Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include peach, blueberry festivals, Literary Ink | Chattanooga Times Free Press (2024)

Here's what's happening this week in the Chattanooga area.

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Chattanooga's GreenSpaces is helping to promote Plastic Free July, a global movement to reduce single-use plastic waste. Here are four ideas to incorporate in your daily practices this month. Ideas include bringing a reusable coffee cup to your local cafe, looking for plastic-free alternatives when buying fruits and vegetables, using canvas totes at checkout and drinking from refillable water bottles rather than plastic ones. The aim is to find temporary alternatives to plastics that can become new habits going forward. The website has more suggestions, plus a Pesky Plastics Quiz to see how plastics "sneak" into your shopping. Don't forget that Chattanooga takes part in the Hefty EnergyBag program, which separates certain hard-to-recycle plastics from regular plastic recycling.



AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St., Suite 100. "School's. Out. For. Summer.," by featured artist Mike Holsomback, through July 29.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Association for Visual Arts presents member exhibit, "Things Around the House," and "Covenant College Art Students in New York," through Aug. 2.

CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD VISITOR CENTER — 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. "Mark Thrash — Local Legend, Civil Rights After the Civil War," Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park display of artifacts recovered from archaeological field school in 1975, 30+ years after the death of the former slave who lived within the park and worked for the U.S. War Department from 1894 to 1922.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Elsewhere: Pulling Forth the Invisible," through July 27.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Georgia Clay Council works in Gallery Five20, through July 26. Works by Janet Campbell Bradley in Gallery One11, July 8-26.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "All Things You Can Ride On" community show, through July 28.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga summer show, through Aug. 23 (extended).

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Sunday Studio, drop-in art experiences for families, taking inspiration from the permanent collection or temporary exhibit, "Art Deco Glass," 2-4 p.m. July 14.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Dangerous Drawings," dark and satirical exhibit of acrylic and ink artwork by Doug McCoy, through July 31. Art After Hours reception, 5-8 p.m. July 10.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Mishpachah-Family" exhibit by 44 artists from Israel, the U.S. and Canada, including 12 from Chattanooga. 423-493-0270

LOCALS AT SEWANEE — 49 University Ave., Sewanee, Tenn. Spring show featuring Kellen Mayfield and new works by 10 other artists, through July 27.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. "Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist," through Oct. 1.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Show and sale of works by 12 Chattanooga artists, including first-time exhibitors, through July 22. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by painters Carolyn Ward and June Rollins, through July 31.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. "Celebrating 95 Years of Wonder" history exhibit, with rare photos, vintage postcards and newspaper articles, through Oct. 20. Free with attraction tickets: $17-$40 (must buy online).

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. Two dozen images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark, including species photographed on-site, through December. Included with regular admission: $30-$40.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› July 11-13: Killer Beaz, special engagement, 7 p.m. Thursday, $20-$25; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $25-$30.

› July 14:GR Goodwin and Friends, 7 p.m. $20-$25.


FREE MOVIE NIGHT — Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Screening of "Top Gun" at Hubert Fry Center, 9 p.m. July 12; games and face painting start at 8 p.m. (Rain date July 20.) Free admission and popcorn. Food trucks on-site. Bring your own seating.

JEWISH FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. In-person screening of "Avenue of Giants," final film in 17th annual event, 3 p.m. July 7 (walk-ins welcome); virtual screenings noon to noon July 7-12 (registration required). $12 either option, $3 students (in-person includes free popcorn and a beverage).

MOVIES IN A PARK — Brainerd Park, 1010 N. Moore Road. Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors series continues with "Migration," starting with games at 7 p.m. July 13; movie at dusk. Bring your own seating. Free admission.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Wednesday Jazz with the Matt Turnure Quartet, 7:30 p.m. July 10. $10.


› July 8: Grateful Dead Monday with Chants in the Void, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› July 13: Same As It Ever Was: A Talking Heads Tribute, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central. Cave and camping upgrades available.

