Although it is still hot, the bees and mosquitoes are still buzzing and college football fans are still hopeful and full of dreams, let’s think about fall, shall we? A fall where cardigans and hooded sweatshirts are the norm. A fall where football and marching bands reign supreme. 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 Market (in its various forms and locations)
The Chattanooga Market is expanding and growing like crazy! The typical 11am-4pm Sunday market runs through mid-November, at First Tennessee Pavilion across from Finley Stadium, and each week brings a different theme but the same great vendors. Themes for the fall include the Apple Festival, Culturefest, and Oktoberfest. Now you can visit the Chattanooga Market at various locations throughout the week as well. The other market options offer a different set-up than the traditional market, but there is no shortage of food trucks, live music, and local craftsmanship here in Chattanooga!
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!
Thursday nights in September and October (September 12th, 19th, 26th and October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th)
Part of the Levitt AMP Concert Series, Jazzanooga is dedicated to using jazz to transcend cultural barriers and addressing the lack of arts and cultural programming in the Chattanooga area. Performances are held on the Bessie Smith Cultural Center front lawn every Thursday night at 6pm.
September 21st from 10am-3pm
Crabtree’s Fall Plant Sale & Festival offers sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower starts for your fall garden, seed for fall vegetables best sown directly, and cover crop for gardeners looking to feed and secure their soil during the fall and winter months.
Music, arts and crafts vendors, food, and children’s activities will round out the event to make it a great day at the farm.
September 21st from 10am-3pm
Go Fest is the City of Chattanooga’s annual celebration of all types of ability at the Chattanooga Zoo. This free event is inclusive to all people and includes fun activities, face painting, music, and free admission to the zoo.
September 28th and 29th from 10am-6pm both days
Held at Chester Frost Park in Hixson, the fair is everything a fair should be! Food, craft vendors, animals, entertainment on the Community Stage, and much more. Fairgoers are shuttled to the park via two shuttle locations: Northgate Mall and Middle Valley Recreation Center.
Saturdays and Sunday from September 28th through October 22nd
This fully working farm in Sale Creek has great fall activities: hayrides, hay and corn mazes, pumpkin picking, gem mining, corn crib, petting zoo, giant slides and more.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 27th through October 27th
You may come to go through the corn maze, which is great fun for the whole family, but Blowing Springs Farm is full of other fun activities as well: hayrides, petting zoo, playground, corn crib, and new for this year – yard games!
October 1st through 6th
Wine Over Water is Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival. You can sample wines from over 100 world wineries while you stroll the historic Walnut Street Bridge, which spans the scenic Tennessee River.
October 4th and 5th at Ross’s Landing
This weekend music event is full of some great bluegrass and mainstream performers, and it’s FREE! Located on the water at Ross’s Landing, it sounds to me like a great place to spend a weekend.
October 1st through November 17th
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!
October 5th and 6th
The Autumn Children’s Festival is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. Festivalgoers enjoy Star Wars characters, princesses, superheroes, inflatables, a petting zoo, face painting, kiddie train, carnival games with prizes, arts and crafts, as well as health and wellness and educational programs. Admission and parking are FREE! Each activity ranges in price from only $0.50 to $3.
Saturdays and Sundays in October (5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th)
Celebrate fall at Rock City with a German festival! Come see Rock City, hear some live German music, see some polka, and sample some German food and beer if you like!
October 11th through 13th
Whether you are attending because of your love of cars or because your loved one loves cars, we have something for you. From shopping, great restaurants to an antique boat show from The Antique and Classic Boat Society on the Tennessee River and an antique bicycle display in West Village, everything you may need is in our event footprint.
October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th
Our annual Boo in the Zoo is a family-friendly celebration filled with some of your most lovable cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, pony rides, games, inflatables, and much more! This non-scary Halloween event is sure to have the whole family talking for years to come.
October 19th at Chester Frost Park
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven’t met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.
October 19th and 20th in Whitwell, TN
This festival includes a decent drive for most of us, but the drive is well worth it. This fair includes live music, all the food possibilities you can dream of, local crafts, and a chance to see and experience some historical context of this beautiful location.
October 19th and 20th in historic downtown Cleveland, TN
This annual festival offers an art and craft show, live music, food booths, pony rides, entertainment, children’s activities and much more! All children’s activities in the Trailhead Bicycle Kid’s Zone are free to children 12 and under including pony rides!