Annual Events

2022 in the Best Town Ever

Chattanooga features hundreds of events, including music and food festivals, concerts, outdoor adventures, sports, and more. There’s always something fun going on in the Best Town Ever. Please check the event websites for current information before planning your trip. 


Winter: January - February


Missionary Ridge Local Train Trips/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 
$ | Jan.-Dec. / Times Vary  
The 90-minute train trip begins at Grand Junction Station and takes you through the Tennessee Valley, over four bridges, through a pre-Civil War tunnel, to East Junction where the locomotive rotating turn station is, and back. 

Tennessee Songwriters Week 
FREE/$ | Jan. 30-March 20 / Times Vary 
Experience Tennessee Songwriters Week by celebrating the craft of songwriting at live performances across the state while supporting local music venues and helping pave the way for future artists to come. 

Valentine’s Dinner Train/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 
$ | Feb. 4-5 & 11-14 / 5:30 pm & 6:30 pm  
The evening includes a train ride through the Tennessee Valley aboard a vintage rail car and a 4-course dinner. Reservations recommended. 

Romance at Ruby/Ruby Falls 
$ | Feb. 5-14 & 10-14 / Times Vary 
Learn more about the love story of Leo Lambert, who discovered the waterfall and then named it after his wife, Ruby. The adventure includes a cave and waterfall tour, a souvenir photo, gift, and stories of legendary love matches. 

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle 
$ | Feb. 11-12 & 14 / Times Vary 
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Chattanooga Cruise! This 2-hour cruise includes a buffet-style meal, and full bar, DJ, pilothouse tour, a toast of champagne, and 2 keepsake glasses. 

Valentine's at Lover’s Leap/Rock City Gardens 
$ | Feb. 12-14 / 8:30 am-5 pm  
Share your heart this Valentine’s Day and enjoy spectacular views with that special someone from Lover’s Leap. Guests will receive a souvenir photo, specialty fudge, and sparkling wine or cider. 

Antiques Show & Sale/Stratton Hall 
$ | Feb. 25-27 / 10 am-4 pm   
The Antique Show & Sale features more than 30 exhibitors offering a wide variety of antique items for sale, an appraisal fair, and much more. Preview Party option at an additional cost. The event is held at Stratton Hall and benefits the Houston Museum. 

Spring: March - May

kids look at "hero within you" wall at Medal of Honor Heritage Center

Million Steps in March/Ruby Falls 
$ | March 1-31 / 8 am-8 pm  
Get active walking the cavern trail to the thundering underground waterfall and help support the mission of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women in a big way! Participants can stop by our healthy selfie station and take home a complimentary heart-healthy recipe card. 

Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Race Weekend /Downtown Chattanooga 
FREE/$ | March 4-6 / Times Vary 
In its 6th year, the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon weekend will feature a marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, and a kid's fun run, along with daily events to maximize a weekend full of energy and excitement while supporting the Erlanger Health System! 

Rock the Riverfront/Chattanooga Green (NEW IN 2022!) 
FREE/$ | March 4-April 3 / 10 am-10 pm   
Magic is coming to Chattanooga! This inaugural event will offer our city a space of urban play with an interactive art installation of oversized see-saws that transform when put into motion by people. Each weekend will feature diverse programming and themed events with live entertainment, music, performances, and so much more. 

Spring Break Safari 
FREE/$ | March 11-April 17 / Times Vary 
During Spring Break Safari, the city transforms into a place where kids rule, and adventure is everywhere! Participating attractions offer kids hands-on activities, including scavenger hunts and unique experiences that turn kids into Cave Explorers, RockQuest Adventurers, Zookeepers, Conductors, and more. 

Shamrock City/Rock City Gardens  
$ | March 12-13 & 19-20 / 8:30 am-6 pm  
Come see the High Falls flow green and find the luck of the Irish at Rock City’s 14th annual Irish Celebration! This premier event features Irish food, live Irish bands, beer, bagpipers, pop-up Irish dance performances, Suffolk sheep & a miniature Scottish Highland cow, scavenger hunt – and more! 

Brew Skies Beer Festival/AT&T Field 
$ | March 12 / 10 am-6 pm   
Brew Skies is back with new features and a new location! With the best value in Chattanooga’s beer festival scene, tickets get you unlimited tastings from local and regional breweries, live music, games, and more, all while having fun at the Chattanooga Lookouts AT&T Field. 

