Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Halloween send-offs, first Santa sightings

Contributed Photo / A still from the giant-screen film "Deep Sky" displays the incredible detail and resolution made possible by the James Webb Space Telescopes 6.5-meter reflecting mirror and other sensing equipment. The film will premiere at the Tennessee Aquarium Imax Theater on Nov. 3.

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HunterGirl, the Winchester, Tennessee, singer who was runner-up on the 20th season of "American Idol," has become the first female country artist in over 30 years to solo-write her debut single. "Ain't About You" was last week's most added single at country radio, locking in 46 first-week stations in markets around the U.S., according to publicists with BBR Music Group. The official music video will debut on CMT on Thursday. "Having a song on country radio has been my dream since I was a little girl," HunterGirl said in the news release. "'Ain't About You' was supposed to be my 'I'm leaving Nashville song,' and it ended up being my 'staying in Nashville song.' I hope that anyone who is thinking about giving up on their dreams hears this song and decides to give it a second chance." Just weeks after she wrote "Ain't About You," the vocal powerhouse finished in second place on the ABC music reality show, signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records and co-headlined a packed-out tour with "Idol" winner Noah Thompson.

(READ MORE: Country singer HunterGirl, who has ties to Winchester, Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee, finishes as runner-up on 'American Idol')



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."

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Annual all-member salon show, Nov. 8-Dec. 23. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 9.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Time in Spaces" by Rocky Perry and Misty Ogle, Nov. 3-4. First Friday reception, with open studios, mini market, live demos, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3.

CREATIVE ARTS GALLERY — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Gallery opening and artist reception for "Dalton Roots," featuring artists who grew in Whitfield County, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3.

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."

GALLERY 1401 — 1478 Market St. Works by Grant Wood featured, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 26.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall show, through Dec. 1 (date change).

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. "Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth," through Jan. 8. Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2. Free admission to permanent collection, $5 for current exhibit (normally $20 nonmember adults).

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave.

› Through Oct. 31: "After Dark: Illuminating Chattanooga" by Anh Bao Tran-Le.

› Nov. 1-30: "All Member Show." Demonstrations by glass artist Sean Price, Nov. 4 and 8. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8.

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

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.

› Nov. 1-Dec. 31: Works by Janet Eskridge, Scott Hill and Tatiana Hill.

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. "Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)," through Nov. 11.


CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE — Crafter's Emporium & Book Exchange, 3901 Hixson Pike. Sales on gifts and decor, giveaways, refreshments, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 29 (last day).

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE — Mercantile at the Ridge, 6725 Ringgold Road, East Ridge. Sales and giveaways, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 5.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & HOLIDAY VINTAGE MARKET — Ringgold Feed & Seed Antiques, 403 High St., Ringgold, Ga. Final seasonal market featuring holiday merchandise, giveaways, extra 20+ vendors outside, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3-4.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE — SugarPlum Antiques, 6509 Slater Road, East Ridge. Santa visits, door prizes and sales, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Nov. 4.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE — Vinterest Hixson, 2105 Northpoint Blvd., and Vinterest Southside, 2121 Chestnut St. Storewide sales, giveaways, refreshments, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5.

SANTA'S WONDERLAND — Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Photos available Nov. 4- Dec. 4; reservation form opens Oct. 29. Free 4x6 photo with Santa; options for more. Opening day includes arrival parade at 5 p.m.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Nov. 1: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

› Nov. 2-4: Dale Jones, special engagement, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $20-$25; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $25-$30.

› Nov. 5: Geoffrey Asmus, special engagement, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

LAUGHS UNLIMITED — Walker County Civic Center, 10052 Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Comedy for a Cause show, dinner and auction, featuring Hilliary Begley and benefiting Sexual Assault Victim's Advocacy Center Inc., 6 p.m. Nov. 3. $125. 706-861-0929


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1607 Dodds Ave. BL30 Dance: "This Place," a dance monologue written and performed by Ann Law, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $30-$40. November starts 30th anniversary celebration; ticket packages available (see also Film, Music and Theater listings).



