Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including final Lookouts games, Jack White, so many dogs)

Staff file photo / Tony Russo, Dolores Ellis and Marcie Holt of the Tennessee Dahlia Society make flower arrangements during the Chattanooga Market Buskers Festival on Oct. 20, 2019. The organization will have a dahlia show Sept. 17-18 at the East Ridge Community Center.

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


The Grand Ole Opry has two special offers coming up for Tennessee residents. Opry Community Day, scheduled Sept. 18, grants a free backstage tour for a behind-the-scenes look at where country music's new stars, superstars and legends perform every week, as well as an outdoor party on the Opry Plaza with free live music and family activities. Guests also will have access to the limited-time "Opry Loves the '90s" experience that showcases one of the most influential decades in country music. Complimentary tours will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT with the presentation of a valid Tennessee state ID. Tickets are available at the Opry box office, 600 Opry Mills Drive in Nashville, or in advance at Launching the same day is a discounted ticket program for Opry shows for Tennessee residents. Upcoming performers include Blake Shelton (Sept. 10), Ashley McBryde (Sept. 13), Brad Paisley (Sept. 16), Lauren Alaina (Sept. 30 and Oct. 22),Ricky Skaggs (Sept. 30), Carly Pearce (Oct. 4),Breland (Oct. 5), Jon Pardi (Oct. 7 and 21) and the Oak Ridge Boys (Oct. 14).



AREA 61 GALLERY -- 721 Broad St. "Old Images/New Formats" by Joe Helseth, through Nov. 2.

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. "Hack and Stamp" by Meredith Olinger, through Oct. 8.

ETOWAH ARTS COMMISSION -- 700 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, Tenn. East Tennessee Regional Juried Open Art Show, through Sept. 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" through Sept. 30. 423-641-1308

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

-- Sept. 11: Sunday Studio, drop-in family art experiences on the theme "Where We Belong," with art by Howard School's first-year immigrant students, mostly from Guatemala, and food vendors from immigrant countries, 2-4 p.m. Free admission for members, youth 17 and younger and Chattanooga Public Library card holders.

-- Sept. 15: Art Wise with Smithsonian American Art Museum director Stephanie Stebich, 6-7 p.m.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. "Cup-A-Palooza," by master potters Laurie Graham and Jonathan Clardy, through Sept. 30.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS -- 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Polo Party to learn about the game and meet the players for upcoming matches at Bendabout Farm, 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Includes buffet dinner, cash bar. $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

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. Works by Julia Girardini and Ken Girardini, through Sept. 30.

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


CHURCH LAUNCH -- East Brainerd Elementary School, 7660 Goodwin Road. First meeting of Five Stones Church, 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 11. Nursery, children's church and inspirational teaching for adults among ministries.


(READ MORE: Your 2022 Chattanooga-area fall festival guide)

BLUE & GREY BBQ -- Gordon Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Barbecue contest, plus food, craft and novelty vendors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free admission; $5 to tour the mansion.

CELEBRATION OF THE NATIONS -- Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. Multicultural festival featuring authentic food, entertainment, children's area, marketplace, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET'S APPLE FESTIVAL -- First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Fresh apples from several orchards, prepared recipes and apple-themed products, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18. Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA TACO FESTIVAL -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Food, merchandise and children's activity vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18. Free admission and parking. 423-650-1388

FALL MARKET -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Inaugural event with arts, crafts, home decor, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17.

FALL PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL -- Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Sale of fall garden and landscape starts, fruit trees and shrubs, with local artists and vendors, children's activities, live music, food trucks, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17.

FESTIVAL! -- Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Outdoor art market, indoor patron exhibit, self-guided tours of sculpture garden, live performances, children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18; free admission. Opens with preview party and Taste of Dalton, 7 p.m. Sept. 16; $55 ticket.

HARVEST CELEBRATION ON THE MOUNTAIN -- Flat Top Mountain Farm, 638 Cemetery Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, fall flowers, Sept. 16-Oct. 30. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $10 ages 4 and up.

HERITAGE DAY -- Marsh House Museum, 308 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Heritage bake sale, gift shop, vintage yard sale, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17. Free admission; $5 for tours of the historic house.

SUNFLOWER STABLES BARN SALE & MARKET -- Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Upscale, vintage-inspired market with vendors selling antiques, handmade crafts, boutique clothing, jewelry, pottery, baked goods, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17. Free admission.

