Fall Festivals and Events

The lower temperatures make being outside much more enjoyable. Fall in Chattanooga is packed with a variety of fun including Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival, 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, Chattanooga Oktoberfest, Enchanted MAiZE, Haunted Cavern, WinnepeSPOOKah!, Halloween Eerie Express, and Boo in the Zoo.

There’s also plenty of live music and entertainment at the Comedy Catch, Revelry Room, Track 29, Tivoli Theater, and at more than 20 restaurants that offer live music on a weekly basis.

Don’t miss the inaugural, free, 10-week, Levitt Amp Chattanooga Music Series that kicks off Aug. 24!

Levitt Amp Chattanooga Music Series

FESTIVALS AND LIVE MUSIC

  • Chattanooga River Market/Tennessee Aquarium Plaza (FREE)
    March 18-Oct. 7, Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.                                                
    Against the picturesque Tennessee River, the Chattanooga River Market features live music, special events each week, and handmade items from local and regional artists including jewelry, apparel, woodworks, and more. Free yoga class at 10 am (bring your own mat).
  • Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
    April 30-Nov. 19, Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.                                                                      
    The weekly Chattanooga Market, an open-air producer-only market, features live music and entertainment, a major theme each week, local food truck eateries, fresh produce/meat/cheese and food artisan products as well as local arts & crafts such as photography, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, beauty products, and other handmade products. Market kicks off with a special 2-day event on Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30.
  • Nightfall Concert Series/Miller Plaza (FREE)
    May 5-Aug. 25, Fri., 7-10 p.m.                                                                                   
    Now in its 30th season, the weekly Nightfall music series is one of Chattanooga’s most popular events. This family-friendly event in heart of downtown draws nearly 3,000 people every Friday night and features food, beverages, and international, national and regional music by professional artists who perform original music and are recognized as the best within their genres. Past performers include Barenaked Ladies, Black Keys, Alison Krause, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Concerts will not be held on June 9 or 16 due to the Riverbend Festival.
  • Second Saturdays on Station Street Music Series/Station Street at the Chattanooga Choo Choo (FREE)
    May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, 3-8 p.m.                            
    Enjoy this free event with live local and national acts on the main stage, food, special events and activities for kids, and performing artists such as puppeteers, muralists, and buskers along the street. During this event, Station Street is pedestrian only. This five-part musical series is hosted by the Songbirds Foundation. NEW IN 2017!
  • Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series/Bessie Smith Cultural Center Lawn (FREE)
    Aug. 24, 31; Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Enjoy the brand new Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series, a free, 10-week concert series with a diverse lineup of local, regional, and national artists. The series shines a light on the renowned musical heritage of the MLK District while reestablishing it as a thriving cultural destination. Patrons can enjoy local food vendors, special themes, and activities for children. The lineup is scheduled by Jazzanooga. NEW IN 2017!
  • 3 Sisters Music Festival/Downtown Riverfront (FREE)
    Oct. 6-7, 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.
  • CultureFest at the Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
    Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.                                                                                                
    This family-friendly festival celebrates Chattanooga’s rich cultural diversity. Fun includes live music, Parade of Nations, performances by local cultural groups, multicultural fashion show, dance contest, ethnic food samples, cooking demonstrations, dance instructions, children’s activities, and more. Fun for all ages.
  • Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival/Walnut Street Bridge ($)
    Oct. 6-8, 5-8 p.m.                                                                                          
    During the signature event, enjoy wine samples from more than 100 wineries, hors d’oeuvres, and live music while strolling across the historic Walnut Street Bridge. There are also several off-the-bridge events throughout the weekend. Proceeds benefit the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga.
  • RiverRocks Chattanooga/Chattanooga (FREE)
    Oct. 6-21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                                    
    RiverRocks is a multi-day event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to the Scenic City to compete and celebrate Chattanooga’s outdoor lifestyle and enjoy live music. Athletic events include rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, open water swimming, rowing, cycling, off-road biking, paddling and much more.
  • Rocktoberfest/Rock City ($)
    Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.                                            
    Get in touch with Rock City’s German heritage during the annual Rocktoberfest as they celebrate and honor their founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter and their 85th anniversary. The Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage with live German music, polka lessons, specialty beer, German food, costumed characters, and fun for the whole family.
  • Chattanooga Oktoberfest/First Tennessee Pavilion ($/FREE)
    Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.                                        
    Enjoy Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration complete with brats and other German-inspired foods, four Bier Gartens featuring more than 100 craft brews, live music by the infamous Wurstbrats Oompah Band, shopping, and plenty of entertainment. Additional events include Artoberfest (Thurs.) and the Oktoberfest 5K Run (Sat.).


