Fall Festivals and Events
Enjoy a variety of fun during one of Chattanooga’s top festivals and events including Rocktoberfest, Oktoberfest, Wine Over Water, 3 Sisters Music Festival, Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE & Blowing Springs Farm, Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern, Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!, Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express, Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo, and RiverRocks. Or check out live music at one of Chattanooga’s top music venues including Track 29, Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium.
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FESTIVALS AND LIVE MUSIC
MUSIC VENUES: Listen to top performers at Chattanooga’s most popular venues: Track 29, Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium.
Chattanooga Market (FREE)
Now-Nov. 20, Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Chattanooga Market is a weekly, open-air market featuring live music, local food truck eateries, fresh produce/meat/cheese and food artisan products as well as local arts & crafts like photography, sculptures, jewelry, soaps and other handmade products.
Chattanooga River Market/Tennessee Aquarium Plaza (FREE)
Now-Oct. 1, Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The River Market features live music, arts and crafts including photography, jewelry and hand-made apparel and a free yoga class at 10 am.
3 Sisters Music Festival/Downtown Riverfront (FREE)
Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 6-10 p.m.
Combining both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, this annual festival appeals to a wide age range and has featured some of the biggest names in bluegrass like Yonder Mountain String Band, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Dan Tyminski and Del McCoury. Held at Ross’s Landing on the downtown Riverfront.
Rock City Gardens’ Rocktoberfest ($)
Oct. 1-30, Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage during the 11th annual Rocktoberfest as we celebrate and honor our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. The Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage and includes live German music, polka lessons, German food, the Fall Fairy, Ik the Troll King and fun for the whole family.
Oktoberfest at the Chattanooga Market (FREE)
Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chattanooga's oldest and largest German celebration, this year brings German food and live music, four Bier Gartens featuring nearly 100 local and seasonal craft brews, and entertainment for the whole family. Held at First Tennessee Pavilion.
Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Team/AT&T Field ($)
April 7-Sept. 5, times vary
Get outside for a family-fun outing at the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate team for the Minnesota Twins (2014). Individual game ticket prices range from just $3-$9. Special pricing is available for season passes, luxury suites, group outings, little league lineup and birthday parties.
Annual Wall of the Fallen Unveiling Ceremony/International Towing & Recovery Museum (FREE)
Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The names of men and women who lost their lives while working a towing and recovery-related incident will be unveiled. The Wall of the Fallen Memorial, which stands in the parking lot of the museum, is topped with a sculpture of a hero tow truck driver that’s reaching down to pull people to safety from a sinking car.
Railfest/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ($)
Sept. 10-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Railfest is a two-day railroad celebration featuring live entertainment, train rides, demonstrations, exhibits, petting zoo, children’s activities, railroad displays not normally open for inspection, and lots of food.
Patriot Day Weekend Celebration/Chattanooga Zoo ($/FREE)
Sept. 10-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Zoo honors all of our local heroes past and future by granting free admission to those who have served plus three additional family members. Local firefighters, policemen, EMS, military personnel (with proof of ID) or veterans (with proof of veteran status) receive free admission.
Cast Iron Cook-Off/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Local chefs battle it out live! Patrons have the opportunity to see recipes made with fresh foods bought that day at Chattanooga Market (weekly on Sundays) in an entertaining environment. This is a special event of the Chattanooga Market.
Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express ($)
Oct. 8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29, 5:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & (Sat. only) 3:30 p.m.
Jump aboard the Halloween Eerie Express vintage train for a spooky, family-friendly round trip ride from Grand Junction Station to the Funhouse Station and back. The fun-filled journey includes storytelling, hot cider, black-light mini golf, games, costume contest, petting zoo, pony rides, bag of treats for the children, and a tour through the “gentle thrills” Eerie Fun House, a 20-room, 2,000 square foot “old time” fun experience.
The Banana Split at the Chattanooga Zoo ($)
Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m.
Come and enjoy a special presentation just for kids by our celebrity guest, Julie Scardina, who will later be appearing at the adult-only Banana Ball. Fun includes animal encounters, face painting, sweet treats and more.
Banana Ball at the Chattanooga Zoo ($)
Oct. 15, 6:30-11 p.m.
Join the zoo for an evening that includes nighttime tours, open bar, food, live music, dancing, a presentation by special celebrity guest Julie Scardina, and much more. VIP Meet-and-Greet with celebrity guest option available. Must be 21 or older.
Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo ($)
Oct. 21-23 & 28-30, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy this annual family-oriented Halloween celebration with some of the Zoo’s most lovable animals. Children get to hang out with roaming cartoon characters, stop by trick-or-treat stations, enter costume contests, get crazy in bounce houses, take a pony ride, play games, get their face painted, go on a hay ride, and much more.