Chattanooga River Market/Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 
FREE | Saturdays, March 12-Oct. 1 / 10 am-5 pm | Sundays, March 13-April 10 / 11 am-4 pm 
Chattanooga River Market features handmade items from local and regional artists and showcases their jewelry, woodwork, and more. Free yoga class at 10 am (bring your own mat). 

Hunter Underground/Hunter Museum of American Art 
$ | March 18 / 8-11 pm  
The museum is converted into a nightclub for a one-of-a-kind cocktail party. The annual fundraiser offers an exciting evening of art-focused fun, music and dancing, an open bar, great food, a silent auction, and the famous Smash & Grab gallery. Must be 21 or up. 

Rock/Creek River Gorge 2022 10.2 & 21 Milers/Prentice-Cooper Wildlife Management Area 
$ | March 19 / 7:30 am    
Runners will loop around a highly technical single-track along one of the most beautiful trails in Chattanooga. This bucket list race offers two lengths of runs and ends with a celebratory awards ceremony. 

Battleground Explosion Volleyball Tournament/Chattanooga Convention Center 
$ | March 19-20 / Times Vary  
With room for 200 teams, this explosive tournament will bring athletes ages 12-18 to the ultimate volleyball battleground. Cheer on your favorite teams as they compete in the best out of three matches over two days in the scenic city. 

Chattanooga Football Club/Finley Stadium  
$ | March 26-Oct. 15 / Times Vary 
The Chattanooga Football Club's, playing in the National Independent Soccer Association, season is back along with the return of the CFC Women’s team. Join the local CFC fans, better knowns as the Chattahooligans, and cheer on the CFC Men’s and Women's teams! 

Sidewalk Stages   
FREE | Friday-Sunday, April 1-Oct. 30 / Fridays 6-8 pm, Saturdays-Sundays 12-8 pm 
Street musicians, commonly known as buskers, perform in two-hour time slots in public spaces to activate the Chattanooga sidewalks with live local music and expand community interaction. 

Scream Break/Dread Hollows 
$ | April 2 & 9 / Times Vary   
The nightmare knows no boundaries and is bringing screams to your spring break escape! Dread Hollow's cryptic reality and appalling past loom ominously inside 20,000 square feet of pure terror offer terrifyingly fun new experiences. Not recommended for children under 12. 

Chattanooga Red Wolves/CHI Memorial Stadium  
$ | April 2-Oct. 15 / Times Vary 
Cheer on Chattanooga’s newest professional sports team, the Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club, a founding member of USL League One, compete at their brand-new stadium. 

Chattanooga Lookouts/AT&T Field 
$ | April 8-Sept. 18 / Times Vary  
The Chattanooga Lookouts, a Minor League Baseball team of the Double-A South and the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, welcomes you to AT&T Field for their 2022 season. Join in as we cheer on our team with Looie the Lookout and all of Chattanooga! 

4 Bridges Arts Festival/First Tennessee Pavilion 
$ | April 9-10 / 10 am-6 pm  
This two-day, nationally ranked arts festival draws more than 12,000 people annually. It features exceptional visual and fine art from local and regional artists, a creative kids area, live music, and great local food. 

Big 9 Roots Festival/Bessie Smith Cultural Center 
FREE | April 9-10 / 2 pm  
The Bessie Smith Cultural Center highlights Chattanooga's rich African American History during this two-day event. The festival will feature merchandise vendors, food and drink vendors, all merchants along what was known as the "Big 9," an art gallery, and musical artists performing all weekend long. 

Bug-a-Palüza/Camp Jordan Park  
$ | April 9-10 / 8 am 
Since 1999, Bug-a-Palüza has grown from a handful of enthusiasts spending a Sunday afternoon in the dealership parking lot to one of the largest annual VW events in the region. Spectators enjoy a judged car show with 39 show classes, swap meet, one of the largest VW campouts, games, prizes, and more! 

EarthDayz/Rock City Gardens 
$ | April 16-17 & 23-24 / 8:30 am-6 pm  
Join us at Rock City Gardens during this naturally fun outdoor Earth Day celebration! Guests will be mesmerized when Vines and Trees come to life with methodical movement, learn how to use recycled materials for an innovative and fun make-and-take project, watch an animal show, and go on a virtual scavenger hunt all while enjoying the great outdoors with their family during Earthdayz! 

Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion 
FREE | April 23 / 10 am-5 pm | Sundays, April 24-Nov. 20 / 11 am-4 pm 
The weekly open-air producer-only market features local food artisans and farms, fresh produce, meat, and cheese, live plants, local arts and crafts, food trucks, and much more. 

Battle Below the Clouds/Ruby Falls 
$ | April 23 / 6 am 
Amateur grillers and smokers compete for bragging rights as Chattanooga's best backyard cooks at the 7th annual Ruby Falls Battle Below the Clouds BBQ cook-off. Independent judges select the Best Pulled Pork, Best Ribs, and Grand Champion. Enjoy live bluegrass music, kid activities, BBQ, and door prize drawings. 

Scenic City Cup/Camp Jordan 
$ | April 23-24 / Times Vary  
Presented by Scenic City LOC, the Scenic City Cup offers soccer clubs from all over a competitive tournament for boys and girls in U9-U19 divisions. 

Major League Fishing Toyota Series/Lake Chickamauga 
$ | May 5-7 / Times Vary  
The MLF Toyota Series will make its way to the Tennessee River, known as the big-bass factory to competitors. The series began in Feb. on Lake Guntersville and will end this June on the California Delta, with winners receiving a professional prize purse. 

Gran Fondo Hincapie Chattanooga/Bessie Smith Cultural Center 
$ | May 7 / 8 am 
Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga welcomes cyclists of all skill levels for a weekend of riding and celebrating all things cycling. This race weekend includes a family festival, an expo, an after-party, and more. 

Southern Blooms Festival/Rock City Gardens 
$ | May 7-8 & 14-15 / 8:30 am-6 pm  
Celebrate spring with us as the Rock City Gardens burst into bloom. Discover mischievous fairies in Gnome Valley, visit with a living fountain character, purchase plants from Frieda’s Flower Sale and enjoy the soothing sounds of harp music as we celebrate the arrival of spring! 

Wanderlinger Music & Arts Festival/Wanderlinger Brewing Company 
$ | May 13-15 / 5-11 pm   
Wanderlinger Brewery Company is bringing back its Wanderlinger Music and Arts Festival this May! This unique festival will take place at the brewery and will be three days full of local love, art, music, and delicious handcrafted beer and food. 

Jfest/Tennessee Riverpark  
$ | May 21 / 11 am 
The Tennessee Valley’s largest Christian music fest is a full day of worship, wholesome family entertainment, delicious food from local eateries, and great music from artists such as Colton Dixon, Caitie Hurst, and The Union Chattanooga. 

Spirits in the Wild/Chattanooga Zoo  
$ | May 21 / 6-10 pm  
Enjoy an evening of taking a variety of spirits while sampling great food from some of Chattanooga’s best local restaurants, live entertainment, and support the Chattanooga Zoo. 

Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Triathlon/Downtown Riverfront 
FREE/$ | May 22 / 6:30 am 
The IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga triathlon leads nearly 3,000 athletes on a 1.2-mile swim in the Tennessee River, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run. Transitions and finishes are at Ross’s Landing on the downtown riverfront. 

Summer: June - August


Summer Music Weekends/Rock City Gardens 
$ | May 27-30, Fridays-Sundays June 3-26, July 1-10, Fridays-Sundays July 15-Aug. 28, Sept. 2-5 / 8:30 am-6 pm 
Spend a summer day at Rock City Gardens and enjoy live music from several local artists, a Birds of Prey raptor show, a beautiful view of seven states, fresh-squeezed lemonade, a delicious meal at Café 7, and more. 

Nightfall Concert Series/Miller Park  
FREE | Fridays, May 27-Sept. 2 / 7 pm 
Chattanooga’s Nightfall Concert Series is held each Friday night through the summer in Miller Park, showcasing local musicians, artisans, food, and free entertainment for the whole family. 

Hiwassee Loop Train Trips-3.5 Hours/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum [departs from Etowah, TN station] 
$ | May-Sept. / Dates vary 
This 3.5-hour trip takes you to the top of the famous "Hiwassee Loop" where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up the mountain near Farner, TN and includes snacks/drinks available for purchase. 

