Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Comic Con, Jewish film series, Hollywood screenwriter, Ketner’s Mill

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross  / Horses pull passengers in a wagon at the 2022 Ketner's Mill County Arts & Crafts Fair. This year's festival will be Oct. 21-22 in Whitwell, Tenn.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Horses pull passengers in a wagon at the 2022 Ketner's Mill County Arts & Crafts Fair. This year's festival will be Oct. 21-22 in Whitwell, Tenn.

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


In the mood for a ghost story? The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville will tell the tale of the Bell Witch, one of the most famous folklore stories of the American South, in a Lunch & Learn program at noon CDT Oct. 19. Participants may attend in person or virtually via a livestream at RSVPs are not required. From 1817 to 1821, the Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee, was said to have been haunted by a supernatural force that had the ability to speak, affect the physical environment and shape-shift. An 1894 book by newspaper editor Martin Van Buren Ingram spread the legend. "Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bell Witch" will discuss how people attempted to explain the unexplainable and show how the legend is rooted in real events that profoundly shaped the American South for years to come. The presenter is David Britton, public historian and park manager for Port Royal State Historic Park in Adams, Tennessee, and Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville, Tennessee.



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

› Through Oct. 30: Annual Student Art Show by middle school, high school and college students.

› Through Oct. 30: Mia Hall's "Quiet Impressions." Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Solo member show by Jonathan Bidwell and AIM Center member exhibit, through Oct. 27.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Alone With Everybody" by Travis Knight, Oct. 20-28. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20.

EXUM GALLERY — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. "Things of the Heart" by Mountain Arts Guild, through Oct. 29.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

› Through Oct. 29: "Wild Art" by David Klemen.

› Through Nov. 26: "Something Wicked This Way Comes." Reception, 5-7 p.m. CDT Oct. 20.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall show, through Jan. 5.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Vision + Verse, featuring poet Erika Roberts and dancers Damien Kyle and Crystal Newsom, based on the current exhibition "Gilded," 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Free.

ICA @ UTC — Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. "When the World's on Fire" by Kevin McNamee-Tweed, through Oct. 21.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "After Dark: Illuminating Chattanooga" by Anh Bao Tran-Le, through Oct. 31.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Vocabulary" by 27 local and national artists, through Nov. 30.

MCMINN COUNTY LIVING HERITAGE MUSEUM — 522 W. Madison Ave., Athens, Tenn. Annual quilt show, "Sew Many Quilts," through Oct. 28.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Dec. 18. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St.

› Through Oct. 31: 30th anniversary celebration of River Gallery Sculpture Garden.

› Through Oct. 31: Works by Jay Pfeil, Mari Kuroda and Mary Lynn Portera.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle. "Memories of Times Past," original pen and ink historical illustrations by John Fleming Gould, through Nov. 10 in John C. Williams Gallery, Brock Hall, second floor.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

› Oct. 20: Art-A-Nooga Tonight, 7-8 p.m.

› Oct. 20: Chattanooga Noise Night, 8-10 p.m.

› Oct. 21: Beep Boop Brunch, community hangout event with potluck food and electronic music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

› Oct. 21: Open studios with October's artists in residence, 3-5 p.m.

› Through Oct. 28: "A Tribe Called Kast," a tribute to Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest for Chattanooga Hip-Hop Week.

› Through Nov. 11: "Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)."


CHATTANOOGA BALLET — UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. "Art/Contour," season opener featuring four contemporary ballets, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 3 p.m. Oct. 22. $25-$35.


THE CROSSING CHURCH — 7501 Standifer Gap Road. The Belonging Co. Worship Nights tour, with Pastors Henry & Alex Seeley, 7 p.m. Oct. 15. $28-$66.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. "The Thorn," dramatic presentation of biblical story from the creation of the world through Christ's birth, death and resurrection, 7 p.m. Oct. 17. $46-$39.

MIDWAY BAPTIST CHURCH — 3593 U.S. Highway 41, Ringgold, Ga. Gospel artist Johnathon Bond leads revival, with preaching and singing, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Oct. 17-18.

SODDY-DAISY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH — 10185 Dayton Pike. Combined choir concert by Soddy-Daisy First Baptist and Hixson Presbyterian churches, 6 p.m. Oct. 22.


