Ice cream, 'Lady Marmalade' and T-rex lead Chattanooga-area weekend events

Ice cream will be served at Chattanooga Market, Patti LaBelle will sing at Memorial Auditorium and the dinosaurs of "Jurassic World: Dominion" will roam across the Imax screen this weekend in Chattanooga. Here's a chronology.


- Community choral concert: The Chattanooga Boys Choir and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song will kick off a combined spring tour with a concert at 6 p.m. Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Other stops are in Alabama and Georgia. Admission is free.

- Singer Songwriter Series at McLemore resort, 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Ga., offers a double feature this month, a Singing Sisters Jam featuring Lauren Jenkins and Annie Clements & Friends, at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $55.

- Songbirds, 35 Station St., will welcome country-folk artist Charles Wesley Godwin, with special guest Justin Wells, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Day-of-show tickets are $18.

- The Inspirations, a chart-topping Southern gospel group, has two stops in the area. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday at Friendship Baptist Church, 3901 Lowery Lane in Rocky Face, Ga., and at 7 p.m. Friday at United in Faith Center, 2911 Congress Parkway in Athens, Tenn.

- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., has two upcoming shows. ABBA The Concert features a 21st Century Artists tribute to the Swedish pop group at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $34-$64. Patti LaBelle, the "Godmother of Soul," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with local artist Swayyvo supporting. Tickets are $54-$150.

- Nightfall, the free summer concert series at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., continues Friday with indie rock band Wildermiss headlining at 8 p.m. Local act Shiggy opens at 7 p.m. Games, food trucks and art vendors and food trucks will be set up at the adjacent Miller Park. Moonlight Roller will offer roller-skating 6:30-9:30 p.m. on M.L. King Boulevard between Broad and Market streets. It's free to participate, $10 to rent skates (must be 18 to rent).

- The Bells of Christ Church, a youth handbell choir from historic Christ Church Anglican of Savannah, Ga., will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave., as part of a summer tour. 423-756-2021

- Friday Festivals, a monthlong concert series, continues with indie folk act Monday Night Social performing at 7 p.m. Friday at First Street Square, 240 First St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Admission is free.

- Calvary Memorial Baptist Church, 518 U.S. 41, Ringgold, Ga., will host Southern gospel artist Ben Waites at 7 p.m. Friday.

- Nokian Tyres Summer Nights, a free concert series in Dayton, Tenn., continues at 7 p.m. Friday with country-rock artist Michelle Leigh at the Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St. Admission is free.

- WanderLinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St., highlights its music calendar with a stop by Atlanta-based rockers Blank 281, a Blink 182 tribute band featured on E's "Clash of the Cover Bands," at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., will welcome country/blues singer Shakey Graves, with Bendigo Fletcher opening, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $27-$54.

- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will present a Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday. Tickets start at $52.

- Fairview Baptist Church, 6807 Snow Hill Road, Ooltewah, will welcome gospel singer Dallas Rogers at 11 a.m. Sunday.

- Scenic City Chorale, a 60-member, all-volunteer chorus, will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 N. Terrace. Admission is free.

- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome rock's Little River Band, with Randy Steele supporting, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $55-$85.


- Sunflower Festival: Copper Creek Farm, 1514 Reeves Station Road SW, Calhoun, Ga., will showcase its sunflower fields and 25 farm activities designed for family fun, including pig races, hayrides, pony rides and a petting barn, starting Friday. Activities are offered six days a week through July 23 (closed Sundays, hours vary). Admission is $18, with discounts for seniors and groups; free for children under 36 months old.

- Free Fishing Day, when anyone can fish without a license, is Saturday in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, to mark the final day of National Fishing and Boating Week.

- South Chickamauga Creek Greenway opening events continue at various sites along the 12 miles of trail stretching from the Tennessee Riverwalk to Camp Jordan. Among them Saturday are an Early Bird Hike to explore the language and communication styles of area birds, set for 8-9:30 a.m. at Sterchi Farm, 3000 Harrison Pike; and a SheBop & Pop-Up Project in the Wild market with vintage items, arts, plants and other items, scheduled 11 a.m.-5 p.m. amid the train cars at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Events are presented by the Trust for Public Land and The Chattery. Admission to the hike is a $10 suggested donation. Admission to the market is free.

(READ MORE: South Chickamauga Creek Greenway opening events)

- Family Day on the Riverfront is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Kite-building sessions are offered to the first 50 participants; registration is required. The fun also includes oversize lawn games, soccer with Operation Get Active, art activities and Art 120 cars on display. Admission is free.

- Cleveland's Family Fun Day is set for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Greenway Park, 775 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. It includes food and business vendors, pony rides, train rides, inflatables, music and giveaways. Admission is free. Register online for prizes.

- Sequatchie Valley Brewfest, offering "bottomless beer" tastings from area brewers, is 4-8 p.m. CDT Saturday, rain or shine, at the Princess Theatre, 215 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. The second annual event also includes music and other entertainment. Admission is $45; $5 for the designated driver. Proceeds go to the South Pittsburg Rotary Club's service projects.

- Rescues on the Runway, a fundraiser for the Humane Educational Society, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. The evening includes a cocktail hour, live auction, adoptable pets, a three-course meal and a fashion show with models accompanied by animals. Tickets are $175 per person, $1,200 for tables of eight.