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

CHIAHA HARVEST FAIR — Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 1400 M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Rome, Ga. Juried arts and crafts show, demonstrations, musicians, food vendors, children's crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29 (last day), rain or shine. $5 adults, $4 students/seniors, $1 children 11 and under (free with online coupon).

DANCING GOATS FOLK FEST —Gilmer County River Park, 1361 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga. Juried fine and folk art, crafts, mountain music, storytelling, traditional foods, goat beauty pageants, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 29 (last day).

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, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 29 (last day). $12 ages 4 and up.

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. 29 (last day). 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, 1-6 p.m. Oct. 29 (last day). $19 ages 2 and up.

OCOEE VALLEY FARMS — 1371 Highway 64, Benton, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, you-pick flowers, hay rides, games and attractions, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 29 (last day). $11-$17 ages 3 and up; extra charge for some activities.

RESURRECTION CHATTANOOGA HARVEST FESTIVAL — Jefferson Park, 1730 Jefferson St. Games, entertainment, face painting, bounce houses, food trucks, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 29. Free admission.

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. 29 (last day). $20-$30. Reserved timed-entry tickets recommended.

TANGLED TINSEL HOLIDAY MARKET — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Handmade crafts and food vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 5. Free admission and parking. 423-650-1388


BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES — Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. $11-$13.

› Oct. 31: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 7 p.m.

› Nov. 4: "Rushmore," 7 p.m.; "The Descent," 10 p.m.

› Nov. 5: "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," 2 p.m.

BL30 FILM — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. A Celebration of Chattanooga Film in the 21st Century, with short and documentaries by local filmmakers, 2-10 p.m. Nov. 5. $15-$25. November starts 30th anniversary celebration; ticket packages available (see also Dance, Music and Theater listings).

CHATTANOOGA JEWISH FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "Love Gets a Room," third of five films in weekly series, 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Also available virtually Oct. 29- Nov. 3 (noon to noon). Walk-ins welcome for in-person screening; registration required for virtual screening. $12.

(READ MORE: Through billboards and more, Chattanooga Jewish group launches antisemitism awareness campaign)

IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. Theater closed for installation of premium seating through Nov. 2; reopens Nov. 3 with "Deep Sky," featuring first images returned by James Webb Space Telescope (times vary). $10.


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, Oct. 29 and 31 (hours vary).

DREAD HOLLOW — 321 Browns Ferry Road. Ruby Falls' off-site haunted house, ($25) and deliverance escape rooms ($15), Oct. 29-30 (last days; hours vary). Tickets sold online only.

FORT HILL CEMETERY TOURS — Cleveland, Tenn. Guided walking tours of historic cemetery includes reenactors in period costumes who will introduce the men and women who started the city's civic organizations, 4- 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Tours last about 75 minutes and leave every 15 minutes, with the last shortly after 6 p.m. $2-$5. Park at Cleveland Christian Fellowship, 695 S. Ocoee St. and ride shuttle. Email:

HALLOWEEN BLOCK PARTY — 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. MainStreet Cleveland event with music and Treat Street for candy, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 31.

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. 29 (last day; various times). $25 ages 2 and up.

INCLUSIVE TRUNK OR TREAT — 1000 E. Third St. Child-friendly event without religious overtones by The Seed Theatre, PFLAG Chattanooga and Moms for Social Justice, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29.

MALL-O-WEEN — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Games, photo-ops with Super Mario and other characters, trick-or-treating at participating stores, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

ODDTOBER — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Activities and decor celebrating weird and wild side of nature, through Oct. 31. Included in regular admission: $30-$40.

SPOOKY SING — Chris L. Ramsey Sr. Community Center, 1010 N. Moore Road. Chattanooga Boys Choir Halloween performance, with candy and games, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

TROOPS & TREATS — Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way. Puppet shows, trick-or-treating through the exhibits, courage crafts, 4- 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Free.

(READ MORE: Signal Mountain's Taylor joins Medal of Honor roll)

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, through Oct. 31. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Halloween. $20-$35.


