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 SCREAMS Farm, Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern, Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!, Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express, Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo, RiverRocks Outdoor Adventure Sports Games. 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- Beats Antique Creature Carnival Tour (Sept. 26), Godsmack (Oct. 5), Matt Kearney (Oct. 9), and a Halloween Bash with Moon Taxi (Oct. 31); the Tivoli Theatre - The Avett Brothers (Sept. 12), Black Jacket Symphony “Led Zeppelin II” (Sept. 19), and Rodney Carrington (Sept. 26); and Memorial Auditorium- Katt Williams (Sept. 26) and Chris Young (Oct. 24).
- Riverfront Nights Music Series/ July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 29 & Sept. 5, 7-10pm (FREE): This Free music series is held downtown on Chattanooga’s riverfront. Enjoy food, drinks and great music every week. Free & fee-based boat parking available.
- Chattanooga Market/April 25-Dec. 20, 11am-4pm Sundays (FREE): 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.
- Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Railfest/Sept. 12 & 13, 10am-10pm ($): Railfest is a two-day railroad celebration featuring live entertainment, train rides, demonstrations, exhibits, petting zoo, children’s activities, railroad displays not normally open for inspection and lots of food.
- Cast Iron Cook-Off at the Chattanooga Market/Sept. 13, 11am-4pm (FREE): Local chefs battle it out live! Patrons have the opportunity to see recipes made with fresh foods bought that day at Chattanooga Market (weekly on Sundays) in an entertaining environment. Held at First Tennessee Pavilion.
- 3 Sisters Music Festival/ Oct. 2, 6-10pm & Oct. 3, Noon-10pm (FREE): Combining both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, this annual festival appeals to a wide age range and has featured some of the biggest names in bluegrass like Yonder Mountain String Band, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Dan Tyminski and Del McCoury. Held at Ross’s Landing on the downtown Riverfront.
- Wine Over Water/Oct. 3, 5-8pm ($): Be treated to wine, hors d’oeuvres, & live music across the historic Walnut Street Bridge. Proceeds benefit the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga.
- Rock City Gardens’ Rocktoberfest/Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25, 8:30am-5pm ($): Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage during the 10th annual Rocktoberfest as we celebrate and honor our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. The Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage and includes live German music, polka lessons, German food, the Fall Fairy, Ik the Troll King and fun for the whole family.
- CultureFest at the Chattanooga Market/Oct. 4, 11am-4pm (FREE): This family-friendly festival celebrates Chattanooga’s rich, cultural diversity through music, dance, food, storytelling, children’s activities and fine arts. Held at First Tennessee Pavilion.
- Oktoberfest at the Chattanooga Market/Oct. 17, 10am-9pm & Oct. 18, 11am-4pm (FREE): Chattanooga's oldest and largest German celebration, this year brings German food and live music, four Bier Gartens featuring nearly 100 local and seasonal craft brews, and entertainment for the whole family. Held at First Tennessee Pavilion.
- Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE at Blowing Springs Farm in Flintstone, GA/Sept. 24-Oct. 31, Thursday-Sunday, daily times vary ($):
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. The Enchanted MAiZE is a multi-year winner of the “Top 20 Events” by Southeast Tourism Society.
- Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern/Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 8pm-11pm (open later on busier nights) ($): Crawling with terrifying creatures, the intense Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern adds a whole new level of intensity and fear to the traditional haunted experience. If you’re brave enough, step into the elevator and descend 26 stories underground- where NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. This event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. Listed #4 on Buzzfeed’s “National Haunt list,” awarded the #6 spot on Rand McNally’s “National Haunt” list and is a multi-year winner of the “Top 20 Events” by Southeast Tourism Society.
- Rock City’s Blowing SCREAMS Farm Haunt Complex/Oct. 2-31, Dark-Midnight, Friday-Saturday ($): Located in the valley below Rock City, the outdoor haunted Blowing SCREAMS Farm takes only the bravest of souls through menacing woods and dark swamps teeming with monsters. Visit ONLY if you dare! Due to the nature of some of the attractions, parental discretion is advised when purchasing tickets for the Blowing SCREAMS Farm for children ages 10 and under. Trail opens after dark and the terror continues until the last victim screams.
- Tennessee Aquarium’s ODDtober/ Oct. 1-31, 10am-6pm daily ($): During ODDtober, celebrate some of the amazing animals from around the world that have super skills. Daily programming includes demonstrations with animals that are Super Strong, Super Mobile and Super Smart; costumed divers demonstrating the fine art of underwater pumpkin carving; behind-the-scenes Backstage Pass tours; IMAX 3D movies; and color cruises aboard the River Gorge Explorer.
- Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!/Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31, 6-11pm ($): It’s hair-raising Halloween fun for boys and ghouls of all ages at Lake WinnepeSPOOKah! Enjoy an atmosfear of haunted rides, eerie edibles, & screaming thrills throughout this SPOOKtacular Halloween event. Creepy delights and frightening fun include the Haunted Depot, Thriller Parade, terrifying treats, pumpkin drop, the breathtaking Fire Ball, the OH-Zone with a 140-foot drop, and the new electrifying Dazzling Light Show with a Transylvanian treat. 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.
- Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express/Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 & 30, 5:45pm & 7:30pm each date ($): Jump aboard the Halloween Eerie Express vintage train for a spooky, family-friendly round trip ride from Grand Junction Station to the Funhouse Station and back. The fun-filled journey includes storytelling, hot cider, black-light mini golf, games, costume contest, petting zoo, pony rides, bag of treats for the children, and a tour through the “gentle thrills” Eerie Fun House, a 20-room, 2,000 square foot “old time” fun experience.
- The Banana Split at the Chattanooga Zoo/Oct. 10, 2-4pm ($): Come and enjoy a special presentation just for kids by our celebrity guest, Jack Hanna, 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. 10, 6:30-11pm ($): Join us for an evening that includes nighttime tours, open bar, food, live music, dancing, a presentation by special celebrity guest Jack Hanna, and much more. VIP Meet-and-Greet with celebrity guest option available. Must be 21 or older.
- Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo/Oct. 16-17, 23-24, & 30-31, 5:30-8:30pm ($): 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. 30, 4-8:30pm ($): 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/Sept. 26-27, 10am-6pm (FREE): 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.
- Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga Triathlon/Sept. 27, 2015 (FREE to watch): 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.
- RiverRocks Outdoor Adventure Sports Games/Oct. 2-31, dates & times vary (FREE): Enjoy a month of unique & distinctive outdoor events celebrating Chattanooga’s incomparable natural resources with competitive and novice events.
- Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta/Nov. 7, 8am-6pm & Nov. 8, 8:30am-3pm (FREE): 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.
RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games
World's 2nd Largest Rowing Regatta
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival