Things to do in Chattanooga area this week include margarita festival, comedian Theo Von, Pete the Cat authors

Original author James Dean shows the first portrait of an adopted black kitten that became the subject of the Pete the Cat series of children's books. He and a successor author will be in Cleveland, Tenn., and Fort Payne, Ala., on Aug. 5. /File/AP Photo/Stephen Morton

Here's what's happening this week in the Chattanooga area.

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The World's Longest Yard Sale is among Alabama's appearances on Family Destinations Guide's list of American Families' Favorite Summer Events of 2023. The multistate sale, coming up Aug. 3-6, follows Highway 127 on a north-south route from Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama. Past Chattanooga, the final 90 miles of the 690-mile route are especially scenic as Highway 127 ends and the route picks up the Lookout Mountain Parkway into Georgia and Alabama. The results represent a survey of 3,000 families about their most anticipated events this summer. The yard sale's Alabama route is No. 87 on the list of 100 events, and the state is also represented by the Franklin County Watermelon Festival in Russellville at No. 58. The highest score for the tri-state is the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival at No. 24. Tennessee makes the list with three events in Music City: the Nashville Shakespeare Festival (51), Tennessee State Fair (59) and Tomato Art Fest (77). See the complete list at



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. "Two-Year Anniversary Show," Aug. 4-26; reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 4, with first Friday events including open studios, live demos and mini market.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Gallery opening and artists reception, featuring works by Bernice Spigel and other guild founders, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Event also serves as Festival volunteer kickoff.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Something for Children" community show, through July 30. Community show, "Where Did Summer Go," Aug. 3-Oct. 1 (art intake through July 30); reception 5-7 p.m. CDT Aug. 18.


— Aug. 3: Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Free admission to permanent collection, $5 admission to "In Nature's Studio."

— Aug. 3: Vision + Verse: Inspired by the Land, featuring poet Amir Andalib, musician Andrew Witherspoon and dancer Kendra Norwood, 6-7 p.m. Free.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "A Fine Line," by Doug McCoy, through July 31. "Creating Waves With Wax," by Margaret Park, Aug. 1-31; reception, with demonstration of encaustic wax technique, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 4.

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.

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. Everything Is Terrible video and performance art collective's Kidz Klub event, with found footage, song, dance, life-size puppets, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 3. $15.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Aug. 2: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

— Aug. 4-5: Chance Willie, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Theo Von: Return of the Rat, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 (second show added), $45-$85. Aug. 3 show is sold out.


150TH ANNIVERSARY SING-ALONG — Christ Church Episcopal, 302 Third St., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Fifth Sunday singing to mark city's sesquicentennial, with offering taken to benefit South Pittsburg Ministerial Association Transient Fund, 4-5 p.m. CDT July 30. Barbecue plates and family activities follow, 5-6 p.m. on church grounds for $10.

(READ MORE: South Pittsburg marks 150th anniversary in 2023)

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with the Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7 p.m. Aug. 2. $5.


— Aug. 3: Ward Davis, with Wes Shipp, 8 p.m. $20-$25.

— Aug. 4: Tell Me Lies: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

— Aug. 5: Jerry Fest, music and beer festival celebrating the life, spirit and music of Jerry Garcia, 3 p.m. $25-$30.

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

— Aug. 4: Matisyahu + G Love & Special Sauce, 8 p.m. CDT. $60 and up.

— Aug. 5: Emancipator, with Tripp St and Marley Carroll, 8 p.m. CDT. $60 and up.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues Aug. 4, rain or shine, with headliner Victor Wainwright & The Train at 8 p.m.; Luke Simmons & The Lovestruck open 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.

(READ MORE: Nightfall's 36th season)

OFF THE RAILS CONCERT SERIES — Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Ga. The Core, plus Live Out Loud and Kelsi Westfall, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Free.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Summer concert series continues with the Jess Goggans Band and Departure: A Tribute to Journey, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 5. Concession sales start at 6 p.m., or bring your own coolers. Pets welcome. Free.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— Aug. 3: Drumming Bird and Andrew Montana, 7 p.m. $12-$18.

— Aug. 6: Blood Brothers (Albert Castiglia and Gary Hoey), 7 p.m. $25-$28.

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.

TRI-STATE GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME — Parkway Baptist Temple, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Induction ceremony for 2023 honorees, with music by scrap iron quartets (men and women) and Hall of Fame Choir, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5.


5-COURSE COMMUNITY PAIRING DINNER — Frothy Monkey, 1400 Market St. Chef Chase Ingalls prepares meal with wine and beer pairings featuring products from Hoff & Pepper and Oddstory Brewing, 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 4. $75.