(These are closest to Chattanooga. For day-trip destinations, see the longer 2023 festival list at

ANGELFEST — Angel Park, University Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. Family festival with children's activities, live entertainment by Entice, food vendors, 5 p.m. CDT Oct. 20. Doubles as welcome for new University of the South Vice Chancellor Rob Pearigen. University Avenue will be closed, but shuttles will run from designated parking areas. Email:

BETWEEN THE BRIDGES FESTIVAL —Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Forty artists via the Association for Visual Arts, potters alley by Scenic City Clay Arts, two Hart Gallery participants, live music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 (last day). Sharing the park with 7 Bridges Marathon and Chattanooga Vegan Festival.

CHATTANOOGA APPLE FESTIVAL — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. New name and venue for former Collegedale Apple Festival, with 150 craft and food vendors, entertainment, food trucks, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22. Free admission and parking.

CHATTANOOGA OKTOBERFEST — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. A two-day Chattanooga Market celebration with German food, more than 100 seasonal beers, oompah bands, chicken dances, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 (last day). Free.

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CHATTANOOGA VEGFEST — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Showcase for plant-based diets expands to two days, with merchandise vendors, live music, magician, family games, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 15 (last day). Free; $10 suggested donation; $25 VIP swag bag. Sharing the park with 7 Bridges Marathon and Between the Bridges Festival.

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CLEVELAND APPLE FESTIVAL — Bradley County Courthouse Square, 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Arts and crafts, specialty vendors, apple dessert contest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21, 1-6 p.m. Oct. 22. One-day pass $8 adults, $5 seniors/children 3-12; family pass (two adults, up to four children) $25 (cash only).

COPPER CREEK FARM — 1514 Reeves Station Road SW, Calhoun, Ga. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, pig races, pony rides, bubble barn, fireworks, through Oct. 28 (haunted maze in October). Hours: noon-10:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. $14 weekdays ages 3-59, $22 weekends, $2 discount for seniors.

FALL BAZAAR & SALE — Washington Hills United Methodist Church, 6216 Hadley Drive. Annual event sponsored by United Methodist Men, with merchandise vendors, hot fish and hot dogs, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21. 423 892-8050

FALL FESTIVAL — Flat Top Mountain Farm, 638 Bowman Cemetery Road, Soddy-Daisy. Two corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin picking, carving and decorating, live music, market, children's games, you-pick flowers, through Oct. 29. Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $12 ages 4 and up.

FALL FESTIVAL — John P. Franklin Funeral Home parking lot, 1101 Dodds Ave. Includes food, music, dancing and children's activities, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 22. Free admission. 423-622-9995

FALL FESTIVAL — Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Three corn mazes, pumpkin patch, hay rides, zip lines, pig races, you-pick flowers, more than 40 family farm activities, through Nov. 4. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. $17-$25 online, $20-$28 at gate ages 3 and up.

FALL FUN — Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. (Pavilion 6 near the start of the disc golf course). Friends of Cloudland Canyon present family games and tractor-pulled hay rides running continuously noon- 5 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, 29. Free but donations appreciated; $5 parking.

FUN ON THE FARM — Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay rides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, through Oct. 29. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. $19 ages 2 and up.

GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL — Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga. More than 300 arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, parade, antique car show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 (repeats 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22). $10 ages 13 and older; civic and school groups handle parking with requested donation.

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GRANDADDY'S FARM — 454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, Tenn. Pumpkin patch, hay rides, pig races, animal corral, fall market, through Oct. 28. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Activity area $16 ages 3 and up Tuesday-Friday, $18 Saturday (discounts online); season passes available.

HARVEST OF ART — Rhea County Welcome Center, 107 Main St., Dayton, Tenn. Fine art show and sale by Dayton Arts League, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15 (last day). 423-775-5122

HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Includes music, dance, art and food, with showing of "Encanto" at dark, 4-9 p.m. Oct. 15. Free admission.

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KETNER'S MILL COUNTRY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR — 658 Ketner Mill Lane, Whitwell, Tenn. Arts and crafts displays and demonstrations, Southern foods, live music, family activities, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 (all times Eastern). $7 ages 13 and older (cash only).

MENTONE FALL FESTIVAL — Moon Lake Village, 5866 E. River Road, Mentone, Ala. Arts, crafts and food vendors, local musicians, children's area for event replacing paused Colorfest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Oct. 21. Free admission; $5 parking.

NEW SALEM MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL — New Salem Community Center, 12477 Highway 136, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Arts and crafts vendors, live music, food prepared by New Salem United Methodist Church, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 (last day), rain or shine. $5 ages 12 and older.

OCOEE VALLEY FARMS — 1371 Highway 64, Benton, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, you-pick flowers, hay rides, games and attractions, through Oct. 29. Hours: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $11-$17 ages 3 and up; extra charge for some activities.

