Things to do in the Chattanooga area this weekend include Gratefull luncheon, Christmas markets, Chattanooga Fashion Expo

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors walk down a path lit by glowing giraffes as part of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo in 2022.  Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will host the Asian Lantern Festival beginning 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors walk down a path lit by glowing giraffes as part of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Chattanooga Zoo in 2022. Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will host the Asian Lantern Festival beginning 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday.


This weekend, the Chattanooga Market is celebrating Thanksgiving at its final outdoor market of the year, and Gratefull, a free community luncheon, is taking place for those wanting to have a meal before the actual holiday next week. 'Tis the season this weekend as well with multiple festivities taking place for those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit early. For even more seasonal events, check out this year's Chattanooga Times Free Press fall festival guide. Otherwise, here's this weekend's chronology.

ARTS

— Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace, continues its exhibition "Vocabulary," featuring the work of 27 local and national artists. The works featured in the exhibition use different vocabularies and dialogues in different artistic mediums to engage with viewers and other artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The exhibition will run through Nov. 30. Learn more at jewishchattanooga.com.

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga continues its fall show at the Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Society members will have their work displayed, and prints will be available for purchase. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The show will run through Dec. 1. Learn more at chattanoogaphoto.org.

— Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave., continues its annual all-member salon show. It is the gallery's final exhibition of the year; it's also the largest, featuring works from 110 local and regional artists. The exhibition will run through Dec. 23. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Monday and Tuesday. Learn more at avarts.org.

— Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View, will host a Create and Sip session from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will enjoy a glass of wine while making their own art inspired by the museum's current exhibit, "Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth." The museum's manager of outreach and access programs, Athena Buxton, will lead a tour of the exhibit. The session is open to anyone 21 and over. Registration costs $25 per person or $20 for members. Learn more at huntermuseum.org.

— ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., will have two events this weekend. From 6-8 p.m. Friday, the gallery will host "On the Line," a fundraiser for a documentary film by Rachael Porter, featuring live music by In the Company of Wolves and live painting by Julia Whitworth. The fundraiser is presented by Be The Change Youth Initiative, which will share the story of its work; tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. From 6-8 p.m. Saturday, the gallery will host an opening reception for its exhibition "Chattanooga: Art Happening Now," featuring works curated by artists Olivia Reckert and Drew Clark; the exhibition will run through Nov. 25. Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment Tuesday-Thursday. Learn more at clearstoryarts.com.

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will offer artist-guided, hands-on ornament- and gift-making opportunities from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery will continue its all-member exhibition through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 11-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at intowngallery.com.

BL30!

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., is celebrating its 30th anniversary through Nov. 22. Each day will showcase a different artistic discipline from music to dance to film and more. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, saxophonist Trevor Watts will have a jazz performance with percussionist Jamie Harris. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, guitarist David Grier and mandolinist Mike Compton will have a bluegrass performance. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ethnodrama professors Peggy Douglas and Anne Swedberg, in collaboration with other artists and performers, will present "Unmasking: Beyond the Rainbow," supporting a wide range of LGBTQ+ storytellers. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, there will be a dance performance entitled "Mouthing Off," featuring original scores by the dancers. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be a screening of the film "Personal Problems," written by Chattanoogan Ishmael Reed; there will be a discussion of Reed and his works. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, artists with the Barking Legs Artist Incubator project will present their original performance works. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, there will be a performance of "Cutthroat Comedy," a comedy game show featuring three teams of comedians. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Barking Legs' 30th anniversary will conclude with a jazz extravaganza by Dexter Bell and his cohort of musicians. Tickets are available for individual events, while passes are available for admittance to multiple events. Learn more at barkinglegs.org.

DANCE

— Mill Town and The Pop-up Project will host "Until the Sun Rises" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Coosa Mill, 1800 S. Watkins St. Due to demand and a generous donation, The Pop-up Project is able to host the final encore performance. The immersive experience combines dance, music and art for attendees to explore through the historic Coosa Mill, which is being reopened for the event. There will be food and beverages available. General admission tickets cost $15. Learn more at thepopupproject.org or eventbrite.com.

