will stop or be delayed until we receive the "all clear". In those extreme cases, please be cautious and return to your vehicle or the nearest facility. Do not wait it out under a tree or around metal fencing, bleachers, etc.
Fun Fest Concert Weather Statement
Do all ages require tickets to events?
Children 5 and under do not require tickets to stadium concerts.
When do the gates open for concerts?
Normal gate opening is 1 hour before the concert start time, but several factors dictate gate opening (band's arrival, sound check, crowd, weather, etc.)
What is a Fun Fest concert like?
J. Fred Johnson Stadium is a high school baseball/football stadium. Seating will be festival-type, where you can bring a chair (without spikes) or blanket & sit on the field (which is turf, not grass) or you can sit in the stands as in a ballgame. Yes, the earlier you arrive to stand in line, the better spot you'll be able to grab when the gates open.
Are coolers and/or bags allowed in Fun Fest Concerts?
All items are subject to search when entering a Fun Fest stadium concert. Small coolers are allowed but will be searched.
What is the Taste of Tri-Cities?
We will have around 16 restaurants set up across the street from the stadium selling their specialties from pizza, ribs, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, fish/seafood, ice-cream, etc. We also have concession tents where you can purchase drinks, etc. We are an alcohol-free festival. The road in front of the stadium (Fort Henry Drive) is blocked to all vehicle travel so people can walk around, choose a place to eat and go back inside the stadium. We will also have activities during the day on Saturday outside the stadium and around our "Taste of Tri-Cities" area (hot air balloon launches in the morning and evening, cornhole tournament, etc).
Is handicap seating/access available at Fun Fest events?
Eastman Employee Center - Eastman has wheelchair accessible seating in the auditorium and aramp for access into the building.
Dobyns Bennett Stadium - The metal bleachers on the visitor's side have ramp access and seating for wheelchairs. There are seats next to these spots - Additionally, people can sit where they feel comfortable on the field. There will be a large video screen behind the sound tower so it is not necessary to sit up close to the stage.