Fall Experiences

Celebrations Paint the Town Fall Festival Red!

It's not just the leaves that are so colorful during the fall - it’s our fall festivals and events, too! Fall in Chattanooga is packed with a variety of fun and vibrant events filled with incredible wonder and discovery - like Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival, 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, Rocktoberfest at Rock City Gardens, and the Head of the Hooch Regatta.  

In addition to our fall festivals and events, there’s always plenty of live music and entertainment to find. Catch a show at the Barking Legs Theater, The Signal, or Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, or laugh your way through Chattanooga’s comedy scene.

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Art Wise: Leonardo Drew

Art Wise: Leonardo Drew

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Hunter Museum of American Art

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ChattaBOOga!

ChattaBOOga!

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Dread Hollow

Dread Hollow

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Dread Hollow

Dread Hollow

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Dread Hollow

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Fall Foliage Sightseeing Cruises

Fall Foliage Sightseeing Cruises

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Chattanooga Riverboat Co. Southern Belle

2022 Fall Festivals & Events in Chattanooga

Chattanooga River Market/Tennessee Aquarium Plaza  

FREE | Saturdays, March 12-Oct. 1 / 10 am-5 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).   

Chattanooga Football Club/Finley Stadium   

$ | March 26-Oct. 15 / Times Vary  
The Chattanooga Football Clubs, 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.   

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!   

Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion  

FREE | 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.  

Amy Pleasant: Passing Through/Hunter Museum of American Art  

$ | On View July 30-July 20, 2023 
Passing Through features the works of Birmingham-based artist Amy Pleasant. Pleasant’s large-scale canvases and graphic paintings overtake the walls of the Hunter’s historic mansion stairwell, welcoming visitors to the early American galleries. Her figurative silhouettes deal with complex subjects, connecting traditions of American portraiture with contemporary themes of identity and human behaviors. 

Dynamic Range: Collecting Black and White Photography/Hunter Museum of American Art 

$ | On View Aug. 26-March 5, 2023 
Explore the work of photography greats Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Paul Caponigro and others, all drawn from the private collection of Dr. David Dennard. Dennard, an avid photographer, was inspired by the Photo-secessionists, pictorialists and especially the transcendental work of Paul Caponigro and began slowly building a collection that covers a wide range of early to late 20th century works. This exhibition considers the significance of these movements in American photography and the influence on artists today. A small complementary exhibition highlighting additional works by Paul Caponigro will be on view in Gallery 15. 

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.  

Classical X Candlelight with Ben Van Winkle and The Figment/Coosa Mills 

$ | Sept. 3 / 7:30 pm  
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.  

National Treasures: Party at Point Park/Point Park  

$ | Sept. 8 / 5:30-8:30 pm  
Guests will enjoy the beautiful scenic views from atop Lookout Mountain, perfect background music, dinner, kid friendly games, and more while supporting the National Park Partners.  

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.  

Opera X Candlelight/Coosa Mills 

$ | Sept. 17 / 7:30 pm  
The most romantic date night ever – hosted by the Pop-Up Project! Lovers will enjoy an evening of magic, mystery, and romance while you fill your ears and hearts with arias, musical theater standards, strings, and piano - lit only by candlelight. 

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.   

Memories & Inspiration Opening Celebration/Hunter Museum of American Art  

$ | Sept. 29 / 6-7:30 pm  
Be the first to see our special exhibition Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art at the opening celebration. Join us at the Hunter Museum and enjoy words from exhibit curator Natalie Mead, live music, hands-on activities, a light reception and a cash bar.  

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. 

Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art/Hunter Museum of American Art 

$ | On view Sept. 30-Jan. 8, 2023  

Kerry and Betty Davis began gathering a wide variety of works by African American artists; today, their collection presents nearly 100 years of art, amassed over 35 years. The exhibition Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art presents 67 selected works from this astonishing collection, including works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, and Alma Thomas. Through strikingly diverse media and styles, these artworks respond to historical narratives and make bold creative statements that helped shape 20th-century American art. 

