Chattanooga Festival Fun

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While we’ve spent much of spring at home staying safe and healthy, a new normal is coming. Chattanooga is coming alive with 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. 

Chattanooga Family Festivals

 


Chattanooga Market Opening Weekend

Coming soon! (Chattanooga Market is following the mayor’s orders for closing for the time being)
First Tennessee Pavilion, downtown Chattanooga

At Chattanooga Market it’s either grown, baked, sewn or made by our vendors; we’re a producer only market. Live music, with trending musicians, is featured on the EPB stage for two free shows each Sunday. Don’t forget to grab lunch from one of the themed food trucks or local eateries while you’re there – it’s some of the city’s best! Admission is always free – come see why we are the region’s largest most authentic public markets. Check the other Chattanooga market locations around town!


Nightfall
{Virtual currently, but possibly in person late summer}

Each Friday this summer through August 28
Miller Plaza, Downtown Chattanooga

Nightfall is a free concert series held outdoors at Miller Plaza, rain or shine. Headlining acts begin at 8pm with local opening acts starting at 7pm. Bring your kids, lawn chairs, pets and friends to enjoy great live music, food and an ice cold beer in the outdoor atmosphere of Miller Plaza.


Southern Blooms Festival

May 9-10 and 16-17 (subject to change)
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!


Summer Music Weekends Festival

May 22-September 7 (subject to change)
Rock City, Lookout Mountain, GA

Event activities are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Enjoy some of the best toe-tapping old time blue grass and a mix of modern and folk country music combined with a Seven States View during Summer Music Weekends.


National Day of Caves and Karst

June 6 (subject to change)
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 20
First Tennessee Pavilion

Join us at the 2nd 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, benefitting Tennessee Agriculture and Small Businesses.


BaCON Festival

June 27
Tri-State Expo, Cleveland, TN

The Cleveland BaCON Festival is a community event for the whole family, featuring our area’s most delicious food focusing on bacon-related dishes, local crafting vendors and talented entertainment. Admission is $5, and kids under three years of age are free.


JFest

August 1st
Tennessee Riverpark, Chattanooga, TN

Come grab some great food from local eateries and mill about the booths to learn more about local businesses, ministries and organizations while more than likely scoring some free stuff! Grab the young or the young at heart and try out some of the games and activities, or just take the kids to Kids World for the inflatables and fun there. We’ll end the whole thing with a grand Fireworks Finale at the end of our headliner’s set and head home with great memories!


Chattanooga Margarita Festival

August 27
First Tennessee 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.


Brew Skies Beer & Food Festival

August 29, 2-6pm
Miller Park, Downtown Chattanooga

Brew Skies is Back, but in a new location and with some new features! These tickets are the best value in the Chattanooga beer festival scene, with unlimited tastings from over 20 local breweries and home brewers, plus food from over 15 local restaurants and amateur cooking enthusiasts alike. Come sample beer you can’t buy in any store while listening to live music from the amazing stage at the park!

This event is age 21+.


4 Bridges Art Festival

September 3-5
First Tennessee 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.


BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival

September 5
Greenway Park and Pavilion, Cleveland, TN

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


Moon River Festival

September 12-13
Coolidge Park, downtown Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s newest music festival, hosted by Drew and Ellie Holcomb. The festival boasts great acts like Sheryl Crow and Nickel Creek, with plenty of acts in between. It’s a family friendly activity with kids stations as well!


Moon River Festival

September 12-13
Coolidge Park, downtown Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s newest music festival, hosted by Drew and Ellie Holcomb. The festival boasts great acts like Sheryl Crow and Nickel Creek, with plenty of acts in between. It’s a family friendly activity with kids stations as well!


Fried Pickle Festival

September 19
775 Raider Dr, Cleveland, TN

Get ready to be Splashed and Fried as the Fried Pickle Festival celebrates it’s 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

October 2 and 3
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!

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

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