Fall Festivals and Events
Enjoy a variety of fun during one of Chattanooga’s top festivals and events surrounding the riverfront or only six miles from downtown on Lookout Mountain. All the downtown activities are connected via a free, electric shuttle.
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FESTIVALS, LIVE MUSIC & CULINARY EVENTS
- Live entertainment ($): Track 29, one of the South’s most popular entertainment venues, will be featuring some top names like Relient K (Sept. 13), St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Sept. 18), Dumpstaphunk (Oct. 10), Ben Rector (Oct. 17) and Jimmy Eat World (Oct. 23); at the Tivoli Theatre, enjoy Kevin James (Oct. 30), Kip Moore (Oct. 16), and Black Jacket Symphony-Michael Jackson’s Thriller (Sept. 27).
- Chattanooga Market/Now-Dec. 21, Sundays, 11am-4pm (FREE): Chattanooga Market is a weekly, open-air market offering fresh bread from local bakers, just picked produce (tax free), live music, artists/artisans selling things they’ve made in the Chattanooga area.
- Railfest at the Tennessee Valley Railroad/Sept. 6-7, 10am-5pm ($): Railfest includes two days of live entertainment, train rides, magic shows, moon walks, blacksmith demonstrations, exhibits, petting zoo, children’s activities, lots of food and railroad displays normally not open to the public.
- Creative Discovery Museum’s Chocolate Festival/Sept. 13, Noon-4 pm ($): Celebrate your love for chocolate as you learn about chocolate’s history, sample different types of chocolate, attend truffle making & chocolate mousse demonstrations, take a chocolate-chip baking class, and more.
- Wine Over Water/Sept 27, 5-8 pm ($): Be treated to wine, hors d’oeuvres, & live music across the historic Walnut Street Bridge overlooking the Tennessee River. Proceeds benefit the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga.
- Dinner on the Diner/Aug. 23, 30 & Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, 5:30 pm ($): Enjoy a wonderful three-course dining experience aboard a restored 1920s dining car as you travel through the scenic Chattanooga valley.
- 11th Annual Oktoberfest at the Chattanooga Market/Oct. 18, 10am-8pm & Oct. 19, 11am-4pm (FREE): Chattanooga's oldest and largest German celebration, this year brings live German music and foods, a Bier Garten & entertainment for the whole family. The Market will host over 30,000 people for this two day event.
- Rocktoberfest at Rock City Gardens/Oct.4-26, Sat &Sun, Noon-5pm ($): Rock City Square is transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. Share their German heritage with live German music, bratwurst, polish sausage, sauerkraut, specialty beer on tap in the Beer Garden and then work off dinner by dancing on the polka stage.
Chattanooga’s entertainment scene is full of events that will have you weaving through the Enchanted MAiZE, delving deep underground for an intense Haunted Cavern or even learing about the bizarre adaptations of creepy critters.
- Tennessee Aquarium’s 4th Annual Serve & Protect Show/Sept. 4, 5:30-10pm ($): Enjoy an entertaining evening at the 4th Annual Serve & Protect event, a Food-Network styled cooking show, that Alton Brown created when he launched his sustainable seafood initiative from the Tennessee Aquarium. The event includes cocktails & appetizers, live cooking show, elegant seated dinner and a dessert reception.
- American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek™ Show/Sept. 10-13 ($): Chattanooga celebrates the art of quiltmaking and offers a unique experience by bringing together leading merchants, hundreds of new works of fiber art, leading instructors in quilting and exhibitions showcasing stunning masterpieces.
- Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern/Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 26-Nov. 1, 8pm-Midnight ($): Nightmares return for the 11th annual Haunted Cavern, with this year’s new theme: The Dark Legacy. This intense event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best and scariest haunted attractions.
- Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE/Sept. 19-Oct. 27, Thurs-Sun, hours vary ($): Celebrate 13 years of fall family fun at the Enchanted MAiZE in the valley below Rock City. The fun includes a 10-acre corn maze, historic birdhouse barn, tractor-pulled hayrides and children’s courtyard playground corn slingshot the Critter Corral.
- Creative Discovery Museum’s Play! Build! Climb! Exhibit/Sept. 20-Nov. 4, times vary ($): Children can build a town with blocks, become architects by building skyscrapers, domed buildings or castles, stretch their minds as well as their bodies with Snug Play USA, navigate the traverse-climbing wall and rope maze. Play! Build! Climb!
- Animal Athletes at the Tennessee Aquarium/Sept. 27, 10am-2pm ($): Many animals are the ultra-athletes of the natural world and here’s your chance to find out how you measure up against some amazing animal feats. Compete in activities against river otters, penguins and lake sturgeon to match their “iron strengths” against the athletic abilities of their family.
- IRONMAN Chattanooga Triathlon/Sept. 28, 6am-Midnight (FREE): IRONMAN Chattanooga is one of 11 full races in the IRONMAN® U.S. Series. 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.
- Tennessee Aquarium’s “ODDtober”/Oct., daily 10am-6pm ($): Discover fun facts about the weird and wonderful behaviors and bizarre adaptations of creatures from around the world by getting up close to cool critters during keeper talks, dive shows and special programs. Add a Backstage Pass tour to get even closer to toothy sharks or the freshwater megafish.
- RiverRocks Outdoor Adventure Sports/Oct. 3-25, weekends (FREE): Enjoy a unique & distinctive outdoor event celebrating our incomparable natural resources with competitive and novice events including the Rock|Creek StumpJump 50k (10/4), Swim the Suck 10 Mile (Oct. 11), (Chattajack 31 (Oct. 25) and the Triple Crown of Bouldering (Oct. 25). RiverRocks attracts the best athletes in their fields from as far as Australia & England to compete.
- Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!/Oct. 3-31, Fri & Sat, 6-11pm ($): At this SPOOKtacular event, enjoy an atmosfear of haunted rides like the Train of No Return, eerie edibles, screaming thrills, magic shows, interactive parades, clowns, jugglers & more.
- Blowing Screams Farm: Haunt Complex (Flintstone, GA)/ Oct. 4-Nov. 1, Fri. & Sat., hours vary ($): Journey through cursed woods and dark passages that only end in screams. Mysterious objects hovering in the sky, unearthly figures seen moving in the woods, unexplainable light emanating from the old BSF Global labs and cryptic runes appeared in the cornfield...You never know what you’ll find in this land of horror.
- Boo in the Zoo/Oct. 17, 18, 24, &25 5:30-8pm ($): This annual celebration includes some loveable cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, games, candy, crafts and much more. This non-scary Halloween event is sure to have the whole family talking for years to come.
- Tennessee Aquarium’s AquaScarium VII: Family Halloween Party/Oct. 24, 6-9pm ($): Come in costume with your treat bag to celebrate a safe and spirited Halloween at the Tennessee Aquarium. Enjoy the “wild” antics of our costumed divers, enter a costume contest and dance with Aquarium mascots at the Monster Mash Dance Party.
- Hunter Invitational III Exhibition/Now-Oct. 19, hours vary ($): The new Hunter Invitational exhibition takes an exciting look at pieces by some of the regions’ most significant artists including Jan Chenoweth, Alicia Henry, Philip Andrew Lewis and more.
- Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta/Nov. 1, 8 am-6 pm; Nov. 2, 8:30 am-3 pm (FREE): Help celebrate the regatta’s 10th Anniversary in Chattanooga. 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.
All fall events can be found on the Chattanooga Events Calendar.
RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games
World's 2nd Largest Rowing Regatta
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival