About Us

Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee

DowntownJC.org is ran by Friends of Olde Downtowne which is a volunteer based nonprofit organization focusing on First Fridays and the Blue Plum Festival.

Friends of Olde Downtowne formed in 1999 to throw the first downtown block party, Spring Fest, which eventually grew into what is now the Blue Plum Festival.



2015 Blue Plum Festival

The Blue Plum Festival was originally organized by the Friends of Olde Downtowne in 1999. It’s beginnings as a street fair has grown considerably over the years. This year, an estimated 80,000 folks will converge on downtown Johnson City over the course of 3 days to enjoy music, arts, food and so much fun!

Visit the 2015 Blue Plum Festival Site

Tennessee Tourism guide features Johnson City’s Blue Plum



First Fridays

Here is the schedule for the FUN* FREE* FIRST FRIDAY of the month series!

Remember: there is ALWAYS a First Friday celebration downtown, these are the dates where we take it to the streets!

April 1: Corazon Latino
May 6: Jazz Jam
August 5: Beach Music with Outdoor expo
September 2: Americano Right Here
October 7: Blues Little Chicago Style
November 4: Country Music Heritage
December 3: Christmas Parade – 12 Days of Christmas
New Year’s Eve, December 31: Hello Downtown 2017!

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