Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including Chattanooga Market, Day Out With Thomas, Travis Tritt)

Travis Tritt performs during the CMA Fest at LP Field on Friday, June 6, 2014, in Nashville. He'll be in concert April 22 at the Dalton Convention Center. /Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP

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


- Celebrate Easter. Many Easter observances are centered around home and church, but there are other ways to spend the day. Still need a photo with the Easter Bunny? Bass Pro Shop in East Ridge offers its final photos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Have some free time to fill? Chattanooga River Market is scheduled to be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Tennessee Aquarium plaza (it reverts to Saturdays only starting next weekend); Rock City will offer EarthDayz activities from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Chattanooga Lookouts will play the Birmingham Barons at 2:15 p.m. at AT&T Field.

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EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS - Bass Pro Shop, 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Free 4x6 photo; packages available, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17.

EASTER AT COOLIDGE - Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Stuart Heights Baptist Church presents hunt for 100,000 eggs at 9 a.m. April 17, followed by worship service at 10 a.m.; park opens at 8 a.m. Bring lawn chairs for seating.

MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH - 2864 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Gospel trio Brian Free & Assurance sings at combined Easter service with Temple Baptist Church, 10:30 a.m. April 17. 706-866-8843

SUNRISE SERVICE - Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave. (use Holtzclaw Avenue entrance). Service led by Salvation Army, with music by Jericho Brass, 7:07 a.m. April 17. Guests should arrive by 6:30 a.m.

SUNRISE SERVICE - Chattanooga Memorial Park, 501 Memorial Drive, Red Bank (at the duck pond). Service led by Northside Presbyterian Church Pastor Paul Rader, 7:30 a.m. April 17. Includes music and dove release.

SUNRISE SERVICE - Hamilton Memorial Gardens, 5351 Highway 153. Service led by Teen Challenge President and CEO David McNabb, 7:30 a.m. April 17 in the "Good Shepherd" section facing the Three Crosses. Features soloist Fred Guilbert and dove release.

SUNRISE SERVICE - Soddy Municipal Park, 150 Depot St., Soddy-Daisy. Service led by Oak Street Baptist Church, 7:30 a.m. April 17 at the stage between the ball fields. 423-332-2300


THE ARTS AVENUE - 1800 Rossville Ave. John Mark McMillan, 8 p.m. April 21. $20.

BARKING LEGS THEATER - 1307 Dodds Ave. Wednesday jazz series features Tortora/Turnure/Powers Trio, 7 p.m. April 20. $5.

BLACK HERITAGE CONCERT - Cadek Hall, 725 Oak St. Nonprofit BATTLE Association (Bringing Attention To The Lives Excluded) presents BATTLE Ensemble in concert of music by Black composers, 4 p.m. April 24. Free. 423-402-0555

CAMPFIRE CONCERT SERIES - Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Kicks off with Behold the Brave, 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 22. Includes beer, entertainment, overnight camping option. $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central. Cave tours and accommodations add-ons available.

- April 22: Twiddle with Captain Midnight Band, 8 p.m. $40.

- April 23: Blunts & Blondes, with Shlump and Bawldy, 8 p.m. $35-$55.

- April 24: JJ Grey & Mofro, 8 p.m. $59.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA - Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Season finale, "Coleridge-Taylor and Sibelius," 7:30 p.m. April 21. $15-$90.

DALTON CONVENTION CENTER - 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga.

- April 22: Travis Tritt on Set in Stone tour, 8 p.m. $60-$140.

- April 23: 38 Special and Marshall Tucker Band, with special guest One for the Road, 8 p.m. $60-$140.

NEW HAVEN BAPTIST CHURCH - 1058 Graysville Road. Gospel singer Pam Weston in concert, 6 p.m. April 24. Free admission; love offering will be received. 423-316-3718

ROAD TO NIGHTFALL - Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Road to Nightfall continues with five bands each night competing for chance to headline Nightfall summer concert series, 7 p.m. April 22-23. $10.

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH - 305 W. Seventh St. Hymn Festival with the Rev. Benjamin Straley, rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Providence, R.I., and former organist of Washington National Cathedral, joined by St. Paul's Senior Choir, 4-5 p.m. April 24.

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St.

- April 19: Band of Other Brothers album release show, 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $28 day of.

- April 22: Abbey Road Live, 7 p.m. $20-$40.

