Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Top Tomato Festival, free mac and cheese

Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga Market hosts this year's Top Tomato Festival on July 16. The 2022 event included tomatoes from Lucky Farm.

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


Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, as well as the final day of Chattanooga's Ice Cream Crawl at eight establishments downtown. (At each place you visit, you can scan a QR code for a chance to win prizes.) According to financial firm Scholaroo, there has been a significant increase in Americans' demand for ice cream this year, including a 9.8% jump in total purchases in June of this year compared to the same period in 2022. Scholaroo's Favorite Ice Cream Flavors Index, a study of consumer preferences and trends, found that the most popular flavors in America so far this year are chocolate, rocky road (chocolate ice cream with nuts and marshmallows) and Neapolitan (layers of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). According to the study, chocolate is the favorite flavor in Tennessee, while residents of Georgia and Alabama prefer rocky road.

  photo  Staff file photo / Clumpies Ice Cream Co.'s Frazier Avenue location is one of eight places in Chattanooga's Ice Cream Crawl, which ends July 16.



ATHENS ART CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "The Magic of Watercolor" by Tennessee Watercolor Society, through Aug. 14.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Middle Ground" by Robert Schoolfield and Jet Smith, through July 22.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Something for Children" community show, through July 30.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Art + Issues: Sustainability and Our Environment, talk by Wayne Brown, director of development of GreenSpaces, inspired by "In Nature's Studio" exhibit, 6-7 p.m. July 20.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "A Fine Line," by Doug McCoy, through July 31.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Jews, Blues & All That Jazz," with works by 12 artists, through Aug. 4.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102. "The Artists' Overview" by 18 local artists, through July 31. 423-870-8924

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 (show extended).

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Bill Suttles and Debra Nadelhoffer, through Aug. 31.

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.

(READ MORE: Black portrait photographer featured at Ruby Falls)

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St. "Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)," through Nov. 11.

TOWNSEND ATELIER — 301 E. 11th St. Debut of eight-city traveling exhibit, "Together: A Portrait of Americans," by Chattanooga artist David Michael Salerno, featuring 40 portraits of Chattanoogans, through July 28.


AMC CHATTANOOGA 18 — 5080 South Terrace. National theatrical release of 1998 London stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma," starring pre-"Wolverine" Hugh Jackman, 1 p.m. July 16 and 6 p.m. July 19. $16.

BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES — Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. July 22: "The Wiz," 2 p.m.; "A Hard Day's Night, 7 p.m. $11-$13.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. July 19. $5.


› July 21: End of the Line: An Allman Brothers Tribute, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

› July 22: Chattanooga Girls Rock showcase, 1 p.m. $10.

› July 22: Neon Moon: The Ultimate '90s Country Tribute Band, with Wesley Pace, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

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

› July 22: Moe, 8 p.m. $59.

› July 23: Kurt Vile and the Violators, with Florry, 5 p.m. $57.

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK — Angel Park, University Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. Live music by Towson Engsberg, 6 p.m. CDT July 21. Food and drink available from local restaurants. Free admission.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues July 21 rain or shine, with headliner The Red Clay Strays at 8 p.m.; Fawley 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.

OFF THE RAILS CONCERT SERIES — Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Ga. Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, plus Shugah Munny and Joe Vidalez, 6:30 p.m. July 21. Free.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Summer concert series continues with world music band Ogya and Sail On: A Tribute to the Beach Boys, 7-10 p.m. July 22. Concession sales start at 6 p.m., or bring your own coolers. Pets welcome. Free.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Radiohead Re/Orchestrated presented by Somersault String Ensemble with Ryan Oyer and Butch Ross, 7 p.m. July 21-22. Friday show, presented by ArtsBuild, is free; Saturday's show is $10.

SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Live entertainment by country, folk and bluegrass artists, raptor shows and seasonal foods, weekends through Sept. 4. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. starting Aug. 14. $20-$30.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Ellie Holcomb, with support from Zandy Mowry, Carly Bannister and Jac Thompson, 7:30 p.m. July 21. $29-$49.

(READ MORE: How Moon River became Chattanooga's most popular boutique festival)


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.

