Chattanooga Festival Fun

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It’s been a wild year, and slowly but surely events are sprouting up! Chattanooga is coming alive with festival activities for late spring and summer.

Chattanooga is an event town. We love and embrace them all, no matter how weird they may be. With such beautiful spaces to spread out and put on a good concert or rally around something like bluegrass or pickles (yep, read ahead…), Chattanooga has something for just about every kind of enthusiast.

Check out all of the spring and summer festival options below! Be sure to keep up to date with each event as dates and information are continually changing with COVID-19. 

4 Bridges Art Festival

April 16-18
First Horizon Pavilion, downtown Chattanooga

4BAF is Chattanooga’s premier outdoor cultural event. Established in 2000 by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), 4BAF is a juried show, offering awards totaling $15,000 and showcasing the creative and distinctive talents of artists from across the country. Nationally ranked and regionally acclaimed, 4 Bridges Arts Festival has become a highly anticipated, annual destination that provides a marketplace experience that connects professional artists with avid art collectors.


Sweet Tea and Sunshine Festival

April 24-25
Greenway Park and Pavilion, Cleveland, TN

Enjoy over 130 vendors, games, pony rides, petting zoo, food trucks, entertainment on stage and more! Poppea’s Children’s Boutique will be hosting a beauty pageant for kids.
Free admission and free parking. Rain or shine!


Chattanooga Market Opening Weekend

April 24-25
First Horizon Pavilion, downtown Chattanooga

At Chattanooga Market, it’s either grown, baked, sewn or made by vendors as it’s a producer only market. They will be at a reduced capacity to allow for increased social distance. Please wear a face mask to attend. Admission is always free and check the other Chattanooga market locations around town.

And even better — most weeks are themed — from peaches to tomatoes and strawberries! Enjoy some homegrown and homemade goodies right in the middle of the city every Sunday.


Southern Fried Food Truck Festival

May 7-8
Collegedale Commons

Enjoy a large variety of food trucks, shop over 150 vendors, trackless train, petting zoo and pony rides, entertainment, and more! Free admission and free parking! Rain or shine!


Southern Blooms Festival

May 8-9 and 15-16
Rock City, Lookout Mountain, GA

Come “see” Rock City in all of its spring glory! Meet members of the horticulture team and be a part of planting the gardens. Kids of all ages can enjoy educational make-and-take activities and learn what it takes to make a garden grow!


Nightfall

Each Friday this summer through August 28 (summer plans are still in progress)
Miller Plaza, Downtown Chattanooga

Nightfall is typically a free concert series held outdoors at Miller Plaza, rain or shine. Headlining acts begin at 8pm with local opening acts starting at 7pm. Last summer was virtual, but still showcased some great local talent. We can’t wait to hear what they have planned for this year!


Little Owl Festival

June 5
Audubon Acres

The Little Owl Wildlife Festival is fun for all at Chattanooga’s oldest wildlife sanctuary! The event will feature guided nature hikes, art activities for kids, wildlife & demonstrations, and much more. Check back soon for updated information.


National Day of Caves and Karst

June 6
Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain, GA

Ruby Falls celebrates National Day of Caves and Karst! Visit Ruby Falls during this annual event and take part in educational activities, meet special guests, and take home a complimentary keepsake. These activities are included in regular admission and increase awareness of the important role that caves and karst play in our lives and environment.


Sip TN Wine Festival

June 5
First Horizon Pavilion

Join us at the second Sip TN Chattanooga as we showcase Tennessee wines at their finest. Taste through over 200 wines produced right here in Tennessee, utilizing some of the freshest fruit in the South. The festival is planned to be a day of fun, stroll around, shop with artisans and vendors, enjoy delicious food and sip wine and hard cider all from local sources. Even the proceeds from the event stay local, benefiting Tennessee Agriculture and Small Businesses.


BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival

June 19
Greenway Park and Pavilion, Cleveland, TN

What’s not to love? Bluegrass and BBQ together sounds like the perfect way to end the summer!


Get Off the Grid Festival

August 20-22
Crabtree Farms, Chattanooga

Unique among music festivals, GET OFF THE GRID FEST immerses festival-goers in an arts and education experience designed to demonstrate and promote resilient alternatives to an “on-the grid” lifestyle. Get off the Grid Fest is an eclectic mix of musical performances, hands-on workshops, unique presentations, eclectic refreshment and crafts vending. Special features include our Solar-Expo, EV-Expo Ride & Drive, and a family fun Gnome Zone!


Chattanooga Margarita Festival

August 26
First Horizon Pavilion

20 of the best restaurants in the city will bring their A game and best margarita recipe for you to try. Enjoy live entertainment by local DJs, give all your friends FOMO on Instagram and Facebook at our Margarita Fest photobooth and enjoy some of Chattanooga’s tastiest food vendors. Not sure if you like your margs salted, shaken, stirred or frozen? Try them all and discover your favorite.


Moon River Festival

September 11-12
Coolidge Park, downtown Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s newest music festival, hosted by Drew and Ellie Holcomb. The festival boasts top notch acts in the scenic Coolidge Park. It’s a family friendly activity with kids stations as well! Tickets will be available soon!


Fried Pickle Festival

September 25-26
775 Raider Dr, Cleveland, TN

Get ready to be Splashed and Fried as the Fried Pickle Festival celebrates its 4th year of fun, and excitement! Wear your splash, water clothes, and bring your rubber ducks for fun, fun, fun! Art, craft, direct sales, and business vendors will be awaiting your business. Food vendors will be ready and waiting to take your orders for fried pickles and more! All food vendors are required to sell fried pickles at this event.

3 Sisters Festival

Early October
Ross’s Landing

Enjoy a free music festival full of bluegrass, riverfront views, and food trucks! Sponsored by Fletcher Bright Realty, 3 Sisters Festival is a Chattanooga favorite and easily one of my favorites!

Which event(s) are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the comments!

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