Things to do in the Chattanooga area this weekend include pride week, Food Truck Friday, Rocktoberfest

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga resident Angie Pursley takes a picture with her granddaughter Riley Hale, 7, during the East Ridge Fall Festival at Camp Jordan on Oct. 22, 2022. East Ridge is hosting the second annual Fall Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Camp Jordan.

Dread Hollow continues this weekend, and there will be Chattanooga Pride Week festivities every day through Sunday. Rock City's Rocktoberfest returns, and there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors before winter comes. For seasonal events, check out this year's Chattanooga Times Free Press fall festival guide. Otherwise, here's this weekend's chronology.


— Photographic Society of Chattanooga continues its fall/holiday 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 conclude Jan. 5. Learn more at

— Mountain Arts Guild continues its exhibition "Things of the Heart" in the Exum Gallery at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. The exhibition features paintings and ceramics created by local senior artists. The exhibition will run through Oct. 29. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and 8 a.m.-noon Sunday. Learn more at

— 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

— Institute of Contemporary Art Chattanooga continues its exhibition "When the World's On Fire" by artist Kevin McNamee-Tweed at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. The exhibition features more than 40 new ceramic paintings and other works by McNamee-Tweed. The exhibition will run through Oct. 21. The gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn more at

— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host Throwback Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free admission to the permanent collection and $5 general admission to the current exhibition "Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth." As part of the Thursday festivities, there will be an "Art Wise" session from 6-7 p.m. featuring one of the current exhibition's artists Angela Fraleigh, and there will be "STEM School Presents" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. featuring local students' projects inspired by works from the museum's permanent collection. On Sunday, there will be a Family Fun Day from 2-4 p.m. featuring art and crafting activities, live performances and more inspired by the current exhibition; regular admission of $20 for non-members and those older than 17 applies. Also from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, there will be a free, teen-only workshop for participants to create their own gold leaf collage inspired by the current exhibition; all materials are provided, and registration for the workshop is required. Learn more at

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will host its First Friday celebration as it begins its October exhibition "After Dark: Illuminating Chattanooga," featuring the works of Anh Bao Tran-Le, a Chattanooga-based photographer. Tran-Le's photography for the exhibition showcases the archictecture, structures and waterways of the city in the light of nighttime. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Tran-Le at the First Friday celebration. The exhibition will run through Oct. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at


— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., will have multiple shows through the weekend. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Peachtree Entertainment will present Uncle Lucius with Lew Card; tickets cost $17 in advance or $22 the day of show. At 8 p.m. Thursday, Gyasi with Red Pawn will perform; tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of show. At 9 p.m. Friday, Electric Six with The Surfrajettes will perform; tickets cost $18 in advance or $20 the day of show. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Interstellar Echoes, a Pink Floyd tribute band, will perform; tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 the day of show. At 8 p.m. Sunday, Daniel Donato will perform "Cosmic Country;" tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 the day of show. Learn more at

— Reflection Riding will host a Campfire Concert from 6-10 p.m. Friday at its campus, 400 Garden Road. The concert will feature the music of Milele Roots, a reggae band that blends ska, funk and other genre influences. Tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members; tickets include Hutton and Smith beer and s'mores. A $10 per person add-on can be purchased to allow camping in Reflection Riding's field after the concert. Learn more at

— Scenic City Chorus will host a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. The concert, entitled "Game Shows," will showcase the chorus' fully a cappella, four-part harmony music. There will be a drawing and gift baskets at the concert as well as a guest quartet, "Presto!" Tickets cost $15 for adults, children 10 and under get in free. Learn more at

— Choo Choo Chorus will host a free concert for the public at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. The chorus recently earned its highest score ever and "Most Improved Chorus" at a four-state competition in Oxford, Ala.; three quartets won in three different categories. Learn more at

— String Theory at the Hunter returns for its 15th season at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. The concert will include performances of music by Mozart and Schubert. The pre-concert bar opens at 5 p.m., a pre-concert discussion with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt will be at 5:45 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets cost $45; Hunter Museum members pay $35, and students and music teachers pay $10. Learn more at


— East Brainerd Kiwanis Club is hosting its annual barbecue fundraiser until April 1. The fundraiser is in partnership with Mike's Smokehouse, 7655 E. Brainerd Road. For $50, people will receive a four person-meal consisting of one pound of barbecue (pork or chicken) and two sides. The fundraiser will benefit the Kiwanis Club's efforts to support children in the community through service projects, advocacy and the provision of Christmas presents, school supplies and donations. Learn more at

— BLVD Project, a community and business renewal organization, is hosting its third annual Taco Tour from Thursday-Wednesday along the Rossville Boulevard corridor. Ten restaurants will have a mini-menu and a $3 featured taco offering diners a celebration of Latin American culinary culture. Hours and prices vary by restaurant. A list of participating restaurants is available at

— Dread Hollow, 321 Browns Ferry Road, will be open through the month of October. Featured haunted experiences include Camp Dread, the Cerberus Society and Grimsby's Slaughterhouse. There will be escape room experiences for a separate cost. Dread Hollow will be open 8-10 p.m. Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. Fridays, 7-11 p.m. Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Sundays through October and will be open from 8-10 p.m. Halloween night. General admission tickets cost $25, and escape room tickets cost $15. Parental discretion is advised for children under the age of 12. Learn more at

