#LovingtheLocal with the 3 Sisters Festival

Usually, we feature a locally owned and operated business in the #LovingtheLocal column. This week were showcasing something different: one of Chattanooga’s favorite music festivals. The 3 Sisters Festival is a FREE, two night music extravaganza. There are food vendors, beautiful views and lots of happy people.

The shows take place on the river front, and are sure to make you tap your toes. The weather is cooler than during Riverbend, and did we mention that it is free? This year, the festival takes place on guitarFriday, October 3 (that’s TONIGHT!) and Saturday, October 4. Eleven different bands will play, filling the area with bluegrass music.

It’s a great event for families. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit. Please no coolers or outside food; vendors will be available.

Come on out and experience one of Chattanooga’s favorite festivals!


(Half of) the Mega Post of Things To Do in May

This post is so big that we are breaking it into two posts. Today, we offer a whole bunch of events going on in Chattanooga through Mother’s Day. If you know of something awesome, interesting, fun, or cool happening in or around Chattanooga this month that we have left off or that you’d like to see in the second half, please let us know in the comments. We’ll be happy to add your event!

Without further ado, here’s (half of) the mega list:

May 1 – May Day

May 1 – Artists of all stripes will gather at the Heritage House for the Ambi Artists Creative Cluster.

May 1 – Scenic City Roots Live at Track 29. Tickets are $10 and the show includes music from a wide variety of genres.

May 1 – Sound and Image: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights and Beyond at the Hunter Museum. UTC Professor of Saxophone and Hunter curators will explore the current special exhibition. Event begins at 6 pm.

May 1-3 – 24th Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival. If you’ve spent much time in Chattanooga, you’ve probably seen the white bumper sticker with the silhouette of a man playing a stand up bass. This festival is a Chattanooga favorite!

May 2 – Sister Rosemary, subject of the book Sewing Hope, will speak at Christ United Methodist Church. Sister Rosemary has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Admission is free, and the event is non-religious.

May 2 – The Appalachian Pig Pickin’ Block Party at TerraMae. Tickets are $20 and include dinner and one drink. There will be music and plenty of fun!

May 2 – Here Come the Mummies at Engel Stadium. The show will raise money for the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at UTC.

May 2 – Seether at Track 29. Tickets are $29 in advance and $32 the day of the show. This is a standing room only show, and restricted to those age 18 and older.

May 2 – Nightfall Kickoff with Forro in the Dark. Chattanooga’s favorite free concert series gets started with some lively Brazilian dance music.

May 3-4 The Green Thumbs Galore Driveway Sale — if you love plants, you’ll want to make it to this sale. The owners are friendly, knowledgeable, and love to talk about plants. Plus, their yard is gorgeous!

May flowers

May flowers

My 3 – 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge for all the bicyclists.

May 3 – The 8th Annual Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival. Help support the Children’s Hospital and enjoy some dramatic boat racing fun.

May 3 – Make Your Own Zine at ArtsBuild from 9am to noon. Spend the morning creating your own work of art. The class will be taught by Aggie Thompson, professor of graphic design at UTC.

May 3 – Friends of Stringer’s Ridge will be holding Burger-Pint Night from 6-10pm at the Gear Closet. Tickets are $15, and all ages are welcome; ID will be required for beer.

May 4 – Bike to the Park – The Chattanooga Lookouts help kick off National Bike Month with this fun promotion. Ride your bicycle to AT&T Field and enjoy valet parking.

May 4 – The Chattanooga Market will feature authentic Mexican food, salsa dancing, and cerveza on el Cuatro de Mayo.

May 4 – First Free Sunday at Hunter. Enjoy the museum and have some fun — for free!

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

May 7 – Society of Work presents Nuts + Bolts: The Psychology of Business. Shelley Prevost will speak about the psychological aspects of starting a business. Tickets are $10 and the event is from 5:30-7pm.

May 9 – Nightfall – Packway Handle Band

May 10 – Tennessee Aquarium Sleep in the Deep Family Sleepover – An overnight adventure and behind the scenes look at the animals in the Tennessee Aquarium. Ticket prices range from $60 to $73.50

May 10 – Indigo Dyeing Workshop. Spend an evening learning something new, enjoy a meal and cocktails, and have a great time. Tickets are $60, and the event is in Lafayette, GA.