- April 24: Son Volt with S.G. Goodman, 7 p.m. $27 in advance, $32 day of.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY - 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Free admission to these shows. Livestream:

- April 23: Jazz Ensemble concert honoring jazz legend Charles Mingus, 9 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium, Mabel Wood Hall.

- April 24: Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Gustav Holst's "The Planets," 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive East.


ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY - 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Eye of the Beholder" by Stacey Irons Jernigan, through April 30.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL - 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show by Photographic Society of Chattanooga, through April 18.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Collaborations," through April 30.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY - Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Moments With Monet," through June 21. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY - 400 E. Second St. Artist demo by David Salerno, still lifes in oil, 1-4 p.m. April 23. Works on view by James Conner and pottery by Mitch Yung, through April.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM - 1 Broad St. "Washed Ashore," works created with recovered plastic debris, through Oct. 30.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. Auditions for "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," 7-10 p.m. (by appointment) April 18-19.

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

- Through May 1: A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia." $16-$30.

- Through May 31: Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." $16-$32.

GEM PLAYERS - Gem Theater, 700 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, Tenn. "Death and Taxes," 7:30 p.m. April 21-23, 2:30 p.m. April 24, 7:30 p.m. April 28-30, 2:30 p.m. May 1. $12-$15. 423-263-3270

UTC THEATRE, UTC OPERA - Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Joint presentation of Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," 7:30 p.m. April 19-22, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 23. $10-$12.


CHATTANOOGA MARKET - First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Expanded opening weekend includes farm produce, artisan foods, fresh flowers, arts and crafts, live music, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24. Free.

photo Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Chattanooga Market marks the opening of its 2022 season with a two-day event April 23-24 at First Horizon Pavilion. The venue has been used for other events this year, including a native plant marketplace in March.

HIGH COTTON MARKET - Ringgold Feed & Seed Antiques, 403 High St., Ringgold, Ga. Spring parking lot sale offering vintage, industrial and handmade items, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22-23. 706-935-7333

NATIONAL CORNBREAD FESTIVAL - Downtown South Pittsburg, Tenn. Celebration includes cornbread cook-off, samples in Cornbread Alley, live music (including Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Ben Haggard, Hannah Dasher and Corey Layne), arts and crafts, 5K race, tours of Lodge Foundry and historic downtown, classic car cruise-in, cornbread eating contests, carnival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24 (all times Central). $10 single day, $15 two-day pass; free for children preschool age and younger.

POLK COUNTY RAMP TRAMP FESTIVAL - Camp McCroy, 1058 Highway 30, Reliance, Tenn. Celebration of wild onions opens with Bluegrass & Beans, 7 p.m. April 22. Main event, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23, features live music, crafts and traditional meal of ramps in eggs, white beans, cornbread, fried potatoes and streaked meat bacon. Proceeds benefit Polk County 4-H Clubs and Camp McCroy. 423-338-4503

RED DOOR MARKET - St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church, 7547 East Brainerd Road. Features children's activities, baked goods and other foods, home decor, gifts, garden items, handcrafted items, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. Proceeds support Isaiah 117 House to be constructed at Chambliss Center for Children. 423-892-9131

SCCA POTTERY & MORE MARKET - Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St. Outdoor event by Scenic City Clay Arts includes 30+ craft vendors, pottery smash booth ($5 donation), clay handbuilding activities, wheel-throwing demonstrations, food truck and live music, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23. Free.

SCULPTURES IN THE SKY - Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1800 Polk St. Community event with theme "Let Courage Soar," recognizing essential workers, noon-5 p.m. April 23. Features unveiling of new sculpture, "Courage," by internationally recognized artist and medical doctor Santiago Medina; kite stunts and battles by River City Kites; music, food trucks, free kites for children while supplies last. Free.

SPRING PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL - Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Features garden seeds and sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower starts for sale, along with music, arts and crafts vendors, food and children's activities. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22 (plants only), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 (full festival), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24 (full festival). Any leftover plants will be available online April 25.

SWEET TEA & SUNSHINE FAMILY FESTIVAL - Greenway Park and Pavilion, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. More than 150 arts, crafts and food vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, live music, children's beauty pageant, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23. Free.


CHATTANOOGA AUTISM CELEBRATION WALK - Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Chattanooga Autism Center fundraiser, 9 a.m. April 23. $15-$30.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET - Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Gathering of arts, crafts, food vendors, local musicians, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays (and for the last weekend, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday).

