Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Labor Day festivals, family fly day, star party

Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / A 1952 Dodge ambulance is displayed at the Tri-State Military Vehicle Club's annual show and swap meet in September 2021. The event returns to Camp Jordan on Sept. 2-3.
Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / A 1952 Dodge ambulance is displayed at the Tri-State Military Vehicle Club's annual show and swap meet in September 2021. The event returns to Camp Jordan on Sept. 2-3.

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


Adventure Scientists, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental conservation research, is seeking volunteers to join its Timber Tracking project. By collecting foliage samples from tulip poplar and ash trees, volunteers will contribute to the preservation of forest ecosystems and aid in combating invasive species, such as the emerald ash borer, which has been devastating ash tree populations across the country, according to the Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics at Pennsylvania State College. The sampling season for green and white ash trees runs through Sept. 30. Volunteers will receive online training for tree identification and sample collection protocols, as well as permits and equipment. With tulip poplars, the U.S. Forest Service will use genetic and chemical reference libraries built from volunteers' leaf and tree core collections to investigate and verify the legality of this hardwood on the market. Sign up at (click on For Adventurers).



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

› Aug. 29: "Pop Up-Pop In" Collage Night, first visual art event in center's expanded space, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Teens and adults invited to create collage messages of hope for World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) for clothesline show in September. No experience necessary. Bring magazines, photos or other print materials; other materials supplied. $5 donation suggested.

› Through Sept. 18: "There Will Come a Time," by Michelle O'Patrick-Ollis.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "The Weight of My Faith" by B.D. Stellmacher Jr., featuring Splash youth artists, Sept. 1-30. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 1.

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, through Oct. 21.

INCLINE ART CRAWL — 201 Old Mountain Road, St. Elmo (near Incline Railway's base station). Fall restart of monthly art show, with music, dancing, food and other vendors, 4-7 p.m. Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2 (rain date Sept. 3). Free admission.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Creating Waves With Wax," by Margaret Park, through Aug. 31. "Earth Crush" by Denice Bizot, Sept. 1-30. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 1.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Almost 90 new works by Civic Arts League of Chattanooga on view for first Friday open house, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 1. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St.

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

› Sept. 1-Oct. 31: Works by Jay Pfeil, Mari Kuroda and Mary Lynn Portera.

› Sept. 2: Jay Pfeil etching demo, 1-4 p.m.

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."Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)," through Nov. 11.


ANTIOCH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 901 G.W. Davis Drive. Seventh anniversary celebration for Pastor Todd M. Landsden Sr. and Felicia Landsden, Aug. 27. Service at 11 a.m. features Minister Alan Coker, speaker, and singer/songwriter Melvin Crispell III, psalmist; 4 p.m. speaker is Pastor Jeffrey Wilson.

PARKWAY BAPTIST TEMPLE — 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Church's 48th homecoming anniversary, Sept. 10. Includes worship service at 10:30, followed by covered-dish picnic 2-5 p.m. at Covey Creek Farm, 2855 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, and Joseph Habedank in concert at 6 p.m.


ART IN THE PARK — Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta, Ga. Nationally recognized festival in 37th year includes works by 175 artists, children's area with make-and-take crafts, walking tours of nearby restaurants, museums and galleries, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2-4. Free admission; parking available in Cobb County Parking Deck, 17 Waddell St. NE, and Marietta Square Parking Deck, 1 Haynes St. (daily rates apply); free weekend parking at Marietta City Hall parking deck, 205 Lawrence St.

ART SUNDAY — King Caldwell Park, 1004 S. Broad St., Scottsboro, Ala. Fiftieth anniversary event by Scottsboro Three Arts Club includes juried works by 80+ artisans and crafters, music, children's activities, photography contests, food and beverage vendors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Sept. 3, rain or shine. $2-$3 admission. Proceeds fund community and educational projects.

MONROE LIFE BALLOON FESTIVAL — Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Highway 360, Vonore, Tenn. Tenth year of festival featuring tethered balloon rides, live music by Dusty Leigh Huston, inflatables, food, craft vendors, balloon glow finales at dusk, 4-10 p.m. Sept. 2-3. $10 ages 4 and up; $125 VIP experience; $20 tethered balloon ride. Benefits Boys & Girls Club of Monroe County.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT STONE MOUNTAIN — Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga. Family attractions open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 2-4 (includes BMX stunt shows); $20 admission (through Sept. 4). New Music Across America Drone & Light Show, honoring everyday working heroes, starts at 9:30 p.m., with extended fireworks finales; included with attractions ticket; light show only, $5-$20 (ages 3 and up). Parking permits $20-$40.

PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL — Sam Smith Park, 1155 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville, Ga. Arts and crafts, carnival ($25 wristbands), games and food concessions, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 1, noon- 11 p.m. Sept. 2-3, noon-10 p.m. Sept. 4. $10 ages 11 and up.



› Aug. 30: Jazz in the Lounge with the Clare Donohue Quintet, featuring Ken Watters, 7 p.m. $5.

› Aug. 31: TEDxChattanooga Sessions, featuring talks and musical performances by In the Company of Wolves, Luke Simmons, Swayyvo and Sunny War, 7 p.m. $20.