› July 7:Taylor Nation, Taylor Swift tribute with live band and sing-along, 6 p.m.

› July 12: Michael W. Smith, 8 p.m. $69.

› July 13:Inzo, with Levity, Common Creation and Blookah, 7 p.m. $60.

› July 14: Hayseed Dixie and Iron Horse, 6 p.m. $49.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Music residency with local blues artist Rick Rushing, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. Included with admission: $20.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Buddy Guy on Damn Right Encore tour, 8 p.m. July 13. $30-$133.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series continues July 12, rain or shine, with opener Lillian at 7 p.m. and headliner Huntertones at 8 p.m. Art market starts at 6 p.m.; food trucks begin selling at 6:30 p.m.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Free summer concert series continues with headliner The Peterson Brothers, with opener Swayyvo, 6-10 p.m. July 13.

SEWANEE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL — University of the South's Guerry Auditorium, 68 Georgia Ave., Sewanee, Tenn. Final events in annual festival. All times Central. $25 each; $15 livestream.

› July 7:Sewanee Symphony, 3:30 p.m.

› July 10:An Operatic Travelogue: Opera Scenes, 7:30 p.m.

› July 11:Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition Concert, 7:30 p.m.

› July 13: Faculty Artist Series, 7:30 p.m.

› July 14: Symphonic Sunday, with Cumberland Orchestra and Sewanee Symphony, 2:30 p.m.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER — Market Park Pavilion, Athens, Tenn. Weekly concert series continues with Run Katie Run, 7 p.m. July 12.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. 1964 The Tribute, 7:30 p.m. July 14. $21-$77.


BIKE NIGHT — Jimmy Simpson Foundation's Safehaven, 9558 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Second annual event includes motorcycles, live music by Matt Hicks, refreshments, brain injury support group information, 6-8 p.m. July 9.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL — Blueberry Falls Farm, 331 Road 944, Mentone, Ala. You-pick blueberries, live music, food trucks, craft vendors, children's activities, giveaways, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT July 13.

BOOK SIGNING — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Chattanooga author Mark J. Anderson signs copies of "The Wisdom of Jesus: A Close Look at the Sermon on the Mount," 2-4 p.m. July 13. $18 paperback.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Free admission.

› July 7: Peach Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Music by Nicholas Edward Williams at 12:30 p.m., Brad Feeney at 2 p.m.

› July 14:Top Tomato, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 for Bloody Mary tasting (six samples, with or without alcohol) to benefit Friends of Finley. Music by Emerald Butler, 12:30 p.m., The Shade Trees at 2 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA PINK BRIDAL SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Expo of professionals from all aspects of wedding industry, noon-4 p.m. July 14. Admission fees.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Local artists, crafters and food artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA ZOO — 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

— July 13: SAFE Day (Saving Animals From Extinction) celebrating World Chimpanzee Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with regular admission: $10-$15.

— July 13: Q 'n Brew, after-hours barbecue cookout with beer, animal meet-and-greets, tortoise races, 6-9 p.m. $10-$25.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY — From Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. "Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Capt. Ben Lane Posey's Wars," Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park guided tour of the 38th Alabama infantry captain's battles against U.S. forces and the Confederate high command, 11 a.m. July 13.

DRINK & DISCOVER: CDM GAMES — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Adults-only night with Olympics-inspired challenges, with photo-ops, chance to craft olive branch crowns and torches, exhibit exploration, 7-10 p.m. July 12. $35 includes one drink ticket, light fare and souvenir cup; $5 extra drink tickets.

EASY BISTRO — 801 Chestnut St. Dinner with guest chef Simone Bonelli (former mentor of Easy's chef de cuisine, Joe Milenkovic) and guest sommelier Michelle Biscieglia, offering wines by the glass and optional pairings with Bonelli's menu, which will include focaccia, roasted oysters, pasta, a pork dish and dessert, 4 p.m. July 9. Reservations recommended.