- Chattanooga Market offers an antidote to hot weather at its annual Ice Cream Social 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. A $5 ticket is good for samples from Mayfield Dairy, Ice Cream Show, Ben & Jerry's, Tasty Scoops and Clumpies. All proceeds go to Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. The market also will have its usual assortment of local produce, arts and crafts. Scenic City Sound will provide musical accompaniment starting at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

- "Conversations on Democracy," a free lecture series at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will welcome nationally known conservative commentator Bill Kristol in a virtual discussion and Q&A 7-8 p.m. Monday. Kristol served as chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett during President Ronald Reagan's administration and as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle in the George H.W. Bush administration. Register:

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- Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., offers "Jurassic World: Dominion" as the next first-run summer blockbuster to be shown on the six-story screen. The dinosaur adventure will screen in 2D at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 6:30 p.m. June 13-19. Three screenings in 3D start at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All-ages tickets are $15 (discounts for members).

- Music & Movies in Miller continues Saturday in Miller Park, 910 Market St., with the multigenre NuBreed Band onstage and the 1978 fantasy musical "The Wiz" showing at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.). Bring your own seating. Music by SoundCorps buskers, games, artists and food trucks will start at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

- Bobby Stone Film Series starts its next edition this weekend at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. First up, the director's cut of the sci-fi horror classic "Alien" at 7 p.m. Saturday and "To Kill a Mockingbird," the 1962 Gregory Peck starrer based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$12. Next week brings two children's matinees: "Vivo," featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda songs, at 11 a.m. Tuesday and "A Wrinkle in Time," based on Madeleine L'Engle's award-winning novel, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Matinee admission is $5. Four more films will follow in June.


- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will host a Next Level Comedy Showcase, with a curated lineup of rising comics, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12. Shows by the weekend's headliner, Lydia Popovich, start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19. Open Mic Night is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7.

- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., welcomes Brian Regan, hailed by Vanity Fair as "the funniest stand-up alive," at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $55-$65.


- "The Father," a look at the world through the eyes of a man with dementia, plays the next two weekends at Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and June 17-18, 2 p.m. Sunday and June 19. Admission is free, but tickets should be reserved. Donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer's Association.

- "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," an August Wilson play that deals with racism and discrimination in the early 20th century, will be presented over the next three weekends at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Friday's opening night performance will be preceded by a wine reception sponsored by the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas. Sunday's show will be followed by a talk-back with August Wilson Society scholar Pedro Alvarado. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-$25.


- Atlanta Braves World Champions Trophy Tour, a chance to see and make photos with the Commissioner's Trophy celebrating the Braves' 2021 World Series win, makes its final stops in the area this weekend. The schedule is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Calhoun Depot, 109 S. King St., Calhoun, Ga.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway NW, Cleveland, Tenn.; and 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Gilmer County High School, 408 Bobcat Trail, Ellijay, Ga.

- Chattanooga Football Club will field its men's and women's teams in a doubleheader Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. The Women's Premier Soccer League amateur team will play Alabama FC at 4:30 p.m. The men's professional team, members of the National Independent Soccer Association, will play AC Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7-$16 for both games. The women's team will play again at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday versus Tennessee Force FC. Tickets are $5-$12.

- Chattanooga Roller Derby, which competes in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, opens its home season Saturday with a tripleheader at Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Gates open at 2 p.m. The schedule: Chattanooga's Ruby Regulators vs. Fort Walton Beach Junior Bombers, 3 p.m.; B-Railers vs. Vette City Hot Broads, 5 p.m.; All Stars vs. Panhandle United Roller Derby, 7 p.m. A portion of proceeds goes to the Humane Educational Society. Tickets are $6-12.

- Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, which adheres to the game's 19th-century customs, will showcase the two Chattanooga teams in a Saturday game at 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Mountain City Club will take on the Lightfoot Club at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

- Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, an amateur soccer team in the USL-W league, will play the South Georgia Tormenta FC at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $12-$24.

- Chattanooga Lookouts, the Class AA affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds, will start their next home series next week against the Biloxi Shuckers at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Tuesday's game starts at 7:15 p.m.; general-admission tickets are buy one, get one with a Food City ValuCard. Wednesday features a midday game at 12:15 p.m. Ticket options include a $20 Business Person Special, offering lower-box seating and a voucher for a hot dog, chips and soft drink. Otherwise, tickets are $6-$11.


- Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas highlights its second weekend with an opening reception for an exhibition by artist La-Tesia Danielle, featuring saxophonist Frank Bumpass, at 6 p.m. Thursday at Proof Bar & Restaurant, 422 E. M.L. King Blvd. Admission is free. Among activities Saturday is a Literary Lounge featuring Black authors and poets reading excerpts of their writing. Readings take place 2-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Admission is free.

- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has two upcoming events inspired by its latest exhibit, "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration." Cosplay is scheduled 6-7 p.m. Thursday, with a costume contest; illustrations from "Game of Thrones," "Earthsea," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and other fantasy series; vendors with collectibles; music; and a cash bar. Regular admission applies ($20 for nonmember adults), but you'll get a $5 discount if you come in costume. The Sunday Studio, 2-4 p.m., offers drop-in art experiences for families to make magical mini monsters and their tiny homes.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.