UPCOMING FESTIVALS & SERIES
Chattanooga Riverfront, June 9th-17th
For over 35 years Chattanooga’s beautiful downtown and riverfront have been accompanied by the sights and sounds of the country’s best music festival: Riverbend. Every summer over half a million people hit the streets of downtown Chattanooga to enjoy great music and delicious food, with the view of America’s Scenic City glowing in the background.
Bessie Smith Strut
E M.L. King Blvd, June 12th, 4:30pm
The Riverbend Festival takes a break from the riverfront on Monday, June 12, for the Bessie Smith Strut. This celebration is named for the Empress of the Blues and takes place on what was once "The Big Nine," or Ninth Street, as it was known in the early 20th century, when the area had a thriving music scene.
Miller Plaza, Every Friday May-August, 7pm
Nightfall features a diverse schedule of quality musical entertainment with local openers and national headlining acts, many of whom are performing for the first time in our city. Bring your kids, lawn chairs, pets and friends to enjoy great live music, food and an ice cold beverage in the outdoor social atmosphere of Nightfall.
Second Saturdays on Station Street
Station Street, Every Second Saturday May-September, 2pm
Second Saturdays on Station Street is a five-part musical series that will be hosted by the Songbirds Foundation. This event is designed to celebrate the businesses on and around Station Street and the Southside Neighborhood, and highlight local and regional music, art, culture, and food.
Bands on the Bluff
Hunter Museum, First Thursday of Every Month May-October, 6pm
The Hunter Museum of American Art invites the public to experience local music and views with Bands on the Bluff. On the same evening as Throwback Thursday, guests can enjoy live music and the current special exhibition. In addition, a cash bar will be available during each concert.
Make Music Chattanooga
Downtown Chattanooga, June 21st, All Day
Make Music Day, or Fêta De La Musique, is a worldwide celebration of music, where musicians – of all levels at any age – will fill the city’s streets, parks, rooftops, etc., playing live music on June 21st (the Summer Solstice).
Miller Plaza, Every Wednesday May-July, 12pm
Noontunes is a weekly, mid-day music performance in Miller Plaza. This series will showcase local talent and offer a platform for artists to be seen and heard. WUTC will air each performance at 8 pm the next Thursday.
Chattanooga Riverfront, Saturdays, July 15-Sept 16, 7-10pm
Riverfront Nights focuses on local people and institutions who promote healthy lifestyles, sustainable development/business practices and, of course, an intense love of outdoor, adrenaline producing recreation...widely considered to be the three legged stool that's given our town a step-up and over our neighboring municipalities around the southeast.
Southern Brewer's Festival
Chattanooga Riverfront, August 26, 2017, 2pm-12am
Celebrate 24th years of brewing on the scenic downtown riverfront. This great summer festival features live music, delicious food, and more than 30 microbrews from across the country, including Chattanooga’s Big River microbrews.
Rock City Garden's Summer Music Weekends
Rock City, Every Friday/Saturday/Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of a bygone Appalachian era in the most appropriate setting of beautiful Lookout Mountain. Performances from up and coming bluegrass, country, and folk music artists will be sure to add to your visit to one of Chattanooga's premier attractions.
OPEN-AIR MARKETS & LIVE MUSIC
Chattanooga Market - First Tennesee Pavilion
Sundays through 11/22. 11 am-4 pm
The Chattanooga Market is a weekly, open-air market that features live music, local food truck eateries, fresh produce, food artisan products, and local arts & crafts.
Chattanooga River Market - Tennessee Aquarium Plaza
Saturdays through 10/3. 10 am-5 pm.
The River Market, held every Saturday at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, features live music, arts and crafts, photography, jewelry, hand-made apparel and a free yoga class at 10 am.
Cambridge Square Night Market - Cambridge Square (Ooltewah)
Friday Nights April 7th - September 29th, 6pm
Returning for its second season, the Cambridge Square Night Market provides a family-friendly destination during the warm summer nights. A variety of live music performs in the square, and there are plenty of local restaurants to dine before strolling the artisan market in search of handmade arts & craft wares.