› July 16: Top Tomato Festival, with $15 tasting of bloody mary cocktails from five restaurants (nonalcoholic drinks by request). Music by Opal Entertainment at 12:30 p.m., Ryan Oyer at 2 p.m.

› July 23: FiveStar Food Fight cooking competition among Chattanooga chefs.

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.

CHATTANOOGA TACO WEEK — Twenty restaurants offering $4 taco specials, through July 16.

(READ MORE: Start Chattanooga Taco Week at Santi's)

COFFEE CUPPING EXPERIENCE — Frothy Monkey Roasting Co., 1400 Market St. Next in monthly series to taste and evaluate coffees roasted at Frothy Monkey facility in Nashville, 2-3 p.m. July 18. Includes free 12-ounce bag of coffee. $20.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› July 19: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

› July 20: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

› July 21-22: Cee Jay Jones, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

COTTAGE TOUR & BAZAAR — 1 Assembly Ave., Monteagle, Tenn. Women's Association of Monteagle Sunday School Assembly's 59th annual event, with tours of five cottages, other historic buildings, fine arts and crafts vendors, bake sale, lunch options, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT July 21. $20-$25, $5 parking pass, $20 box lunch with reservations.

FREE MAC AND CHEESE — I Heart Mac & Cheese, 5513 Highway 153, Suite 109. Free Classic Mac & Cheese bowl for a year to the first 10 paying customers at opening of company's first location in Tennessee, plus swag giveaways, 11 a.m. July 17. Free wristband to first 100 customers to download the app.

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.

ICE CREAM CRAWL — Celebration of National Ice Cream Day (July 16) at eight downtown ice cream parlors, July 16 (last day). At each location, scan QR code on promotional poster to register to win prizes. Participating locations: Ben & Jerry's, Clumpies North Shore, Clumpies Southside, Coldstone Creamery, Downtown Dough, Ice Cream Show, Milk & Honey and Peach Cobbler Factory.

KORFBALL — East Ridge Community Center, 1515 Tombras Ave. Free classes to learn all-ages, mix-gendered team sport that originated in the Netherlands, 6-7 p.m. Fridays.

NO SMOKE SUNDAYS — Miller Park, Free games, food and music for middle and high school students and their families, designed as drama-free way to reduce gun violence, 6-8 p.m. Sundays in July.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Monthly meeting features Betsy Bird on "Horse Photography for Non-Equine Photographers," 7 p.m. July 20. Boot camp at 6 p.m. features Louanne Smith on "Beyond the Single Image: Storytelling Through Project Photography."

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

› July 21: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

› July 21-22: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

› July 22: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

› July 22: History Paddle on Lookout Creek, 9-11:30 a.m. $25-$30.

› July 22: Snakes Alive, 11 a.m.-noon. $5-$10.

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

› July 16: National Ice Cream Day, 1-4 p.m.

› July 20: All About Herbs, 3-6 p.m.

› July 23: Produce competition (people's choice), 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 LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Mississippi Braves in final outing in three-game series, 2:15 p.m. July 16. Promotions: free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided), Kids Run the Bases. $7-$12.


CHATTANOOGA CONVENTION CENTER — 1 Carter Plaza. Colorful Hat Circus & Variety Show, with award-winning, television-featured acrobats, jugglers, magicians and illusionists, 2 and 6 p.m. July 16 (final day). $25 and up.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Something Rotten," 8 p.m. July 21-22, 2:30 p.m. July 23, 7 p.m. July 27, 8 p.m. July 28-29, 2:30 p.m. July 30, 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 8 p.m. Aug. 4-5, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $25-$30.

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

› Through July 27: "The Trip to Bountiful." $19-$35.

› Through Aug. 13: Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical." $19-$35.

› Through Aug. 19: "The SpongeBob Musical," youth production. $7-$8.

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

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE — Corner of Rolling Way and James Boulevard. "Seussical," musical comedy based on stories by Dr. Seuss, 8 p.m. July 21-22, 28-29. $5-$15 (cash or checks only). Bring your own seating.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.