Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including hot-air balloon glows, World's Longest Yard Sale)

Contributed Photo by Kathleen Greeson / Award-winning Chattanooga-based songwriter/guitarist Nathan Bell will host the inaugural monthly Chattanooga Super Sessions at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Joining him for the free-form setting will be guitar wizard Craig Pratt, reed specialist Gordon Inman and percussionist Pate Russell. There is no cover, but donations will be accepted.

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


Country music star Lauren Alaina has a new record label. Independent label Big Loud Records announced the signing of the platinum-selling recording artist, Grand Ole Opry member and Rossville native last week. "We feel like Lauren is absolutely one of the best vocalists, male or female, in this town," Big Loud CEO/partner Seth England told Billboard. "Certainly, she's had success, but we humbly think she has barely scratched the surface of what we think we can do together. Lauren Alaina deserves to be, in my opinion, on the same pedestal as Carrie Underwood, and it's our job to help her find that mode." Alaina described Big Loud to Billboard as her dream label. "I got a label that matches my personality: big, loud and country," she said. "I really want to tap into my country roots. I don't think people remember like how Southern I am I'm a country girl through and through." In addition to her musical success, the entertainer has starred in a Hallmark movie, written an Amazon best-seller and appeared on CBS' "Beyond the Edge" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."


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

AVA GALLERY - 30 Frazier Ave. Annual AVA juried member exhibition, through Aug. 12. 423-265-4282

CLEARSTORY ARTS - 1673 Holtzclaw Ave. "My Work Is Me: A Mary B. Lynch Retrospective," plus response pieces by ClearStory resident artists, through Aug. 13.

EXUM GALLERY - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Mountain Art Guild show, through Aug. 10. 423-266-8195

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD - The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "The Cowan of Times Past" community show, Aug. 4-Oct. 2. (Any regional artist may drop off works for the show through July 31.)

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.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - 10 Bluff View. Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 4, with free admission to the permanent collection and $5 admission to "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration."

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave.

- Through July 31: "Ukraine Blue and Yellow."

- Aug. 1-31: "Twice Over Forty," photographs, heirloom furniture and other wood pieces by 80-year-old William Johnson. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 5.

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 July 31: Works by James Courtenay James, Cynthia Tollefsrud and Lee Malerich.

- Aug. 1-31: Works by Holland Van Gores, Joe Parrott and Victoria Pearmain. Opening reception and 30th anniversary celebration, 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 5.

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



- Aug. 1: Debut of Chattanooga Super Sessions, with host Nathan Bell and guest artists Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman and Pate Russell, 7-9 p.m. Donations accepted.

- Aug. 3: Jazz in the Lounge with the Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7 p.m. $5.


THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

- July 31: Fleet Foxes on Shore Tour, with Uwade, 8 p.m. CDT, outdoor amphitheater. $55-$89.

- Aug. 5-6: Subterranea Festival, featuring Papadosio in four sets, Sunsquabi, Doom Flamingo, Lespecial, Cloudchord and 10 other acts in first camping festival at the venue. $80-$600.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM - 399 McCallie Ave. Foreigner: Greatest Hits, 7:30 p.m. July 31. $29-$125.

NIGHTFALL - Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Weekly concert series continues Aug. 5 with Joslyn & The Sweet Conspiracy headlining at 8 p.m., Mon Rovia 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 Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute headlining and The Afternooners opening, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 6. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St. American Aquarium, 8 p.m. July 31, with H.C. McEntire opening. $15-$30.

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St.

- Aug. 3: The Arcadian Wild, 7 p.m. $15.

- Aug. 5: An Evening of Rock 'n' Roll Stories With Tom Zutaut, with host Scott Chase of KZ-106, 7 p.m.

SUMMER NIGHTS ON MAIN - Main Street, Pikeville, Tenn. Classic cars, farmers market, music by Carrie Hassler, 6-10 p.m. CDT Aug. 7 (music starts at 7 p.m.).

TRI-STATE GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME - Parkway Baptist Temple, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Induction ceremony for 2022 honorees, with scrap iron quartets (men and women) and Hall of Fame choir, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6.

WALKER THEATRE - 399 McCallie Ave. Johnnyswim, 8 p.m. Aug. 1. $29-$49.


MUSIC & MOVIES AT MILLER - Miller Park, 928 Market St. Games, artists and food trucks set up by 6 p.m. Aug. 6, with Flow Creatives headlining, outdoor screening of "Sonic the Hedgehog" at dusk (last in a series). Bring your own seating. Free admission.


BLUE RIDGE NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION CONVENTION - Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Coins and currency by dealers from several states, plus coin grading, appraisals, speaker series, 1-6 p.m. Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6. Free admission.

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

- July 31: Chattanooga Bluegrass, with music by Randy Steele at 12:30 p.m. and New Grass Express at 2 p.m.

- Aug. 7: Sunday Funday.

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St.

- July 31: Mr. Showtime David Scott, 7:30 p.m. $17-19.

- Aug. 3: Open Mic Night for area talents, 7:30 p.m. $7.

- Aug. 5-6: Michael Malone, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

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

HAMILTON PLACE - 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Tax-Free Weekend Bash includes piano requests played by local TikTok celebrity TokeThePoet, 2-4 p.m. July 31 at Center Stage.

LIGHT UP TENNESSEE - Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Hot-air balloon glow, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 5-7. Parking/admission tickets (for all in vehicle) $20 in advance, tether rides $25 on-site; VIP parking and other options available.

OPEN-AIR MARKET - 207 Chickamauga Ave., Rossville. Monthly event with local musicians and vendors selling produce, flowers, original artwork and food, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 5 (last of the season). rossville-blvd-market

POINT PARK - 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. No entrance fee to celebrate one-year anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4. Ranger-led tours at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET - 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Local produce, arts, crafts, musicians to celebrate start of National Farmers Market Week, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 6.

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

SOCCER SHOTS FAMILY NIGHT - CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Soccer Shots Chattanooga event includes face-painting, bounce houses, balloon animals, soccer sessions and food vendors, 5-7 p.m. July 31. Attendees are asked to bring a new toy to donate to the Forgotten Child Fund. Admission is free.

TAX HOLIDAYS - Includes these enacted by Tennessee General Assembly.

- Through July 31: No state sales tax on clothing (under $100), school supplies (under $100) and computers (under $1,500).

- Aug. 1-31: No state sales tax on food and food ingredients (as sold at grocery stores, not restaurants).

WORLD'S LONGEST YARD SALE - Highway 127 from Addison, Mich., to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain Parkway south to Gadsden, Ala. Professional and weekend vendors with items for sale along 690-mile route through six states, Aug. 4-7.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB - Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Men's professional team in the National Independent Soccer Association plays Maryland Bobcats, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $7-$16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in final game of home stand against Rocket City Trash Pandas, 2:15 p.m. July 31. Donate a canned good for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a free general-admission ticket. $6-$11.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES - CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL-League One men's professional team versus Greenville Triumph FC, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $15-$52.

CHATTANOOGA WATERCROSS PREMIER - Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, Hixson. Racing competition sanctioned by International Jet Sports Boating Association and presented by Chattanooga Jet Ski Club, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31 (final day). Classes for ski, sport and runabout watercraft. Watch from shore ($10 vehicle fee to enter park) or your boat.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. "Giant Steps: An Urbean Musical," 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. (Performances weekend of July 28-31 canceled due to an instance of COVID-19 in the cast). $15-$25.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.