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 Sept./Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chattanooga Market/First Tennessee Pavilion (FREE)
April-Dec./Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Safari Nights/Chattanooga Zoo
Sept. 10, 17 & 24/5-8 p.m.
Fall Market/Collegedale Commons (FREE)
Sept. 12/11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Night Market/Chattanooga Brewing Company (FREE)
Sept. 18, Oct. 2 & 16/6-9 p.m.
Sunflower Stables Barn Sale & Market/Collegedale Commons (FREE)
Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival/(Virtual)
Sept. 24-Oct. 4/various times
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival/(Virtual) (FREE)
Oct. 2-3/6-10 p.m.
Collegedale Apple Festival/Collegedale Commons (FREE)
Oct. 24/10 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.
Meet our Wild Ambassadors!/Audubon Acres
Oct. 11, 2020/1:30 p.m.
Presented in partnership with For Fox Sake Wildlife Rescue. Program will feature Juniper Russo, CWR who will explain about rehabilitating wild animals, the animals stories, and why you don't want wild animals for pets. Three rehabbed animals will highlight the show: T'Challa the Bobcat and Sonnet & Odyssey, rehabbed turtles. Cost is $7.50 per person. Limited number of tickets will be sold. Audubon Acres, 900 N Sanctuary Rd, Chattanooga.
Native American Culture/Audubon Acres
Oct. 24, 2020/1 p.m.
This new event will feature Cherokee Native Americans presenting Native American pioneer survival practices and plants you can use for sustenance. Part two will feature local herbs which can be used for medicinal purposes. Will also feature Native American storytelling. Cost $10 per person. Limited number of tickets will be sold. Audubon Acres, 900 N Sanctuary Rd, Chattanooga.
Pioneer Days/Audubon Acres
Nov. 18-20, 2020/9 a.m.-1 p.m.
See and participate in pioneer activities such as butter churning, cider press, rope bed, old time tools, historic cabin tour, corn husking and corn husk dolls, etc. Geared for elementary aged students. Cost is $7.50 per person. By reservation only. Audubon Acres, 900 N Sanctuary Rd, Chattanooga.
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 Nov. 29./4-hour rides
Serve and Protect Celebrity Cooking Show/Tennessee Aquarium (Virtual/Hybrid)
Oct. 1/5:30-10 p.m.
Ruby Falls Dread Hollow/Lookout Valley
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/Virtual (FREE)
Nov. 7-8/Times vary
Find even more fall events on our Chattanooga Events Calendar.