Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Easter egg hunts and concrete canoe racing

Staff File Photo / Wine producers exclusive to Tennessee will be serving samples at the Sip TN Wine Festival on April 1 at First Horizon Pavilion.
Staff File Photo / Wine producers exclusive to Tennessee will be serving samples at the Sip TN Wine Festival on April 1 at First Horizon Pavilion.

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


If you're hooked on brackets during March Madness, the U.S. Census Bureau has four to fill out online that will test your knowledge of population data for teams in the men's basketball tournament. In four regions -- East, West, South and Midwest -- you'll select the college in each census matchup that you think has the larger local population. You can hover on each college name to see where the colleges are located, such as Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU on the chart) in Hackensack City, New Jersey, compared to Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. Choose correctly, and the black type turns to green. Get it wrong, and the type turns red. Get all four brackets correct for a perfect score of 63. Once you're done, you can clear the board to play again or mouse over the matchups to view population numbers. Find them at



ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Color Is My Middle Name" by Paul Fontana, through May 1. Opening reception, 5:30 pm. April 21.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. "Scenic City Views" and UTC Feinstein Scholarship BFA Student Exhibition, through April 7.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD -- 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Student Arts Expo, through March 31.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit," through May 7.

EXUM GALLERY -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Morris Mitchell's "God in My Hand," through May 14.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Languages of Love" community show, through April 2. Accepting works for next community show, "Being a Flower Is a Big Responsibility," March 30-April 2.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -- 10 Bluff View. A Sense of Place: Memories of Chattanooga, a discussion of the impact of municipal changes in Chattanooga's African American communities with Dr. Edna Varner and the Rev. Ann Jones Pierre moderated by Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, inspired by "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe, 6-7:30 p.m. March 30.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART -- UTC's Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. University of Tennessee Department of Art presents 2023 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition for 24 students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, divided into two shows, March 29-April 22. Show 1 artists talks, 5-6:30 p.m. March 31; show 2 artists talks, 5-6:30 p.m. April 14; both in Benwood auditorium, Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building; receptions follow until 8 p.m. in ICA galleries.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave.

-- Through March 31: Jason Barlett's "Springtheme."

-- April 1-30: Judy Jones' "Nature's Awesome Beauty." Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. April 7.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY -- Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 16 members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through April 30. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA -- Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show, through April 28.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. Works by Pat Magers and Sister Mary Grace Thul, through April 30.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. "Peace and War: The Assyrian Conquest of Lachish," artifacts unearthed in Israel by SAU's Institute of Archaeology and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, through May 2025.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga-area researchers' find leads to major discovery)

STOVE WORKS -- 1250 E. 13th St.

-- Through May 12: "And I Shall Still Be Lonely," works by Chattanooga artists inspired by artist/activist Lorraine Hansberry, part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art "Re-Pair" installation (related exhibits at Hunter Museum and the ICA at UTC).

-- Through June 16: "Territorial: The Land and Us."


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- March 26: Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson, special engagement, 7 p.m. $30-$40.

-- March 31-April 1: Chris Clarke, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

GEM THEATRE -- 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Henry Cho, 7:30 p.m. April 1. $40-$56.

IMPROV CHATTANOOGA -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

-- March 26: That Would Be Silly: The Improv Comedy Show for Kids, 3 p.m. Skits are based on audience suggestions and kids may be called onstage to help out or tell a joke. Free for ages 10 and younger, $5 all others.

-- March 27: Open house, 7 p.m. Free.

-- March 28: Student showcase for adults in long-form improv class, 8 p.m. $5.


CHATTANOOGA BALLET -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "Coppelia & New Works," abridged version of classical ballet plus world premiere of contemporary works, 3 p.m. March 26 (final show). $15-$25.

CHATTANOOGA DANCE THEATRE -- 5151 Austin Road. Land of Oz and New Works, with new works performed by En L'Aire Dance Company, followed by the journey through Oz where characters dance in different styles, 2:30 p.m. March 26 (last show). $17.


