Ice Cream Safari, Bonnaroo on Chattanooga area's weekend entertainment calendar

Two local bands will co-headline Nightfall on Friday, Make Music Day is happening Tuesday and Bonnaroo is tuning up for a four-day run in Manchester, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, this weekend's LibertyCon, a literary sci-fi and fantasy convention, is sold out, as is the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Winchester, Tennessee. Also, the first seasonal visit to Chattanooga by Nashville's Peach Truck is sold out. Orders are being accepted for the second round of stops July 9 at Or wait for Chattanooga Market's Peach Festival on July 10.


- Chattanooga Lookouts, the Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are at home against the Biloxi Shuckers. Promotions include Thirsty Thursday drink specials; Star Wars Night, Alzheimer's Awareness Night and a fireworks finale Friday; a used car giveaway Saturday; and a free general-admission ticket with a donation of a canned good to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank on Sunday. Games start at 7:15 p.m., except for Sunday's at 2:15 p.m., at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Tickets are $6-$11.

- Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, a USL-W league women's amateur soccer team, has two upcoming games at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way: Friday vs. Tennessee SC and Sunday vs. Peachtree City MOBA. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$24.

- Chattanooga Red Wolves, a USL-League One men's professional team, will play Charlotte Independence at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, which is $2 beer night, at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $15-$52.


- Celebration of Soul, a Rise Chattanooga celebration of National Black Music Appreciation Month, is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of History Happy Hour programming at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Singer Jermaine Purifory will host the concert of soul, gospel and Motown favorites performed by regional musicians. Appetizers and an open bar will be provided. Cost is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has three upcoming shows. Thursday showcases Americana artist Parker Millsap in a solo acoustic set, with Michaela Anne opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Friday features country artist and Cleveland, Tenn., native Josh Kiser, with Camden Smith opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of. Saturday, country duo Crawford & Power perform, with support from Randy Steele, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of.

- Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, whose 175 music acts include headliners J. Cole, The Chicks, Illenium, Tool, Flume, 21 Savage, Stevie Nicks, Machine Gun Kelly and Roddy Ricch, is Thursday through Sunday at the Farm in Manchester, Tenn. Traffic will route off Interstate 24 at exits 111 and 114. Four-day admission starts at $350.

- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will present An Evening With David Grier, a three-time International Bluegrass Music Association guitar player of the year, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15. The Wednesday Jazz in the Lounge artist is the Nathan Warner Quartet, performing 7-9 p.m. with a $5 cover.

- Nightfall, a weekly concert series at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., features two local bands as co-headliners this week. Opposite Box will start its set at 7 p.m., and the Original FBI will follow at 8:25 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors will be set up at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard. Admission is free.

- Friday Festivals, a monthlong series in Cleveland, Tenn., continues Friday with country rocker Leah Seawright, whose band will feature Country Music Hall of Fame drummer Mark Herndon. Music starts at 7 p.m. at First Street Square, 240 First St. NE. Admission is free.

- Nokian Tyres Summer Nights, a monthlong series in Dayton, Tenn., continues at 7 p.m. Friday with local band Clearwater performing at the Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Admission is free.

- Walker Theater, 399 McCallie Ave., welcomes legendary rock band Three Dog Night ("Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to the World") at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $55-$95.

- Subfest, an all-ages outdoor mini music festival, returns for its second year 3-11 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard at Stove Works, 1226 E. 14th St. Bands and DJs from Chattanooga will be joined by bands from Nashville and Bowling Green, Ky. Hutton & Smith will provide beer, and food trucks will have concessions. Admission is free.

- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, will feature an Americana showcase with The Briars, Of August and the Ocoee Boys at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.

- Northwest Georgia Amphitheater, 220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga., will host two retro rock bands, Velcro Pygmies and Aunt Betty, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15-$25 general admission, $55 VIP. Proceeds go toward construction of Crossroads Unity Family Park, an all-ages inclusive playground in Ringgold.

- Live @ the Barn, a concert series at the Barn on Beaumont, 94 N. Beaumont Road, Ringgold, Ga., features country artist Ben Chapman, a LaFayette, Ga., native, with Summer Shyvonne and Barn owner Michael Henry's band the Hasbeens, 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Food trucks will be on site. Tickets are $12 in advance, $20 day of.

- Cornerstone Church of God, 9766 Rhea County Highway, Dayton, Tenn., will host the gospel-singing Agee Family at 6 p.m. Sunday.

- Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on the longest day of the year, happens Tuesday, the summer solstice. Among the observances in Chattanooga is 11 Fresh Duos, set for 7-10 p.m. at Gate 11 Distillery at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Eleven local musicians have been asked to select a duo partner with whom they have never or seldom dueted to perform two songs. Other events include featured performers at the Chattanooga Public Library's downtown and Northgate branches, DownSide Up and Cherry Street Tavern, plus open mics on the south-end plaza of the Walnut Street Bridge, Hi-Fi Clydes, Chattanooga Brewing Co. and Home Slice Pizza. Complete schedule:

- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., will welcome hard-rock band Starset for a show at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Red, Divide the Fall and Oni support. Tickets are $25-$50.


- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host a book launch by local author Christian Collier at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of Vision + Verse monthly programming. "The Gleaming of the Blade" includes poems inspired by pieces in the museum collection. Admission is free.

- SoLit, formerly the Southern Lit Alliance, will host a book launch for local poet Howard Brown at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. Brown will read from and sign copies of "Variations in the Perception of Color."


- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Southern-style comedian Jeff D for shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.

- Rabbit Valley Farmers Market plans a Father's Day-themed market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Josh Driver will entertain.

- Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will demonstrate how to create habitats for raising butterflies and releasing them into nature 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle. The free program will focus on the needs of black swallowtails and monarchs. Bring a medium to large flower pot with potting soil and a tomato cage to build an enclosure. Register for in-person or virtual attendance.

- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., has the scoop on an Ice Cream Safari, which will indulge guests with all-you-can-eat ice cream and the resident animals with beat-the-heat treats, 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $12-$16 for nonmembers, half price for members. Tickets must be purchased online.

- Walden's Ridge Civic League marks its 101st year with a birthday celebration from 4 p.m. until dusk Saturday. Included are cake and ice cream, hay rides, vendors, several genres of music, a supervised play area for children and concessions including barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. The requested donation is $7 per person, $20 per family to help with renovations of the 101-year-old auditorium, perhaps best known as home of the Mountain Opry, 2501 Fairmount Pike, Signal Mountain.

- Rhea County Heritage Gala is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Chapel, 240 First Ave., Dayton, Tenn. The inaugural event will be themed to a 1920s cocktail supper, with entertainment by Gordon Inman's Moon Change jazz band. Period attire is encouraged. Admission is $65 with two drink tickets, $50 without.

- Navy League of Greater Chattanooga is accepting reservations through Saturday for a dinner meeting at the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, at 6 p.m. June 23. The event will include a picnic-style dinner catered by Mission BBQ, a tour of the museum and a first-person account of serving aboard a nuclear submarine. Cost is $30 per person. The Navy League is a civilian organization that is open to anyone with an interest in the sea services or nautical topics. Checks must be received to complete reservations. For information, text 603-557-7224 or email

- Chattanooga Market will offer its annual tribute to dads with Father's Day Blues & Brews 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Performing are Jess Goggans and Rick Rushing. An assortment of locally produced foods, arts and crafts are available for meals or gift-giving.

- Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, is offering a Father's Day carload deal admitting up to five guests for $140 Sunday. Additional guests pay $28. Regular admission is $40 for ages 3-59 ($30 for younger and older guests). Sunday hours are noon-7 p.m. for the "dry" side of the park, 1-6 p.m. for SoakYa water park.


- Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., will host the opening reception of the spring teen curators exhibition, "Parallels: Perception, Projection, Judgment," 5-7 p.m. Friday. The curators say the show is about recognizing leaps to judgment and leaning into forgiveness and compassion. The show remains on view through July 9.


- Ballet Esprit will present spring finale performances of "Carnival of the Animals" at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at Events at Lookout Lake, 3408 Elder Mountain Road. Performances will include the entire student body of the School of Modern Ballet and guest appearances by the adult theater collective. Admission is free.


- Bobby Stone Film Series will screen four movies this weekend, including a matinee of the family film "A Wrinkle in Time" at 11 a.m. Thursday. Tickets are $5. Admission for the remaining features, each telling stories of Black characters, is $10-$12. They are "Moonlight" at 7 p.m. Friday, "Creed" at 3 p.m. Saturday and "Black Panther" at 2 p.m. Sunday.


- Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn., presents final performances of "The Father," about a family's struggle with dementia, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association.

- Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., continues its production of August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule next weekend). Tickets are $20-$25.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.