Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Jfest, Antique Alley Yard Sale, Down Home Days

Staff file photo / Leah Howard, right, and Kira Ford dance as The Young Escape performs during the Jfest Christian music festival at the Tennessee Riverpark in Chattanooga in 2019.
Staff file photo / Leah Howard, right, and Kira Ford dance as The Young Escape performs during the Jfest Christian music festival at the Tennessee Riverpark in Chattanooga in 2019.

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

Devoted sons

According to new research, Tennessee is among the states with the highest proportion of self-confessed "mama's boys" in the country. Using a combination of census data and survey results (3,000 respondents by QuestionPro), Mixbook, a design platform for photo books, ran the numbers for each state. Tennessee comes in at 69% of men ages 20-39 admitting to be mama's boys. Georgia is at 65% and Alabama at 59%. Mississippi reigns as the top state for mama's boys, with 87% of young men openly embracing the title. In contrast, Kansas takes the lead for men who are most independent from their mothers, with just 30% admitting to being closely tied to their mom's apron strings. More than 1 in 3 respondents, 35%, said that being called a mama's boy is a compliment.



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Art From the Hart," by Chattanooga's Hart Gallery artist collective, through June 23.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. "Transformation: Exploring the Art of Book-Making With Barry Moser" and Scenic City Clay Juried Member Showcase, through May 26.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "In Frame: A Chattanooga Photography Expo," through May 27.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Opening day for "Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure," interactive exhibit based on PBS Kids series, 10 a.m. May 20. $17 admission.

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. "Being a Flower Is a Big Responsibility" community show, through May 28.


— May 14: Sunday Studio drop-in family art experiences, 2-4 p.m. Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

— May 21: "The Art of an Influencer" program on innovation and leadership by influencers in fashion, beauty, lifestyle and fitness, including how to curate a personal brand, in partnership with GirlStance Inc., 2-4 p.m. Free to ages 21 and younger.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "All-Member Show," through May 31.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102. "The Artists' Overview" by 18 local artists, through July 31. Meet and greet, 1-4 p.m. May 21. 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 July 28.

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Joe Hobbs, Lynn Whipple and Maralyn Wilson, through June 30.

(READ MORE: River Gallery features works by artists Joseph Hobbs and Maralyn Wilson)

SIGNAL CENTERS' HART GALLERY — 110 E. Main St. Exhibition of classical art for people who are blind or visually impaired, through May 20.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— Through May 27: "Highland Park Point Cloud," by Ray Padron.

— Through June 17: "Territorial: The Land and Us." Screening of related film, "Not Our Land," inspired by Dakota Access Pipeline protests, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 18.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— May 17: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

— May 19-20: Janet Williams, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Chelsea Handler, 7:30 p.m. May 21. $49-$99.


IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. "Secrets of the Sea," May 19-Sept. 30. $10. An Evening With Jonathan Bird, film screening and discussion with the underwater cinematographer, plus free Ben & Jerry's ice cream samples, 6-7:30 p.m. May 25. $10-$20. Proceeds support Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute projects.

  photo  Photo by MacGillivray Freeman Films / The largest animal ever to have lived, the colossal blue whale, dines on vast clouds of microscopic plankton in the new Imax film "Secrets of the Sea 3D."


ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. American Patchwork Quartet, 7:30 p.m. May 19. $15-$25.


— May 14: The Foreign Landers featuring David Benedict, 7:30 p.m. $17.

— May 17: Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. $5.

— May 19: Will Hoge, 8:30 p.m. $20.


— May 18: The Alabama Troubadours: The Music of John Prine, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

— May 19: Dopapod, with The Afternooners, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

— May 20: Smith and Distinct Motive, 9:30 p.m. $25-$35.

CAMPFIRE CONCERT SERIES — Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road. Biweekly series continues with Barefoot Nellie & Company (change in band), 6:30-10 p.m. May 19. $30-$35, includes two drink tickets for Hutton & Smith beer, s'mores and entertainment; add overnight field camping for $5 per person; free for children 10 and younger; higher prices on event date.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Ride the Tide Music Festival featuring the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies and 12 other bands, with camping, food trucks and vendors, May 19-21. $75 single day, $150 and up for three-day pass.

CIVITAN MUSIC FESTIVAL — Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Ga. Third annual event features Uprooted with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, with The Weeks and Haley Mae Campbell opening, 4-10 p.m. May 20. More acts on second stage. $25-$100.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Chase Baker with One for the Road and The Wandering Willows, 7:30 p.m. May 20. $26.

