Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Jurassic Quest, Beer Fest, Nightfall, SoakYa

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross  / Lisa Bohme of Sweetwater Brewing pours beer for visitors to the Chattanooga Beer Fest on May 28, 2022. This year's festival is May 27 at First Horizon Pavilion.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Lisa Bohme of Sweetwater Brewing pours beer for visitors to the Chattanooga Beer Fest on May 28, 2022. This year's festival is May 27 at First Horizon Pavilion.

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


The Songbirds Foundation is holding an online raffle until midnight Monday that will award tickets to the Riverbend Festival. Coming up June 2-4, the festival will feature Maren Morris, Big Boi, Amanda Shires, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Trombone Shorty and many other acts. A $10 raffle ticket is good for one chance to win a prize package that includes two general-admission wristbands, a hotel stay all three nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton (a seven-minute walk from the festival), a Songbirds gift pack with two passes to the Songbirds Guitar & Pop Culture Museum plus two Songbirds T-shirts. There's no limit to the number of tickets you can buy. All proceeds benefit Guitars for Kids and Songbirds' other music education programs. Enter at



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.

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. Intake for "Something for Children" community show, May 25-28 (show is June 1-July 30).


— 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.

— May 25: Opening of new exhibit "In Nature's Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting," 6-8 p.m. Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

  photo  Contributed Photo / "Landscape" is an 1860 oil on canvas by American artist Edmund Darch Lewis (1835-1910). A gift from David C. Geiger, it is on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pa.

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. 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)

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— May 26: Art-A-Nooga Tonight, giving participating artists seven minutes to entertain as they wish, 7-8 p.m. Artist registration:

— May 27: Collage Narratives, family activity, 1-3 p.m. Bring your own photographs, magazines, printed images, drawings, etc. RSVP; May artists' open studios, 3-5 p.m.

— 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 25: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

— May 26-28: Ricky Mokel in special engagement, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $25-$30; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $20-$25.

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


IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. "Secrets of the Sea," through 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.

MUSIC & MOVIES IN MILLER — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Oversize games, food trucks and art activities, 6 p.m. May 27; music by FlashDrive at 7 p.m., martial-arts lessons at 8 p.m., screening of "The Karate Kid" at sunset (about 8:30 p.m.). Bring your own seating. Free.



— May 24: Jazz in the Lounge with Lisa & Friends, 7 p.m. $5.

— May 26: Pink Houses: The John Mellencamp Tribute, 8 p.m. $10.


— May 25: Tanner Usrey with the Camden Smith Band, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

— May 26: Oweda and Easy Honey with Moon Juice, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

— May 27: Back N Black: An AC/DC Tribute, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

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

— May 27: The Cadillac Three with Nolan Taylor, 8 p.m. CDT. $49 and up.

— May 28: Yelawolf, 8 p.m. CDT. Sold out.

CONCERT AT THE CAVERNS — The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Concert benefiting music education and philanthropy of the South Cumberland Community Fund, featuring Easy Honey, The Yellow Dandies and Grundy County schoolchildren who have been learning to play guitar, banjo, fiddle and keyboard, 6-9:30 p.m. CDT May 25. $30-$60; $150 VIP tickets include food, drink and donation credit.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Jam & Bread after-hours event, with a pizza party and music by Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers, 6-8 p.m. May 26. $10-$12.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series kicks off first of 15 weeks of concerts, May 26, rain or shine. Local band Symatree opens at 7 p.m.; Kaleta & Super Yamba Band headline at 8 p.m. Food trucks and art market start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard.

  photo  Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Nightfall opened its 35th season on May 27, 2022, at Miller Plaza. This year's kickoff is May 26.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. Kevin Gates, 8 p.m. May 26-27. Sold out.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Ally Venable, 7 p.m. May 25. $15-$17.

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 May 26-Sept. 4, plus daily June 30-July 9. 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. Leonid & Friends: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago, 8 p.m. May 21. $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, through May 21.

BATTLE OF RESACA REENACTMENT — Chitwood Farm, 518 Chitwood Road, 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, Sunday church service (10 a.m.), battle reenactments (2 p.m.), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21 (last day). $2-$5.

BIG TENT EVENT — Unclaimed Baggage, 509 W. Willow St., Scottsboro, Ala. Sale of overflow of new products at lost luggage retail store after busy travel season, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29 (all times Central). Items within 50,000-square-foot store and under jumbo tents in parking lot, with 25% discounts on select items, $15 off entire purchase for military customers, free lemonade and popcorn.

CHATTANOOGA BEER FEST — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Celebration of craft beer presented by Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. with brewers from around the South and beyond, noon-3 p.m. May 27. $48-$58 (must be 21 or older); $20 for designated driver.

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 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.

— May 28: Street Food Festival, with music by The Daily Grind, 12:30 p.m., and Nicholas Edward Williams, 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.

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.

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)

JURASSIC QUEST — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Life-size animatronic dinosaurs, dino rides, fossil excavation, crafts and other activities, noon-8 p.m. May 26, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. May 27-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 29. $19-$36 (ticket required for ages 2 and up).

LITTLE LIBRARY LAUNCH — Texas Roadhouse, 5362 Highway 153, Hixson. Ribbon-cutting for Soddy-Daisy Community Library's third Little Library, which will be regularly stocked with free books for children and adults, plus story time and other activities, 2 p.m. May 25. Until 10 p.m., restaurant will donate portion of sales to library's summer reading program (must mention library to server).

LITTLE OWL FAIRY HOUSE FESTIVAL — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Fairy houses built ahead of time for visitor voting, plus supplies to build your own on-site, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 27. Other activities include 5K trail run, tours of historic Spring Frog Cabin, craft and food vendors, stage for music, storytelling and bellydancing demonstrations. $3-$6.

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

— May 24: Reconnecting to Nature with The Chattery, 6-7:30 p.m. $30. Register at

— May 26: 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 26-27: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

— May 27: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— May 27: Snakes Alive, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Awesome Opossum program). $5-$10.

RK GUN SHOW — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors with guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28. $4-$14.

SOAKYA — Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville. Opening weekend for amusement park's 5-acre water park, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 27, 1-7 p.m. May 28, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 29. Dry side of the park open one hour earlier and later (30 minutes later Memorial Day). All-inclusive tickets $41 for ages 3-59.

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

— May 26: Food Truck Friday: Food Fest, with yard games and music by Josh Driver, 5-8 p.m.

— May 28: Memorial Day Market, 1-4 p.m.

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, 1-11 p.m. May 21 (last day). $10 admission (free to children 36 inches and under, seniors 65 and older); $30-$35 unlimited rides.

VFW FLEA MARKET — Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Semiannual event sponsored by Ooltewah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1687, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. May 28, rain or shine. Vendor setup at 6 a.m., first-come, first-served.

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)


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

— May 24: Men's professional team in National Independent Soccer Association vs. Albion San Diego, 7 p.m. $11 and up.

— May 27: Double-header: Women's Premier Soccer League amateur team vs. FC Birmingham, 4:30 p.m.; men's team vs. Maryland Bobcats, 7:30 p.m. $11 and up (no re-entry).

(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, 2:15 p.m. May 21 (last game of series). Promotions: Military Appreciation Day, with free general-admission tickets for veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families; 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 THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Miss Nelson Is Missing" Youth Theatre production, 2:30 p.m. May 21 (final show). $10-$13.

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

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

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

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Tony Award-winning "Dear Evan Hansen," 7:30 p.m. May 23-25, 8 p.m. May 26, 2 and 8 p.m. May 27, 1:30 and 7 p.m. May 28. $25-$70.

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. Free; donations requested; paid VIP options available.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.