What's New in Chattanooga, Tennessee: 2019-2020
The Chattanooga area is continuously growing and boasts many new experiences and places to stay, eat, drink, and explore. There’s never been a better time to visit the city New York Times names one of the “52 Places to Visit in the World” and TripAdvisor says is one of the “7 Rising U.S. Cities That Should be on your 2019 Travel Bucket List.”
- Framed: Step into Art | Sep. 22, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020
- William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions | Now-Sept. 22, 2019
- Noel W. Anderson: Blak Origin Moment | Oct. 11, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020
Chattanooga Red Wolves, the community's new soccer team, broke ground on a $125 million stadium and mixed-use development in East Ridge that include a hotel, apartments, shopping, and more. The complex will be the first, and only professional, soccer-specific stadium in the region. Opening 2020.
Experience Chattanooga offers specially curated outdoor adventures that showcase the natural beauty of Tennessee and the local tastes of Chattanooga.
Adventure Sports Innovation brings the latest inventions and innovations for outdoor experiences on water, land, and even through virtual reality opportunities. North Shore District
Civil Axe Throwing is exactly what it sounds like. Enjoy an hour of fun in one of the axe-throwing lanes as you learn to hit the target with skillful axe throws. Downtown District
Valkyrie Axe Throwing invites guests to experience Valhalla on Earth, the great hall in Norse mythology where heroes slain in battle are received. Take your turn by throwing an axe or sipping brews at the Viking ship bar. Southside District
Classic Arcade and Pinball Museum is an interactive museum featuring aisles of pinball machines and memorabilia, including some items dating all the way back to the 1940's. Downtown District
Scenic City Fishing Charters recently added 6 new guides providing even more access to people wanting to get outdoors and experience some of the best bass fishing in the country. Chickamauga Lake
FreightWaves is opening a 10,000 sq ft trucking Haul of Fame that will highlight well-known companies from the Golden Age of Trucking and showcase thousands of diecast trucks, truck-driving simulator, and much more. Downtown District
Passageways 2.0 or Cooper's Alley is the newest alley installation which has been transformed by a continuous, large scale sculpture flowing through the alley creating spaces for live music, happy hour, movie screenings, and more. Downtown District
Miller Park completed a $10 million renovation which included elevating the park to street level and then adding additional green space, climbable rock structures, street space for food trucks, and a stage. Downtown District
River Drifters Chattanooga offers kayak and SUP rentals with direct access to the Tennessee River as well as an onsite restaurant. Signal Mountain
Ruby Falls completed a $20 million expansion featuring a new entrance, self-service kiosks, accessible Blue Heron Overlook, gift shop, Village Plaza, 40+ LEED strategies including solar panels, lighting, an 8,000-gallon rainwater collection system, and more. Lookout Mountain
Escape Experience Chattanooga opened a Runaway Train Transport escape room inside a train car. With help from Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the inside mimics the sights, sounds, and feel of being inside of an out-of-control train. Southside District
Sweet Magnolia’s offers customized 90-minute walking tours highlighting Chattanooga's neighborhoods, history, arts and culture, and more. Downtown District
Songbirds South Stage opened as an expansion of upstairs Songbirds Guitars. The renovated 14,000 sq ft space holds 500 guests and features a new sound system, lighting, VIP seating, 2 full bars, lounge, and pieces from the collection of rare, vintage guitars and fretted instruments that can be found upstairs. Southside District
The Signal is a music venue located in an industrial-chic warehouse with a standing room capacity of 1,300. They have already hosted artists such as Corey Smith, George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic, X Ambassadors, and more. Southside District
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Moon River Music Festival (Sept. 7-8, 2019), a 2-day festival created in 2014 by musician Drew Holcomb in Memphis, TN, moved to Chattanooga in 2018 and featured 20 national acts, local food/beverage vendors, The Avett Brothers, The Head and The Heart, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, and more. North Shore District
Big 9 Roots Festival (Oct. 5, 2019) is a new all-day festival celebrating the musical heritage and history of the "Big 9," which refers to the musicians of 9th Street. Known today as ML King Boulevard, legendary artists from Chattanooga got their start on 9th Street, including Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues. Downtown District
Chattanooga MotorCar Festival (Oct. 11-13, 2019), the inaugural 3-day festival drives into downtown Chattanooga for a legendary motorcar experience. The family-friendly weekend will showcase a time trial along the riverfront between the bridges, a juried exhibit of vintage and historic cars and a thrilling rally ride through the countryside of the Tennessee Valley. Downtown District
NCAA DII Softball National Championships (May 21-25, 2020), Chattanooga will host 8 teams, 400+ athletes, coaches and spectators and numerous NCAA staff for 5 days of exciting action and athleticism.