Tennessee Aquarium’s AquaScarium ($)
Oct. 28, 4-8:30 p.m.
Come in costume with your candy bag for a night of tricks and treats; exhibits “wild” with the antics of costumed divers; Aquarium mascots shaking it in the Monster Mash; mermaids lounging around the Mermaid Lagoon; meet superheroes and beautiful fairy tale princesses; and much more.
Hamilton County Fair (FREE)
Sept. 24-25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The residents of Hamilton County host a county fair in the grandest tradition. The fair features music, games, country crafts, livestock, rides and more. Held annually the last full weekend in September.
Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship/Coolidge Park (FREE)
Sept. 24-25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
More than 120 teams of the most talented canine athletes take to the skies to compete in the World Championship. This is the premier event in canine sports and features top teams from around the world competing in a menu of disciplines designed to showcase the talents of these amazing canine athletes.
Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga Triathlon (FREE to watch)
Sept. 25, 2016, 6:30 a.m.-Midnight
IRONMAN Chattanooga leads athletes through a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, 112-mile bike through the valley and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilizes a variety of Chattanooga’s scenic areas. There will be a USD professional prize purse.
Wine Over Water/Walnut Street Bridge ($)
Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Be treated to wine, hors d’oeuvres, & live music across the historic Walnut Street Bridge. Proceeds benefit the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga.
CultureFest/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
This family-friendly festival celebrates Chattanooga’s rich, cultural diversity through music, dance, food, storytelling, children’s activities and fine arts. This is a special event of the Chattanooga Market.
Oct. 1-15, Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
RiverRocks is a multi-day event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to the Scenic City to compete and celebrate Chattanooga’s outdoor lifestyle and enjoy live music. Athletic events include rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, open water swimming, rowing, cycling, off-road biking, paddling and much more.
Oct. 1-31, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
When Chattanooga transforms itself to ChattaBOOga! in October, it’s not the typical haunted city. Only for the bravest of souls, there’s an intense haunted cavern crawling with terrifying creatures; and chilling ghost hunts in search of the city’s restless dead. For more mild experiences, families can enjoy 10-acre enchanted MAiZE; superhero divers carving pumpkins underwater; spooky rides aboard a haunted vintage train; trick-or-treating around zoo animals; and frightening fun on haunted amusement park rides.
Rock City’s Blowing Springs Farm Featuring the Enchanted MAiZE ($)
Sept. 30-Oct. 30, Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7p.m.
Enjoy 10-acres of fall family fun in the valley below Rock City’s Lover’s Leap. Activities include a corn maze, food, live music, tractor-pulled hayrides, Kiddie Cow Train, face painting, Kids Pumpkin Patch Maze, the NEW Corn Crib Station, and a Critter Corral where you can pet a miniature horse, potbellied pigs, sheep, and more. Blowing Springs Farm featuring the Enchanted MAiZE is a multi-year winner of the “Top 20 Events” by Southeast Tourism Society.
Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern ($)
Sept. 30-Oct. 31, Oct. 13 & 20; Fri.-Sun., 8-11 p.m.
Crawling with terrifying creatures, the intense Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern adds a whole new level of intensity and fear to the traditional haunted experience. If you’re brave enough, step into the elevator and descend 26 stories underground- where NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. This event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. Listed #4 on Buzzfeed’s “National Haunt list,” awarded the #6 spot on Rand McNally’s “National Haunt” list and is a multi-year winner of the “Top 20 Events” by Southeast Tourism Society.
Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah! ($)
Oct. 1-29, Fri.-Sat., 6-11 p.m.; Oct. 23 & 30, 5-10 pm
The South’s favorite family amusement park offers hair-raising Halloween fun for boys and ghouls of all ages at Lake WinnepeSPOOKah! With more than 40 kiddie rides, family rides and thrill rides, the entire family can enjoy an atmosfear of haunted rides, eerie edibles, & screaming thrills. New in 2016, guests will be immersed in the dark surprises that await in the Feargrounds! Creepy delights and frightening fun include the Thriller Parade, terrifying treats, magic shows and dance teams. Lake Winnepesaukah has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Amusement Parks” by Travel & Leisure and listed as having one of the “Top 25 Theme Park Water Rides in the U.S.” by the L.A. Times.
Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta (FREE)
Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Nov. 6, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Watch the Hooch from Chattanooga’s riverfront as nearly 10,000 rowers compete on the challenging course in the second largest rowing regatta in the America, after Head of the Charles. The Hooch celebrated 10 years in Chattanooga in 2014.
All fall events can be found on the Chattanooga Events Calendar.
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