Lower temperatures make being outside much more enjoyable. Fall in Chattanooga is packed with a variety of safe, fun activities and experiences. Many events outdoors provide a safe setting for social distancing, while some events have moved to a virtual format - still filled with incredible wonder and discovery - like Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival, 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, Serve and Protect at the Tennessee Aquarium and the Head of the Hooch Regatta.
There’s also plenty of live music and entertainment at Barking Legs Theater, The Signal, Comedy Catch and at restaurants that offer live music on a weekly basis.
FALL FUN, EXPERIENCES AND EVENTS
Chattanooga River Market/Tennessee Aquarium Plaza (FREE)
Now through Oct./Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
April-Nov./Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fall Market/Collegedale Commons (FREE)
Sept. 11/11 a.m.-5 p.m.
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival (FREE)
Oct. 1-2/6-10 p.m.
Collegedale Apple Festival/Collegedale Commons (FREE)
Oct. 22-23/10 a.m.-6 p.m.
October Days at Rock City
Oct./Saturdays & Sundays
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of breathtaking fall foliage from high atop Lookout Mountain at Rock City. You’ll be amazed at the dappled blanket of color spreading out across the valley below with the view of seven states in the distance. This fall, Rock City will feature specialty food and beverages that will transport you to a cozy state of mind with treats like spiced apple cider funnel cakes, Bavarian pretzels with beer from Chattanooga Brewing Company and warm apple pie à la mode. Themed photo stations and fall décor offer plenty of options for capturing a perfect family photo. Café 7, the full-service outdoor restaurant located inside Rock City will offer smore’s hot cocoa, pumpkin soup served in a real mini pumpkin, and a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage topped with crisp nuggets of Benton’s bacon. Pair one of these seasonal dishes with Spiced Apple Mimosas, or a regional craft brew while you enjoy Rock City’s legendary views from your table. Leashed pets are always welcome! Reservations for a timed ticket for admission to Rock City can be made online at www.seerockcity.com.
Missionary Ridge Local Train Trips-55 minutes/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Jan.-Dec./Daily trips most of the year, multiple times per day
Hiwassee Loop Train Trips-4 Hours/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Select dates through the end of Nov./4-hour rides
Ruby Falls Dread Hollow/Lookout Valley
Serve and Protect Celebrity Cooking Show/Tennessee Aquarium
Date & Time TBA
Fall Color Lunch or Sightseeing Cruises/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle
Oct.-Nov./Daily, times vary
ODDtober: When Nature is Stranger Than Fiction/Tennessee Aquarium
Oct. 1-31/Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Boo in the Zoo/Chattanooga Zoo
Weekends in October/5:30-8:30 p.m.
Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta
Dates TBA/Times vary
Find even more fall events on our Chattanooga Events Calendar.