Chattanooga Fall Round-Up


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.

As with everything 2020 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.

Sunflower Stables Barn Sale and Market

September 18th from 10-7 and September 19th from 10-4

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

Festival 2020

September 18th-20th

The Creative Arts Guild is Georgia’s oldest multidisciplinary community arts center, celebrating their 57th anniversary in 2020. They will host an outdoor market, live performances, and self-guided tours. The festival will also be provided virtually if that’s a better option for your family. Admission is free!

Wine Over Water

September 28-October 4th

Wine Over Water is Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival, and this year they are going VIRTUAL! Find out more information on supporting this fantastic festival from their website!

Autumn Children’s Festival: At Home Edition

September 29th-October 3rd

The Autumn Children’s Festival is a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, and this year, they are going VIRTUAL! Through the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga has continued to serve families who have a sick child in the hospital. Attendees can expect a fun, family-friendly event with a variety of activities in which to participate such as magic tricks, martial arts, a cooking class, face painting lessons and more!

Collegedale Apple Festival

October 24th 10am-6pm

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

PumpkinFest – Main Street Dayton

October 30th and 31st 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! Things may look a little different this year, as expected given the circumstances pertaining to Covid-19, and there are safety precautions in place to ensure the health of all visitors.

Chattanooga Market (in its various forms and locations)

Sundays through November from 10am-2pm at First Tennessee Pavilion.

As a result of COVID-19, the Chattanooga market has simplified its offerings this fall (most social activities are currently suspended), but there are still plenty of farmers’ market style booths to check out. 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

October 1st through November 15th

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. It’s the perfect time to…

Go apple picking!

Find a new hike!

Go camping!

Find a pumpkin patch!

Take a day trip!

Visit a local apple orchard!

What are you looking forward to this fall?


  1. Mrs. Laseter,

    Good Morning! My name is Taylor Bishop with News 12 Now, we are excited for fall and all the activities that are happening around the city. We would like to invite you on yo our morning show to talk about the kid friendly activities and if you have and fall crafts or games that they will enjoy.

    Thank you,

    Taylor Bishop

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