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Little Chicago festival to debut in Johnson City Aug. 12-13

From Staff Reports

The Johnson City Downtown Merchants Association (JCDMA) will debut its first annual Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival in the streets of downtown Johnson City on Aug. 12-13, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. This will be a free festival for the public with something for everyone to enjoy.

The JCDMA is a newly formed association of approximately 30 downtown merchant members. “The merchant’s association was formed to give downtown businesses a conduit for promoting the downtown corridor and to give the merchants a voice regarding decisions that impact them,” JCDMA President Travis Woodall said.

Building on the region’s rich heritage in music, arts and food, the Little Chicago Downtown Arts & Music Festival is a great opportunity to bring the community together by filling the streets, celebrating what makes downtown Johnson City awesome, a press release from JCDMA said. Merchants encourage everyone to stop in and shop at many of the wonderful downtown businesses while strolling through and enjoying the festive atmosphere.

This year’s music lineup will host some of the biggest and best regional bands and artists from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas on two stages flanking both ends of the festival. Local buskers will also be stationed throughout the streets for an eclectic spin on the festivities.

Featured areas of the festival will include local artisans in the arts and crafts area to browse and shop, a wonderful food court area with local food vendors and downtown restaurants, a kid’s play zone, and activities such as a roller derby and car show. The Umoja Unity 5K Race will be held on Friday evening in conjunction with the festival for those who want to enjoy the sound of music on their run or walk.

The support of so many individuals, businesses and local government have been crucial in the development of this festival. The City of Johnson City has been a great partner in providing the JCDMA with public safety, services and emergency personnel to make this event such a success.

For more information on the Little Chicago Downtown Music & Arts Festival, please visit, and keep engaged with the JCDMA through social media via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.