Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including beer festival, Lego and wedding expos)

Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Jillian Brown models a bridal gown at the Oz Bridal display, while her mother Jennifer Howard looks on, at the 2022 Pink Bride Wedding Show at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The wedding industry expo returns to the Convention Center on Jan. 22.
Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Jillian Brown models a bridal gown at the Oz Bridal display, while her mother Jennifer Howard looks on, at the 2022 Pink Bride Wedding Show at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The wedding industry expo returns to the Convention Center on Jan. 22.

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


In recognition of January as Blood Donor Month, local McDonald's restaurants are partnering with the American Red Cross to offer a free small fry to blood donors this week. The McDonald's Greater Tennessee Valley Operators Association launched the partnership with the Red Cross to make a difference during a nationwide blood shortage, which can affect patients in need of blood due to surgery, cancer treatment, chronic illness or traumatic injury. Donors this week, Jan. 23-27, will receive a coupon redeemable at McDonald's restaurants in the greater Chattanooga area. January donors also will be entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. Learn more at


The Chattanooga Times Free Press is compiling an event calendar for coverage of Black History Month in February. Send your events to or use the form at



ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "A View From the Sycamore" watercolor exhibit by Marie Spaeder Haas, through Feb. 6.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. "Generation Next: Teaching the Future -- An Exhibit of Professor Mike Holsomback and His Students (Past and Present)," through Feb. 17.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

-- Jan. 26-29: Intake for "Languages of Love" community show (Feb. 2-April 2).

-- Through Jan. 29: "Recycled and Reimagined" community show.

-- Through Feb. 28: Banner Art show by member artists (coincides with Marion Buholzer's "Transformation," running indefinitely).


-- Jan. 26: Opening celebration for two new exhibits, "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom" and "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe," with music by Swayyvo, 6-8 p.m. $20 nonmember adults.

-- Jan. 27: The Artist's Table, six-course culinary exploration with chef Kevin Ramquist of The Unicorn Nashville, as inspired by the new exhibits, with wine pairings, live music and docent tour, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $350 (gratuity included).

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. "Splash," works by eight artists of Splash Youth Arts Workshop, through Jan. 31.


-- Through Feb. 3: Fall/holiday show at Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop.

-- Through Feb. 18: Youth Photography Showcase, virtual contest for students ages 14-18 in Tennessee and Georgia. Categories for digital images and prints. No entry fee.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. Works by Jacqueline Green, Linda Kerlin and Anna Marie Pavlik, through Feb. 28.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale (John C. Williams Art Gallery, Brock Hall). School of Visual Art and Design photography show, "But Only So an Hour," by associate professor Mindy Trott, through Feb. 16.



-- Jan. 25: Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. $5.

-- Jan. 28: The New Quintet, with Ben Van Winkle, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

BARRELHOUSE BALLROOM -- Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St.

-- Jan. 27: The Weeks, with Lenox Hills and Oweda, 9 p.m. $22-$25.

-- Jan. 28: Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

CHATTANOOGA BACH CHOIR -- Christ Church Episcopal, 633 Douglas St. Cantata concert, "What My God Wants Should Always Happen," 5 p.m. Jan. 22. $20 (free for students).

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA -- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "Big Band's Best" Pops concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. $15-$90.

LEE UNIVERSITY -- Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Piano faculty members Jonathan Jung, Joo-Hae Kim, ChoEun Lee and Muen Vanessa Wei in Presidential Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. $5-$15.

PARKWAY BAPTIST TEMPLE -- 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. After the Downbeat With David Phelps, Grammy and Dove Award-winning singer and former member of Gaither Vocal Band, 6 p.m. Jan. 28. $25-$70.

  photo  File Photo / Gospel singer David Phelps will bring his After the Downbeat tour to Parkway Baptist Temple in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., on Jan. 28.

PERFORMING ARTS LEAGUE -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Dr. Roland Carter St. Performances by youths involved in Chattanooga-area nonprofit performing arts organizations, 3 p.m. Jan. 29. $15 (ages 13 and older). Proceeds support PAL's grant and scholarship programs.

THE SIGNAL -- 1810 Chestnut St. The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night, 9 p.m. Jan. 27. $20-$40.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- Jan. 27: Tinsley Ellis: Acoustic Songs and Stories, 7 p.m. $25.

-- Jan. 28: That 1 Guy, 7 p.m. $15-$18.

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH -- 302 Magnolia Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Sing-along celebrating South Pittsburg's 150th anniversary, 4-6 p.m. CST Jan. 29.


A COLD ONE BEER FEST -- Moxy Chattanooga, 1220 King St. Meet brewers and sample craft beers and ciders from 15 local and regional breweries, with street food and music by local bands and DJs, noon-5 p.m. Jan. 28. $12-$45.

BRICK UNIVERSE LEGO FAN EXPO -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Exhibit hall filled with creations built by professional Lego artists, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 29 (some general admission and daily VIP sessions are sold out). $15 (ages 4 and older).

THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- Jan. 25: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

-- Jan. 26: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

-- Jan. 27-28: John Hastings, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m $19-$22.

FROGWATCH USA -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Volunteer training for citizen science project to monitor frogs in the area, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Season runs March-August. Free but limited to 15.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. TRIBUTE -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. MLK Day program by author and educator Angela Davis of the University of California at Santa Cruz, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Theme: "A Call for Civility." Register:

NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY -- Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Includes seed swapping, gardening workshops, art activities, live music, bonfire, noon-3 p.m. Jan. 28.

THE PINK BRIDE WEDDING SHOW -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Vendor expo with deals and advice from wedding professionals, refreshments, prizes, noon-4 p.m. Jan. 22. $15.

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

-- Jan. 27: Get Schooled: Native Animals, with chance to learn about the resident bobcat, raptors and red wolves, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

-- Jan. 27-28: Owl Flight Training with new animal ambassador Winnie the barn owl, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). Must be at least 13 to participate in flight training. $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

-- Jan. 28: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

-- Jan. 28: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Pope's Martial Arts Academy presents characters for Superhero Defense Training, plus stories and photos, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28 in Story Land (near Hibbett's). Free.

WINTER HIKE CHALLENGE -- Outshine Adventures challenge to hike 90 miles in 90 days, on your own or on scheduled group hikes, through March 20. Levels for casual ($20), moderate ($45) and advanced ($65) participation. A native tree will be planted for those who complete the challenge.


DAYTON ICE RINK -- Centennial Park, 391 Second Ave., Dayton, Tenn. Outdoor ice rink, through Feb. 28 (schedule varies). $10 ages 13 and older, $8 younger skaters. 423-775-9847

ICE ON THE LANDING -- Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St. Outdoor ice skating rink, through Jan. 29 (schedule varies but open holidays). $10-$12 (includes skate rentals).


-- CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB -- Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team vs. Atlanta United in preseason match, 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Family events before kickoff. $10-$20 (free with annual pass).


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE -- 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "Much Ado About Nothing," 2 p.m. Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-28. $12-$16.


-- Jan. 23-24: Youth Theatre auditions for "Bambi: A Life in the Woods," 5-6:30 p.m. (by appointment).

-- Jan. 27-Feb. 12: "Pride & Prejudice" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Thursdays. $20-$25.

DALTON LITTLE THEATRE -- 210 N. Pentz St., Dalton, Ga. "Hellman v. McCarthy," 2 p.m. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Jan. 27-28. $10-$15.

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