Riverbend Festival/Ross’s Landing 
$ | June 3-5 / Times Vary  
Chattanooga’s original music festival is back and ready for you for its 39th year! Music lovers will hear at least 24 acts on three different stage sets ups and will enjoy the new Riverbend experience that will bring performers closer to audiences and rock our city. 

Juneteenth Independence Day 
FREE/$ | June 4-26 / Times Vary  
For its 5th year, the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas will be celebrating Juneteenth, with events and activities taking place all month long in varying locations throughout the city. This multi-day festival will feature extraordinary contributions of artists of African descent in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, and literature. 

National Day of Caves & Karst/Ruby Falls 
$ | June 6 / 8 am-8 pm 
The National Caves Association (NCA) announces the fourth annual National Day of Caves and Karst in honor of the matchless educational and recreational opportunities found in irreplaceable caves and karst. Join in on the celebration and appreciation for the crucial roles both caves and karsts play in our lives and environment. 

Ice Cream Safari/Chattanooga Zoo
$ | June 18 / 4-7 pm 
The Zoo's annual Ice Cream Safari offers after hours family fun with animal encounters, kid’s activities, and unlimited tastings of the best ice cream and sweet treats in Chattanooga. Come enjoy a summer night at the Zoo and all the sweets you can eat! 

Make Music Day Chattanooga  
FREE | June 21 / 9 am-8 pm 
Starting in France in 1982, MMD has grown to 700 cities in 120 countries and celebrates music by showcasing a city’s local talent on June 21, the longest day of the year. Make Music Chattanooga is a city-wide celebration of music. Join us in creating and celebrating music freely. 

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon/Downtown Riverfront 
$ | June 26 / 6:45 am 
The now 40-year-old triathlon takes place in the heart of downtown Chattanooga and offers athletes a fast, down-river swim, a spectator-friendly, two-loop bike course, and a scenic run along the Tennessee Riverwalk. It is a summer race not to be missed! 

Pops on the River/Coolidge Park  
FREE | Saturday, July 2 / 5 pm 
Chattanooga’s Independence Day Celebration is back! This popular community event will feature outdoor concerts, local food and drink offerings, and a beautiful fireworks display over the Tennessee River. 

Riverfront Nights/Ross’s Landing  
FREE | Saturdays, July-Aug. / 7-10 pm 
Join us for a live concert series all summer long! Riverfront Nights brings you live music under the stars from some of the area’s most vibrant and talented artists, various food and beverage vendors, and more family fun.

US Adult Soccer Fest/Camp Jordan 
$ | July 13-17 / Times Vary  
Adult Soccer Fest is celebrating its 24th of offering competitive opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to get back on the field. A week built around soccer, food, and beer; this is the largest sanctioned adult soccer event in the United States. 

Q n’ Brew at the Zoo/Chattanooga Zoo 
$ | July 23 / 6-9 pm 
Join the Chattanooga Zoo for their annual barbecue and beer tasting event. This summertime barbecue offers fun for the whole family with live bluegrass music, animal encounters, tortoise races, kid’s activities, and more. 

Alliance Fastpitch Open Nationals 
$ | July 27-31 / Times Vary  
The Alliance Fastpitch is bringing you a championship experience that is all about the players. Chattanooga has been hosting fastpitch National Championships for over 40 years and is ready to crown the 8U-18U champions. 

Margarita Festival/First Horizon Pavilion 
$ | Aug. 18 / 6-9 pm 
The third annual Margarita Festival invites 20 local restaurants to whip up their best margarita recipe for you to try and help crown the best margarita in Chattanooga. 

Fall: September - October

IRONMAN Chattanooga

Rail & Hops Brewers Festival/Miller Park  
$ | Sept. 3 / 4-10 pm 
Rail & Hops Brewers Festival is back this spring and at a new location! This curated event focuses on the artistry of brewing handcrafted beers and features local and regional breweries, Chattanooga’s favorite food trucks, live music, and more. 

Moon River Music Festival/Coolidge Park 
$ | Sept. 10-11 / 10 am-11 pm  
Moon River Music Festival is an exciting, family-friendly, two-day event highlighting the music and culture of Tennessee. Originally taking place in creator Drew Holcomb’s hometown of Memphis, Moon River has grown into an important and beloved institution in the Tennessee community. 

Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship/Coolidge Park 
FREE | Sept. 16-17 / 9 am-6 pm 
More than 120 teams of the most talented canine athletes take to the skies to compete in the World Championship. This is the premier event in canine sports featuring top teams from around the world competing in a menu of disciplines designed to showcase the talents of these amazing canine athletes. 

Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga Triathlon/Downtown Riverfront 
FREE/$ | Sept. 25 / Times Vary 
The Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga is one of 11 total races in the IRONMAN® U.S. Series. IRONMAN Chattanooga leads athletes through a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, a 112-mile bike through the valley, and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilizes a variety of Chattanooga's scenic areas. There will be a USD professional prize purse. 

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival/Downtown Riverfront 
FREE | Sept. 30-Oct. 1 / 6-10 pm  
Combining both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, this annual festival appeals to a wide age range and has featured some of the biggest names in bluegrass. 

$ | October / Times Vary  
When Chattanooga transforms itself to ChattaBOOga! in October, it’s not the typical haunted city. Only for the bravest of souls, there’s an intense haunted cavern crawling with terrifying creatures; menacing woods and a dark swamp teeming with monsters; and chilling ghost hunts in search of the city’s restless dead. For more mild experiences, families can enjoy 10-acre enchanted MAiZE; superhero divers carving pumpkins underwater; spooky rides aboard a haunted vintage train; trick-or-treating around zoo animals; and frightening fun on haunted amusement park rides. 

ODDtober: When Nature is Stranger Than Fiction/Tennessee Aquarium
$ | October / Times Vary  
During ODDtober, the Tennessee Aquarium celebrates the wonderful and weird creatures that have abilities and behaviors that seem even stranger than any legend or myth surrounding them. Get up close to some not-so-creepy crawlies that are way too cool to be scary. Daily programs include SCUBA divers carving pumpkins underwater and AquaScarium. 

Rocktoberfest/Rock City Gardens 
$ | October Weekends / 8:30 am-5 pm 
Let’s Oompah! Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. This premiere autumn festival includes live German music, polka lessons, German food, the Fall Fairy, Ik the Troll King, and a family fun celebrating our founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. 

Fall Foliage Sightseeing Cruises/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle 
$ | Oct.-Nov. / Times Vary  
Cruise the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River and see one of nature’s most brilliant displays of color. This three-hour cruise includes live entertainment, live narration of the historical sites along the river, Pilot House tours, buffet lunch, and free bingo with prizes. 

Cycle Sequatchie Century & 3 Mtn Challenge/Sequatchie Valley 
$ | Oct. 1 / 7:30 am 
With over 100 miles of scenic rolling farm road explorations, this challenge is a cyclist’s dream.  Participants can choose their own adventure with 19 different route combinations and enjoy a finishing celebration with a farm-to-table lunch, local craft beer, an outdoor expo, and more. 

Outboard Drag Boat Association Championship/Chester Frost 
FREE/$ | Oct. 1-2 / Times Vary  
Cheer on the drag boat champions and witness some of the fastest boats on the water. 

Hamilton County Fair/McDonald Farm 
FREE | Oct. 1-2/ 10 am-6 pm  
The Hamilton County fair features three stages with live music & entertainment, bungee jump, photo booth, roaming entertainers, antique car and tractor competition, home-centered flower & event show, historical & educational exhibits, games, arts & crafts, petting zoo, livestock & agriculture exhibits, equine demonstrations, shopping, and more. For a small fee, fairgoers are shuttled to the fair. 

Dread Hollow/Lookout Valley 
$ | Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23 & 27-31 / Times Vary  
The nightmare knows no boundaries for the 15th year as Ruby Falls joins Fear Connection for the annual fright-filled evenings. Dread Hollow's cryptic reality and appalling past loom ominously inside 20,000 square feet of pure terror. The new location offers a whole new terrifying experience, less wait times, new characters, sliders, and two separate haunts. Not recommended for children under 12. 

Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition/Ruby Falls 
$ | Oct. 6, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30 / Times Vary  
Get in the Halloween spirit with a special edition tour featuring ghost stories from the history of Ruby Falls. On your way to the waterfall, hear the tales and visit the sites of peculiar encounters, mischievous mayhem, and tragedy while exploring the cavern by the light of handheld lanterns. Not recommended for children under 12. 

