Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including fall home show, Alice Cooper, Ironman)

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton /Park volunteers fire a 12-pound howitzer on Sept. 18, 2021, during artillery demonstrations for the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. This year's artillery demonstrations are scheduled in Winfrey Field at the Chickamauga Battlefield at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Other programs commemorating the 159th anniversary of the Civil War battle continues through Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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


The first day of fall arrives at 9:03 p.m. Thursday in the Northern Hemisphere, though a look around the landscape shows the oaks and the maples haven't got the message yet. If you want a way to track when the leaves will start to change, the 2022 Fall Foliage Map released by gives the outlook for the entire U.S. The interactive map charts the full progression for each region, county by county. In the Chattanooga area, we'll be waiting until the week of Oct. 31 for the best leaf peeping, somewhat earlier for higher elevations. A disclaimer says the map won't be 100% accurate, but is meant to help travelers "better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year." The site also explains the science of why leaves change color and fall from the trees and has links to recipes, including Moonshine Apple Pie.



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.

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. Collecting 101 with James McKissic sharing stories of his acquisitions by Black artists, 6-7 p.m. Sept. 22. Admission fees apply.

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.

-- Sept. 24: Family Day with story time, trunk presentations, children's activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

-- Sept. 24: Guest Artist Series: Writers Workshop with children's book author Stephanie Campisi, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30 members, $40 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.


VOTER REGISTRATION -- Shepherd Community Center, 2124 Shepherd Road. Available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20.


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- Sept. 18: Dale Jones in final show of special engagement, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.

-- Sept. 21: Open Mic Night, for local talents, 7:30 p.m. $7.

-- Sept. 23-24: Jodi White, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

IMPROV CHATTANOOGA -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Two shows Sept. 24: Whose Line Is It?, 7:30 p.m.; 2x4 Longform Improv, 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door for either show; student discounts.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave.

-- Sept. 22: Kathleen Madigan on Do You Have Any Ranch? tour, 8 p.m. $35-$45.

-- Sept. 24: Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, 7 p.m. $39-$59.


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

ARTS FESTIVAL AT ROSE LAWN -- Rose Lawn Mansion, 234 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, Ga. Fine art and heritage crafts, noon-5 p.m. Sept. 18 (final day). Free admission to festival, $5-$7 to tour historic mansion.

BLUE RIBBON COUNTRY FAIR -- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, Tenn. Rooster crowing and Lodge ladies skillet throwing contests, woodworking, blacksmithing, hearth cooking and agricultural exhibits, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24. $10 adults, $8 ages 60 and up, $7 children 5-12.

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.-4 p.m. Sept. 18 (final day). Free admission and parking. 423-650-1388

CHATTA TOWN TASTING FESTIVAL -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Samples of Asian, Italian, Jamaican, African, Polish and American soul food, plus music, vendors, children's activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24. Free admission.

CRUSH FESTIVAL -- Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. Grape stomping, wine tastings, vineyard tours, live music, arts, crafts and food vendors, 12:30-6 p.m. Sept. 18 (final day). $20 in advance, $25 day of.

FALL FESTIVAL -- Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Three corn mazes, pumpkin patch, zip lines, pig races; new this year, obstacle course and rope mountain, Sept. 24-Oct. 30. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-7 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays (schedule varies). $17 online, $20 at gate all visitors ages 3 and up; individual and family season passes available.

FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL -- Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle. Master Gardeners of Hamilton County present exhibits and demos, kids activities, plant vendors, yard art, food trucks and baked goods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. $5 (free for children under 12); free parking.

FALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL -- Tennessee Avenue and Front Street in downtown Cowan, Tenn. Arts and crafts, food and music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Sept. 18 (final day). Free admission and parking.

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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18 (final day); free admission.

FINSTER FEST -- Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. Sixty-plus folk, craft and fine artists, guest speakers, music on three stages, food, children's activities, property tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24-25. $5 admission; free handicap parking on site; others park at Walmart, 13427 Highway 27, and ride free shuttle.

FRIED PICKLE FESTIVAL -- Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tenn. Arts, crafts, food and business vendors, music, pickle ice cream eating and pickle juice drinking contests, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, dog costume contest, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 24. Free admission.

FUN ON THE FARM -- Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay rides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, Sept. 24-Oct. 30. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays. $15 ages 2 and up.

GRANDADDY'S FARM -- 454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, Tenn. Pumpkin patch, hay rides, pig races, animal corral, fall market, through Oct. 29. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Activity area $16 ages 3 and up Tuesday-Friday, $18 Saturday; season passes available.