ACCOMPLISH QUILTING ROAD SHOW — Hands-on demonstrations of Innova longarm sewing machines, 2-5 p.m. July 30 at Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza; 5-8 p.m. CDT Aug. 1 at Fairfield Glade Community & Conference Center, 128 Stonehenge Drive, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

AMERICAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Group and single-player competitions for players of "Warhammer 40,000," "Warhammer Underworlds," "Age of Sigmar," "Horus Heresy," "Kill Team," "Kings of War," "Star Wars Legion," "Marvel Cris Protocol" and other miniatures games, through July 30.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH — The Salvation Army East Lake Corps, 2140 E. 28th St. Volunteers needed for event providing school supplies, food, free haircuts, face painting, bounce house and water slide for ages 5-17, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 4., 423-756-1023

CHATTANOOGA MARGARITA FESTIVAL — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Chattanooga restaurants compete for Best Margarita title via 12 mini samples, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5. Includes food vendors, DJ music, photo booth. $49.

  photo  File Photo / The Chattanooga Margarita Festival is Aug. 5 at First Horizon Pavilion.

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 30: Chattanooga Bluegrass, with Randy Steele at 12:30 p.m. and New Grass Express at 2 p.m.

— Aug. 6: Chattanooga Farmers Market Week kickoff, with music by the Stratoblasters.

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.

FREE ENTRANCE TO POINT PARK — 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. $10 gate fee will be waived in celebration of three-year anniversary of signing of Great American Outdoors Act, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 4. Ranger-led tours at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

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.

HCS BACK TO SCHOOL BASH — Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Hamilton County Schools event for families, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5. Includes arts and crafts activities, wellness screenings, community resources, school supplies, free backpacks, free snacks, concessions from food trucks.

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.

NO SMOKE SUNDAYS — Miller Park, 928 Market St. 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.

PETE THE CAT AUTHOR CHAT — Lee University's Dixon Center, 1053 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. Cleveland Bradley County Public Library 100-Year Celebration event features author and musician Eric Litwin, a successor to author and illustrator James Dean, who originated the storybook character, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5.

PETE THE CAT DAY — 500 Gault Ave. N, Fort Payne, Ala. Events honoring the storybook character created by Fort Payne native artist and author James Dean include face painting, art activities, boogie dance, popcorn, merchandise, autographs (one item per person) to first 100 ticketholders (tickets at Katherine's Gallery & Custom Framing, 100 Gault Ave. N, through Aug. 4 or while supplies last), 9 a.m.-noon CDT Aug. 5.

PINK BRIDAL SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. One-stop shopping among wedding vendors, from bartenders to videographers, noon-4 p.m. July 30. $15 (discounts for bride and groom in advance).

RC AIR SHOW — Summit Airfield, 4234 Old Woodland Drive, Ooltewah. Inaugural event by Chattanooga Remote Control Club flyers, featuring stunts and demos with planes of all sizes, drones and helicopters, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5. Food and business vendors on-site. $5 donation per car.

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

— Aug. 4: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

— Aug. 4-5: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

— Aug. 5: Monarch Waystation Volunteer Day, includes invasive plant removal and other maintenance, 8 a.m.-noon.

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

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

— July 30: Back to School Bash, 1-4 p.m.

— Aug. 3: What's Bugging Your Garden, 3-6 p.m.

— Aug. 6: National Farmers Market Week kickoff, 1-4 p.m.


— Through July 30: No sales tax on purchases of clothing, school supplies and art supplies priced at $100 or less and computers and other electronics priced at $1,500 or less (exemptions apply).

— Aug. 1-Oct. 31: No sales tax on food and food ingredients (includes most groceries but not alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy or dietary supplements). Does not include prepared meals.

(READ MORE: Tennessee Gov. Lee signs bill providing three-month sales tax holiday on food, tax breaks for businesses)

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.

WORLD'S LONGEST YARD SALE — Highway 127 from Addison, Mich., to Chattanooga, then along Lookout Mountain Parkway to Gadsden, Ala., with professional vendors and grassroots participation, Aug. 3-6.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Men's professional soccer team vs. Savannah Clovers, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. $12 and up.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Montgomery Biscuits in final game of six-game home series, 2:15 p.m. July 30. 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.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASE BALL — 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Double-header of game adhering to 19th-century customs by visiting Franklin Farriers, Aug. 5: vs. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga at noon, Mountain City Club of Chattanooga at 2:30 p.m. Free.


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-5, 2 p.m. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-12. $12-$16.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Something Rotten," 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 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.

OBVIOUS DAD — UTC Fine Arts Center, 720 Roland Carter St. Chattanooga premier of "Lear" by Young Jean Lee, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-5, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-12, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $15.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.