Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including Jimmie Allen at StarNight, margarita festival)

Photo Contributed by Siskin Children's Institute / Country star Jimmie Allen will headline Siskin StarNight at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Aug. 20.
Photo Contributed by Siskin Children's Institute / Country star Jimmie Allen will headline Siskin StarNight at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Aug. 20.

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


Winners of Tennessee Songwriters Week competitions will join headliner Larry Gatlin for the Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival this week. The Chattanooga area had two of the six finalists, as determined in 45 qualifying rounds and six showcase performances earlier this year. Robert Lee won the Chattanooga showcase at Songbirds with the song "Methadone Line." He advanced from the qualifying round at Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton. Tyson Leamon of Riceville won the showcase at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville with his song "Who I Am." He advanced from the qualifying round at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland. The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival will take place Thursday through Aug. 21 at several venues in downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding area. The next Tennessee Songwriters Week is Feb. 19-25. The Gatlinburg event will have free admission to most performances. Special events may be attended with one-night tickets or weekend passes. See the lineup at


The Chattanooga Times Free Press is compiling its annual calendar of fall festivals to run in the newspaper on the Sunday before Labor Day, Sept. 4. To be included, email the details to


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AREA 61 GALLERY - 721 Broad St. "Tondo, Tondo, Tondo" by Bob Fazio, through Aug. 31.

AVA GALLERY - 30 Frazier Ave. Solo member show, "Replica," by Heath Montgomery, Aug. 19-Sept. 30. 423-265-4282

CLEARSTORY ARTS - 1673 Holtzclaw Ave. Opening reception for "Overflow" by Misty Ogle Semanco, 2-6 p.m. Aug. 19.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD - 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Works by Robert Schoolfield, Alexa Lett and Audrey Batts, through Aug. 26.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD - The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

- Through Aug. 28: Member show, "Retrospective Exhibition: Early Art Through Quarantine" by Sunday Perkins.

- Through Oct. 2: Community show, "The Cowan of Times Past." Reception, 5-7 p.m. CDT Aug. 19.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL - 71 Eastgate Loop. Summer show by Photographic Society of Chattanooga, through Oct. 14.

HAMILTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE - 625 Georgia Ave. "Metamorphosis: Loss and Grace," high school art show.


- Aug. 14: Family Fun Day: Fairy Tales Enchantment, with art-making stations, scavenger hunts, food tastings, costume making and performances, 2-4 p.m.

- Aug. 18: ArtWise, a free virtual program with illustrator Tyler Jacobson, who has contributed to Magic the Gathering cards and the Dungeons & Dragons game, 6-7 p.m.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Twice Over Forty," photographs, heirloom furniture and other wood pieces by William Johnson, through Aug. 31.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER - 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. Sixty paintings by eight artists of the Regional Art Alliance, through August. 423-870-8924

NORTHSIDE GALLERY - Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Mountain Musings," by artists of the "Plum Nelly" area of Rising Fawn, Ga., through Sept. 22. 423-266-1766

PLUM NELLY DEPOT ART SHOW - Trenton Community Center, 105 Price St., Trenton, Ga. Alliance for Dade's inaugural show, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Includes works in various mediums by at least seven artists, plus book signings by Ken Pennington ("The Rockeaters") and Holt Webb ("I Know in My Heart"). Free admission.

RIVER GALLERY - 400 E. Second St. Works by Holland Van Gores, Joe Parrott and Victoria Pearmain, through Aug. 31.

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


ST. PAUL AME CHURCH - 2514 Williams St. Praise celebration for the church's 133rd anniversary, 11 a.m. Aug. 21. Guest speaker is Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield, who presides over the 13th Episcopal district of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Join the service virtually via online Praise Link.


IMAX THEATER - 201 Chestnut St. "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" 40th anniversary screenings, through Aug. 18. Free commemorative mini poster, while supplies last. $15.


BARKING LEGS THEATER - 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. Aug. 17. $5.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Ticket upgrades available for cave tours and accommodations.

- Aug. 19: Greensky Bluegrass, with The Wood Brothers, 6:30 p.m. CDT, outdoor amphitheater. $45-$59.

- Aug. 20-21: Umphrey's McGree and The Disco Biscuits, 7 p.m. CDT, outdoor amphitheater. $49-$79 one night, $99-$150 both nights.

NIGHTFALL - Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Weekly concert series continues Aug. 19 with Magnolia Boulevard headlining at 8 p.m., The TN Ruminators opening at 7 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Free admission.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS - Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Weekly concert series continues with Shovels & Rope headlining and Jack Broadbent opening, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 20. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St.

