Things to do at Chattanooga’s MainX24 celebration this weekend

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The Howard High Dancers followed the marching band at the 16th annual MainX24 parade and street festival on the Southside on Dec. 3.
Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The Howard High Dancers followed the marching band at the 16th annual MainX24 parade and street festival on the Southside on Dec. 3.

MainX24, Chattanooga's 24-hour celebration of Main Street and the surrounding Southside neighborhood, is taking place Saturday. Held annually on the first Saturday of December, the celebration features a wide variety of events put on by local businesses and organizations. With so many things to do and only 24 hours to do them, here's a chronology of some of the celebration's highlights to put on the calendar. For a full list of MainX24 activities, visit mainx24.com.

MORNING

— Ice Buddies, a cold plunge community, will have breath work and meditation, a polar plunge and coffee at 8 a.m. at 1400 Broad St. Participants should bring their own yoga mat. Registration costs $10. Learn more at eventbrite.com.

— RISE Chattanooga will host a pancake breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. at Fire Station 1, 218 E. Main St. The breakfast costs $5; all proceeds go to the organization's 2024 free youth music weekend academy.

— Chattanooga Zoo will host a Pop-up Zoo from 8 a.m.-noon at the Fire Station Triangle Park, 218 E. Main St. Specific animals to be featured will be depend on the weather.


— Art 120 will present its International Market and More, featuring street food, art cars, live music and a variety of art vendors, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Synergy Climbing and Ninja, 427 E. Main St.

— City of Creators vendor and food truck market will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Architectural Surfaces, 405 E. Main St. It is a rain or shine event.

— MainX24 parade will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The parade route starts at Jefferson and Main streets and ends at Broad and Main streets. Check out the parade participants in costumes and on floats. The parade is rain or shine.

— 14th annual World Heavyweight Chili Championship will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at OCI, 326 E. Main St. Hosted by Green Spaces, the competition will bring together more than 20 teams vying for the championship belt. The championship will also feature live music, local beers and bloody marys. Cost is $15-$20. Learn more at greenspaceschattanooga.org.

— Main Line Tattoo will host "Have a Holly Dolly Christmas!" from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the shop, 317 E. Main St. The Dolly Parton-themed art show will include a coat drive benefiting the Chattanooga Rescue Mission. Learn more on the shop's Instagram page.

Weather forecast

— Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 66 and a 50% chance of precipitation with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m.

— Saturday night: Cloudy with a low of 55 and a 50% chance of precipitation with a chance of showers between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 a.m.

— Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 67 and a 40% chance of precipitation.

Source: National Weather Service


AFTERNOON

— Humane Educational Society will host Santa Paws Workshop from noon-3 p.m. at Battle Academy, 1601 Market St. The society will have adoptable dogs. Love on Leash will have therapy dogs providing support, and For the Love of Dogs will have adoptable dogs and pet items for sale. Pet photos with Santa and children's activities will also be available. Learn more at heschatt.org.

— Chattanooga Fire Cabaret and Hotel Chalet will present A Merry MainX24 Carnival from noon-4 p.m. in the gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. The free, family-friendly event will feature fire spinners, roller skating clowns, belly dancers and an aerialist as well as face painting, balloon animals, giant puppets, a Hula-Hoop party and more.

— MainX24 Adult Big Wheel Race will be from noon-5 p.m. at Architectural Surfaces, 405 E. Main St. Watch as 24 teams of four compete in a relay-style race on drift trikes in heats of three. Race funds support SoundCorps, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to supporting Chattanooga musicians. Learn more at eventbrite.com.

— Songbirds will host Krummy Karaoke from 2-4 p.m. at its new location, 212 W. Main St. The karaoke competition is looking for the best performer in Chattanooga, no talent necessary. While the competition takes place in Songbirds' new location, the guitar and pop culture museum at 35 Station St. will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with free admission. Register for Krummy Karaoke in advance at songbirdsfoundation.org.

— WanderLinger Brewing Co. will host its Highland Games from 2-5 p.m. at the company, 1208 King St. Events include a keg toss, keg carry, stein hold, tug of war and a beer mile relay; all events are free except for the beer mile ($12 for a four-person team). To sign up, email mike@wanderlinger.com in advance or show up at 1 p.m. on the day of the event; advance registrants also need to show up at 1 p.m. or their spot will be vacated.

— Clumpies Food Truck Alley will be from 2-11 p.m. at Clumpies, 1401 Market St. There will be music, lawn games and hourly specials. Confirmed food trucks include Abuelita's Seasons, America Runs on Pizza, Good Dog Go!, Final Girl Vegan Food and Nola Girls Gumbo.


EVENING/NIGHT

— Skate Karaoke will be from 5-8 p.m. at The Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Enjoy food, drinks, roller skating and '90s and '00s karaoke provide by a live DJ. Partygoers can bring their own skates or rent a pair for $10; skate sizes for children are not available.

— Shoey's Night Market will be from 7-11 p.m. at Fountainhead Taproom, 1617 Rossville Ave. The pop-up market, presented by GirlsRule, will offer unique, local merchandise, while Fountainhead serves up beer, wine, cocktails and more.

— Sparkle City Disco, a Nashville-based vinyl disco DJ duo, will have a show at 7 p.m. at The Signal, 21 Choo Choo Ave. The performance will also feature Carousel, a fellow Nashville-based vinyl DJ collective. Tickets cost $15. Learn more at thesignaltn.com.

— "The Love and Marriage Game" will be from 10-11:30 p.m. at The Comedy Catch, 1400 Market St. Hosted by Bad Santa, this take on "The Newlywed Game" will test couples' knowledge of each other; there will be prizes for the winner. Admission costs $10. Learn more at thecomedycatch.com.

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

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