RiverRocks, the October festival that brings athletes to Chattanooga to compete in road, trail, water, bouldering and bike events, continues this week with activities open to the community as well as competitors.
» Tonight, Oct. 12: Fireside Music Series, Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road, 7-9 p.m.
Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chair to enjoy this free, family, outdoor concert. There will be a campfire for anyone interested in bringing marshmallows and a roasting stick.
The RiverRocks Family Camp Out is also today at Greenway Farm, but registration for it has closed.
» Saturday, Oct. 14: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, noon-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 children ages 4-11 for RRANC members; $15 nonmember adults, $12 nonmember children.
This new RiverRocks event is a day of family fun with an indoor film festival from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring adventure sports, travel and environmental themes. The event will close with two movies under the stars in the meadow.
On the wildlife sanctuary's grounds, visitors will find tethered hot-air balloon rides (weather permitting), a balloon glow after dark, craft beer and food trucks, remote-control sail boats, canoeing on Lookout Creek, tram rides, hikes, storytelling and live animal encounters.
The day's schedule of music starts with John Rawlston and Kathy Veazey at 12:30 p.m., followed by Kofi Mawuko at 2:30 p.m., Meagan Saunders and Jonathan McWilliams at 4:30 p.m. and Monday Night Social at 6:30 p.m.
» Sunday, Oct. 15: Family Fun-Day Sunday, Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road, 3-6 p.m., free admission, $25 fee for canoeing.
Enjoy fall weather in a variety of ways led by staff of Outdoor Chattanooga.
Paddle the creek in canoes available at the boat ramp behind the gardens. Only cash or check accepted for the $25 rental fee.
Test your aim at the archery range, where targets will be placed in front of an arrow-resistant net. The range will be beside the dog park. A liability release form will be required for canoeing and archery.
Outdoor Chattanooga staff will also have suggested routes for hikes and a self-guiding map for families and individuals. Ask for a scavenger hunt list for extra fun.