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

HARVEST FESTIVAL AND GREAT PUMPKIN LUMINIGHTS -- Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, Sept. 23-Oct. 29. Entertainment includes the Lee University Campus Choir on Sept. 24 and Crystle Elam of East Ridge Oct. 7-8. New this year: Hoot Owl Hollow. $89 ages 10-61, discounts for younger and older guests.

HELLO FALL MARKET -- Bramble Berry Cafe & Antiques, 2446 Genesis Road, Crossville, Tenn. Outdoor market with variety of vendors, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Sept. 18 (final day). 931-200-2598

HOMESTEADS APPLE FESTIVAL -- Cumberland Homestead Tower and Museum, 96 Highway 68, Crossville, Tenn. More than 100 craft booths, live music, fried apple pies, antique tractors, storytelling, quilts, weaving, basket making, woodcarving, jewelry makers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 (all times Central), rain or shine. $5 admission ages 11 and up, good both days and includes free tour of Homesteads Tower Museum.

MISTLETOE MERCHANTS -- Farm Bureau Expo Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tenn. More than 100 merchants, market cafe, door prizes, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Special shopping opportunities ($20 tickets include show admission): Margaritas & Mistletoe, with silent auction, 4-8 p.m. Friday; Muffins & Mimosas, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, $20. Regular admission: $10 one day, $18 three days.

NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR -- Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Ga. Carnival, concerts, petting barns, flower shows, blue-ribbon competitions, chainsaw carving, bull riders, fair foods, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-midnight Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 25, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 26-29, 4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-midnight Oct. 1, 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 2. $10 gate admission ages 11 and up; ride tickets cost extra; discounts in advance.

OKTOBERFEST -- Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, Ga. Multiple weeks of traditional music, dancing, food and beer, Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 25, daily Sept. 29-Oct. 30; doors open at 6 p.m. during the week, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 during the week, $10 Saturdays, free on Sundays; half price for children 6-12; free for active and retired military.

PICK'N & GET'N MARKET -- Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Craft vendor expo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 24. Free admission. Concert by country artist Seth David Coley, a Ringgold, Ga., native, 4-8 p.m. $5.

RIVERFEST ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, Ga. Over 150 arts and crafts vendors, live music, children's area, tailgating area with football broadcasts, concessions, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. $5 ages 11 and up.

SANDY SPRINGS ARTSAPALOOZA ARTS FESTIVAL -- 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs, Ga. Outdoor festival includes children's play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, up to 150 artists and crafters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25.

SHOW & SELL -- Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga. Arts and crafts booth, food trucks, tractor show, kids zone with inflatables, pony rides, live music, quilt raffle, quilt display in the sanctuary, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24. Free admission and parking. 706-810-8199

TENNESSEE VALLEY FAIR -- Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville. Showcase of East Tennessee heritage and agriculture, plus carnival midway, tractor/truck pulls, demolition derby, rodeo, ax throwing, circus acts, tractor show, beer garden, nightly concerts and fireworks, noon-midnight Sept. 18 (final day). Tickets at the gate: $12 adults, $9 seniors 65+ and children 6-11; $15 parking; carnival and concerts cost extra.


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "Rose," about a widowed Jewish woman exploring the single life, available virtually Sept. 18-23 (noon to noon). View in person, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 19.Register for either. $12.


BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. $5.

CANNABIS MUSIC FESTIVAL -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Music by 16 local and regional bands, plus food, craft, apparel and CBD vendors, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 24. Free admission.

THE CAVERNS -- 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Upgrades available for cave tours and accommodations. Voyage to the Caverns featuring Clozee and another 20 electronic acts, noon Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Sept. 24-25 (all times Central). $79-$99 single day, $300 three days with camping.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. An Evening With Alice Cooper, 8 p.m. Sept. 25. $34-$125.

NOONTUNES -- Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Eight-week fall concert series continues with House of Trinity, noon Sept. 22. Free. Streams live on Facebook; recording airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on WUTC-FM 88.1.

NORTHWEST GEORGIA AMPHITHEATER -- 220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Smith & Wesley and Friends (Jacob Lyda and Johnathan East) in fifth annual concert benefiting Smith Charitable Foundation, with The Last Band opening, 7 p.m. Sept. 24. $10.

PRESIDENTIAL CONCERT SERIES -- Lee University's Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Italian pianist Fabio Bidini performs music by Bach, Busoni, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin in series kickoff, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. $5-$15.

  photo  Photo Contributed by Lee University / Italian pianist Fabio Bidini returns by popular demand to the Lee University campus to kick off this season's Presidential Concert Series. He'll play the music of Bach, Busoni, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Pangle Hall.

THE SIGNAL -- 1810 Chestnut St.

-- Sept. 21: The Front Bottoms, with The Joy Formidable and Mobley, 7:30 p.m. $27-$55.