FAMILY CREEK DAY — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. WaterWays leads two-hour collection lesson in South Chickamauga Creek on macro-invertebrates and how their presence can be an indication of water quality, 10 a.m.-noon July 13 (repeats July 24 and Aug. 3). $7-$10 members, $12-$15 nonmembers.

GORDON-LEE MANSION TOURS — 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Friends organization opens mansion for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day weekend. $1-$5. Email:

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Winnie the Jroo tattoos a client alongside other artists at the 2023 edition of Literary Ink. The literature-themed tattoo convention returns to the Chattanooga Convention Center July 12-14.

LITERARY INK — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Literature-themed tattoo convention with cosplay, noon-9 p.m. July 12, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 14. $30 daily, $80 weekend pass ($20 weekend pass for ages 6-17); more at the door.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CONSERVANCY — 1835 Old Wauhatchie Pike. Summer volunteer opportunities including removing invasives, managing garden and preparing for fundraiser, 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays.

MOUNTAINTOP SUMMERS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Roam With the Gnomes activities, animal education shows, through Sept. 2. $19-$32 ($5 more at gate).

THE PEACH TRUCK — Nashville-based company delivers peaches fresh from Georgia farms to advance-order customers at multiple sites in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, through July 7 (plus July 27 in Chattanooga). $38 for 12-pound box. Full schedule:

SKATE STATION — Chattanooga Choo Choo Dome Building, 1400 Market St. Dazey Skate Co.'s pop-up roller rink, with daytime workshops, themed parties at night and private rentals, through Aug. 4. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. $12 includes skates.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Tomatofest, 3-6 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m.-noon July 13.

TENNESSEE VALLEY WILD ONES — Series of free community programs on gardening with native plants.

— July 8: Installing a Prairie, 6 p.m. at GreenSpaces, 63 E. Main St.

— July 13: Gardening With Native Plants, 9-11 a.m. at Sterchi Farm pavilion, 2900 Harrison Pike


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Chattanooga's Double-A affiliate of Cincinnati Reds vs. Biloxi Shuckers, 7:15 p.m. July 9-13, 2:15 p.m. July 14. Promotions: Tuesday, buy-one, get-one tickets with Food City ValuCard; Wednesday, donate new or gently used backpack for two general-admission tickets, Chick-fil-A giveaway via app; Thirsty Thursday drink specials; Friday, fireworks finale, Lookouts play as alternate identity Chattanooga Wreckers, Titans Night with sports commentator Mike Keith; Sunday, donate nonperishable food for free general-admission ticket, Catch on the Field; Kids Run the Bases after every game. $8 and up (discounts for children and seniors).

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men's professional soccer team vs. Richmond Kickers, 7:30 p.m. July 13. Promotions: Fan Appreciation Night, 6-11 p.m. $17 and up.

WE ROCK — Kizzar's, 35 Pitt's Gap Road, Dayton, Tenn. World Extreme rock crawling competition for pros and amateurs, with food and equipment vendors, 7 p.m. July 12-13 (fireworks Saturday night). $5-$50.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. ACT Dessert Series opens with "White Rabbit, Red Rabbit," experimental, one-person show written to be performed by the actor as a cold read, 7:47 p.m. July 11-13, 4:04 p.m. July 14, with debrief session 6:04 p.m. July 14. $15-$20. Mature subject matter.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Waitress" auditions, 7:30 p.m. July 8-10 (show dates Sept. 13-29).

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

› Through Aug. 1:"Steel Magnolias." $19-$35.

› Through Aug. 11: "Anastasia: The Musical." $19-$35.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE — James Boulevard at Rolling Way. Meredith Willson's musical comedy "The Music Man," 8 p.m. July 12-13, 19-20. Lawn chairs may be placed starting at 6 p.m. $5-$15.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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