Labor Day marks that time of the year when summer starts to wind down and fall becomes the star of the show. But before swinging into autumn, it’s the perfect time to make a last stand on the warm weather. Here's the rundown on Labor Day weekend happenings in Chattanooga.
For the Family
Creative Discovery Museum
Whether creating a clay sculpture in the Artists' Studio, zooming a message through a pneumatic tube in Inventors' Clubhouse, digging for dinosaur bones in Excavation Station, or creating an ensemble cast of characters in the Back Alley Theatre, this museum is full of hands-on family fun.
September 4 I 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Spend a Sunday morning at the Chattanooga Market like a local. Come explore vendors from local farms, food artisans, body and self-care and a few places dedicated to rotating artists. It's a great way to get out and spend time with the family while exploring local Chattanooga vendors.
Cave Walk to Ruby Falls
Discover the hidden beauty inside Lookout Mountain on the Cave Walk to Ruby Falls led by a Ruby Falls guide. Descend 260 feet by glass-front elevator into the mountain and explore the cavern trail to the tallest and deepest cave waterfall open to the public in the United States. Learn the story behind the accidental discovery of the cavern, see stunning rock formations, and experience the thundering waterfall!
Fall Food Truck Rally
September 4 I First Horizon Pavilion I 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Labor Day weekend fun! We'll be rounding up local food trucks for a Reggie White Street party! Experience some great local eats and treats, live music and your favorite Market vendors.
Nothing screams Labor Day Weekend like some good outdoor dining. Lucky for you, Chattanooga offers many different spots for all your different taste buds. Click here to see a list of 15 of the best restaurants in Chattanooga with outdoor seating. From tacos to fine dining, there's something for everyone.
A Taste of Culture
Wanting to mix it up and try out some different foods? Chattanooga is home to a diverse selection of restaurants that is sure to brighten up your holiday weekend. Check out 5 diverse restaurants that will take you from the coast of Greece to the streets of Latin America all within a few miles of each other.
Chattanooga prides itself on its river and floating the cool waters has never been easier. From steamers to historic WWII landing crafts, there are plenty of ways to get your riverboat cruise on. If a more hands-on approach is your style, try renting a kayak/SUP board from L2 Outside or River Drifters. You can even try out the Kymera E-Jet Bodyboard or the Lift E-Foil Surfboard from Adventure Sports Innovation to change things up.
Adventure to a Swimming Hole
Swimming holes are what Southeastern summers are all about. Chattanooga is home to some seriously incredible places to take a dip – especially on hot and humid days. Here's a sampling of some of our favorite places in the Chattanooga area to cool off.
White Water Rafting
Looking for an adventure this Labor Day Weekend? Whitewater rafting might just be the highlight of your trip. Located about an hour from Chattanooga in the Cherokee National Forest, the Ocoee continues to host world-class paddlers at events throughout the year. The dam-controlled river has consistent releases that enable prime rafting conditions from the spring through the fall. Visitors can expect about 10 miles of excellent Class III and Class IV rapids, making the Ocoee one of the top whitewater rafting locations in the country. Sound like fun?
Looking for a Variety of Events?
Shawn Adams Memorial Spirit of the Game Ultimate Tournament
September 3 & 4 I Camp Jordan Park
The 2022 Shawn Adams Memorial Flying Disc Tournament will be held at Camp Jordan Park. Please visit the website for more information!
Be The Change: Jonathan Peyton & In The Company of Wolves
September 3 I 35 Station Street I 7:00 pm I $20
For years, Be The Change Youth Initiative was a family ministry focused on encouraging youth to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world. Jonathan Peyton is a singer/songwriter from Woodstock, Georgia. He says that writing music has become a way of processing life and relating to others and their stories. Jonathan has recently teamed up with guitar player/producer, Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit), to release his newest music. In the Company of Wolves is a Chattanooga-based indie duo who intertwine their love for music with a passion for story-telling with a unique sound, both musically and instrumentally (think Glen Hansard meets Phoebe).
Rail and Hops Brewers Festival
September 3 I Miller Park I 5:00 - 10:00 pm
This curated event has a focus on the artistry of brewing handcrafted beers from brewers that are local, regional, and beyond as your favorite food trucks and tents. Featuring Lee Fields & The Expressions and more on the EPB Community stage!
Classical X Candlelight with Ben Van Winkle and The Figment
September 3 I Coosa Mill I 7:30 pm I $20
The Pop-Up Project’s limited series of events kicks off with an intimate evening of classical music by candlelight, led by Cellist Ben Van Winkle of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. 21+ Must show ID at door.