Association of Volleyball Professionals Grass Nationals/Camp Jordan  
$ | Oct. 7-9 / Times Vary  
This pool play tournament will be played on Camp Jordan’s grass soccer fields with Men’s and Women’s doubles on Saturday and coed doubles and youth triplets on Sunday. Teams from all divisions will be competing for national titles, merchandise, and prize purses. 

Swim the Suck 10 Mile Open Swim/Tennessee River Gorge  
$ | Oct. 8 / Times Vary   
Swim the Suck is a 10-mile downstream open water swimming race starting at the Suck Creek Boat Launch and finishing at the Tennessee River Gardens with a post-swim awards party. 

Wine Over Water/Walnut Street Bridge 
$ | Oct. 8/ 5-8 pm 
Wine Over Water is back and celebrating its 27th Anniversary! This much-loved annual event showcases 200 wine varieties, delicious local food, and three stages of music – all taking place on the beautiful Walnut Street Bridge. 

5 Points 50 Mountain Bike Race/Lula Lake Land Trust  
$ | Oct. 8 / 9 am   
Chattanooga’s Ultimate Endurance Mountain Bike Race gives riders a grueling course packed with climbs, rock gardens, downhills, and more through the 5 Points Trail system, Lula Lake Land Trust, and the Cloudland Connector Trail. Post-race activities include camping, live music, vendors, awards, and more. 

Boo in the Zoo/Chattanooga Zoo 
$ | Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 / 4-8 pm 
Join us for the annual family-oriented Halloween celebration with some of the Zoo’s most lovable animals. Children get to hang out with roaming cartoon characters, stop by trick-or-treat stations, enter costume contests, get crazy in bounce houses, take a pony ride, play games, get their face painted, go on a hayride, and much more. 

Chattanooga MotorCar Festival/West Village 
FREE/$ | Oct. 14-16 / Times Vary  
Whether you are attending because of your love of cars or because your loved one loves cars, the festival has something for everyone. From shopping and great restaurants to an antique boat show from The Antique and Classic Boat Society on the Tennessee River. The festival's epicenter is the West Village, a dining and entertainment district anchored by the Westin Chattanooga. 

Monster Bash/Creative Discovery Museum 
$ | Oct. 15 / 6-8 pm 
Join us for a family-friendly Halloween Bash! Explore Creative Discovery Museum in your kid-friendly costumes and enjoy Halloween-themed activities and games. 

7 Bridges Marathon/Coolidge Park 
$ | Oct. 16 / Times Vary 
Enjoy Chattanooga’s largest and most loved marathon with five different races to choose from, a live DJ, event shirts, medals, food, and so much more! 

Startup Week Chattanooga 
FREE/$ | Oct. 17-21 / Times Vary 
Startup Week Chattanooga is a multi-day celebration of Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community. 

Drink and Discover: Witches Brew/Creative Discovery Museum 
$ | Oct. 21 / 7-10 pm 
We are closing the Museum to kids and letting adults 21 and over, Drink and Discover alongside friends! Wear your costume and listen to ghost stories, create your own witchy wand, participate in a broom relay race, all while playing in the museum, drink in hand! 

ChattaJack31 Paddleboard/Kayak Race 
$ | Oct. 22 / 8:30 am 
This paddleboard/kayak race is like no other! The ChattaJack31 takes athletes 31 miles through the scenic Tennessee River Gorge and celebrates the effort in the pursuit of distance endurance. 

TSSAA Girls’ Soccer State Championship/CHI Memorial Stadium 
$ | Oct. 26-29 / Times Vary  
This year, the 2022 High School Girls' State Soccer Championships will be back in Chattanooga again. Bracket games will occur at various high schools throughout the city, with the championship games to be played at the home of the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, CHI Memorial Stadium. 


Winter/Holidays: November - December

ice on the landing

Holiday Trail of Lights  
$ | Nov.-Jan. / Times Vary  
The Holiday Trail of Lights features eight major points of interest which include millions of twinkling lights at Chattanooga’s top holiday attractions. Enjoy a varied array of festivals, holiday events, delicious holiday meals, Santa sightings, shopping, and live music and entertainment scattered throughout the city. 

