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To promote Johnson City and the region’s world-class outdoor assets to all.

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This free festival takes place in August at the Winged Deer Park Lakefront, Johnson City, TN. The festival serves as a showcase of Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor recreation assets. It provides a

one-stop shop to explore our region’s outdoor opportunities. By increasing awareness of our natural assets and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles, the Meet the Mountains Festival Committee hopes this festival contributes to the growth of our outdoor recreation economy. The Meet the Mountains Festival Committee invites you to be part of making a positive impact in our region by participating in any or all of the activities bundled together for this annual event.


What's the name all about?

This festival is intended to be a way to introduce people to the natural assets right in our backyard, and the sports that utilize those assets. The mountains are a prominent backdrop in our community and we hope people will get out to "meet the mountains". 


What's the parking lot like?

We will have green space blocked off at Winged Deer Park Lakefront with volunteers present to help you park. 


How much does it cost?

The main festival at Winged Deer Park and all the activities are FREE of charge. Some offsite events may have an additional fee associated with them.

Where are the closest hotels?

Hotel and travel information can be found HERE

What is not allowed at the festival?

Outside alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, vaping, smoking, weapons of any kind and bad attitudes are prohibited. 

Are pets allowed?

We love our furry friends and would love for your pets to join us at Meet the Mountains Festival (MTM Fest). We ask that all festival goers abide by the following guidelines so we can enjoy the festival's atmosphere and ambiance! 

  • Only pets in good health will be admitted. MTM Fest reserves the right to refuse any pet.

  • All pets will be leashed at all times. Leashes shall be no longer than 4 feet. All leashes shall have a secure loop hand strap and owners shall always have said leash in hand.

  • No retractable leashes will be allowed.

  • No female animals in heat will be permitted entry to MTM Fest.

  • Pets will be "curbed" to relieve themselves. Do not allow them to relieve themselves where others walk. Pet owners are responsible for any damage their pet may cause. Owners are required to control where their pets urinate and defecate – avoid pathways, tents, and props.

  • Pet waste will be cleaned up by the pet owner and disposed of in the waste containers provided. 

  • Pet injuries (scratches/bites) or damage shall be reported to First Aid and security, immediately. Owner and victim shall provide MTM Fest Staff with information for an incident report as well as pet owner information.

  • Unruly, nervous, noisy, aggressive or ill pets will not be admitted. Determination of suitability shall be at the sole discretion of the MTM Fest Staff. 

  • No animals shall be left unattended in vehicles or parking lots.

Failure to adhere to any of the above will result in expulsion from the festival grounds.

Is tobacco permitted?

Winged Deer Park and all Johnson City Parks are tobacco free environments. Please respect other attendees by not smoking, dipping, chewing, or vaping. 

How does beer work?

  • Your first purchase includes a souvenir reusable cup, wrist band, and your first beverage, totaling $10.

  • Subsequent refills are as follows:

    • Domestic beer pour = $5

    • Craft beer, cider, seltzer pour = $6

Everyone purchasing alcohol must present a valid ID. Max 2 pints at a time per person. Your purchase supports outdoor recreation development initiatives in Johnson City and the region while also keeping this festival FREE.

Drink responsibly and keep it green!

Image & Video Disclaimer

Meet the Mountains Festival (MTM Fest) reserves the right to use any photograph or video taken at MTM Fest without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph or video. MTM Fest may use the photograph or video in publications or other media material produced, used, or contracted by MTM Fest/Visit Johnson City, including but not limited to websites, social media, e-communications, brochures, invitations, posters, flyers, books, newspapers, magazines, television, etc. By participating at MTM Fest you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify the festival entity from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness. Any person or organization not affiliated with MTM Fest may not use, copy, alter, or modify MTM Fest photographs, graphics, video, or other similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from MTM Fest.

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