CITYWIDE EGG HUNT -- Coordinated by Chattanooga Vinterest stores, 2105 Northpoint Blvd. and 2121 Chestnut St. Store reps will hide at least one egg around the area, with a location hint posted to Facebook and Instagram, March 26-April 8. Find an egg, post a photo to social media and turn it in for prizes awarded by store vendors. One egg per person.

COMMUNITY EASTER EVENT -- White Oak United Methodist Church, 2233 Lyndon Ave. Includes bounce house, face painting, food, games and egg hunt, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1 (egg hunt at 11:25 a.m.).

COMMUNITY EGG HOP -- Ross Abney Complex, 101 First St., LaFayette, Ga. Event presented by Downtown Development Authority and churches of LaFayette will include inflatables, prize baskets, Thomas the Tank Engine rides, photos with the Easter Bunny and a hunt for 20,000 eggs, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1 (egg hunt at 10:30 a.m.). Bring your own basket. Activities are special-needs accessible.

EASTER AT RIDGEDALE -- Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road. Partial schedule folows.

-- March 26: Easter concert, 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

-- April 1: Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m. across the street at The Meadows.

EASTER BUNNY, CHATTANOOGA -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Easter Bunny Garden at Center Court open for visits and photos during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos each Monday. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, CLEVELAND -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Photos and visits during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos, 5-7 p.m. March 27 only. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, DALTON -- Dalton Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Photos and visits during select hours, through April 8. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, EAST RIDGE -- Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Online reservations underway for photos, select hours April 1-9. Free 4x6 photo in store; packages available.

EASTER BUNNY, HIXSON -- 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Bunny in residence for photos and visits during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos all day each Monday. Special photo pricing through March 31. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER EGG HUNT -- Apison Baptist Church, 11127 Old East Brainerd Road. Community event also includes games and lunch, 10 a.m. April 1. Bring your own basket. 423-236-4291

EASTER EGG HUNT & FAMILY FUN DAY -- Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park hosts activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1. Egg hunts for ages 2-5 at 11 a.m., ages 6-10 at 11:30 a.m. Easter baskets will be given away while supplies last. $5 parking fee. 706-657-4050

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA -- Walker County Civic Center, 10052 U.S. 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Vendors, food trucks, kids zone, bake-off, egg hunt, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 1. Free; reservations appreciated.

EASTER PICNIC IN THE PARK -- Little General Park, 15 Cleveland St., Ringgold, Ga. Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle hosts Easter egg hunt on the playground, and serves pizza, chips, cupcakes and other refreshments, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1. Free but registration requested.

EGGSTRAVAGANT EASTER EGG HUNT -- Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Three-acre egg hunt and park activities (playground, kiddie zipline, pedal cars, etc.), 1-4 p.m. April 1-2, 7-8. Eggs will be replenished during hunts; no time limit. Bring your own basket, or use one of the farm's, then redeem eggs for prizes. $17. Optional Breakfast With the Easter Bunny and egg hunt with minimal crowds, 9 and 11 a.m., $27. All tickets must be purchased online.

(READ MORE: Helicopter egg drop in Hixson is among Chattanooga area’s first Easter events)


STANLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH -- 501 Dodson Ave. Men's Day weekend concludes with service at 11 a.m. March 26, with Judge John W. McClarty as speaker. 423-624-6729


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "Sauvons les Enfants (Saving the Children)," third of five, available virtually March 26-31 (noon to noon), in person 7 p.m. March 27; refreshments at 6:30 p.m. $12 each film. Virtual screenings must be paid in advance to receive login code.

IMAX THEATER -- 201 Chestnut St. "Shazam: Fury of the Gods," 5 and 7:45 p.m. March 26 (final shows). $15.


THE ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Taylor Ashton Trio, postponed from March 31 to fall date tba.

BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Mike Salter Quartet for Jazz in the Lounge, 7 p.m. March 29. $5.


-- March 29-30: Charles Wesley Godwin, with special guest Josh Meloy, 8 p.m. $25-$27 (Thursday show is sold out.)

-- March 31: Spafford, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

-- April 1: Back N Black: A Tribute to AC/DC, with Moon Juice, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

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

-- March 26: Final day of taping for PBS' "The Caverns Sessions, 4 p.m. CDT. $75.

-- March 31-April 1: The Allegory of the Rave, with G Jones B2B Eprom and others. Sold out.

