Ironman, music festivals, Alice Cooper highlight weekend in Chattanooga area

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Joe Skipper high-fives fans as he wins the Ironman Chattanooga triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. About 2,000 athletes competed in the triathlon, which included swimming, bicycling and running competitions.

This weekend, hundreds of top athletes will compete in Ironman Chattanooga, Alice Cooper will be rocking at Memorial Auditorium and a home show will gather vendors to help homeowners start those fall projects.

Be advised that at least three events are sold out: the Banana Ball fundraiser at Chattanooga Zoo, Welcome Home of Chattanooga's Death Over Dinner gathering at Crabtree Farms and the Fairytale Ball in Collegedale.


-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host a Collecting 101 program with James McKissic 6-7 p.m. Thursday. The ArtsBuild president will share stories behind his acquisition of works by Black artists. Admission fees apply ($20 nonmember adults).

-- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., will offer Family Day activities, including story time, trunk presentations and children's activities, 10 a.m.-3