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ENTERTAINMENT

  • Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Team/AT&T Field ($)
    April 6-Sept. 4, 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-$9. Special pricing is available for season passes, luxury suites, group outings, little league lineup and birthday parties.
  • 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship for Women/Downtown Riverfront (FREE to watch)
    Sept. 9, 2017                                                                                                  
    Chattanooga will host the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championships that will take place over two days: women on Saturday and men on Sunday. Hosting this event makes Chattanooga: 1 of 5 cities in North America to host both a full-distance IRONMAN and a 70.3 IRONMAN; and the ONLY city on the planet to host a full-distance IRONMAN, a 70.3 IRONMAN and the 70.3 IRONMAN World Championships. Athletes will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles. ONE-TIME EVENT IN 2017
  • 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship for Men/Downtown Riverfront (FREE to watch)
    Sept. 10, 2017                                                                                                            
    Chattanooga will host the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championships that will take place over two days: women on Saturday and men on Sunday. Hosting this event makes Chattanooga: 1 of 5 cities in North America to host both a full-distance IRONMAN and a 70.3 IRONMAN; and the ONLY city on the planet to host a full-distance IRONMAN, a 70.3 IRONMAN and the 70.3 IRONMAN World Championships. Athletes will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles. ONE-TIME EVENT IN 2017
  • Railfest/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ($)
    Sept. 9-10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.                                                                                            
    Enjoy this great two-day railroad celebration at the largest operating historical museum in the Southeast. Fun includes live music and entertainment, Missionary Ridge Local train ride, exhibits, petting zoo, moon walk, mini golf, blacksmith demonstrations, railroad displays not normally open for inspection, and lots of food.
  • Chattanooga Zoo’s Beast Feast/Chattanooga Zoo ($)
    Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m.                                                                                           
    Observe some of the Zoo’s most active animals displaying their naturalistic behaviors through eating a carcass dinner and learn why it is important for their survival. Carcass feedings provide nutritional benefits and enrichment and encourages sharing among species that hunt as a group. Food and beverages available for purchase.
  • Cast Iron Cook-Off at the Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
    Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.                                                                                             
    Local chefs battle it out live! Patrons have the opportunity to see recipes made with fresh foods bought that day at Chattanooga Market (weekly on Sundays) in an entertaining environment.  This is a special event of the Chattanooga Market.
  • Serve and Protect Celebrity Cooking Show/Tennessee Aquarium ($)
    Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.                                                                               
    Enjoy Chattanooga’s tastiest event with a live celebrity cooking show, an elegant seafood dinner prepared by some of Chattanooga’s top chefs and served in an Aquarium gallery, and mingling with the celebrity chefs over dessert. For the 2017 event, Chef Tamie Cook will host an entertaining culinary demonstration featuring New Orleans Chef Ryan Prewitt, recipient of the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: South, and Nashville-based pastry savant, Chef Lisa Donovan.
  • Hamilton County Fair/Chester Frost Park (FREE)
    Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.                                                                            
    The Hamilton County Fair kicks off the fall season!  The fair features three stages with live music & entertainment, bungee jump, photo booth, roaming entertainers, antique car and tractor competition, home-centered flower & event show, historical & educational exhibits, games, arts & crafts, petting zoo, livestock & agriculture exhibits, equine demonstrations, shopping, and more. For a small fee, fairgoers are shuttled to the fair.
  • Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship/Coolidge Park  (FREE)
    Sept. 23-24, 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/Downtown Riverfront (FREE to watch)
    Sept. 24, 2017 (Sept. 30, 2018), 6:30 a.m.-Midnight                                       
  • The Little Debbie 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.
  • Blowing Springs Farm featuring the Enchanted MAiZE/Blowing Springs Farm ($)
    Sept. 29-Oct. 29, Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                
    Enjoy 10-acres of fall family fun in the valley below Rock City’s Lover’s Leap. Activities include a corn maze, food, tractor-pulled hayrides, Kiddie Cow Train, pedal carts, face painting, pumpkin market, Corn Crib Station, and a Critter Corral where you can pet a miniature horse, potbellied pigs, sheep, and more. The Enchanted MAiZE is a “Top 20 Event” by Southeast Tourism Society.

