Adventure Vibes in Downtown Elizabethton at First Friday & Firefly 5K

Main Street Elizabethton invites you to Downtown Elizabethton on Friday, July 5th for a big night with First Friday and the 4thannual Firefly 5K! The fun begins throughout downtown at 5 PM with the First Friday summer series, then moves to Covered Bridge Park for the Firefly 5K at 8 PM and After Party at 9 PM.

July’s First Friday is dedicated to getting outdoors with “Adventure Vibes”. This month is sponsored by Eastman Credit Union and the series is presented by Main Street Elizabethton, Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library, and Carter County Tourism. Enjoy 30+ participating businesses from 5 PM – 8 PM, as well as the Community Zone showcasing local non-profits and the Mobile Food Zone on Armed Forces Drive. Pick-up a BINGO card at any participating business to guide you throughout the event and enter to win prizes for completing! Come out to connect with friends, experience live music performances, interactive hands-on demonstrations, extended shopping hours, local dining options, and opportunities of adventure throughout downtown!

The Firefly 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 8 PM in Covered Bridge Park with participant check-in and day-of registration open at 5 PM. The race starts and finishes by running/walking through the Historic Covered Bridge. Proceeds support Main Street Elizabethton’s efforts to grow and elevate the downtown district.

Registration is available online for adults and youth, plus race shirts and medals are guaranteed for the first 400 participants! The Firefly 5K is a family and pet-friendly event. The first 30 pets to cross the finish line will receive a special treat from Auntie A’s Barkery. Strollers and headphones are also permitted throughout the course. Special thanks to the event’s top sponsors for making this event possible: Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank, Ingles Market, and Southern Finance & Thrift Co. 

The After Party will close out the evening from 9 -11 PM in Covered Bridge Park, hosted by Appalachian Sun Brewery and Riverside Taphouse! Enjoy a live performance by Gents & Liars + a beer garden throughout the park. Race participants will receive a complimentary beer garden wristband (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available). Beer will begin pouring at 8 PM. All are invited to enjoy the fun, regardless of 5K participation.

Check out for full event details on both First Friday and the Firefly 5K. Visit @DowntownElizabethton on Facebook and Instagram to learn more and get involved!

For questions, contact Main Street Director Courtney Bean at (423) 213-0090 or

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