› Sept. 1: The Breakfast Club with Pink Houses, 8:30 p.m. $15-$20.

› Sept. 2: Back-N-Black: The Ultimate AC/DC Experience with Adam Michael Allison, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

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. Murder by Death, with American Aquarium and Samantha Crain, 6 p.m. CDT Sept. 2. Sold out.

COAL MINERS & VETERANS MEMORIAL CONCERT — Earl Condra Stadium, Whitwell High School, 200 Tiger Trail, Whitwell, Tenn. Inaugural event features Dawson, Chase Baker, Caleb Thomasson and Camden Smith, gates open 5 p.m. CDT Sept. 2. Includes food, drink and merchandise vendors. Bring a lawn chair. $20 (free for children under 12). Proceeds go to Whitwell Educational and Heritage Center.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Kimmie J. Soul and the African Kings and Queens of Classical Soul II, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 31. $20 nonmember adult admission.

MUSIC AT THE ACRES — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Chattanooga Audubon Society opens fall series with Teni Rane performing, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 2. Bring your own seating.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series concludes Sept. 1, rain or shine, with headliner Jemere Morgan at 8 p.m.; Swayyvo 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.

PARKSIDE SESSIONS III — Parkside Hall, 2035 Polk St. Composer Tim Hinck concludes concert series of new music with local classical and jazz veterans, plus showcase of paintings and art objects, 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Free; $20 suggested

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

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

› Sept. 2: NashFeels presents All in My Feels R&B and Hip-Hop Nostalgia, 7 p.m. $28-$64.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Eric Johnson masterclass, Aug. 30. Sold out. (Concert Aug. 31 at Walker Theatre.)

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.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Eric Johnson, 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $29-$39.


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.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Quarterback Chase Artopoeus fires a pass from the pocket during a UTC football practice at Scrappy Moore Field on Feb. 15. Chattanooga Market will host Meet the Mocs, for football and other sports, as part of Team Spirit Day on Aug. 27.

› Aug. 27: Team Spirit Day; wear a favorite jersey. Meet the Mocs: football and wrestling at 11 a.m.; volleyball and men's and women's basketball at noon; softball and soccer at 1 p.m.; tennis and cross country at 2 p.m. Music by Wyatt Espalin at 12:30 p.m. and Tropic Sol at 2 p.m.

› Sept. 3: Fall Food Truck Rally, with music by Nectar Valley at 12:30 p.m. and Clare Donohue 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 — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Ranger-led program, "The Fog of War: The Weather During the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaign, 11 a.m. Sept. 2. Free.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Rod Man, special engagement, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Sept. 1-2, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3. $30-$35.

FLY-PALOOZA — Summit Airfield, 4234 Old Woodland Drive. Chattanooga Radio Control Club's second annual family fly day for anyone interested in remote-control airplanes, helicopters and drones, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 2. Free admission; food vendors on-site.

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.

MAGIC SHOWS — Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Illusionist Evan Dupree performs, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 2 (coincides with Market at MACC). $13-$20.

MARKET AT MACC — Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Arts, crafts and farmers market with Roaring '20s music and Prohibition-style drinks for "Flapper and Tap'R" theme, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 2. Free (magic shows in auditorium are ticketed).

MENTAL HEALTH TALK — Iles PE Center at Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Sony Artisan of Imagery Me Ra Koh shares photos of her life journey, which includes being a patient in a locked psych ward, appearing on "Oprah" and living alongside gibbons in Thailand, 11 a.m. Aug. 31. Free. 423-236-2814.

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

› Sept. 1-2: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays. By donation.

› Sept. 1-2: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $15-$20 (free for children 12 and younger).

› Sept. 2: Monarch Waystation Volunteer Day, 8 a.m.-noon.

› Sept. 2: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

› Sept. 2: Wildflower Walk: Tickseed & Ironweed, 9-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

› Sept. 2: Snakes Alive, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with The Awesome Opossum). $5-$10.

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

› Aug. 27: Sunday Market, 1-4 p.m.

› Aug. 31: Thursday Fresh Market, 3-6 p.m.

› Sept. 3: No market on Labor Day weekend.

STAR PARTY — Cloudland Canyon State Park, disc golf course, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga monthly event, telescopes provided, 7-11 p.m. Sept. 2, weather permitting.

TRI-STATE MILITARY VEHICLE CLUB — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Annual show and swap meet for collectors, enthusiasts and history buffs, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3.

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. Los Angeles Force, 7 p.m. Sept. 3. $11 and up.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Tennessee Smokies in final game of series, 2:15 p.m. Aug. 27. Promotions: free general-admission tickets with donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided); Kids Run the Bases. $7-$12.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men's professional soccer team vs. Forward Madison FC, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. $12 and up.

MICRO WRESTLING FEDERATION — Crescent City Tavern, 324 S. Depot St., Dalton, Ga. WWE-style event supported by cast under 5 feet tall, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27. $24-$45.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Into the Woods," 2 p.m. Aug. 27 (final show). $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.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. J.M. Barrie's "Dear Brutus," 2 p.m. Aug. 27 (final show). $12-$14.

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