Chattanooga Fall Events and Activities


Although it is still hot, the bees and mosquitoes are still buzzing and we’re more likely to throw on a swimsuit than a sweatshirt, let’s dream a little, shall we? Let’s dream of a fall where cardigans and campfires are the norm. A fall where the leaves change and every day shows new beauty from trees that seemed ordinary yesterday.

Chattanooga is a breathtaking city, no matter the season, but it seems to come alive in the fall. Maybe it’s the way the mountains surround the valley. Maybe it’s the cooler air (fingers crossed). Or maybe it’s because Chattanooga knows how to do fall right. As if we need another reason to love it, there is a wealth of activities in Chattanooga in the fall.

Chattanooga Fall Round-UpAs with everything 2021 has thrown at us, this list is subject to change, so be sure to check ahead to be certain the event is happening as scheduled and what the COVID policies are.

Sunflower Stables Barn Sale and Market

September 17th-19th

Come out to Collegedale Commons for a weekend of crafts, food and shopping! Free parking and free admission!

Festival 2021

September 17th-19th

The Creative Arts Guild is Georgia’s oldest multidisciplinary community arts center, celebrating their 58th anniversary in 2021. They will host an outdoor market, live performances, and self-guided tours. Admission is free!

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

October 1st and 2nd

The 3 Sisters Festival (named after the three daughters of Fletcher Bright) honors the musical legacy of bluegrass fiddler Fletcher Bright, by offering a free two-day festival to the community that features some of the biggest names in traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass.

Rocktoberfest @ Rock City

Saturdays and Sundays in October

This premiere Fall Event includes live German music, German food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, and fun for the whole family! Join the fun at Rock City for the 15th annual Rocktoberfest as we celebrate our German heritage and honor our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter!

Cleveland Apple Festival

October 16th

Come experience the Cleveland Apple Festival in Historic Downtown Cleveland, Tennessee featuring Apple Valley Orchard. We have so much to do and experience for kids, adults and families. We have over 100 vendors including artists, crafters, musicians, dancers, Apple Blossom pageant, food and local businesses. We have a KidsZone with bounce houses, pony rides, and petting zoo. Many prize giveaways, must be present to win, and Apple Dessert contest! Tickets available at the gate. Plenty of parking around downtown Cleveland. Hope to see you there!

Ketner’s Mill

October 16th-17th

Ketner’s Mill Country Arts & Crafts Fair is two days packed with unique arts & crafts, delicious southern-style foods, live music, and activities for the whole family.

Step back in time to see the old mill churn out freshly ground cornmeal, pet farm animals, and see blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other artisans demonstrate their craft.

Collegedale Apple Festival

October 22nd-23rd

Enjoy everything apple! There’s fun for the whole family with food and shopping. Free admission and free parking!

PumpkinFest – Main Street Dayton

October 29th-30th in Dayton, TN

Fall family fun! Two days of activities, shopping, food, and more! Come to the Historic Rhea County Courthouse for food and craft vendors on the lawn, music at Centennial Stage, games, costume contest, and trick-or-treating!

Chattanooga Market (in its various forms and locations)

Sundays through November from 10am-4pm at First Tennessee Pavilion.

As a result of COVID-19, the Chattanooga market has simplified its offerings this fall (many social activities are currently suspended), but there are still plenty of farmers’ market style booths to check out. They are still providing great themes for the fall like Apple Festival, Oktoberfest, and Big Band, to name a few! Check their website for restrictions and expectations, designed to keep you and yours safe.

Tennessee Valley Railroad train rides

Check their calendars for dates, times, and types of trips!

Tennessee Valley Railroad hosts a variety of trips throughout the year, but the ones in the fall show some beautiful colors! They range in length from an hour to a full day. Find one that suits your time frame and interests!

Southern Belle River Cruise

Check their calendar for dates, times, and types of trips!

Enjoy a beautiful day on the water while checking out the breathtaking fall views! Choose a lunch cruise to include a meal with your scenery!

Obviously, some of our favorites have taken the year off, which is understandable. Just remember, planning your own family outing hasn’t been canceled. If you don’t see an event above that suits your needs, it’s also the perfect time to…

Go apple picking!

Find a new hike!

Go camping!

Find a pumpkin patch!

Take a day trip!

What are you looking forward to this fall?


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