MUSIC

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., will have multiple shows going into next week. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, TEDx Chattanooga will have an event entitled, "Awaken," featuring speakers Hudson Brock, Christine DiPietro, Greg Funderburg, DeJuan Jordan and Jon Jon Wesolowski with host Briana Garza; tickets cost $37.50 in advance. At 8 p.m. Thursday, Brent Cobb with JD Clayton will perform; tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 the day of show. At 8 p.m. Friday, Departure, a Journey tribute band, will perform with Pink Houses; tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 the day of show. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Pandora's Box, an Aerosmith tribute band, will perform with The Essentials; tickets cost $18 in advance or $22 the day of show. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Honey Revenge with Pollyanna, Colorblind and Speakeasy will perform; tickets cost $18 in advance or $22 the day of show. Learn more at barrelhouseballroom.com.

— The Kingston Trio, an American folk and pop band, will host "An Evening with The Kingston Trio" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold. General admission tickets cost $45. Learn more at eventbrite.com.

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., will have a performance by Mason Jennings at 7 p.m. Friday. Jennings' new record, "Songs From When We Met," contains love songs inspired by his remarriage in 2018. Tickets to the show cost $20 in advance or $22 the day of show. Learn more at songbirdsfoundation.org.

— UCTV will present the 38th annual Catoosa County Stockings Full of Love Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold. The concert will feature performances by musicians Clint Black, Johnathan Bond, Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris and The Greesons. There will be a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Learn more at catoosacolonnade.com.

— St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 7555 Ooltewah Georgetown Road, Ooltewah, will host Bells and Afternoon Tea from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will be able to enjoy tea on the church's campus while listening to carillon music performed by guest carillonist Anton Fleissner. A carillon is a pitched percussion instrument consisting of a tower of at least 23 bells, which are played with a keyboard. Learn more at sfaec.org.

OUT & ABOUT

— Gratefull, Chattanooga's free community Thanksgiving luncheon, will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of East M.L. King Boulevard. Area residents and visitors alike will be able to sit down at one long table to share a seasonal meal. Attendees looking to give back to the community may bring nonperishable food items and hygiene supplies to the event to benefit the Maclellan Shelter for Families. Learn more at gratefullcha.org.

— Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will host the Asian Lantern Festival beginning 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. The festival will feature more than 30 lanterns and nine interactive displays. The lanterns will feature zoo animals, traditional Asian lanterns and natural elements. From 5:30-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, children can make their own lantern, while supplies last. The festival is ticketed separately and does not include daytime zoo admission; festival tickets cost $13.50-$18.50 for zoo members, $17-$23 for nonmembers. The festival will run nightly Wednesday-Sunday through Jan. 14. Learn more at chattzoo.org/events.

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga will host a presentation entitled "Photojournalism" by photographer Billy Weeks at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Weeks served as a staff photographer at The Chattanooga Times and was the director of photography and graphics at the Chattanooga Times Free Press prior to pursuing a career as an independent documentary photographer; he also teaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University. Gary Conner will discuss iPhone photography during a boot camp class at 6 p.m. Learn more at chattanoogaphoto.org.

— Chattanooga Fashion Expo will have events at multiple times Friday-Saturday at different locations around Chattanooga. The two-day expo will provide a platform, education, mentorship and networking to fashion creatives and will showcase the talents of designers from Chattanooga and beyond. Friday will include a full day of education from industry professionals and a networking night. Saturday will include the main event, a 4 1/2-hour expo featuring a nonstop runway, shopping and more, and an official after-party. Tickets cost $20-$275. Learn more at chattanoogafashionexpo.com.

— Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga., will host its annual Enchanted Garden of Lights for the holiday season beginning 4:30-9 p.m. Friday. The winter wonderland is illuminated by six distinct holiday realms and features festive fun for all ages. Tickets are sold online only, and prices are subject to change based on the day; tickets for regular night admission cost $17.95-$27.95. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. The Enchanted Garden of Lights will run 4:30-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 6 (10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Learn more at seerockcity.com/lights.

  photo  Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Visitors stroll through Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights in 2018. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga., will host its annual Enchanted Garden of Lights for the holiday season beginning 4:30-9 p.m. Friday.
 