CHATTANOOGA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. One in a series of spring concerts by ensemble originally known as the Senior Neighbors Orchestra, 2 p.m. April 1. Free.


-- March 26: Family concert, "Ferdinand the Bull," with puppets from Playful Evolving Monsters, 1 p.m. at Rise Chattanooga, 804 Central Ave. Free. Come early for crafts and instrument petting zoo.

-- March 26: CSO Youth Orchestras audition masterclass, 2 p.m. at Chattanooga First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave., $15 per family.

-- March 26: Family concert, "Ferdinand the Bull," with puppets from Playful Evolving Monsters, 4 p.m. at Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, 5461 North Terrace. Come early for crafts and instrument petting zoo. Free.

-- March 28: Open rehearsal for "Mozart's Requiem," 8 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $10.

-- March 30: Masterworks concert, "Mozart's Requiem," 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Includes world premiere of "Journey in 4 Movements" by local composer Douglas Hedwig. $15-$90.

EAST TENNESSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9305 Four Corners Place. "Spring Symphonic Soiree," performed by the all-volunteer ensemble, 7 p.m. April 2. Free.

LEE UNIVERSITY -- Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Faculty recital by James Frost (tenor), Gordon James (horn) and Dr. ChoEun Lee (piano), 7:30 p.m. March 27. Free and nonticketed. 423-614-8240

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- March 28: Eric Gales, with King Solomon Hicks, 7 p.m. $35-$40.

-- March 30: Roosevelt Collier, with Opposite Box, 7 p.m. $22-$25.

-- March 31: The Shindellas, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

-- April 1: Susto, 7 p.m. $17-$20.

-- April 2: The Bad Plus, 7 p.m. $35.


-- March 26: Organist Patrick Rice, 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. Free.

-- March 28: Saxophonist/composer Steven Banks, 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Auditoriums on campus, 4881 Taylor Circle. $8.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave.

-- March 28: Blue October on Spinning Around the Truth tour, 8 p.m. $39-$69.

-- March 31: Mountain Goats on Spectral Tide tour, with Adeem the Artist, 8 p.m. $35-$40.


A TEA WITH Z: MEET ZORA -- Kingdom Center, 730 M.L. King Blvd. Gamma Iota Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Royal Dove Foundation host fundraising tribute to works of author Zora Neale Hurston, with performances by recording artist Tanyell, and spoken-word artists, "hat-itude" contest, 2 p.m. April 1. $50. Proceeds go to academic scholarships and community projects.

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY -- Chief Vann House, 82 Highway 225 N, Chatsworth, Ga. Archaeology-themed activities, including artifact and map displays from the site's 1958 excavation, dig boxes, pottery crafting, modern and primitive tool exhibits, soil stratigraphy, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 1. All activities included in $6 park admission.

AUTHOR READINGS -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Readings of recent works by Edward Earl Sherman Braggs II, Paul Luikart, Andrew Najberg, Dana Shavin and Kris Whorton, 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 31. Free, but reserve ticket for complimentary glass of wine.

AUTISM DAY CELEBRATION -- East Ridge Community Center, 1517 Tombras Ave. Chattanooga Autism Center event includes presentation by an author who has an autistic son, fire truck to explore, games, snacks and character appearances, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1. Free admission.

BEE GREEN DAY -- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Community conservation day on the front lawn, with art contest, workshops, educational exhibits, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1.

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, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through April 1-2, then Saturdays only through October. Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA SPRING BREAK SAFARI -- Multiple venues. Youth-themed scavenger hunt for families exploring area tourist attractions, through April 9. Hunt can be completed outside of attractions; regular admission required to enter.

ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM -- American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-South Student Symposium at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with off-campus public competitions by 300 civil engineering students from 15 universities. 423-425-4111

-- March 31: Concrete canoe racing, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Circle N.

-- April 1: Steel bridge construction, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

GOOD OLD DAYS CRUISE-IN -- Good Old Days Museum, 11298 Wall St., Soddy-Daisy. Cruise-in and swap meet to celebrate seasonal opening of museum operated by Soddy, Daisy and Montlake Historical Association, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1. Free, but donations welcome.

