Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including ‘Jaws,’ Rail & Hops Brewers Festival)

Universal Pictures / Roy Scheider stars as Police Chief Martin Brody in “Jaws.” Steven Spielberg’s 1975 summer blockbuster will play Sept. 1-8 at the Tennessee Aquarium’s Imax Theater.

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


The eighth-grader in your family has a chance to win a cruise. AAA’s Discovery Crew travel contest will award 60 eighth-graders a weeklong educational river cruise in Europe next spring. The prize also covers airfare to and from Amsterdam, travel insurance and money for passports for each winner and a parent or guardian. Winners will sail through the Netherlands and Belgium aboard the AmaWaterways’ AmaLucia ship. Students can enter the contest online at There is no cost to enter, and AAA membership is not required. The winner must be an eighth-grader at least 13 years old, be willing to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of the cruise and live in one of the 14 states serviced by AAA, which include Tennessee and Georgia. Winners will be selected based on a creative selfie that shows their passion for travel and their answers to three essay questions about travel. The contest ends Sept. 23. Winners will be notified in October.


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 (change-over begins Aug. 29).

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Solo member show, “Replica,” by Heath Montgomery and “Scenic City Clay Artists Instructor Showcase,” through Sept. 30. 423-265-4282

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. First Friday open studio, with live demonstrations and music, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 2. RSVPs appreciated.

ETOWAH ARTS COMMISSION — 700 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, Tenn. East Tennessee Regional Juried Open Art Show, Sept. 3-28.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Community show, “The Cowan of Times Past,” through Oct. 2.

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.

HETZEL ART STUDIOS & GALLERY — 2240 Spring Place Road, Cleveland, Tenn. Sandy Brown solo exhibition, “Sky Dancers” Sept. 1-30. Reception 2-6 p.m. Sept. 10, with artist talk at 4 p.m. 423-641-1308

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Admission fees may apply.

› Sept. 1: Throwback Thursday, with free admission to the permanent collection and $5 admission to “Enchanted” exhibit, 4-8 p.m.; Fantasy Game Night, including a short Dungeons & Dragons campaign and other tabletop games, 5-7:30 p.m.

› Sept. 5: Final day for “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.”

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave.

› Through Aug. 31: “Twice Over Forty,” photographs, heirloom furniture and other wood pieces by William Johnson.

› Sept. 1-30: “Cup-A-Palooza,” by master potters Laurie Graham and Jonathan Clardy. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 2.

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

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St.

› Through Aug. 31: Works by Holland Van Gores, Joe Parrott and Victoria Pearmain.

› Sept. 1-30: Works by Julia Girardini and Ken Girardini. Opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 2.

SHUPTRINE’S GALLERY — 2613 Broad St. Drop-in fall open house, featuring artists Mike Smelcher, Robert Calcagno, Hunter Eddy and Alan Shuptrine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. “Washed Ashore,” works created with recovered plastic debris, through Oct. 30.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Derek Richards, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Sept. 2-3, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. $17-$19.

IMPROV CHATTANOOGA — Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Open house for prospective performers of all experience levels, 7 p.m. Aug. 29. Donations appreciated.


RAIL & HOPS BREWERS FESTIVAL — Miller Park, 910 Market St. Tasting event features handcrafted beers from regional brewers, food trucks, music by Lee Fields & The Expressions, Strung Like a Horse, The Shady Recruits, 5-10 p.m. Sept. 3. Must be 21 or older (ID required). $50 in advance, $65 day of. Benefits SoundCorps.


IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. Screenings of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic “Jaws,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sept. 2-4, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5-8. $15.

COLONNADE — 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Red-carpet premiere of “Access Control,” a faith-based, buddy-cop comedy film from AJB4 Entertainment, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3; film begins at 8 p.m.; Q&A with cast follows. $20 general, $50 VIP.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Kofi Mawuko & Ogya, 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $5.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Upgrades available for cave tours and accommodations.

› Aug. 28: Michael Franti & Spearhead, 6 p.m. CDT. $60.

› Sept. 3: UB40 with the Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, Maxi Priest and Big Mountain, 6:30 p.m. CDT. $59.

› Sept. 4: Switchfoot, with Little Image, 6 p.m. CDT. $49.