The Sound of Music/Theatre Centre 

$ | September 30-October 16 / Times Vary  
This inspirational musical, the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire Von Trapp family must make a moral decision. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," and the title number, THE SOUND OF MUSIC has won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. (Appropriate for all ages) 

ChattaBOOga! 

$ | 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 1-31 / Times Vary   
Things get wonderfully weird around the Tennessee Aquarium during ODDtober – a month-long celebration of strange creatures from around the world and in our own backyard. Learn odd facts about animals throughout both Aquarium buildings and look for fun fall touches inside our exhibits. See pumpkins flicker with an eerie glow, flashing along with the pulses of an Electric Eel. Find out why some “scary” species are not-so-creepy after all. At the end of your tour, grab a free sticker in the gift shop when you mention “ODDtober” (while supplies last).

Rocktoberfest/Rock City Gardens 

$ | October Weekends / 8:30 am-5 pm 
Rock City celebrates the German heritage of our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, every Saturday and Sunday throughout October. The area’s premiere German festival offers live German music with the Musik Meisters, Wurstbrats and Mark Merriman, along with specialty German food. Café 7 is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, as well as themed food offerings in the pavilion and Big Rock Grill. Try beer-braised bratwursts with German potato salad and mustard, giant pretzels with beer cheese sauce, beer cheese soup bread bowls, Bavarian pork sandwiches with German-style kraut and a variety of Oktoberfest drinks. 

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. 1-31, Thurs.-Sun. and Halloween / Times Vary    
Discover why a scream-filled trip through award-winning Dread Hollow is a fall Chattanooga tradition! The 2022 fall fright season unleashes three all-new terrifying haunted houses and three mind-bending horror-themed escape rooms at Chattanooga’s only nationally ranked haunted attraction. Dread Hollow is not recommended for children under the age of 12. 

Artist Talk: Leonardo Drew/Hunter Museum of American Art  

$ | Oct. 6 / 6-7 pm  
Join us to hear internationally renowned artist Leonardo Drew speak about his sculptural and installation works, including the piece in the Hunter Museum’s collection. Drew transforms raw materials such as wood, scrap metal, and cotton into immersive pieces that speak to the passage of time. Art Wise artist talks are generously supported by Martha Mackey.

Ruby Fall Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition/Ruby Falls 

$ | Select Thursdays and Sunday nights, Sept.-Oct. / Times Vary  
Hear ghostly tales from Ruby Falls’ 94-year history and eerie Chattanooga legends as you journey through the cavern lit only by hand-held lanterns. This experience is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.  Ghost Walk Lantern Tours are expected to sell out quickly, advance reservation required.  

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.  

Memories & Inspiration Family Fun Day/Hunter Museum of American Art  

$ | Oct. 9 / 2-4 pm 
Visit the Hunter for a day of family fun, including scavenger hunts, food tastings, and performances. Local artists will lead visitors of all ages in art-making activities to connect and inspire. Family programming is generously sponsored by The Mark Hite Team. 

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.  

Chattanooga Hip Hop Summit at the Hunter/Hunter Museum of American Art  

FREE | Oct. 13 / 6-7:30 pm  
The Hunter Museum is proud to partner with Chattanooga’s Hip Hop Summit for this celebration of local Black creatives in hip-hop music, dance, and representation. Join us in commemorating the legacy of Black artists inspiring one another, as seen in our current exhibit, Memories & Inspiration.  

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-treating stations, enter costume contests, get crazy in bounce houses, take a pony ride, play games, get their faces 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.  

An Evening with Mon Rovia/Coosa Mills 

$ | Oct. 15 / 8 pm  
The Pop-Up Project welcomes Indie-pop sensation, Mon Rovia, and experimental pop producer Summer Dregs for a rare and unforgettable sonic experience featuring haunting lyrics, gorgeous vocals, and irresistible beats inside the Coosa Mill’s iconic setting. 

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.  