VALLEY FEST -- Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene, 2853 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. Craft fair, music, food vendors and car show hosted by the church and Chattanooga Valley Lions Club, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. 423-521-0861

WALKER COUNTY AG FESTIVAL -- Walker County Ag Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Vendor booths, livestock shows, beekeeping class, quilting, cooking and wildflower arranging demos, free inflatables, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free admission.


9/11: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE -- Local cable stations. Broadcast of a Patriot Day program organized by Scenic City Women's Network at Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Sept. 1 airs Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. on WFLI-The CW and at 2 and 7 p.m. on the Christian Television Network; and Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. on ETVC-Fox Chattanooga and 7 p.m. on CTN.

CHATTANOOGA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "The Levys of Monticello," about the family that bought and preserved Thomas Jefferson's home, available virtually Sept. 11-16 (noon to noon). View in person, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 12. Register for either. $12 (discounts for students with a school ID). A recorded interview with director Steve Pressman also available.


BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION PERFORMANCE SERIES -- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Bluegrass band the Henhouse Prowlers open series marking Athens Area Council for the Arts milestone, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar at 6:30 p.m. $15-$25. Packages available for all six events in series.

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

-- Sept. 11: Spiritualized with Nikki Lane, 4 p.m. CDT, underground. $49.

-- Sept. 17: Copeland with Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. CDT, underground. Sold out.

MOON RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Music festival hosted by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors with 20-plus acts from multiple genres, noon Sept. 11 (final day). $120.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER -- 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

-- Sept. 15: Concert and Coffee with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera chamber ensembles, 11 a.m. Free but donations accepted.

-- Sept. 17: An Evening With John Harr & Friends (Mike Crowder, Anthony Qualls and Blue Cumberland), 7 p.m. $15. Proceeds benefit Mountain Arts Community Center and the David and Tina Harr Memorial Notre Dame High School Scholarship Fund.

NOONTUNES -- Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Eight-week fall concert series continues with Richard Daigle, noon Sept. 15. Free. Streams live on Facebook; recording airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on WUTC-FM 88.1.

RIDGECREST BAPTIST CHURCH -- 623 W. Garden Farm Road, Rossville, Ga. Gospel singer Joseph Habedank in concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Free.

SENIORS GOT TALENT -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Variety show with music, dance and poetry by 10 acts whose performers are 62 to 90 years old, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. $1 People's Choice votes benefit nonprofit Morning Pointe Foundation. $25.

THE SIGNAL -- 1810 Chestnut St. The Band Camino, with Knox, 8 p.m. Sept. 16. $25-$50.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave. An Acoustic Evening With Jack White, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17. $69-$99.

(READ MORE: Jack White to play acoustic set in Chattanooga)


BATTLEFIELD BICYCLE TOURS -- Chickamauga Battlefield from Tour Stop 6 at Wilder Tower (Visitor Center is at 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.). Leisurely two-hour ride with a park ranger recounting history of the battlefield during frequent stops, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17. For adults and ages 8 and older. Show up with your own bike or register for a loaner.

BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA 159TH ANNIVERSARY -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Multiple tours and programs exploring the 1863 battle, Sept. 17-20.

BATTLE OF TUNNEL HILL REENACTMENT -- Tunnel Hill Heritage Center and Museum, 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill, Ga. Weekend events canceled due to flooding at the venue.

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

-- Sept. 11: Patriot Day, with music by Eric Jordan and Rick Rushing III.

-- Sept. 18: Apple Festival.

CLEVELAND GEEKSTER -- Cleveland State Community College gymnasium, 3535 Adkisson Drive NW, Cleveland, Tenn. Expo of toys, comic books, movie memorabilia, art, games and pop culture by 45 vendors at 70 tables, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17. $5 ages 13 and up; $1 raffle ticket sales go to charity.

CONSTITUTION DAY LECTURE -- UTC's University Center auditorium, 642 E. Fifth St. Guests are Anne Rathbone Bradley, the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for economic education and vice president of economic initiatives at The Fund for American Studies, and University of Chattanooga Foundation associate professor of political science Kody Cooper, 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 14. Livestream available. To reserve seats: 423-425-5603

THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- Sept. 15: Next Level Comedy Showcase for rising stars, 7:30 p.m. $12.