— Chattanooga Pride Week will conclude this weekend. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a "LGBTQ+ Mixer/Panel" at The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 108. At 7 p.m. Thursday, there will be "Pride Trivia" at Mellow Mushroom, 205 Broad St. At 7 p.m. Friday, there will be a "Haunted Houses of Pride Ball" at Mac Avenue Event Space, 1304 McCallie Ave., Suite A. At noon Saturday, there will be a "Sign-Making Party" at The Seed Theatre, 1000 E. Third St., Suite 100. At 6 p.m. Saturday, doors open for a "Rainbow Revue" at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter St. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, there will be a pride parade at the convention center followed by a pride festival at 1 p.m. Some events have an admission cost, and some have age restrictions. Learn more on Chattanooga Pride's social media and at

— River City Co. will host a Noontunes concert and market from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday from Aquarium Way to High Point Climbing Gym on Broad Street. The free, public event will feature live music by The Essentials, artist vendors and food trucks. CHI Memorial will be providing health information at this week's event, which is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about the event series at

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Customers wait in line at food trucks at the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga during on Food Truck Friday on Feb. 3. The incubator is hosting Food Truck Friday on the first and third Friday of each month.

— Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga will host Food Truck Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the incubator, 5704 Marlin Road. There will be more than a dozen local food trucks serving up a variety of foods including sandwiches, barbecue, gumbo, cheesecake and more. The incubator will host Food Truck Friday on the first and third Friday of each month. Learn more on the incubator's social media.

— Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., will host a bake and craft sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Agers are sponsoring the sale featuring a variety of baked goods and different crafts. Admission is free. For more information, contact Lee Funderburk at 423-718-2532.

— St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive, will host a bake sale and flea market from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Shop a variety of items, including jewelry, children's clothes, coats and more in addition to the plethora of baked goods. There will also be a free car wash during the market. Learn more at

— Rock City's Rocktoberfest celebration returns for the season from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. This German-themed fall festival features live music, food and specialty beer. In addition to the German festivities, there will be a mime performance, caricature drawings, tours of the garden during peak fall foliage, birds of prey shows and more. Tickets cost $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 3-12. Rocktoberfest will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Learn more at

— Tennessee River Rescue will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. This river cleanup project will have volunteers picking up trash and debris from the river's shorelines to preserve the river and its connected waterways; this project is managed by local nonprofit WaterWays. There will be multiple cleanup sites in Hamilton, Bradley, Marion counties, and Rhea and Catoosa counties will each have a cleanup site. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes they don't mind getting wet or dirty. Learn more at

— Lula Lake Land Trust will have its bi-monthly Open Gate Days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its core preserve, 5000 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Visitors can view Lula Lake, the 110-foot Lula Falls and a bluff overlook. Admission is $16. A guided hike is also available for $40, which includes entry to the preserve. Registration is required. Learn more at

— City of East Ridge will host its second annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Camp Jordan amphitheater, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. The festival will feature live music, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, children's activities, a petting zoo and more. Topgolf will provide multiple games of cornhole and giant Jenga. Craft Axe Throwing will offer a free axe throwing experience. Learn more at

— Tennessee Dahlia Society will present a dahlia bloom exhibit from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the East Ridge Community Center, 1515 Tombras Ave. The exhibit will showcase the dahlia, a diverse flower consisting of 30 species and 20,000 cultivars. Growers from the Chattanooga and Knoxville chapters of the society will display their prize blooms. There will be a live arrangement demonstration, and blooms will be on sale throughout the exhibit. Admission is free. Learn more on the society's Facebook page.

— Signal Mountain Police and Fire departments will host a cornhole tournament from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. Registration costs $40 per team. Proceeds will benefit the Signal Mountain social service programs used to help those in need. The Market at MACC will also have an Oktoberfest-themed market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Register for the tournament at or, for more information, contact

— Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga., will offer ranger-led tours into Sitton's Cave starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. The two- to 2 1/2-hour long tours will have attendees crawling in mud, scrambling over rocks, encountering underground creatures and possibly wading through a subterranean stream to explore the cave environment. Attendees must register for the tour by calling the park office at 706-657-4050. Admission costs $45 per person. Learn more at

— Green Thumb Garden Club of Collegedale/Ooltewah will host its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Hall at the Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. This month's presenter is Greg Kniedler, recommended by master gardener Ann Brown. Kniedler will present on "Kudzu – The Invasive Vine." There will be refreshments and door prizes at the meeting. Admission is free for first-time visitors. For more information, contact Rita Vital at 423-505-6605.


— Chattanooga Red Wolves will have a home game against the Greenville Triumph Soccer club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. General admission tickets start at $13. Learn more at


— UTC Theatre Co. will begin its 2023-24 season with a production of Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward with shows 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 comedy offering "wit, conflict and big laughs as a fussy, cantankerous novelist finds himself haunted by the ghost of his late first wife." Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for youth and students. Learn more on the UTC Theatre department's page at

— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will conclude its production of "Peter Pan" this weekend with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The play follows the classic tale of the Darling siblings as they venture to Neverland with Peter Pan and meet the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell and the pirate Captain Hook; the play is appropriate for all audiences. Tickets cost $27-$32. Learn more at

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Contact Sam Still at or 423-757-6579.