The Chattanooga Airport added several new flights in 2018-2019: American Airlines added a direct flight to Philadelphia, 3rd round-trip flight to Dallas/Fort Worth, & a 2nd daily round-trip flight to Chicago/O'Hare; Delta added a daily direct flight to NYC/LaGuardia; and United Airlines added 2 daily departures to DC/Dulles.
ChattyWagon offers free rides downtown in an eco-friendly electric car. Rides are requested on-demand through the ChattyWagon app. The transportation service helps connect people to the community, nightlife, adventure, food and lifestyle of Chattanooga.
Hillbilly Jeep Tur provides an open-air ride with several hours of adventuring around downtown, Lookout Mountain, Soddy Daisy, and more.
Nooga Shuttles offers trips to/from airports in Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Huntsville as well as transportation to meetings, restaurants, events, and more while in Chattanooga.
Chattanooga Tennesseer offers 60-minute tours in an open-top conversion van. Van can be booked for private events. Regular tours are Fridays and Saturdays, March-Nov.
AWARDS AND UPDATES
- 2019 Wine Spectator Awards
- 2019 James Beard Awards Semifinalist
- Best Chef/Southeast: Rebecca Barron, St. John's Restaurant
- Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and Cask 111 won gold and double gold at the 2019 SIP Awards - the only internationally recognized consumer judged spirits competition. The release of Chattanooga Whiskey 91 replaces the company’s 1816 Reserve. Chattanooga Whiskey 111 replaces the 1816 Cask. This bourbon includes an additional 3 specialty malts (malted rye, caramel malt barley, honey malt barley) making it the first "Tennessee High Malt.”
- Flying Squirrel Bar, located in the Southside District, is now serving brunch on Saturdays in addition to the popular Sunday brunch. Brunch is family friendly.
- Volkswagen is making Chattanooga its North American base for the new electric car. The car will be a version of the ID. CROZZ SUV concept, and Volkswagen will offer a multi-purpose one too. The first car will be available in 2020 with Chattanooga beginning production in 2022.
- The Chattanooga Airport is the first in the nation to meet all its energy needs through solar. The airport’s 12-acre, 2.64-megawatt solar farm generates enough power to fulfill its energy use.
FOOD AND DRINK
- Paloma Bar de Tapas | Downtown District in the West Village
- Bridgeman's Chophouse (inside Read House hotel) | Downtown District
- Whitebird (inside the Edwin) | Riverfront District
- Bantam + Biddy (inside Market City Center) | Downtown District
- State of Confusion | Southside District
- Kenny's Southside Sandwiches | Southside District
- Scottie's on the River | Riverfront District
- Market South (Open September 2019) | Southside District
- Pax Breu Ruim | Southside District
- Taqueria Jalisco - ANIA | Southside District
- Gate 11 Distillery | Southside District
- Naked River Brewing Co. | Southside District
- WanderLinger Brewing Co. | Downtown District
- Sleepyhead Coffee
- Starbucks @ The Block | Downtown District
- Mad Priest coffee and cocktail bar | Downtown District
- Starbucks @ 10 North Shore | North Shore District
ACCOMMODATIONS & MEETING VENUES
- Hotel Legends Chattanooga | Downtown District (Market & 8th Streets)
- Hotel Indigo | Downtown District (Pine & 6th Streets)
- Stay Alfred | Downtown District at market City Center (53 units)
- McLemore Resort by Hilton Curio Collection | Lookout Mountain
- Aloft by Marriott | Hamilton Place
- Tru by Hilton | Downtown District
- Kinley | Southside District
- La Quinta | Southside District (13th & Cowart Streets)
- BODE | Downtown District
- Home2 Suites Chattanooga | Hamilton Place
- Moxy Chattanooga | Downtown District
- Hampton Inn | East Ridge
- Rodeway Inn | Shallowford
- The Read House Hotel $25 million renovation | Downtown District
- District 3 Hotel renovation | Southside District
- The Edwin Hotel | Downtown District
- RiverView Inn renovation | Lookout Mountain
- SpringHill Suites North | Ooltewah
- Westin Chattanooga | Downtown District
- Scenic City Hostel | Southside District
Updated: July 2019