JFEST — Tennessee Riverpark (parking at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway). Tennessee Valley's largest Christian music festival features 10 acts including Crowder, Jason Crabb, Cain, Mac Powell, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 20; shuttles start at 9 a.m. $45 general-access wristband.

(READ MORE: Tier 1 Jfest tickets sell out in 16 minutes)

MUSIC & BUSINESS SPEAKER SERIES — Rise Community Hub, 2901 Taylor St. Offshoot program of annual Hip-Hop Summit features DJ Chuck T, founder of the Charlotte Hornets' Industry Night and creator of Down South Slangin Mixtape Series, 7-10 p.m. May 19. Free but RSVP.

REDBUD — 2314 E. 13th St. Dixon's Violin on Humankindness tour, 7 p.m. May 19. $20-$25.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

— May 14: Alter Bridge on Pawns & Kings Tour, 7 p.m. $49-$69.

— May 16: Rival Sons, with The Record Company and Starcrawler, 7 p.m. $16-$45.

— May 18: Bad Omens, with Erra and Invent Animate, 7 p.m. $32-$49.

— May 19: All Time Low with Mayday Parade and Games We Play, 7 p.m. $59.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— May 14: Odie Leigh with The Official Bard of Baldwin County, 7 p.m. $15-$18.

— May 18: My Sister, My Brother, 7 p.m. $20-$23.

— May 19: Sophie B. Hawkins, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

— May 20: J.D. Simo, 7 p.m. $22-$25. Preceded at 5 p.m. by masterclass to raise funds for Songbirds Foundation's Guitars for Kids program, $40 for class only, $55 for masterclass and concert.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave.

— May 14: Keb' Mo', 7:30 p.m. $59-$79.

— May 21: Leonid & Friends: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago, 8 p.m. $35-$95.


ANTIQUE ALLEY YARD SALE — U.S. 11 from Bristol, Va., to Meridian, Miss. The 502-mile route, with grassroots participation and commercial vendors, passes through Monroe, McMinn, Bradley and Hamilton counties in Tennessee, Dade County in Georgia and DeKalb County in Alabama, May 18-21.

AUTHOR VISIT — The Camp House, 806 E. 12th St. An Evening With Leila Philip, author of "Beaverland: How One Rodent Made America," 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 18. $25-$30. Proceeds support Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga park staff finds solution to beaver problem at Ross's Landing)

BATTLE OF RESACA REENACTMENT — Resaca, Ga. (take Exit 320 east off I-75 and follow signs). The 159th anniversary events commemorating Civil War battle of May 14-15, 1864, include military and civilian camps, memorial service, Sunday church service (10 a.m.), battle reenactments (2 p.m. each day), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20-21. $2-$5.

BIKE RIDE AND RODEO — Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church's youth parking lot, 612 James Blvd. Signal Mountain Police Department and White Oak Bicycle Co-Op all-ages, escorted bike ride through Old Towne, with safety check and safety talk, 10 a.m. May 20; registration at 9:30 a.m. Must wear helmet; children under 13 must have adult accompaniment. Rodeo course open after ride. Loaner bikes and helmets available. Free.

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.

— May 14: Mother's Day Celebration. Music by Strange Curry at 12:30 p.m., Honeybabe at 2 p.m.

— May 21: Market Baketacular, spotlighting vendors with breads, cupcakes, pretzels, cookies and other baked goods. Music by Monday Night Social, 12:30 p.m., Sam Steadman, 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.

CLEVELAND BRADLEY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY — 795 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Centennial Celebration tours of the new and old facilities with guides in historical costumes, 2-4 p.m. May 20 (repeats other months). Register:

DOWN HOME DAYS FESTIVAL — Downtown Chickamauga, Ga. The 49th annual event, presented by Chickamauga Lions Club and city of Chickamauga, includes music on two stages, arts and crafts, food, rocking chair contests, tractor show, children's activities, tours of Gordon Lee Mansion, starting at 9 a.m. May 20. Free admission; $5 stamp for adult beverages.

FREE MEALS FOR POLICE — Participating Chattanooga-area McDonald's restaurants. Free meal to any police officer in uniform during National Police Week, May 14-20.

GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Local chapter of American Heart Association event to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19. $150.

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.

  photo  Staff file photo by Troy Stolt / A competitor hugs a loved one at the finish line of the Chattanooga Ironman 70.3 on May 23, 2021.