EPB’s Holiday Windows/EPB  
FREE | Nov.-Jan. / Open 24/7 
EPB's Holiday Windows celebration continues a tradition that dates back to the World War II era. View the displays in the windows on the Broad and Market Street sides of EPB’s downtown headquarters building at 10 W. M.L. King Blvd. 

Ice on the Landing/Chattanooga Choo Choo 
$ | Nov.-Jan. / Times Vary 
The much-anticipated temporary outdoor ice rink has moved to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens. Schedule includes general skating time, special themes, appearances by Santa, and a rotating schedule to benefit local not-for-profits. 

Twinkling Snowflakes Along the Scenic Walnut Street Bridge/Downtown Chattanooga 
FREE | Nov.-Jan. / Open 24/7 
View the thousands of twinkling lights in snowflake form along the Walnut Street Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian-only bridges in the world at 2,370 feet. 

Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta/Downtown Riverfront 
FREE | Nov. 5-6 / Times Vary 
Watch one of the largest regattas in the U.S., hosting more than 5,100 competitors ages 14-89 representing 29 states and countries from Chattanooga’s riverfront. The Head of the Hooch regatta is a 3.1-mile course down the Tennessee River, passing by Chattanooga’s Riverfront and Bluff View Districts. 

Enchanted Garden of Lights/Rock City Gardens
$ | Nov. 18-Jan. 1 / 6-9 pm (closed Christmas Eve night) 
For the holiday season, Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights is a family tradition featuring more than a million LED lights that transform the gardens’ natural daytime splendor into a fantasyland of wonder. Enjoy gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa, and nightly entertainment. 

North Pole Limited Adventures/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 
$ | Nov. 18-Dec. 23 / Times vary per date 
Enjoy a trip to the “North Pole” pulled by a locomotive with refreshments, storytelling, caroling, and more! During the return ride, Santa makes his way through the train cars to greet every child and presents a keepsake item to all the children. Dates have multiple times - check website for schedule. These trips sell out so book early. 

Reindeer on the Riverfront & Lighted Boat Parade/Chattanooga Green 
FREE | Nov. 25 / 4:30-8 pm  
Holiday joy will fill downtown with live reindeer, Santa Claus, fire pits, face painting, holiday tunes, and more, all while enjoying the Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks. 

Christmas Special Dinner Train/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 
$ | Nov. 18-20, 26-27 and Dec. 2-4, 9-10, 16-18, 21, 23, 27-29/6:45-8:45 pm  
Enjoy this special 4-course holiday dinner aboard a restored 1924 dining car. The excursion departs from Grand Junction Station and travels through areas of Chattanooga. 

Holidays at Ruby Falls and the Forest of Wishes/Ruby Falls 
$ | Nov.-Dec. 
Take the entire family on a tour through the Ruby Falls cavern to the gorgeous underground waterfall, make a stop at the Forest of Wishes in the historic Ruby Falls Castle where you can join the tradition of writing your holiday wish on an ornament to hang in the Forest and little ones can write a letter to Santa. 

Gingerbread Workshops/Creative Discovery Museum 
$ | Fridays, Nov. 25-Dec. / Times vary per day 
Kick off the holiday season with this sweet tradition. The whole family will enjoy creating sweet and sticky houses from gingerbread, icing, candy, and other sugary confections. The workshop includes hot chocolate, cookies, pre-built houses, icing, candy, and holiday music. Reservations are required in advance. 

Winter Wonderland/Chattanooga Choo Choo  
FREE/$ | Nov.-Jan.  
Enter the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s festive lobby to see one of the city’s tallest Christmas trees at 28 feet and enjoy the lights and cheer throughout the property create a magical wonderland complete with ice skating at Ice on the Landing, holiday music, Station Street activities, special holiday treats at restaurants, photos with Santa, and more. 

TSSAA Blue Cross Bowl/Finley Stadium  
$ | Dec. 1-3 / Times Vary  
Chattanooga will host the TSSAA Tennessee High School Football Championship games at Finley Stadium, home of the UTC Mocs Football. 

PJs with Santa/Creative Discovery Museum 
$ | Dec. 2-3 / 6-8 pm 
Enjoy Creative Discovery Museum in your PJs for a fun, festive, family-friendly night with holiday activities, a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a child-friendly, light dinner. 