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St.

- April 20: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

- April 22-23: Mike Stanley, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., $17-$19.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS - Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Themed train rides departing every hour, plus activities including characters, crafts, storytelling, videos, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 23-24, April 30-May 1. $21 ages 1 and older.

DINNER OF FIRSTS - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Fundraiser for Chattanooga State Community College first-generation scholarship funds includes roast and toast of college's president, Rebecca Ashford, 7 p.m. April 21; reception starts at 6 p.m. $200 and up.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION - Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Hands-on activities to learn environmental lessons, noon-4 p.m. April 23. Included in regular admission. Timed entry tickets required. $13 (discounted while second floor is under renovation).

EARTHDAYZ - Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Includes living ground, living magnolia and living vine characters; music performances; themed foods and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center animal shows, April 17, 23-24. Timed entry tickets required. $18-$28.

ECO FIELD DAY - Miller Park, 928 Market St. GreenSpaces' eco-themed field games, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 22, followed by Earth Day celebration with music, vendors, food and drink, 2-7 p.m.

FOR HER - Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Free women's event with health screenings, wellness vendors, mini massages, acupuncture, food, door prizes and giveaways, 5:30-8 p.m. April 21. Register to receive gift with attendance.

THE GARDEN CLUB AT CRABTREE FARMS - 1000 E. 30th St. Monthly meet-up with seasonal advice for gardeners of all experience levels, 6-8 p.m. April 21. $30.

GOLDEN NEEDLES SEWING MINISTRY - Family Life Center at Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road. Group meets 10 a.m.-noon first and third Thursdays (next: April 21) to sew gifts for residents of nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Sewing ability not required. Cotton fabric donations welcome. 423-877-5742

KIDS FISHING DERBY - Lake at Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tenn. Competition for ages 12 and under, 8-11:30 a.m. April 23; registration opens at 7 a.m. Fishing license not required, but participant must have own fishing pole and bait. To be eligible for prizes, child must be able to cast and reel in catch without assistance. Prizes include a tagged fish worth $500.

MAINSTREET CRUISE-IN - Bradley County Courthouse square, 155 N. Ocoee St. Gathering of classic cars, plus food and music, 1-6 p.m. April 23 (first of seven monthly gatherings of 21st season).

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS - 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn.

- April 22: Chair-ries Jubilee, auction of chairs and other pieces customized by artists, plus food and drink, 6 p.m. Presented by the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for Arts in Education. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Tickets: 423-472-6587

- April 23: Coffee With a Curator, featuring speaker Cash Daniels, followed by community trash pickup around downtown for the Great American Clean-Up, 10 a.m. Free but register.

- April 23: Family Day, with storytime, trunk presentations, children's activities, 11 a.m-3 p.m. Free for children, $3.50 for adults.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA - St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Monthly meeting features program on "Applications of Photography in the Forensic Sciences" by Dr. Michael N. Sobel, 7 p.m. April 21. Boot Camp at 6 p.m.


- Fridays: Meet Our Animal Ambassadors, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free.

- April 23: Weed Wrangle, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.

- April 23: What's This Thing? program to identify flowers, plants and insects, 1-2 p.m. Free.

photo Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Conner Jacobs' new iguana hitches a ride at the Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show held in January at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The show returns April 23-24 for the second of four seasonal stops this year.

SHOW ME REPTILE & EXOTICS SHOW - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Features reptiles, amphibians and exotic mammals, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 23-24 (Saturday includes VIP entry at 9 a.m. with premium ticket, Reptiles After Dark, 6-8 p.m.). $10 general admission, $15 VIP, $20 weekend pass.

STAKE & BURGER DINNER - Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga features livestream with Grammy-nominated singer Ruben Studdard, 7 p.m. April 21. Choose meal for two and a bottle of wine to be delivered (5:30-7 p.m.) or get the grab-and-go at The Chattanoogan Hotel entrance, 1201 Broad St. Tickets start at $250.


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds concludes home series against the Birmingham Barons, 2:15 p.m. April 17. Promotions include Dogs at the Diamond ($5 for each Pooch Pass), post-game catch and kids run the bases. $6-$11.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES - CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. United Soccer League professional men's team vs. FC Tucson, 7:30 p.m. April 23. $15-$52.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.