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  • Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern & Fear Connection/Lookout Valley ($)
    Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Thurs.-Sun., 7-11 p.m.                                                                   
    The nightmare knows no boundaries for the 14th year as Ruby Falls joins Fear Connection for the annual Haunted Cavern at a new location. Dread Hollow's cryptic reality and appalling past loom ominously inside 20,000 square feet of pure terror. The new location offers a whole new terrifying experience, less wait times, new characters, sliders, and two separate haunts. The Haunted Cavern was listed #4 on Buzzfeed’s “National Haunt List” and named a 2016 Top Haunt by the Haunted Attraction Association. NEW LOCATION IN 2017!
  • Fall Leaf Cruises/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.'s Southern Belle ($)
    Oct. 1-Nov. 18, daily, times vary                                                                   
    Cruise the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River and see one of nature’s most brilliant displays of color. This three-hour cruise includes live entertainment, live narration of the historical sites along the river, Pilot House tours, delicious food, and free bingo with prizes. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.
  • WinnepeSPOOKah!/Lake Winnepesaukah ($)
    Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 6-11 pm & Oct. 29, 5-10 pm                                    
    Guaranteed to scare the yell out of you, Lake WinnepeSPOOKah transforms into a hair-raising, terrifying atmosfear of fun. Creepy delights and frightening fun include more than 40 haunted rides, eerie edibles, screaming thrills, Thriller Parade, terrifying treats, magic shows and dance teams.
  • Halloween Eerie Express/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ($)
    Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & (Sat. only) 3:35 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, costume contest, petting zoo, pony rides, and a tour through the “gentle thrills” Eerie Fun House, a 20-room, 2,000 square foot “old time” fun experience.
  • Sculpture in the Sky 2017/Sculpture Fields (FREE)
    Oct. 7, Noon-6 pm                                                                                         
    Get ready for some high-flying family fun when the skies at the Sculpture Fields will be filled with colorful kites, stunt kites, Rokaku battle kites, and more. Visitors will enjoy parachute kite races, performances by Chattanooga Aerials, make-your-own-kite stations, local food trucks, and beer. The Sculpture Fields have partnered with the Scenic City Kite Club and River Rocks for this event.
  • The Banana Split/Chattanooga Zoo ($)
    Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                                                            
    Come and enjoy a special presentation just for kids by our celebrity guest Jack Hanna, who will later be appearing at the adult-only Banana Ball. Fun includes animal encounters, face painting, sweet treats and more.
  • Banana Ball/Chattanooga Zoo ($)
    Oct. 14, 5-11 p.m.                                                                                          
    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 n’ Greet with celebrity guest option available. Must be 21 or older.
  • Boo in the Zoo/Chattanooga Zoo ($)
    Oct. 20-22, 27-29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.                                                                             
    Join us for the annual family-oriented Halloween celebration with some of the Zoo’s most lovable animals. Children get to hang out with roaming cartoon characters, stop by trick-or-treat stations, enter costume contests, get crazy in bounce houses, take a pony ride, play games, get their face painted, go on a hay ride, and much more.
  • River GORGEous Fall Color Cruises/River Gorge Explorer ($)
    Oct. 22, 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 10 a.m.; & Nov. 5, 10 a.m.                            
    Enjoy a 3.5-hour fall foliage cruise through the entire 34 miles of the Tennessee River Gorge during peak color season. Lunch and bus transportation provided. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Choose from six cruise times – two with special themes.
  • AquaScarium/Tennessee Aquarium ($)
    Oct. 27, 4 p.m.                                                                                               
    Come in costume and celebrate a family-friendly night of spooky critters and yummy treats. Make friends with mermaids, lounge with lemurs, watch out for pirates, get your groove on at the Monster Mash dance party with some of the Aquarium’s lovable mascots, and enjoy candy stations throughout both buildings. Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Halloween “Boo”ze Cruise/Chattanooga Riverboat Co. Southern Belle ($)
    Oct. 28, 11 p.m.                                                                                 
    Dress up for this frightful, two-hour moonlight cruise that takes you along the riverfront and around Maclellan Island and includes Halloween Treats, cash bar, costume contest, DJ, dancing, and more. Must be 21 or older. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.
  • 5th Annual All Aboard for Sculpture Dinner & Train Ride/Sculpture Fields ($)
    Nov. 3, 5:30-11 pm                                                                            
    Catch the Tennessee Valley Museum train at the Sculpture Fields for an exciting dinner and train ride. Guests begin the evening with cocktails and music in the park, board the train for a three-hour (6-9 pm), four-course dinner, and return to an after-hours party in the park with live music, dancing, and a light show. Reservations required.
  • Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta/Downtown Riverfront (FREE)
    Nov. 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Nov. 5, 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.