IRONMAN 70.3 CHATTANOOGA — Successive 1.2-mile swim in Tennessee River at Ross's Landing, 56-mile bike ride into Chickamauga, Ga., and 13.1-mile run through downtown Chattanooga, starting at 6:40 a.m. May 21.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga ranked as top Ironman swim site last year)

METROTHAM CON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Multifandom convention, with actors, voice actors, authors and artists among special guests, plus cosplay contest, children's events, console and tabletop gaming, live entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14 (last day). $40-$60; additional charge for some celebrity encounters.

OLD GLORY RELAY — Lookout Mountain, Tenn., to Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Project by Team Red, White & Blue for military veterans and supporters to run, walk, ruck, push and cycle single American flag 4,000 miles across the country, including through Chattanooga May 18, starting at sunrise (about 6:35 a.m.) from Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, and ending at sunset (about 8:40 p.m.) at Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road. Register for the relay or as a virtual participant.

OPEN HOUSE — Tremont Spot, 1203 Hixson Pike (behind Tremont Tavern). Introduction of restaurant's new event space with menu samples and Black Abbey drafts, 4-8 p.m. May 18.

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

— May 19: 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.

— May 19-20: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

— May 20: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— May 20: Grandparenting, outdoor program by Zelma Lansford, author of "Grandparents Are for Making Memories," 10-11 a.m. $5 nonmembers.

— May 20: The Awesome Opossum, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Snakes Alive program). $5-$10.

SOUTHERN BLOOMS FESTIVAL — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Showcase of the park's 400+ varieties of native plants and flowers on self-guided tours, with children's art projects, plants for sale, specialty foods, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 14 (last day). $20-$30.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. With Mother's Day theme, music by Richard Daigle, 1-4 p.m. May 14.

STORE OPENING — Nordstrom Rack, The Terrace, 2220 Hamilton Place Blvd. Grand-opening celebration of off-price department store with light bites, gift card giveaways and beauty activations, 9 a.m. May 18.

(READ MORE: Nordstrom Rack sets Chattanooga opening date)

TENNESSEE WINE TRAIN — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Two-hour excursion features three-course dinner with wine pairings chosen by master sommelier, 6 p.m. May 18 (other dates through December). $125 per guest for private table for two; $95 per guest for table of three to four guests.

THRILLVILLE FAIR — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Carnival rides, games, food booths and live entertainment, including High Flying Pages aerial show, Sea Lion Splash and Wheels of Agriculture game show, through May 21. Hours: 5-10 pm. Monday-Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $10 admission (free to children 36 inches and under, seniors 65 and older); $30-$35 unlimited rides. Special admission promotions on weekdays.

TOTAL SELF-CARE EXPERIENCE — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Shea of Sunshine vendor expo with products and services related to holistic health, financial goals, mental health, skin care and other needs, 2-6 p.m. May 20. Free admission.

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.

(READ MORE: New farmers market coming to downtown LaFayette)

WALKER COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS DAY — Walker County Civic Center, 10052 Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Event continues tradition started by Don Stultz Jr. to honor older residents' contributions, 10-11 a.m. May 17.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB WOMEN — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Summer amateur team in Women's Premier Soccer League vs. Nashville Rhythm in season opener, 3 p.m. May 20. $5 and up.

(READ MORE: 9 things to know for the Chattanooga Lookouts' 2023 season)

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Biloxi Shuckers. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $7-$12.

— May 16: 6:05 p.m.: buy-one, get-one general admission ticket with Food City ValuCard (up to four).

— May 17: 11:15 a.m.: Chick-fil-A giveaway delivered via app.

— May 18: 7:15 p.m.: Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

— May 19: 7:15 p.m.: postgame fireworks.

— May 20: 7:15 p.m.: used car giveaway, Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Night with characters Chase and Skye greeting fans at 6 p.m.

— May 21: 2:15 p.m.; Military Appreciation Day, with free general-admission tickets for veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided); free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Miss Nelson Is Missing" Youth production, 2:30 p.m. May 14, 7 p.m. May 19, 2:30 p.m. May 20-21. $10-$13.

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

— Through June 1: Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." $19-$35.

— May 19-July 27: "The Trip to Bountiful." $19-$35.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK — Greenway Farms, 4960 Gann Store Road. "As You Like It" by Scenic City Shakespeare, 7:30 p.m. May 26-27, with improvised adaptation, Shakespeare From a Hat, May 19-20. Free; donations requested; paid VIP options available.

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