May 10 – Chattanooga Craft Beer Festival. Beer lovers rejoice! There will be food, and lots of beer to sample, and Soul Mechanic will provide music. Pre and post parties to be held at the Terminal Brewhouse. Tickets are $50, no children or pets.

May 10 – If you prefer wine, you may want to check out the Spring Wine Fest at The Georgia Winery. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

May 10 – A music series for kids, the Grasshopper Concerts will take place at various parks throughout the summer. The first one will be at Riverview Park at 2.

May 11 – Mother’s Day

May 11 – Mother’s Day Celebration at the Chattanooga Market. There will be a special performance by the CSO!

May 11 – Moccasin Bend Brewery Tour and Tasting

The Mega Post of Things To Do in April

Spring is most definitely in the air! Spring in Chattanooga is great — especially if you don’t suffer from allergies (if you do, it’s still pretty nice, but you need to keep the antihistamines close at hand). It seems like the warmer the weather gets, the more fun things there are to do in the Scenic City.

April in Tennessee

April in Tennessee

Here are a few options you may want to consider for April:

The Chattanooga Lookouts season opener is April 3! An evening at AT&T Field in the springtime is a fine way to spend some time.

Also on April 3, you can hear some fantastic live music at Track 29 during Scenic City Roots. The show will feature Billie in the Woods, Sarah Portenza, John Oates, The Dirt Daubers, and Mountain Heart. Tickets are only $10, unless you are a student, then they are just $5.

Throughout the month of April, you can enjoy and learn about jazz by attending one or many of the events of Jazzanooga. Events are scheduled at various venues all over the city and headliners include such notable musicians as Lalah Hathaway and Gregory Porter, among many others. Check out their master schedule to learn more about ticket prices, venues, and times for events.

The Chattanooga Film Festival will be held at multiple venues downtown April 3-6. This event is being held to support film as part of the growing Chattanooga arts scene. Filmmakers, film lovers, and the general population is invited to attend, learn, and enjoy!

The Spring Break Safari Hunt is taking place all over the city. It started on March 15, and lasts until April 20. Various businesses are offering two scavenger hunts: one outside their doors, and another inside the establishment (usually with a paid admission). Participants use clues to find particular objects, then take photos of the object to claim prizes. Check out this guide for all the details!

For folks who want to combine music appreciation and camping, the Back Porch Hootenanny at Cherokee Farms on April 4-5 will be just the thing. Tickets are $50 through Thursday, April 3, and $65 at the gate, and that price includes your camping spot.

Until April 6, you can see Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None at the Chattanooga Theater Centre, and from April 11-May 4, The Pump Boys and the Dinettes will be performed. Check out their Dinner and a Show promotion for a special deal!

Rock City’s newest show is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves magic and fairy tales. Fairytale Nights began on March 28 and will run through April 20. Check out the video for a taste of what to expect!

The Creative Discovery Museum hosts a free family fun night each month, and in April it is on Thursday the 10th. From 5:30 until 8 pm, families can check out the exhibits free of charge.

The 4 Bridges Art Festival is a crowd pleaser! This year it will be held April 11,12, and 13 at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Artists are selected from across the country (competition is fierce!) and 12,000 visitors are expected to attend. One day tickets are $7, and two day tickets are $10.

VW enthusiasts will not want to miss Bug-a-Paluza 16 on April 12 and 13 at Camp Jordan in East Ridge. This annual festival has grown to become one of the largest VW events in the region. Spectator tickets are just $4 and all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chattanooga.

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County present the second annual Master Your Garden Expo on April 12 and 13 at Camp Jordan. Tickets are $5 for adults, and there will be free lectures, door prizes, demo booths, and plenty of activities for kids.

On April 17, as part of the Film Noir Series at the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center in Chattanooga, you can see The Most Dangerous Game (1932). The movie starts at 2pm, and is sure to be entertaining.