OKTOBERFEST — Knights of Columbus, 2892 Highway 70 E, Crossville, Tenn. Traditional music and dancing, imported and domestic beverages, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21; food served 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (all times Central). $8-$10.

PRATER'S MILL COUNTRY FAIR — Prater's Mill Historic Site, 5845 Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. Fair centered on functioning 1855 mill at Coahulla Creek, with arts and crafts, historic displays and demonstrations, food, entertainment, pony rides, face painting, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15 (last day). $10 per day ages 13 and older (cash only; free with military ID); free parking and shuttle service.

PUMPKINFEST — 200 Gordon St., Chickamauga, Ga. More than 160 arts, crafts, food and merchandise vendors, pumpkin carving and costume contests, children's activities, hosted by Chickamauga Lions Club, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21, rain or shine.

ROCKTOBERFEST — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. German music, food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15, 21-22, 28-29. $20-$30. Reserved timed-entry tickets recommended.

UPPER CUMBERLAND BIGFOOT FESTIVAL — 1398 Livingston Road, Crossville, Tenn. Guests include cast members from Travel Channel's "Mountain Monsters" and Cliff Barackman of Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot," plus music, food, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Oct. 21. $5.

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CHATTANOOGA JEWISH FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "Farewell Mr. Haffman," first of five films in weekly series, 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Also available virtually Oct. 15-20 (noon to noon). Walk-ins welcome for in-person screening; registration required for virtual screening. $12.

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FREE MOVIE NIGHT — Buffalo Run Stage near Chester Frost Park Pavilion, 7989 Causeway Road. Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department presents "Hocus Pocus," 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20 (moves inside pavilion if raining). Free admission and free popcorn. Bring your own seating, snacks and nonalcoholic drinks. Email:


6 FEARS HELL'S BAR DAM — Hales Bar Marina and Resort, 1265 Hales Bar Road, Guild, Tenn. Choice of haunted house tour, paranormal adventure, VIP experience, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 19-28, plus Oct. 29 and 31 (hours vary).

BARN OF FEAR — 1001 Bryant Road, Cohutta, Ga. Open 8- 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturday through Oct. 28. $20.

BOO IN THE ZOO — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Family-friendly celebration with merry, not scary, decorations, trick-or-treat stations, scavenger hunt, costume show, 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28 (zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. on event dates). Timed-entry tickets required. $10-$15.

  photo  Staff file photo / Larger-than-life decorations are among the attractions at the Chattanooga Zoo's Boo in the Zoo celebration. Halloween-themed festivities continue Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28.

BOO'Z IN THE ZOO — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Adults-only party with trick-or-treat stations, themed enrichment for the animals, costume contest, food vendors, free haunted carousel ride, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19. $20-$25.

CHATT STATE OKTOBERFEST — Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Halloween-themed open house with music, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, free food and candy, plus information on admissions and financial aid, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 21.

DREAD HOLLOW — 321 Browns Ferry Road. Ruby Falls' off-site haunted house, ($25) and deliverance escape rooms ($15), through Oct. 30 (Thursday through Sunday, hours vary). Tickets sold online only.

HALLOWEEN EERIE EXPRESS — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Spooky train ride to Funhouse Station for games, treats, costume contests and gentle thrills, Oct. 15, 20-22, 27-29 (various times). $25 ages 2 and up.

HALLOWEEN MARKET — Andrea Strickland State Farm, 38 Sanford Lane, Flintstone, Ga. Food truck, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, costume contests (pets and people), raffles, 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Free admission.

THE HAUNTED BARN — 5017 McDonald Road, McDonald, Tenn. Includes haunted house, maze, 35-foot Michael Myers inflatable, 7 p.m.-midnight (or later) Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. $23.

HAUNTED DEPOT — Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Includes all-ages hayride along a dark Nature Trail, ghost tours of the city's haunted downtown, s'mores bonfire, horror movies, trunk-or-treating, costume contests, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. $15 Haunted Depot, $7 ghost tour, $5 hayride, $23 combo.

THE HAUNTED HILLTOP — 8235 Highway 58. Includes haunted house, dark maze, vortex tunnel, haunted hayride, 7 p.m.- 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 28. $20-$25 (no online ticket sales).

LAKE WINNEPESPOOKAH — 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville. Haunted version of amusement park open 6-11 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. $23-$32.

ODDTOBER — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Activities and decor celebrating weird and wild side of nature, through Oct. 31, with underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Included in regular admission: $30-$40. AquaScarium Halloween party, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27, $8-$38.

