Things to do in Chattanooga area this week include Siskin StarNight, Chocolate Festival, Fyffe UFO Days

Contributed Photo / Multiplatinum recording artist Andy Grammer will headline Siskin StarNight, a fundraiser for the Siskin Children's Institute, on Aug. 26 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.


Longtime subscribers know their Labor Day weekend Life section will include a favorite feature: the extensive list of fall festivals, art shows, craft fairs and other seasonal events happening from September to December within a couple hours' drive of Chattanooga. If you're planning such an event, please let us know so you can be included. The story will run on Sunday, Sept. 3. Information must be received by Tuesday, Aug. 29. Please include the events' times and dates, brief description, admission or other fees and a website or phone number where readers may get more information. Email to or send by mail to Chattanooga Times Free Press, c/o Lisa Denton, 400 E. 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403. For more information, call 423-757-6281.



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "There Will Come a Time," by Michelle O'Patrick-Ollis, through Sept. 18. Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Two-Year Anniversary Show," through Aug. 26.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Community show, "What Happened to Summer," through Oct. 1.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. "In Nature's Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting," through Sept. 4. $20 nonmember adult admission.

ICA @ UTC — Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. "When the World's on Fire" by Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Aug. 24- Oct. 21. Two free opening events Aug. 24: An Evening With Jake Xerxes Fussell, folk musician, 6-7 p.m. Reception with the artist, 7-9 p.m.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Creating Waves With Wax," by Margaret Park, through Aug. 31.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Aug. 31. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Spring show, through Aug. 25.

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St.

› Aug. 26: Mari Kuroda ceramics demo, 1-3 p.m.

› Through Aug. 31: Works by Bill Suttles and Debra Nadelhoffer.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. "Through the Lens: The Life and Legacy of Horace Brazelton," the first African American to open a professional photography studio in Chattanooga, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. Free admission; Ruby Falls tickets sold separately.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

› Aug. 25: Free screening of traveling shorts from the queer underground, 5:30-7 p.m. Mature content; ages 18 and older.

› Aug. 18: Chattanooga Noise Night: Vol. 17, 8-10 p.m.; free but donations encouraged.

› Aug. 26: Inside the Art, Outside Ourselves conversation inspired by "Éramos Semillas," 1-3 p.m.

› Aug. 26: Open studios with the seven artists in residence, 3-5 p.m.

› Aug. 26: Collage Night: Goo and Glitter painting workshop, 5-6:30 p.m.; RSVP.

› Aug. 26: Yusuke Okada closing reception, 6-8 p.m.

› Through Nov. 11: "Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)."


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Aug. 23: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

› Aug. 25-26: "Big Irish" Jay Hollingsworth, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Rodney Carrington, 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $49-$69.

  photo  File Photo / Comedian-musician Rodney Carrington will perform Aug. 25 at Memorial Auditorium.


EDGEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH — 3604 Ringgold Road. Homecoming service for church's 100th anniversary, with Foretold Gospel Trio and centennial slide show, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20.


CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Sample different chocolates, make cocoa butter lip balm and cook chocolate treats, hands-on activities to learn how cocoa beans become edible chocolate, noon-4 p.m. Aug. 26. Included in $17 admission; tickets by reservation. Museum will be closed Aug. 22-24 for lobby renovations.

UFO DAYS FESTIVAL — Town Park, 398 Paul Benefield Lane, Fyffe, Ala. Eighteenth annual "unique family outing," inspired by reported sightings of unidentified flying objects in the late 1980s, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. CDT Aug. 26. Includes hot-air balloons, live music, inflatables, train rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, antique cars and tractors. Free admission.



› Aug. 22: Lady Lamb: That We May Ripely Pine solo tour, 7 p.m. $30 (very limited quantities).

› Aug. 23: Jazz in the Lounge with Lisa & Friends, 7 p.m. $5.


› Aug. 22: The Heavy Heavy, with Joelton Mayfield, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

› Aug. 25: Velcro Pygmies, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

› Aug. 26: Rubiks Groove, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. The Velvet Chair Experience, with jazz and uptown soul performed by Karen Collins, plus dancing, cocktails, food and drink cash bars, 6 p.m. Aug. 27. $40.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

› Aug. 20: Marshall Tucker Band, 5 p.m. CDT. Sold out.

› Aug. 26: The Glitch Mob, with Justin Jay and Onhell, 8 p.m. CDT. $60 and up.

COLLEGEDALE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH — 4829 College Drive. Southern Adventist University's School of Music welcomes Kokocelli Duo in recital of sacred music, featuring adjunct instructor Kristen Holritz on flute and Kaitlyn Vest on cello, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. Free and livestreamed.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Parker McCollum summer tour, with special guest Dalton Dover, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $39-$84.

  photo  Country artist Parker McCollum will be in concert Aug. 24 at Memorial Auditorium.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues Aug. 25, rain or shine, with headliner The Sensational Barnes Brothers at 8 p.m.; Zowie Boyd opens at 7 p.m. Food trucks and art market start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard. Free admission.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Summer concert series continues with the Paul Childers Band and Southern Culture on the Skids, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 26. Concession sales start at 6 p.m., or bring your own coolers. Pets welcome. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

› Aug. 23: Charley Crockett, with Wyatt Flores, 8 p.m. $40-$58.

