Fun Fest @ Kingsport, TN


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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

  • Decisions on concerts depend on weather conditions that can change rapidly.
  • Concerts are delayed if lightning is in the area.
  • To stay informed sign up for text alerts by texting “Festus” to 74574.
  • If the stadium is evacuated due to lightning or unsafe conditions you will be asked to return to your car or go to the dome.
  • Continuation of concerts depends on the safety of everyone.
  • In case of only rain it is the artists’ decision when or if the concert will go on.
  • We make every effort to have a performance because they cannot be rescheduled and tickets are non refundable.

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.


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