ULTIMATE ZOMBIE HUNT — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Hunt through labyrinth to save lost scientists and shoot live zombies with GellyBall Blasters, Oct. 20-31. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Halloween. $20-$35.

WITCH & WARLOCK PADDLE — Tennessee River from Rivermont Park, 1101 Lupton Drive, to Coolidge Park, 150 River St. A 4.4-mile downriver paddle for participants dressed as witches, warlocks and wizards on kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21. Free if providing your own vessel, or rent one for $35. Registration required to assure shuttle seating back to put-in site.


THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. The Foreign Landers, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. $20-$25.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1607 Dodds Ave. An Evening With Daniel Champagne, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. $30.


› Oct. 17: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, 8 p.m. $30-$35.

› Oct. 18: Shovels & Rope: Bare Bones Tour, 8 p.m. $25-$30.

› Oct. 19: Fozzy, with Seventh Day Slumber, The Nocturnal Affair and Magdalene Rose, 7 p.m. $25-$28.

› Oct. 20: John Paul White with Alexa Rose, 6:30 p.m. $25-$30.

› Oct. 20: The Dave Matthews Tribute Band, 9:30 p.m. $20-$25.

› Oct. 21: Mipso, with Kate Rhudy, 9 p.m. $20-$23.

CAMPFIRE CONCERT SERIES — Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Swayyvo, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 21. $30-$35; free for ages 12 and under; prices rise on event day. Ticket includes Hutton & Smith beer, s'mores and entertainment. Add $10 for overnight field camping.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central. Premium ticket packages available.

› Oct. 15: Final day of three-day Summoning of the Eclipse, DJ Svdden Death's curated music festival with 50+ acts, headlined by Masterhand, Slander and Voyd. $109-$209.

› Oct. 20: Anjunabeats label showcase, with Alpha 9, Andrew Bayer, Maor Levi, Gabriel & Dresden and Bessie, 8 p.m. $75.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "La Boheme," the CSO's first full-length concert opera since 2019, 3 p.m. Oct. 22. $10-$100.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Big Gun: A Tribute to AC/DC, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. $40-$56.

NOONTUNES — Broad Street between Aquarium Way and Third Street. Relocated concert series continues 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20 with music by Resurrection Mary at noon, "Coffee Break" theme and artist vendors, food trucks and themed activities included. Series continues Fridays through October. Free admission.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102.Walker Road Trio in concert, 7-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Free admission. Email:

REDBUD — 2314 E. 13th St. Smoke and Lemons, The Undomesticators and Croctopuss, 8 p.m. Oct. 21. $10.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 7555 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road, Ooltewah. East Tennessee Anglican Choir presents "Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Music for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi," service set to the prayers of the patron saint of ecology and animals, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 22. Free, but a love offering will be taken.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

› Oct. 15: Dark Star Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. $40-$81.

› Oct. 20: Yacht Rock Revue, 8 p.m. $32-$52.

› Oct. 21: Chris Renzema on Manna Tour, with special guest Jess Ray, $25-$75.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Cody Canada and the Departed, 7 p.m. Oct. 15. $20-$25.

THE VELVET CHAIR EXPERIENCE — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Karen Collins serenades guests with jazz and uptown soul, accompanied by Dexter Bell & Friends, with food and cocktails, 6-9:30 Oct. 22. $54.


BICYCLE HISTORY TOUR — Cravens House at Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center, 110 Point Park Road. Battle of Lookout Mountain ranger-guided bike tour, 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 21. Just over 1.5-mile round-trip with short out-and-back hike to Confederate rifle pits, following the path of the federal assault on Lookout Mountain. Appropriate for ages 8 through adults; helmets required for all ages. Free loaner bikes if you don't have your own; reserve bikes at

BOOK SIGNING — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Stu Krieger, award-winning screenwriter of the film "The Land Before Time" and several Disney shows, signs copies of new novel "Raft," about a man who turns into a penguin, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 17. 423-893-0186

  photo  Warren Publishing / Stu Krieger, the author of the new novel "Raft" and the screenwriter responsible for "The Land Before Time," will hold a book signing Oct. 17 at Barnes & Noble.

CAR SHOW — Soddy-Daisy Wrestling Arena, 10848 Dayton Pike. Third annual event by Beene Tire Co. to benefit Soddy-Daisy High School wrestlers, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21. $20 entry fee; multiple categories; 50/50 drawing. 423-209-2286

CHATTANOOGA COMIC CON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Second annual event with gaming, vendors, cosplay, special guests from media, comedy and comics industry, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $30-$60 weekend pass, $20 single day (cash only at door).