 

 

— North Hamilton Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will present "A Soddy-Daisy Christmas" from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Poe's Tavern Park, 9817 Dayton Pike. The holiday celebration will feature live performances, food trucks, vendors, meet-and-greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a tree lighting ceremony. Learn more at northhamiltontn.com.

— Main Street Athens will host its annual Downtown Christmas Celebration from 5-9 p.m. Friday in downtown Athens, Tenn. The event will feature extended shopping hours at downtown businesses, a variety of restaurant and food vendors, craft vendors, music, the lighting of the Christmas tree and more. Learn more at mainstreetathens.org.

— Charlotte Grace Events will host the Ho Ho Ho Christmas Market from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Cambridge Square, 9453 Bradmore Lane, Ooltewah. The market will feature festive shopping at the square's boutiques and among its temporary vendors. There will be breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m., cookies with Santa from noon-5 p.m. and free photos with Santa. There will also be a variety of food vendors. Admission is free. Learn more at charlottegraceevents.com.

— Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will honor the 160th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga this weekend. Saturday's programming includes a walking tour along Moccasin Bend, a history of tourism on Lookout Mountain at Point Park, a walking tour of Point Park, a walking tour through part of the Lookout Mountain Battlefield and lessons on artillery. Sunday's programming includes walking tours of Point Park, lessons on artillery and a Tunnel Hill walking tour. Fees may apply depending on program location; any program inside Point Park requires a $10 entrance fee for those 16 and older. Find the complete weekend itinerary at nps.gov/chch.

  photo  Staff photo by Robin Rudd / The rising sun peeks from behind the Cravens House as a cannon marks the position of Howell's Georgia Battery in 2022 at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. The Cravens House was the scene of the climatic stage of the Battle of Lookout Mountain on Nov. 24, 1863. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will honor the 160th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga this weekend.
 
 

 

— Touch the Sky Events will host the Chattanooga Christmas Village Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. The market will feature over 130 vendors, food, free pictures with Santa and more. Admission is $5, and children 12 and under get in free; parking is free. Touch the Sky will also host the Mistletoe Market on Dec. 9-10 at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway NW, Cleveland. Learn more at touchtheskyevents.com.

— Shop the Market At will host Christkindlmarkt, a German/European-inspired holiday market, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. The market will feature a variety of craft vendors and German and European holiday traditions such as Krampus and Christkind. There will be gold lanterns, candles and other European-inspired decorations in addition to German and European foods and drinks. Learn more at shopthemarketat.com.

— City of East Ridge will host its annual Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with the parade route running from Ringgold Road at Germantown Road to Ringgold Road at Tombras Avenue. School groups, teams, nonprofits, churches and more will participate in the procession of floats. If postponed due to weather, the parade will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at eastridgeparksandrec.com.

— Chattanooga Market will have its final outdoor market of the season from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. The Thanksgiving-themed market will feature a variety of local meats, cheeses, breads, produce and more for patrons to use for their holiday gatherings. Chattanooga Market will be closed next Sunday for Thanksgiving and will then move indoors at the Chattanooga Convention Center for its three-weekend holiday market. Learn more at chattanoogamarket.com.

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Shoppers visit the various booths in 2021 at the Chattanooga Market at the First Horizon Pavilion. Chattanooga Market will have its final outdoor market of the season from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd.
 
 

 

— Rosetta Stone Immigration Law, a firm supporting low-income families navigating the immigration process, will host "Cuts and Carnitas" from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Cabanas Latin Night Club, 1800 Rossville Ave. The free-to-attend event will feature free tacos, free haircuts for those under 18 and free immigration legal consultations. The event is being held in partnership with Manny Muniz, owner of Live Label Hair Studio, and Chuy Esquivel, owner of Mexiville and 423 Taco. Learn more at rosettastoneimmigrationlaw.com.

— Bobby Stone Film Series will have a screening of "Disney's A Christmas Carol" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. The film is an animated retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story, starring Jim Carrey as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. The film is rated PG. Tickets cost $6.50. Learn more at tivolichattanooga.com.

THEATER

— UTC Theatre Co. will present "Alabaster" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. The play is "a darkly comic Southern drama about love, art and the power of women." Tickets cost $20 for the general public and $15 for students. Learn more at utc.edu/fine-arts-center.

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Contact Sam Still at sstill@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6579.


 
 


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