Happening in Chattanooga this Spring

“Water” you doing this spring? Come live life in full bloom with us at all our springtime events! This spring Chattanooga will feature some of the most exciting events around including music and art festivals, athletic competitions, cocktail parties, markets, and more.

Whether we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Shamrock City, hanging with friends at a beer festival, or cheering on the Ironman athletes on the riverfront, spring events will be popping up everywhere, just like the flowers!  

2022 Spring Events in Chattanooga 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Rail & Hops Brewers Festival/Miller Park  

$ | May 7 / 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. 

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. 

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 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.