-- Sept. 23: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, with The Heavy Heavy, 8 p.m. $35-$99.

-- Sept. 24: Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, 8 p.m. $20-$40.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- Sept. 20: The Nude Party, with Pearl Charles, 7 p.m. $20.

-- Sept. 24: Amanda Shires, with Honey Harper, 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

-- Sept. 25: Leo Kottke, 7 p.m. $45.

VALLEY VIBES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL -- Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Road, LaFayette, Ga. Concert event with 30+ artists, headlined by Them Dirty Roses and Cannibal Kids, plus food trucks, pro wrestling, local art market, stand-up comedy, free-range camping, Sept. 23-25. $50 single day, $90 weekend pass, $150 RV pass.


BANANA BALL -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Zoo's largest fundraising event, Sept. 24. Sold out.

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, through Sept. 20.

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

-- Sept. 18: Apple Festival, with music by Bryan Knispel, 12:30 p.m., and Luke Simmons & The Lovestruck, 2 p.m.

-- Sept. 25: Sunday Funday.

CTC BOOK CLUB -- Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Discussion of Bekah Brunstetter's "The Cake," 7 p.m. Sept. 20. PDF of script on club's Facebook page (ask to join).

CHATTANOOGA TOURISM SUMMIT -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.Features keynote address by Emmy-winning travel show host Samantha Brown, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20. $75 for basic ticket for lunch and professional development sessions; extra $150 for VIP meet-and-greet with Brown.

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

FAIRYTALE BALL -- Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Children ages 2-10 can interact with fairy-tale characters, take photos, dance, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 25. $20. Registration required.

FALL HOME SHOW -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga vendor expo covering new construction, remodeling, decorating, landscaping, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. $10 ages 17 and up, $5 seniors.

FREE FUEL -- Mapco, 2282 Encompass Drive. Chain celebrates opening of newest convenience store by giving away up to $40 of free gas, of any grade, including diesel, to the first 500 vehicles, 9 a.m. Sept. 18. Lineup starts at 7 a.m. (strictly enforced) from west to east on Shallowford Road.

MAINSTREET CRUISE-IN -- Bradley County Courthouse square, 155 N. Ocoee St. Monthly gathering of classic cars, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 24. Free.

MOUNTAINTOP CRUISE-IN -- Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 86 Highway 127, Signal Mountain. Open to all vehicle types, including muscle cars, classics, street rods, rat rods, antiques, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 25.

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY -- Nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, Sept. 24. Includes clean-up efforts at Harrison Bay State Park, Red Clay State Historic Park and Cherokee National Forest; fee-free entry to Point Park; free fishing day in Georgia.

ONLINE AUCTION -- Benefits Friends of Special Children at Signal Centers School, Sept. 19-24. Precedes 17th annual ABC (All aBout Children) Event on Oct. 6.

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET -- 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Fiber Festival, with local produce, arts, crafts, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24.


-- 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.


BOYD'S SPEEDWAY -- 1481 Scruggs Road, Ringgold, Ga. World of Outlaws Case Construction Equipment Late Model Series' Stateline Showdown doubleheader, with $30,000 total payday, 7 p.m. Sept. 23-24. $25 Friday, $30 Saturday.

CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB -- Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team vs. Flower City Union, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $7-$16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in final home game of the season vs. Tennessee Smokies, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 18. Promotions: Free general-admission ticket with donation of nonperishable food to Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Catch on the Field; Kids Run the Bases; Deaf Awareness Day with singing and signing of the national anthem, a silent inning and Lookouts in themed jerseys. $6-$11.

DOG SHOWS -- Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Nature Trail SW, McDonald, Tenn. Chattanooga Kennel Club show, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18 (final day).

IRONMAN CHATTANOOGA -- Triathlon includes 2.4-mile swim in Tennessee River, 116-mile bicycle ride into Chickamauga, Ga., 26.2-mile run through downtown Chattanooga, starting with first swimmers in the water at 6:40 a.m. Sept. 25. Suggested spectator sites: Ross's Landing, Tennessee Riverwalk, Veterans Bridge, North Shore, Walnut Street Bridge, Riverfront Parkway.

POLO MATCHES -- Bendabout Farm, 3553 S. Lee Highway, Cleveland, Tenn. Local, national and international players from professional and amateur ranks, 2 p.m. Sept. 18 (final day), weather permitting. Free admission and parking. Donations accepted for 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe.

SKYHOUNDZ CHAMPIONSHIPS -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St., Chattanooga. World championship competitions for disc-catching dogs, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18 (final day). Free for spectators.


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

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

-- Through 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, 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. 18 (final show). $22.

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.