Virtual Art Wise: Collector Kerry Davis + Exhibit artist Dr. Amalia Amaki/Hunter Museum of American Art  

FREE | Oct. 20 / 6-7 pm  
Collector Kerry Davis and artist Dr. Amalia Amaki will be joining us for this virtual Art Wise. Davis, the collector whose collection of African American art is showcased in Memories & Inspiration, and Amaki, an artist whose vibrant work is featured in the exhibit, will be in conversation about collecting, representation and African American art today. Register for this free virtual program on our website. Art Wise programs are generously supported by Martha Mackey. 

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.  

AquaScarium/Tennessee Aquarium 

$ | Oct. 28 / 4-8 pm   
Come in costume and join in on a family-friendly celebration of all things scaly, spooky, and fun on Friday, October 28 at the Tennessee Aquarium. Visitors can enjoy lights, themed decorations, costumed divers, candy and more! 

August: Osage County/Theatre Centre 

$ | October 28-November 13 / Times Vary  
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the dysfunctional Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a story that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family. Tracy Letts’ ferociously entertaining play won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. (Appropriate for mature audiences) 

Haute Halloween with Jenna DeVries/Coosa Mills 

$ | Oct. 29 / 8 pm  
The Pop-Up Project invites you to dress in your most extravagant costume for an unforgettable Halloween under the stars in the Coosa courtyard - doubling as the official release event for the latest album by pop-diva sensation Jenna DeVries from American Idol! 

Haunted Chattanooga Market  

FREE | Sunday, Oct. 30 / 11 am-4 pm  
Named one of the “Top 10 Public Markets in America” by Frommers, Chattanooga Market features over 50 farms bringing a variety of produce, meats and cheeses to the market each week, and over 130 artisans offering their unique crafts, arts, farm-fresh goods, and so many other locally made specialties. When the market turns haunted, bring your little ghosts and goblins for our annual Haunted Market. Kids can trick-or-treat and be part of our costume parade at the Lodge Cast Iron Sizzle stage at 1pm! 

Throwback Thursday/Hunter Museum of American Art 

$ | Nov. 2 / 4-8 pm 
Enjoy free admission to the permanent collection and $5 general admission to the current exhibition Memories & Inspiration 

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.  

Spectrum/Hunter Museum of American Art  

$ | Nov. 10 & 11 / Times Vary 
The Hunter’s largest annual fundraiser, Spectrum, is one of Chattanooga’s premier cultural events. Presented for over 20 years by First Horizon, Spectrum is a two-evening event with a silent auction cocktail party on Thursday evening and a black-tie seated dinner gala with a live auction on Saturday.  

Sunday Studio with Memories & Inspiration/Hunter Museum of American Art

$ | Nov. 13 / 2-4 pm  
Enjoy drop-in art experiences for kids and families, making your own work inspired by works of art in the Hunter’s special exhibition Memories & Inspiration. Family programming is generously sponsored by The Mark Hite Team. 

If These Walls Could Talk…An Immersive Experience/Coosa Mills 

$ | Nov. 11-13, 18-20 / 7:30 pm  
An abandoned textile mill comes to life with music, dance, installation art, aerials, projection lighting, and craft cocktails. The Pop-Up Project offers an experience for art lovers and adventure seekers to explore as a story drawn from the history of the mill reveals itself over the course of the evening. 

Hair Peace: A Celebration of Black Hair/Hunter Museum of American Art  

$ | Nov. 17 / 6-8 pm  
Inspired by the imagery of Memories and Inspiration, Hair Peace is an original multi-arts runway show presented by Demetrius Seay along with a group of local African American models, artists, performers and hair and makeup professionals. The performance will include hair, nail and clothing designs as well as six original couture gowns designed by Romey Roe and jewelry by designer Deshonte Jackson. Regular admission applies; members and youth 17 and under are free. 

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. 

Vision + Verse: Ripples of Memories & Inspiration/Hunter Museum of American Art 

FREE | Dec. 8 / 6-7 pm 
Local Black poets, dancers and actors will be in dialogue about their own creative responses to pieces in Memories & Inspiration and the way their responses ripple into one another. Free and open to all. 

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