- Aug. 17: Aaron Lewis and The Stateliners, 8 p.m. Sold out.

- Aug. 19: The Cadillac Three, with Ben Chapman, 8 p.m. $22-$45.

SISKIN STARNIGHT - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Fundraising gala for Siskin Children's Institute includes reception, dinner, concert by country star Jimmie Allen and after-party, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $300 (sponsorships also available).

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St.

- Aug. 19: Josh Meloy, 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

- Aug. 20: Roger Alan Wade: An Evening of Songs & Stories, 7 p.m. $15.

WALKER THEATRE - 399 MccAllie Ave. Amy Grant, rescheduled from Aug. 19 to April 29 following her bicycle accident.


CHATTANOOGA MARGARITA FESTIVAL - First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Chattanooga restaurants compete to make best margarita as determined by popular vote among 12 samples, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 18. Includes food vendors, local DJs, photo booth. $44.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET - First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Weekly market of local produce, arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

- Aug. 14: Team Spirit Day, with music by Tropic Sol at 12:30 p.m. and The Close at 2 p.m.

- Aug. 21: Buskers Festival.

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St.

- Aug. 17: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

- Aug. 19-20: Ryan Erwin, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

CTC BOOK CLUB - Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Discussion of "Things I Know To Be True," 7 p.m. Aug. 16. PDF of script on club's Facebook page; ask to join if not a member.

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: Aug. 18) to sew gifts for residents of nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Sewing ability not required. Cotton fabric donations welcome. 423-877-5742

HISTORICAL BICYCLE TOURS - Chickamauga Battlefield's Wilder Brigade Monument, Tour Stop 6 on Glenn-Viniard Road (Visitor Center is at 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.). Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga begin free series of guided bicycle tours for ages 8 and up, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 20. Route is 3 to 4 miles on flat to moderately hilly terrain and takes about 2.5 hours. Helmets required for all ages. Reservations required only for loaner bikes.

JAYHAWK V BRUNCH - Cart & Seoul, 67 Sanford Lane, Flintstone, Ga. Final event in two-day fundraiser for the Children's Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14. Includes music by Vic Burgess & Friends. Burgess sponsors the free community event in memory of his father, John Burgess.

JEDI TRAINING - Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Instruction for young Padawans, ages 6-10, with agility and basic combat skills taught by Greg Roy's Martial Arts, costume contest, meet-and-greet with movie characters, chance to create a Droid, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. $5. Registration required.

MASTER GARDENERS OF HAMILTON COUNTY - Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle. Monthly gardening class, "Reimagine Your Store-Bought Bouquet," 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Attend in person or virtually. Free but RSVP.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA - St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Monthly program by Ledra Woodlee on "A Journey to and Through Wildlife Photography," 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Boot Camp on "Flower Photography" with Louann Smith starts at 6 p.m.

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET - 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Mashburn Touch the Truck Day, with local produce, arts, crafts, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 20.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER - 400 Garden Road. "Save the Red Wolves" programs, 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted.

SPLASH SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL - Miller Park, 910 Market St. Splash, a year-round free youth arts workshop, presents festival with art activities, music, dance, vendors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20. Free admission.


ARIES FIGHT SERIES - Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Southeastern amateur and professional combat sports event, with mixed martial arts, muay Thai, kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors, 5 p.m. Aug. 20. $30; VIP tables available.

CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB - Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team vs. Michigan Stars Football Club, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $7-$16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds concludes six-game home stand vs. Montgomery Biscuits, 2:15 p.m. Aug. 14. Promotions include a food drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (trade a canned good for a free general-admission ticket), Catch on the Field and Kids Run the Bases after the game. $6-$11.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES - CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL-League One men's professional team versus South Georgia Tormenta FC, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $15-$52.


BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS - Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Count of Monte Cristo," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-20, 3 p.m. Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27. $12-$15.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. Auditions for "August: Osage County," 7 p.m. Aug. 15-16 (show dates Oct. 28-Nov. 13). $15-$25.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE - 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Show times vary.

- Through Aug. 21: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." $18-$34.

- Through Sept. 8: "Escape to Margaritaville." $18-$34.

- Aug. 19-Oct. 13: "Leading Ladies." $16-$30.

SCENIC CITY SHAKESPEARE - Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St. Discussion of "As You Like It," 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. Zoom link available.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE - 114 S. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Eric Coble's "Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe," 2 p.m. Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, 2 p.m. Aug. 21. $12-$14.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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