Record Store Day, on April 19, is for owners, employees, and customers of independently owned record stores around the globe to celebrate the unique position of record stores within the community. There are several participating stores in Chattanooga.

The Bun Run is a free flash mob 1 mile fun run and 5K. It’s not a race, just a fun run. The idea is to be silly while being active and having fun. So get out your pastels, your bunny ears, and your running shoes!

Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine will be April 26 and 27, as well as May 3, 4, and 10, at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. For everyone older than 2, tickets are $22 on Saturdays, $20 on Sundays. Group discounts are available when arrangements are made in advance.

Fans of locally grown produce will celebrate on April 27, opening day of the Chattanooga Market for the 2014 season. Shop for local foods and crafts and enjoy live entertainment by Louise Mosrie and Jennifer Daniels from 11-4.

Have we left out anything? Let us know in the comments if you are hosting or aware of an event you’d like to share!

7 Best Places to Take Guests Visiting Nooga

Whether your in-laws are visiting, or friends from college, if you have guests coming to visit, you want to show them a good time. What you do will depend on lots of factors, like your guests’ activity levels, interests, whether children will be involved, and even the season of the year. Here are our top 7 picks, where there is something for everybody:

1. Enjoy a “tourist” day – There are a few big landmarks that everyone who visits Chattanooga should check out. Some of them, like Rock City, have been advertised on barns for so long that anyone who has driven on the interstate is curious. Others, like the Incline Railroad, are unusual and fun. Make sure to hit these major sites:

2.Tour downtown – From the Northshore to the Southside, downtown Chattanooga has a lot to see! If the thought of walking from one end of town to the other is a bit daunting, use the electric shuttles. Highlights to be sure

Walnut Street Bridge and Hunter Museum

Just one of the many beautiful sights to see in Nooga!

and see:

  • The Northshore for some cool little shops, and don’t forget to check out the dance steps embedded in the sidewalk.
  • The Renaissance Arts District, to take in the sculpture garden, and to smell the wonderful aroma of roasting coffee at Rembrandt’s.
  • The Southside, for all of the funky art galleries and the awesome public sculpture on display.
  • The central section of downtown, where you can stroll around on the Aquarium Plaza, walk across the Walnut Street Bridge, and take a rest in Miller Plaza.

3. Spend a day at the park – or visit several parks. Chattanooga has a bunch of excellent parks and greenspaces where you can play, picnic, and generally enjoy life. Read this post to learn where our favorite parks are, and why they are our favorites.

4. Get out in the wilderness – Whether you like to kayak, mountain climb, trail ride, hike, hang glide, swim, or stroll at a leisurely pace, there are plenty of outdoor activities in Chattanooga. From the Ocoee to the Tennessee River, there are opportunities to have fun on the water, and from Shell Mound Park to the Cherokee National Forest, this area has abundant camping spots.

5. Take in a show –  As with the parks and outdoor activities, when it comes to entertainment, there’s something for everyone in Chattanooga. Hamilton Place, Northgate, and downtown, and East Ridge all have good movie theaters, showing the latest and greatest films. If you are in the mood for something a little bigger, the IMAX theater downtown is the place to go. For live entertainment, check out:

6. Enjoy a sporting event – Baseball, soccer, football, and basketball teams play in Chattanooga, so there is almost always some game to go to. Finley Stadium, on the Southside, AT&T Field downtown, and Mckinzie Arena at UTC are all modern, comfortable venues where you can enjoy some popcorn and hot dog while you cheer for your team.

7. Do some shopping – In every neighborhood and section of Chattanooga, there are unique, interesting shops. Gifts, clothing, doggie accessories, antiques, and so much more can be found in St. Elmo, in Hixson, on Cherry Street, in Brainerd, at the malls. From art galleries to department stores, Chattanooga is a shopper’s delight.

Bonus: Be sure to go out to eat! Alleia, Public House, St. Johns, the Southern Star, the Fork and Pie, 212 Market, and Niko’s are just a few of the fantastic eateries downtown. There are several local food trucks where you can get great grub on the go. Chattanooga isn’t exactly a food mecca (yet) but we are well on our way!