MYLON HAYES FAMILY — Dalton, Ga., churches. Touring gospel group in three performances Aug. 28: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Salem Baptist, 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive NE; 6 p.m. at Carolyn Baptist, 2305 Cleveland Highway.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series concludes season Sept. 2, with headliner Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials at 8 p.m. and Butch Ross opening at 7 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors set up at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Free admission.

PIKEVILLE SUMMER NIGHTS — Main Street Stage, downtown Pikeville, Tenn. Concert series with Carrie Hassler, 7 p.m. CDT Sept. 3. Farmers market and classic car cruise-in start at 6 p.m. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

› Aug. 30: Dorothy, with Abby K, 8 p.m. $19-$45.

› Aug. 31: Black Label Society, with Jared James Nichols and The Native Howl, 7:30 p.m. $37-$65.

› Sept. 4: Pop Evil on the Vortex tour, with Zillion, 8 p.m. $22-$40.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

› Sept. 1: The Songbirds Radio Hour: “Bessie & The Big 9,” inaugural episode of music and interview show hosted before a live audience, featuring Dr. Michelle Scott, author of “Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South,” and local singer Neshawn Calloway, 7 p.m. Free.

› Sept. 3: Jonathan Peyton and In the Company of Wolves for Be the Change Youth Initiative, 7 p.m. $20.


AUTHOR APPEARANCE — Gailor Auditorium, 92 DuBose Lane, Sewanee, Tenn. Novelist Katie Kitamura reads from her latest book, “Intimacies,” at University of the South, 4:30 p.m. CDT Aug. 30 Free. Livestream on YouTube

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

› Aug. 28: Sunday Funday with music by Joey Winslett Band and Tim Hughes.

› Sept. 4: Fall Food Truck Rally.

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: Sept. 1) to sew gifts for residents of nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Sewing ability not required. Cotton fabric donations welcome. 423-877-5742

MASSARI-WOOD DANCE CENTER — 1070 Graysville Road. Open house with class registration, viewing of past performances, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 4.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATCH & CLOCK COLLECTORS — Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Mid-South regional meeting in new location, with public hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3, 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 4. Features wide variety of timepieces, lectures and workshops. Free admission to exhibit and lectures; $10 for mart.

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL — 501 S. Moore Road. School tours, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 28 (following Mass) as part of 85th anniversary celebration.

RAISE THE WOOF — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Fundraiser for dog rescue organization Trooper’s Treasures, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 28, with silent auction, puppy petting zoo, dog dash, live entertainment, yard games, food trucks and vendors.


› Fridays through Nov. 18: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. By donation.

› Saturdays through Nov. 26: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. $5-$10.

REPTICON — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors of reptiles, other exotic pets and supplies, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 28 (final day). $11-$12 adults, $6 ages 5-12; discounts after 1 p.m., free admission to active-duty military, first responders and teachers with ID. Tickets must be purchased online.

RK GUN SHOW — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors with guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4. $4-$12 general admission, $6-$14 VIP.

WREATHS ACROSS CHATTANOOGA — Elder’s Ace Hardware, 4921 Highway 58. Alpha Beta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization accepting donations for wreaths for holiday placement at Chattanooga National Cemetery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 3. 423-227-6206.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. National Independent Soccer Association men’s professional team vs. Metro Louisville Football Club, 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $7-$16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in home stand vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos. First three games played with Montañas de Chattanooga (Mountains of Chattanooga) theme as part of Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup) initiative recognizing Hispanic traditions. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $6-$11.

› Aug. 30: 7:15 p.m. Montañas de Chattanooga theme; buy-one, get-one general-admission ticket with Food City ValuCard.

› Aug. 31: 7:15 p.m. Montañas de Chattanooga theme; Chick-fil-A giveaway delivered by app.

› Sept. 1: 7:15 p.m. Montañas de Chattanooga theme; Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

› Sept. 2: 7:15 p.m. Chance to win $100,000 if the Lookouts hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning; mega fireworks finale.

› Sept. 3: 7:15 p.m. Used car giveaway; pregame entertainment by Chattanooga Juggling Club

› Sept. 4: 2:15 p.m. Suicide Awareness Day; trade nonperishable food for Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a free general-admission ticket; post-game Catch on the Field.


THE RINGGOLD PLAYHOUSE — Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St. Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” 2 p.m. Aug. 28 (final show).$8-$10.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.