Labor Day marks that time of the year when summer starts to wind down and fall becomes the star of the show. But before swinging into autumn, make a last stand on the warm weather. Here's the rundown on Labor Day happenings in Chattanooga.
FOR THE KIDS
Sid the Science Kid
Visit the Creative Discovery Museum where kids explore everyday science hands-on. The exhibit encourages kids to think, talk, and work like scientists by building on children's natural curiosity about the world. Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through interactive exhibits exploring the concepts of simple machines, friction, inertia, and more.
Summerville Steam Special
Experience gorgeous scenery behind not one, but two Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum locomotives following a historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia and back. You'll get the chance to explore the town of Summerville during a 1.5 hour layover. With a variety of cars and dining options, there’s something for every railfan.
Rock City Summer Music Weekends
September 2-4, 8:30am-7pm
Spend your Saturday atop Lookout Mountain at Rock City Gardens enjoying quiet woodland paths and gardens. Then, sit down to relax at Café 7, offering beautiful scenic views along with catchy mountain music and bluegrass performances. Summer Music Weekends held May-September with music throughout the gardens.
Dinner and Live Music on Main Street
September 2, 7:30-10pm
Located in Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, The FEED Co. Table and Tavern is an artful combination of tavern and family dining with an inviting farm fresh menu. Head to its front porch for live performances from some of the best ‘pickers in town. Later, walk across the street to Clyde’s on Main for late-night bites, live music and dancing.
Catch a Comedy Show
Enjoy Michael Malone as he takes the Comedy Catch stage with his intense, yet worried persona that consistently makes him a crowd favorite. He stands out from his peers with his rubber face, energy, sarcasm and wildly imaginative views on life experiences. Want to enjoy something a little more hands-on? Try ComedyFight, a hilariously fun comedy showcase that’s half open mic, half competition. The first ten comics to sign up perform a short set. At the end of the night, two comedians will compete with prepared topical sets while the audience decides the winner.
The Whigs at Revelry Room
September 3, 8pm
For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together-during which they've released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either headliners or openers for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, and MGMT-the three members all agreed that they wanted to flex their muscles a bit and write some good songs. Buy tickets
Masters of the Golden Age
July 1-October 2, hours vary
At the Hunter Museum of American Art, celebrate the life and work of Harvey Dunn, one of the leading artist-illustrators of his era. From scenes of rural America to images captured on World War I battlefields, this exhibition features Dunn’s work for Scribner’s, The Saturday Evening Post, American Legion Monthly and other magazines. A renowned teacher, Dunn’s instruction fostered a new generation of illustrators. Works by a number of those students are featured in the exhibition.
First Friday Arts
September 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Spend an exciting evening filled with live music, speed painting, student art projects, appetizer samplings by Dish ‘T Pass and more. Explore the four-story Chattanooga Workspace as it transforms into a giant art party. The First Friday series offers the artistic community and general public a unique opportunity to engage with the artists, see their works, galleries and individual studios.
Chattanooga River Market
September 3, 10am-5pm
Against the beautiful Tennessee River, the Chattanooga River Market boasts the unique talents of our local and regional artists, offering handmade arts and crafts. Special engagements are featured each week, such as free yoga classes at 10 a.m. (bring your own mat please) and live performances by local musicians. The Chattanooga River Market is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Hot Rod Auto Show
September 4, 11am-4pm
Cruise-in for one of Chattanooga Market's most revved up events. Whether you’re a hobbyist or just enjoy checking out classic car beauties, it’s a sight to see. Over 50 cars (and their owners) show up to cruise-in and show off their babies. It’s a great opportunity to get under the hood and see these classics up close while enjoying a day at the market.
Chattanooga prides itself on its river and floating the cool waters has never been easier. From steamers and cycleboats to high-tech catamarans and historic WWII landing craft, there’s plenty of ways to get your riverboat cruise on. And if a more hands-on approach is your style, try renting a kayak/SUP board from River Canyon Adventures or L2 Outside.
Adventure to a Swimming Hole
Swimming holes are what Southeastern summers are all about. And Chattanooga is home to some seriously incredible places to take a natural dip—especially on hot and humid summer days. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite places in the Chattanooga area to cool off.
September 3; 10:30am-4:30pm
BOOM! As the cannons roar and the smoke builds, history springs to life. Join the National Park Service for artillery demonstrations on the Chickamauga Battlefield. See more special events at the Chattanooga/Chickamauga National Military Park.