Glowing balloons, a 690-mile yard sale and pickleball players among events drawing crowds in Chattanooga area this weekend

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Kayla Brown makes a video on her phone of hot air balloons lighting up during the final night of "Light Up East Ridge" at Camp Jordan Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hot-air balloon glows, a back-to-school bash and 500 pickleball players highlight the Chattanooga area's weekend calendar. Here's a chronology.


- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will offer Throwback Thursday admission 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free to the permanent collection, discounted to $5 for "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration."

- In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., this month is featuring photographs, heirloom furniture and other crafted wood pieces by artist William Johnson. The theme of the show, "Twice Over Forty," is a reference to his age, 80. An opening reception is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday.

- River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., will celebrate its 30th anniversary 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at an opening reception for August's featured artists, Holland Van Gores, Joe Parrott and Victoria Pearmain. The gallery, which debuted in August of 1992, was the first of several businesses to open in what is now known as the Bluff View Art District. Its owners, Dr. Charles and Mary Portera, envisioned the gallery as a complement to the neighboring Hunter Museum of American Art and the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts. According to an online history, the original Bluff View neighborhood, which dates to the turn of the 18th century, was fashioned in the style of a small European village, an architectural vibe still reflected in the district's shops, restaurants and inn.

(READ MORE: The history of the Bluff View Art District)

- Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga., will host a gallery opening and artist reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday for artists Robert Schoolfield, Alexa Lett and Audrey Batts. The evening also serves as the volunteer kickoff for Festival 2022, scheduled Sept. 16-18.


- Nightfall, a summer concert series, continues Friday at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., with Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, a soul/funk band fronted by powerhouse vocalist Joslyn Hampton. Music starts at 7 p.m. with local artist Mon Rovia performing before the headliners at 8 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors are set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park. Admission is free.

- Songbirds, 35 Station St., presents An Evening of Rock 'n' Roll Stories With Tom Zutaut at 7 p.m. Friday. Zutaut, who lives in Chattanooga, is a former music industry executive who discovered Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard and Tesla. Scott Chase of KZ-106 will lead the discussion. Tickets are $20.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga transplant Tom Zutaut recalls his days with Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue)

- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will host Subterranea: A Sonic Journey Into the Earth, the first music festival to offer camping at the venue. The weekend features 15 alt/indie bands, including four sets by Papadosio. Music starts at noon CDT Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $80-$600.

- Tri-State Gospel Music Association will induct 10 new members into its Hall of Fame in a concert 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Baptist Temple, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The new honorees will bring the total number to 327 Hall of Fame members with ties to the tri-state. The Nelons, a Grammy-nominated Southern gospel group, will be the featured entertainers. A Hall of Fame choir and various quartet mixes also will perform. A love offering will be accepted to offset expenses.

- Riverfront Nights, a summer concert series, continues 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway, with Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute headlining. Local act The Afternooners will open the show. Admission is free.

- Summer Nights on Main, a monthly concert series in Pikeville, Tenn., continues at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday at 3100 Main St. with Soul Survivor offering a classic-rock/rhythm-and-blues revue. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with a cruise-in of classic cars and a farmers market.

- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will welcome the Matt Turnure Trio for the weekly Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5.

- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome pop/rock singer Christopher Cross at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a pandemic-delayed tour that celebrates the 40th anniversary of his 1980 debut album. The self-titled release won five Grammy Awards and was the first in Grammy history to win the most prestigious "big four" awards: record and song of the year (for "Sailing)" album of the year and best new artist. Tickets are $40-$60.

photo Photo Contributed by In-Town Gallery / William Johnson captured this photo, "Hold That Pose," in Castiglion Florentino, Italy. Photographs and wood pieces crafted by the artist are on display in August at In-Town Gallery. An opening reception is scheduled Friday.


- Music & Movies in Miller, a summer series in Miller Park, 910 Market St., concludes Saturday with music by jazz/R&B fusion band The Flow Creatives and "Sonic the Hedgehog" as the featured film. Games, artists and food trucks are set up by 6 p.m. The film starts at dusk. Bring your own seating. Admission is free.


- Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., will charge no entrance fee Thursday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which provided funds for maintenance at national parks and other sites. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Ranger-led tours detailing the history of the "Battle Above the Clouds" Civil War site start at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will offer a Next Level Comedy Showcase, featuring six up-and-coming comics, at 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12. The weekend's featured comedian is Michael Malone, known for his blistering humor and "rubber face." His shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.

- Blue Ridge Numismatic Association will convene this weekend at Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Public events include a coins and currency show with dealers from several states, plus coin grading, appraisals and a speaker series. Hours are 1-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

- World's Longest Yard Sale, a grassroots gathering of buyers and sellers of miscellany, is Thursday through Sunday. The 690-mile route follows Highway 127 from Addison, Mich., to Chattanooga, then picks up the Lookout Mountain Parkway south to Gadsden, Ala.

(READ MORE: A World's Longest Yard Sale photo gallery)

- Food Truck Friday is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga, 5704 Marlin Road, Building 6000, off Eastgate Loop. Ten restaurants on wheels will offer a variety of culinary specialties. Food Truck Friday repeats the first Friday of every month.

- Rossville open-air market, a summer offering by the city of Rossville and the Blvd Project, will end its three-month run 4-8 p.m. Friday at 207 Chickamauga Ave. The event will include local musicians and vendors selling produce, flowers, original artwork and food. rossville-blvd-market

- Light Up Tennessee, a three-night series of hot-air balloon glows, is scheduled 6:30-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, weather permitting, at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. During a balloon glow, the seven-story balloons are inflated as if they are going to take off, but they remain grounded for spectators to enjoy the vibrant colors. Admission is charged per vehicle, $20 per night (in advance), with options for VIP parking and tethered rides.

- HCS Back to School Bash is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. This fifth annual Hamilton County Schools event will provide free backpacks and school supplies from community partners. Admission is free.

- Rabbit Valley Farmers Market will offer a kickoff to National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 7-13) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. The weekly market features local produce, arts, crafts and musicians.

- Chattanooga Market offers Sunday Funday activities 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Vendors will have farm produce, arts, crafts and prepared foods. Performing will be Americana duo The Briars at 12:30 p.m. and acoustic artist Maya Trippe at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

- Chattanooga Dance Theatre, 5151 Austin Road, Hixson, will host an open house 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The introduction to the dance company will include crafts, games with prizes, studio tours and performances by the company's preprofessionals.

- Rhea County Fair, held at the fairgrounds at 334 Eagle Lane in Evensville, Tenn., will kick off Tuesday with opening ceremonies at the flagpole at 6 p.m. and a womanless pageant at 7:30 p.m. Events on Wednesday include a carnival opening at 5 p.m. and the seventh annual Alvin Harris Gospel Singing at 6 p.m. Events continue through Aug. 13.


- Pickleball tournament: Some 500 pickleball players from across the state will take part in the Tennessee Senior Olympics pickleball finals Friday through Sunday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Athletes 50 and older will take part in singles, doubles and mixed-doubles play. Twenty sports are available in the senior games. Most of the finals took place in June in Williamson County.

(READ MORE: How to play pickleball in Chattanooga, and why so many are)

- Chattanooga Red Wolves, a USL-League One men's professional team, plays Greenville Triumph at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $15-$52.

- Chattanooga Football Club has two upcoming matches at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. The National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team will play the Maryland Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and California United Strikers at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7-$16.

- Chattanooga Lookouts, the Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play the Montgomery Biscuits next week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Tuesday's promotions include a Backpack Give-Back, granting two free general-admission tickets to any fan who donates a new or gently used backpack for Goodwill to distribute to area children in need. General-admission tickets also are available as a buy-one, get-one for fans who show a Food City ValuCard on Tuesday. Wednesday promotions include a Chick-fil-A giveaway, delivered by app, and Dogs at the Diamond, when the purchase of a $5 Pooch Pass allows dogs to enter a designated seating area with their owners. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.