HEALTHY TASTE VEGFEST -- Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Vegan and plant-based festival includes diet and health-related products from local vendors, panel discussion by local physicians and health educators, spring gardening class and multiple cooking demos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 2. Children's activities include interactive "Snakes Alive" programs by Rick Teepen, noon and 3 p.m.; a science show by Ben Roy; reading of "Why I Eat Broccoli" with author Sarah Victor. Free.

HOT SLAW & ART Y'ALL FESTIVAL -- First Street Square, 223 Inman St., and surrounding areas, Cleveland, Tenn. Celebration of the city's hot slaw heritage, with art exhibits, live music, pop-up street performances, contests, food vendors, noon-8 p.m. April 1.

MAGNOLIA MARKET DAYS -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Spring arts and crafts festival with 150+ vendors inside and food trucks, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and Easter Bunny photos in the parking lot, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1, noon-5 p.m. April 2. Free admission.

NATIONAL PARK DAY -- Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center (lower parking lot), 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Volunteers needed to clear brush and debris from the Brig. Gen. Bushrod Johnson earthworks and paint cannon carriages belonging to Capt. Tyler Peeples' Georgia Battery, 8:30 a.m. April 1. Interpretive program will follow explaining the role Peeples' Battery played in the Battle of Chickamauga. 706-866-9241, ext. 137

  photo  Staff file photo / A monument to the 25th Tennessee Regiment under Confederate Gen. Bushrod Johnson is seen at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Volunteers are needed on National Park Day on April 1 to clear brush and debris from the earthworks used by Johnson and to paint cannon carriages belonging to Capt. Tyler Peeples' Georgia Battery.

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

-- March 31: 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.

-- March 31-April 1: 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).

-- April 1: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

-- April 1: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

REPTICON -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors and breeders of reptiles and exotic animals, plus care and feeding products, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26 (last day). $6-$12.

ROCK THE RIVERFRONT -- Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Interactive art installation Los Trompos (spinning tops), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through April 16. Weekends feature live music, art vendors, family activities and food trucks select hours. Free admission.

-- March 26: Open play.

-- March 31: Friday fun with DJ Tony Dub, 5-7 p.m.

-- April 1: Light Up Chattanooga Lantern Parade (starts at 6 p.m. at Renaissance Park) and music by La Rumba, 6-7 p.m.

-- April 2: Open play.

SIP TN WINE FESTIVAL -- First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Features more than 100 wines from producers across the state, plus gourmet food and artisan crafts, noon-4 p.m. April 1. $45.

SPRING BOOK SALE & MAKERS MARKET -- Venue 701 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 701 Mississippi Ave. Thousands of books and a dozen vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26 (last day). Proceeds benefit Chattanooga Public Library Foundation and Chattanooga Public Library System. 423-643-7747

SPRING MARKET -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Monthly, themed art and farmers market celebrates spring with vendors offering apparel, jewelry, kitchen utensils, home decor, gourmet food and fresh vegetables, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 1. Free admission.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE -- Crown Garden & Archives, 715 Chattanooga Ave., Dalton, Ga. Fundraiser for Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 30-31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB -- Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team in home opener vs. Gold Star FC Detroit, 3 p.m. April 1. $11-$20 ($5 more on game day).

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES -- CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL League One men's professional team vs. Central Valley Fuego, 7:30 p.m. April 1. $13-$30.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE -- 400 River St. Youth Theatre production, "Bambi: A Life in the Woods," 2:30 p.m. March 26 (final show). $10-$12.

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

-- Through March 26: "Frozen Jr.." $14-$23.

-- Through April 30: "Things My Mother Taught Me." $19-$35.

LEE THEATRE -- Buzz Oates Blackbox Theater, Communication Arts Building, 345 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. "Jack's Tale: An Appalachian Musical," 7:30 p.m. March 30, 7 p.m. March 31, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 1. $10-$15.

OCOEE THEATRE COMPANY -- Cleveland Middle School, 3635 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, Tenn. "Harvey," 2 p.m. March 26, 7:30 p.m. March 31-April 1, 2 p.m. April 2. $20 (tickets at the door as available).

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