› Aug. 25: Moon Taxi with The Stews, 8 p.m. $36-$52.

› Aug. 27: Umphrey's McGee, 8 p.m. $48-$71.

SISKIN STARNIGHT — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Recording artist Andy Grammer headlines 60th annual benefit for Siskin Children's Institute, 6 p.m. Aug. 26. Includes cocktail reception, dinner, live auction, concert and after-party. $350 individual tickets; formal attire.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga parents scramble as Siskin Children's Institute plans to close early learning centers)

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

› Aug. 23: Greg Koch, featuring the Koch Marshall Trio, 7 p.m. $17-$20.

› Aug. 25: Josh Meloy, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Live entertainment by country, folk and bluegrass artists, raptor shows and seasonal foods, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends through Sept. 4. $20-$30.


BELOVED WOMAN MARKET & OPEN HOUSE — Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Nonprofit's second annual event to launch 14 women-owned businesses, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks. Free admission.

› Aug. 20: Market Karaoke.

› Aug. 27: Team Spirit Day (wear a favorite jersey), with music by Wyatt Espalin at 12:30 p.m. and Tropic Sol at 2 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Market of handmade arts, crafts and other products, plus artisan foods, food trucks and live music, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY — Jay's Mill, Jay's Mill Road, Chickamauga Battlefield, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. (Visitor Center at 3370 LaFayette Road). Ranger-led program, "John Pegram: What Shall We Say Now of Our Knight," about the life of the Confederate general, 11 a.m. Aug. 26. Free.

GIVEBACK NIGHT — The Greenhouse Barrel + Taproom, 336 E. M.L. King Blvd. Brewery serving beer, wine, cocktails and limited food menu will donate 10% of sales to Scenic City Clay Arts, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 23. "Crafty hour" activities include clay mug making for $15 with registration.

GORDON-LEE MANSION — 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Historic site open for tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day. $1-$5. Proceeds fund improvements by Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion nonprofit group.

HIXSON FARMERS MARKET — St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Features local farmers, gardeners and artists, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Live music on first Saturdays, free pancake breakfast on third Saturdays.

PAWS FOR A CAUSE — Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 5911 Snow Hill Road. Second annual pup parade, plus photos, awards for best costume and dog/owner look-alike, goodie bags for dogs and children, dunk tank, temporary tattoos, balloons, 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. $5 per dog; free for their humans. Proceeds go to National Alzheimer's Association. 423-693-2627

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. Registration required.

› Aug. 24: Wild Ears: Interpreting Nature, 6-8 p.m. $30. Register at

› Aug. 25: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

› Aug. 25-26: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $15-$20 (free for children 12 and younger).

› Aug. 26: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

› Aug. 26: Wildflower Walk: Tickseed & Ironweed, 9-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. $15-$20.

› Aug. 26: The Awesome Opossum, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Snakes Alive). $5-$10.

SCENIC CITY WOMEN'S NETWORK — Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Monthly marketplace luncheon with guest speaker Amanda Jelks, attorney with Jelks Law, noon-1 p.m. Aug. 24. $25. Reservations required.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

› Aug. 20: Sunday Market, 1-4 p.m.

› Aug. 24: Thursday Fresh Market, 3-6 p.m.

› Aug. 25: Food Truck Friday, 5-8 p.m.

› Aug. 27: Sunday Market, 1-4 p.m.

WALKER COUNTY FARMERS MARKET — Exclusive to vendors within 25 miles; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Walker County Agricultural Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 100 E. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Men's professional soccer team vs. Apotheos FC, 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $11 and up.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Tennessee Smokies. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $7-$12.

› Aug. 22: 7:15 p.m. Buy-one, get-one general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard.

› Aug. 23: 7:15 p.m. Montanas de Chattanooga, part of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversion initiative for Latin and Hispanic communities, with souvenir jerseys; Chick-fil-A giveaway via app.

› Aug. 24: 7:15 p.m. Montanas de Chattanooga; Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

› Aug. 25: 7:15 p.m. Montanas de Chattanooga; fireworks finale.

› Aug. 26: 7:15 p.m. College Football Night, with raffles for SEC championship tickets and UTC season tickets; used car giveaway.

› Aug. 27: 2:15 p.m. Free general-admission tickets with donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided).

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men's professional soccer team vs. South Georgia Tormenta, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. $12 and up.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga Red Wolves pick up first win under new interim head coach)

RED BULL TENNESSEE KNOCKOUT — Trials Training Center, 300 Woodland Road, Sequatchie, Tenn. Final day of motorcycle enduro races Aug. 20, with knockout preliminaries at 9 and 11:45 a.m., final knockout at 2:30 p.m., awards at 3:30 p.m. (all times Central). $30-$60 per day.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Into the Woods," 2 p.m. Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26, 2 p.m. Aug. 27. $15-$20.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

› Through Sept. 10: "All Shook Up," featuring Elvis Presley songs. $19-$35.

› Through Oct. 12: "The Play That Goes Wrong." $19-$35.

OBVIOUS DAD — UTC Fine Arts Center, 720 Roland Carter St. Chattanooga premier of "Lear" by Young Jean Lee, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 (final show). $15.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga theater company Obvious Dad seeks to stage 'defiant' experiences)

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. J.M. Barrie's "Dear Brutus," 2 p.m. Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26, 2 p.m. Aug. 27. $12-$14.

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