CHATTANOOGA GREEN PRIX — Volkswagen Chattanooga, 8001 Volkswagen Drive. GreenSpaces' race of electric cars designed and built by students from 40 schools throughout Hamilton County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20-21.

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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.

› Oct. 15: Final day of Chattanooga Oktoberfest.

› Oct. 22: Smart Is Cool, celebrating science, technology, engineering and math.

CHATTANOOGA MOTORCAR FESTIVAL — West Village, 298-200 W. Eighth St. Final day of automotive celebration, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15. Includes Concours d'Elegance judging, Porsche gathering, marketplace, panel discussions. $65.

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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.

COFFEE CUPPING EXPERIENCE — Frothy Monkey, 1400 Market St. Monthly event to evaluate quality and consistency of coffees roasted at company's roasting facility in Nashville, 2-3 p.m. Oct. 17. $20 ticket includes free 12-ounce bag of coffee.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Oct. 16: Girls Night Out: The Show, 7 p.m. $25-$50 (premium packages and add-ons available).

› Oct. 18: Lookout Comedy Festival featuring Mandal, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

› Oct. 19: Lookout Comedy Festival featuring Corey Ryan Forrester, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

› Oct. 20: Lookout Comedy Festival featuring Lace Larrabee, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $20-$25.

› Oct. 21: Lookout Comedy Festival featuring Jamie Wolf, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $20-$25.

DENIM & DIAMONDS — Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall, 890 Riverfront Parkway. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Foundation fundraiser to support community health initiatives, with food, DJ music, sports lounge with games on TV, silent auction, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 21. $125.

FALL FEST PLANT SALE — East Ridge Community Center, 1517 Tombras Ave. Crestwood Garden Club event includes sale of indoor and outdoor plants, floral arrangements, wreaths, garden supplies and gifts, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16. Free admission. Email:

FALL INTO FASHION — Chattanooga Marriott, 2 Carter Plaza. Chattanooga Medical Alliance fundraiser, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19. Includes marketplace, luncheon and boutique fashion show. $75.

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY — Red Bank City Park, 3801-3899 Redding Road. Final month for seasonal event featuring various food trucks, with music by Jason Lyles, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Bring your own seating.

GARDENING CLASS — Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle. "Plants and Your Pets," next monthly installment by Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 21. Free but register for in-person or livestream via Zoom.

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.

MONUMENT RESTORATION PROGRAM — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Ranger-led program highlighting restoration work underway by Northern Stone Carving on the 31st Indiana Infrantry's regimental monument on Battleline Road, 2-2:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Folding chairs welcome.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Open house for hands-on experience in portrait, still life, close-up and landscape photography with professional mentors, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19.

TOY COLLECTIBLES SHOW — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors with name brands including Lego, Tonka, Hot Wheels and Marvel, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15. Swap meet, 8 a.m.-noon; car cruise-in, 4-8 p.m. $5 admission to collectibles show benefits East Ridge Needy Child Fund.

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.

WILD CAVE ADVENTURES — Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Ranger-led, 2.5-hour tours through Sittons Cave for ages 10 and older may include mud, rocks, creatures and streams, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15, 21-22, 28-29, 31. Reservations required. Gear provided. $45. 706-657-4050


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga.

› Oct. 15: Final day of fall student showcase of "When I Grow Up," 2 p.m. $10. Proceeds benefit Junior Theater Festival teams.

› Oct. 20-28: "Noises Off," 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $14-$19.

THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Athens Community Theatre production of "Dracula," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 2 p.m. Oct. 29. $15-$20; $25 for Oct. 27 includes Cocktails With Characters.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-28, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $22-$27.

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

› Through Oct. 29: "Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight," outdoor theater, 7 p.m. CDT. $25.

› Through Oct. 31: "Little Shop of Horrors." $19-$35.

LEE UNIVERITY'S DIXON CENTER — 1053 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. "The Gift ... and Those Who Gave," a comedy/drama with music about the history of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Free with a library card (issued at the door).

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Night of the Living Drag featuring queens from "RuPaul's Drag Race," 8 p.m. Oct. 18. $48-$186.

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SCENIC CITY SHAKESPEARE — Greenway Farms, 3008 Hamill Road. "The Winter's Tale," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. Free, but reservations required.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Murder at the Masquerade," 7 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Select nights are dinner or dessert theater, $30 dinner, $18 dessert, $16 with no food; discounts for seniors and military.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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