10 things to do in Chattanooga this weekend

Contributed Photo by Katrena Wize / Blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales will headline the final Riverfront Nights concert of the season on Saturday.

This story was updated at 3:20 p.m. on Aug. 25 to state that Sanofi Careers Night during Nightfall has been postponed until Sept. 2.


A former Ikette from Ike Turner's band will help close out Riverfront Nights, a country music star will sing at Memorial Auditorium and a comedian who once had a TV sitcom will entertain at The Comedy Catch this weekend.

Here’s our top picks of the weekend: 

– Sunflower Arts & Crafts Show marks its second year 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. In addition to arts and crafts vendors, the event includes live music, food trucks, a children's play area and ponies. Admission is free. eventswithkimk@gmail.com

– Fyffe UFO Days Festival is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. CDT Saturday at Fyffe Town Park, 398 Grave St., Fyffe, Ala. UFO, in this case, stands for unforgettable family outing, but the name is a callback to several sightings of unidentified flying objects in the town in 1989. The festival features hot-air balloon rides, arts and crafts, children's games, food vendors, antique tractors, live entertainment and a street dance. facebook.com/fyffeufodays

– Chattanooga Roller Derby, a women's flat-track team, has three bouts scheduled Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Chattanooga's Ruby Regulators will take on the Atlanta Junior Roller Derby at 2 p.m., followed by Chattanooga's B-Railers versus Major Mashup at 5 p.m. and Chattanooga's Allstars vs. The World in a rematch at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6-$12. The night's featured charity is the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. chattanoogarollerderby.com

– Nightfall, a summer concert series, continues Friday at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., with two local bands that triumphed in the Road to Nightfall competition. Opening the show at 7 p.m. is finalist Cosmic Twelve, a local prog-rock trio. Following at 8 p.m. will be the headliner, Lilac Line, the alt-rock band that won the competition. Artists, games and food vendors will be set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Sanofi, a pharmaceutical company, has rescheduled its previously announced Career Night for next Friday, Sept. 2. Admission is free. Nightfallchattanooga.com

– Riverfront Nights, a summer concert series, says farewell to the season 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. The headliner is blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales, who can play guitar right- or left-handed and upside down. Sweet Randi Love & The Love Thang Band will open the show. Love was an Ikette in Ike Turner's band years ago. Admission is free. Riverfrontnights.com

– The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes two acts this weekend. Featured Thursday at 7 p.m. is Steve Byrne, who starred in the sitcom "Sullivan & Son" for three seasons on TBS. Tickets for this special engagement are $20-$25. DJ Sandhu, known for "the most luxurious beard in comedy," headlines at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19. thecomedycatch.com

— Repticon, featuring vendors of reptiles and other exotic pets, is this weekend at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Single-day tickets are $11-$12 for adults, $6 for ages 5-12; $15 and $6 for both days. Discounts are available on single-day tickets after 1 p.m., and tickets are free for active-duty military, first responders and teachers with ID. Tickets must be purchased online. repticon.com

– Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome country singer Lee Brice at 7 p.m. Saturday on his Label Me Proud tour. Brice wrote hit songs for other artists, including Garth Brooks and the Eli Young Band, before finding success as a solo artist with songs such as "I Drive Your Truck" and "I Don't Dance." Michael Ray and Jackson Dean will open the show. Tickets are $40-$60. Tivolichattanooga.com

– Chattanooga Market plans a Sunday Funday with the arts, crafts and produce vendors 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The featured musicians are the Joey Winslett Band (blues rock) and the Tim Hughes Quartet (jazz). Admission is free. chattanoogamarket.com

– The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will welcome reggae band Michael Franti & Spearhead for an underground show at 6 p.m. CDT Sunday. Tickets are $60. Upgrades are available for cave tours and accommodations, while supplies last. thecaverns.com

– The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows next week. Blues-rock band Dorothy plays at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with Abby K opening. Tickets are $19-$45. Metal band Black Label Society will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with support from Jared James Nichols and The Native Howl. Tickets are $37-$65. thesignaltn.com

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Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.