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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
October 24th 10am-6pm
Enjoy everything apple! There’s fun for the whole family with food and shopping. Free admission and free parking!
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.
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.
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!
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!