-- Sept. 16-18: Dale Jones in special engagement, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday.$20-$25.

DAHLIA SHOW -- East Ridge Community Center, 1517 Tombras Ave. Specimens grown by members of the Dahlia Society of Tennessee, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 18. Free.

DOG SHOWS -- Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Nature Trail SW, McDonald, Tenn. North Georgia Kennel Club show, Sept. 15-16; Chattanooga Kennel Club show, Sept. 17-18. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

MIRACLE LEAGUE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION -- Miracle League Complex at Warner Park, 1254 E. Third St. Games, food and photo-ops to mark fifth anniversary of sports league for players with mental or physical challenges, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17. Free.

MOCCASIN BEND LECTURE SERIES -- Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St. (or watch via Zoom). National Park Partners series exploring cultural and conservation heritage within the park opens with "When the World Came Crashing Down: 16th Century Spanish Expeditions in the Southeastern US" by James Langford, president of Etowah Museum Inc., 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Free. Registration required.

PARK(ING) DAY -- Broad Street between Fourth Street and Aquarium Way. Part of a worldwide movement to repurpose urban parking spaces into places for art, play and activism, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16. Chattanooga's theme is "Inside Out."

PATRIOT DAY REMEMBRANCE & RIDE -- White Lightning Harley-Davidson, 7722 Lee Highway. Memorial service, 8:45 a.m. Sept. 11, followed by escorted ride to Mission BBQ, 1926 Gunbarrel Road, for other memorial events at noon. New, unwrapped toys accepted for Forgotten Child Fund. 423-892-4888 (dealership), 423-933-3098 (restaurant).

PRINCESS TEA PARTY -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Cookies, lemonade and photo-ops with fairy-tale characters at Story Land (near Claire's and Hibbett Sports), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 17. Free crown and mini wand to first 100 children through the line.


-- 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.

ROOM 311 EXPERIENCE -- Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Bookings for overnight stay in the hotel room said to be haunted by a former occupant start at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 Room is open for six dates only: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and 31. $500 refundable deposit required. 423-266-4121

SKYHOUNDZ CHAMPIONSHIPS -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge; and Coolidge Park, 150 River St., Chattanooga. Three categories of competition for disc-catching dogs. All events begin at 9 a.m. Free for spectators.

-- Sept. 12-13: Xtreme Distance at Camp Jordan, last-chance qualifiers Monday, world championships Tuesday.

-- Sept. 12 and 14: DiscDogathon at Camp Jordan, last-chance qualifiers Monday, world championships Wednesday.

-- Sept. 16-17: Skyhoundz Class at Coolidge Park, last-chance qualifiers Friday, world championships Saturday.

(READ MORE: Patriot Day observances happening around Chattanooga)


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in final home stand of the season vs. Tennessee Smokies. Kids Run the Bases promotion after every game. $6-$11.

-- Sept. 13: 7:15 p.m. Buy one, get-one general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard.

-- Sept. 14: 7:15 p.m. Dogs at the Diamond ($5 Pooch Pass, dog parade at 6:45 p.m.); Chick-fil-A giveaway, delivered by app.

-- Sept. 15: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

-- Sept. 16: 7:15 p.m. Mega fireworks.

-- Sept. 17: 7:15 p.m. Used car giveaway; activities for final Saturday night game of the season.

-- Sept. 18: 2:15 p.m. Free general-admission ticket with donation of nonperishable food to Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Catch on the Field; Deaf Awareness Day, with signing and singing of the national anthem, a silent inning and Lookouts in themed jerseys.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES -- CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL-League One men's professional team versus Richmond Kickers, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. $15-$52.


CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Show times vary.

-- Through Oct. 13: "Leading Ladies." $16-$30.

-- Sept. 16-Oct. 27: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." $24-$26.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA -- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. "Daughters of the Moon," about a runaway slave girl and a former plantation mistress wanted for murder, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-24. $20-$22.

RIPPLE PRODUCTIONS & DIVERSIFIED ARTS -- 3264 Brainerd Road. "Circuit Rider's Wife," 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18. $22.

SCENIC CITY SHAKESPEARE -- Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St. Discussion of "The Merchant of Venice," 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. Zoom link available.

Find more events, and add your own, at See best options for the weekend in Thursday's Times Free Press.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.