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)/Chattanooga Theatre Centre 
$ | Dec. 2-17 / Times Vary  
What begins as another annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all our beloved holiday classics, including favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and more. Add in topical references as three actors set out to perform every Christmas story ever told in this racy, madcap romp through the holiday season. (Appropriate for ages 13 and up) 

MainX24 24-Hour Festival/Southside District 
FREE/$ | Dec. 3 / 12 am-12 pm 
Celebrate Main Street and the Southside District for a 24-hour long festival held the first Saturday each December. The packed entertainment schedule includes fashion shows, parades, parties, live music, Big Wheel contest, chili cook-off, an ice-skating rink, and so much more. 

Santa’s Hiwassee Holiday Train/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 
$ | Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18/Times Vary 
The Hiwassee Holiday Train is a round-trip one-hour and 15-minute ride along the beautiful Hiwassee River Gorge featuring writing letters to Santa, gingerbread cookies, and chocolate milk. 

Cloudland Canyon 50 Mile-50k-Half Marathon/Cloudland Canyon 
$ | Dec. 3-4 / Times Vary  
Run Bum presents its annual trail run in one of the most beautiful places to run on the East Coast. This canyon run is not the easiest race, but the views make it all worth it!

Chattanooga Holiday Market/Chattanooga Convention Center 
FREE | Dec. 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18/Times vary 
As part of the Chattanooga Market, this market offers a special holiday theme with live music, caroling, festivities and more than 200 vendors providing a great assortment of unique, locally hand-made items, holiday décor and artisan foods for all those holiday gifts. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical/Chattanooga Theatre Centre 
$ | Dec. 9-18 / Times Vary  
In this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic, the Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So, when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites. Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to the Bradleys and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story—and the Herdman kids—through new eyes. (Appropriate for all ages) 

Lodge Cast Iron Bake-Off/Chattanooga Holiday Market 
FREE | Dec. 11 / 11 am – 3 pm 
The annual Lodge Cast Iron Bake-Off features our city’s most prominent and rising chefs. It’s a chance to watch live as they create culinary delights for a panel of judges. 

Lookout Mountain 50 Miler, 18 Miler & 10K Trail Race 
$ | Dec. 17 / 7:30 am 
The Lookout Mountain trail races begin high atop the mountain and offer a variety of challenging climbs, highly runnable sections, and moderate descents on predominantly single-track trails with the best views around. No matter which race you compete in, this will be an exciting challenge. 

Holiday Christmas Lights Train/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 
$ | Dec. 26-Jan. 8/Times Vary 
The Holiday Lights Train Ride is a festive way to enjoy the holiday season starting after Christmas Day. The train ride takes you through a variety of light displays, while enjoying holiday music, hot cocao, and family fun activities. 

New Year’s at Noon/Creative Discovery Museum 
$ | Dec. 31 / 10 am-4 pm 
Say hello to 2022 with science fun, crafts, a dance party, and an epic balloon drop with an apple juice toast at Noon! 

New Year’s on the River/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle 
$ | Dec. 31 / 9 pm-12 am 
Ring in the New Year with great food, live entertainment, DJ, dancing, toasts, Pilot House tours, and more. Must be 21 or older and have a valid ID. Reservations can be booked online or by phone. 

Ice on the Landing’s Special Late Skate New Year's Eve Party/Chattanooga Choo Choo 
$ | Dec. 31 / 11 pm-1 am    
Ice on the Landing is the perfect place for the family to ring in the New Year. Enjoy fun music, skating, and a sparkling cider toast at midnight. This event does require a separate ticket. 

New Year’s Dinner Train/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum  
Dec. 31 / 7-9 pm    
Join the Tennessee Valley Railroad for a special Dinner Train excursion on New Year’s Eve. The trip includes a four-course dining experience usually on board a restored 1924 dining car and departs from Grand Junction Station. 

New Year’s Nightmare/Dread Hollow  
$ | Dec. 31 & Jan. 7 / Times Vary  
Scream in the New Year at Chattanooga's Favorite Haunted Attraction! This special edition haunt is open for two nights only and will be sure to be a terrifyingly great time. Not recommended for children under 12.