423.697.1322 | chattzoo.org
The Chattanooga Zoo is committed to educating our community and promoting the conservation and preservation of wildlife. In addition to regular viewing hours throughout the year, the zoo is host to a number of popular seasonal events, including Spirits in the Wild in the springtime, Hug a Bunny Day to celebrate Easter, a summer barbecue, Q & Brew, the zoo’s single largest fundraiser, the Banana Ball, Boo in the Zoo in October, and Holiday Lights in December.
THE CHATTANOOGA MARKET
First Tennessee Pavilion
Late April through November
423.648.2496 | chattanoogamarket.com
The region’s largest outdoor market features produce from regional farms and local food manufacturers, as well as handmade artistry at small town prices. Throughout the year, each Sunday Market features a theme in keeping with the season.
ROCK CITY GARDENS
706.820.2531 | 800.854.0675 | seerockcity.com
March features Shamrock City, celebrating Irish, Celtic, and Highlands culture, while April brings the eco-friendly EarthDayz. March and April also bring Fairytale Nights, where girls and boys become princesses and knights. May hosts the Southern Blooms Festival, while the summer at Rock City brings Rock City Raptor shows and Summer Music Weekends. October at Rock City features Rocktoberfest celebrating German heritage, and in mid-November through December, Rock City transforms into the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
423.821.2544 | rubyfalls.com
Ruby Falls celebrates Romance at Ruby in February with an intimate night-time lantern tour. The venue also hosts Foto at the Falls and Extended Cavern tours for those who want extra time for photography. Guests are invited to the nationally ranked Haunted Cavern in October. Other holiday events include Ruby Falls Christmas Underground.
SOUTHERN BELLE RIVERBOAT
Pier 2 At The Landing, 3rd Deck Burger Bar
Cruise the Tennessee River aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat! Whether you choose a relaxing lunch, Informative Sightseeing Cruise, or a Fabulous Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment, you are sure to experience Southern Hospitality! Plan a Holiday with the Crew! Valentine’s Dinner Cruise, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, ‘tis the Season Luncheon, Christmas Carol Dinner, New Year’s Eve on the River. We’ve got you covered throughout the year. Fall Foliage is incredible from a River Point of View! Pier 2 – featuring the Grand Chandelier Deck and The 3rd Deck Burger Bar – is right on the Tennessee River so the scene is dramatic, stationary so guests may come and go, and elegant or casual, you decide. Special events, weddings, reunions, showers, birthdays, casual or formal, all hassle-free! Let us help you plan your next event – you and your guests will cherish the memories!
423.265.0695 | 800.262.0695
tnaqua.org | app: tnaqua.org/app
In March and April at the Tennessee Aquarium, kids enjoy spring break activities. September highlights include Serve & Protect sustainable seafood events. October features the month-long celebration ODDtober and the family-friendly Aqua-Scarium Halloween Party. In December, visitors are invited to enjoy Holidays Under the Peaks.
TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM
423.894.8028 | tvrail.com
In addition to daily Missionary Ridge Local train rides, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum features several seasonal specials, including a variety of Dinner Trains throughout the year, Day Out With Thomas in April/May, excursions to Chickamauga and Summerville (Georgia), Railfest in September, Halloween Eerie Express in October, and the North Pole Limited during the holiday season. Additionally, Hiwassee River Rail Adventure trains run out of Etowah through the scenic Hiwassee River Gorge on many dates.
Erlanger CHATTANOOGA MARATHON Presented By BlueCross BlueShield of TN
(423) 765-8689 | chattanoogamarathon.com
A marathon, half marathon, team relay, Classic 150 5K, and a kid’s fun run make up a weekend of family fun at the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon. Designed by local runners, the marathon route is designed to showcase the city’s neighborhoods, such as St. Elmo, the Southside, and Riverview.
4 BRIDGES ARTS FESTIVAL
First Tennessee Pavilion
April 21-23 (preview party April 21)
423.265.4282 | 4bridgesartsfestival.org
For more than 17 years, the 4 Bridges Arts Festival has presented 150 of the nation’s finest artists along with local food, live music, and kids’ art activities.
ARMED FORCES DAY PARADE
Chattanooga Area Veterans Council
The annual Armed Forces Day Parade features participants from military service units, area veterans groups, high school bands, patriotic organizations, and many others. Each year, the parade features a different service branch. The 2017 parade will feature the United States Air Force.
Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 CHATTANOOGA Presented By McKee Foods
IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga offers the perfect training opportunity for those getting ready for the September IRONMAN Triathlon, or a chance to race in one of the sport’s most welcoming race sites. It begins with a point-to-point swim, transitions into a bike course, and then ends with a two-loop run.
CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET Tennessee Aquarium Plaza
March through September
423.648.2496 | chattanoogarivermarket.com
The River Market features local artists, craftsmen, and artisans offering handmade goods who are directly involved in the creation of their products. It also features musical performances by local and touring artists.
NIGHTFALL CONCERT SERIES
First Friday in May – Last Friday in August
423.265.0771 | nightfallchattanooga.com
This free summer concert series, celebrating its 30th season in 2017, features an eclectic mix of music by national and international talent with local opening acts. Food, beer, and concessions are available during the event. In March, the “Road to Nightfall” events will feature local bands competing to win one headline spot in the Nightfall series.
423.756.2211 | riverbendfestival.com
Celebrating 36 years, this award-winning eight-day music festival features five stages and more than 100 bands representing various genres of music. Admission can be purchased online.
POPS ON THE RIVER
423.265.0771 | chattanoogapops.com
Celebrate Independence Day under the stars at Coolidge Park while enjoying the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s annual patriotic concert and fireworks.
SOUTHERN BREWERS FESTIVAL
303.664.4022 | southernbrewersfestival.org
For over 20 years, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has presented the Southern Brewers Festival, an annual event benefiting the CraftWorks Foundation and Chattanooga Kids on the Block. More than 50 breweries gather on the downtown Chattanooga riverfront for a day of handcrafted brews, local food trucks, musical acts, and fun.
HAMILTON COUNTY FAIR
Chester Frost Park
423.209.6030 | hamiltontn.gov/fair
The residents of Hamilton County host a county fair in the grandest tradition. The fair features music, games, country crafts, livestock, rides, and more at Dallas Island in Chester Frost Park.
Local Chattanooga Galleries
423.265.4282 | avarts.org/gallery-hop
Art enthusiasts can discover intriguing artwork and meet local artists during this free gallery tour of downtown Chattanooga. An event brochure outlines participating galleries, directions, and activities for easy touring.
2017 IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
September 9 & 10
The natural scenery, mild climate, and Southern charm makes Chattanooga the ideal place for the 1.2-mile swim, 56 mile bike course, and 13.1 mile run course that makes up the IRONMAN triathlon. 4,500 international athletes from around the world will be traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to participate in this World Championship.
Little Debbie IRONMAN CHATTANOOGA Presented By McKee Foods
The natural scenery, mild climate, and Southern charm makes Chattanooga the ideal place for the 2.4-mile swim, 116 mile bike course, and 26.2 mile run course that makes up the IRONMAN triathlon. The 2017 IRONMAN Chat-tanooga offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship.
First Tennessee Pavilion
423.697.3204 | chattanoogamarket.com
Celebrate Chattanooga’s rich cultural diversity at Culture Fest, a free event featuring multicultural performances, colorful booths, multicultural kids’ activities, and food representing cultures from around the world. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
First Tennessee Pavilion
423.648.2496 | chattanoogaoktoberfest.com
Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration includes an array of German traditions including Oktoberfest foods and a bier garten with more than eight dozen local and seasonal craft brews. Special events include an Oktoberfest 5k Run, Polka party, and Mr. and Ms. Oktoberfest Crowning.
Events held throughout Chattanooga area
October 1-15 | riverrockschattanooga.com
RiverRocks celebrates the natural resources of the Chattanooga area with two weeks of outdoor recreation opportunities for enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
3 SISTERS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
October 6 & 7
423.265.0771 | 3sistersbluegrass.com
This free two-day event features bluegrass music performed by local, regional, and national bluegrass artists on a stage overlooking the Tennessee River.
HEAD OF THE HOOCH ROWING REGATTA
The Tennessee River
November 4 & 5
The Head of the Hooch is the second largest regatta in the country. Chattanooga has now been home to this event for more than 10 years, attracting more than 180 teams racing 2,100 boats in 85 events down the Tennessee River. The event draws more than 10,000 spectators annually.
Main Street, Downtown Chattanooga
December 3 | mainx24.com
The Southside hosts its annual MAINx24, a 24- hour-long festival along the Main Street corridor showcasing local businesses and featuring neighborhood parties, as well as the EPB Southside Holiday Parade from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Chattanooga Convention Center
Saturdays and Sundays in December
423.648.2496 | holiday.chattanoogamarket.com
The Holiday Market will feature more than 200 vendors featuring handmade original works perfect for the gift giving season. Shoppers will enjoy the festive environment with holiday music, tasty samplings, and artisan finds.