ABBA'S HOUSE — 5208 Hixson Pike. Brandon Lake on Coat of Many Colors tour, with Benjamin William Hastings and Leeland Mooring, 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Sold out.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1607 Dodds Ave. BL30 Jazz: Alan Wyatt Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. $20-$30. November starts 30th anniversary celebration; ticket packages available (see also Dance, Film and Theater listings).


› Nov. 2: Treaty Oak Revival, 9 p.m. $18-$22.

› Nov. 3: Boy Named Banjo on Dusk 'Til Dawn tour, with Will Jones, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

› Nov. 4: Et Cetera single release party, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

CAMPFIRE CONCERT SERIES — Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Nicholas Edward Williams & Friends, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 3. $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.

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT — First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Touring series of classical concerts, featuring Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. $32-$61.

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

› Oct. 29: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, with Maggie Rose, 7 p.m. $59.

› Nov. 3-5: Pretty Lights, with special guests each night. All shows sold out.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Chamber concert, Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, 3 p.m. Nov. 5. $35.

COLONNADE — 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Dennis Massengale farewell concert, 6 p.m. Nov. 5. $25-$35.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Cleveland, Tenn.

› Oct. 29: Percussion Ensemble's fall concert, 3 p.m. in Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE. Free and nonticketed; livestream available.

› Oct. 30: Enhake quartet in Performing Arts Series concert, "L'Histoire du Tango," 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, 1120 N. Ocoee St. Preceded by masterclass at 5:30 p.m. Free and nonticketed; livestream available.

MACDOWELL MUSIC CLUB — First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Monthly meeting features music by Margaret Ann Randolph (piano), David Tahere (baritone) and Bruce Clark (organ), 11 a.m. Nov. 1. Free. 423-698-2556

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Lake Street Dive: Gather Round Sounds tour, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. $47-$188 ($1 from each ticket goes to gun violence prevention initiatives).

PATHWAY BAPTIST CHURCH — 9754 East Brainerd Road. Live worship with Joseph Habedank, 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

REDBUD VENUE — 2314 E. 13th St. The Wonderlands on Love Like This tour, with We Are Us, 8 p.m. Nov. 2. $8-$10.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

› Nov. 2: Niko Moon, with Jordan Harvey, 8 p.m. $28-$47.

› Nov. 4: The Cadillac Three, with Riley Thomas, 8 p.m. $30-$58.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

› Nov. 2: John R. Miller, with Dalton Mills, 7 p.m. $18-$20.

› Nov. 4: Vincent Neil Emerson, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale.

› Nov. 2: Invoke Quartet performs, 7:30 p.m. in Iles PE Center on University Drive. $10. 423-236-2814

› Nov. 5: School of Music concert by SAU Symphony Orchestra with guest violinist Rebecca Fischer, 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive. Free. 423-236-2880


ALL SOULS AND SAINTS — Welcome Home of Chattanooga, 3131 Quiet Creek Trail. All Souls and Saints remembrance, 4-7 p.m. Nov. 2. Participants welcome to light a candle, lay flowers or create a remembrance for loved ones.

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. 29: Haunted Market, with music by Scarlet Love Conspiracy, 12:30-3 p.m.

› Nov. 5: Chattanooga Beard Contest (several categories); music by Flattop Boxers, 12:30-3 p.m.

CHIEF VANN HOUSE HISTORIC SITE — 82 Highway 225 North, Chatsworth, Ga. Quilting bee by Vann House Quilters to continue work on Dresden flower quilt, "Fall Into Quilts" exhibit and apple cider pressing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4. $5-$7.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / The Vann House Quilters will host a quilting bee at the Chief Vann House Historic Site on Nov. 4. Other activities during the day will include apple cider pressing.

CRABTREE FARMS — 1000 E. 30th St. Farm's 25th anniversary celebration, with unveiling of community mosaic, music, dance, tree planting, children's activities, tractor rides, bonfire, potluck meal with chili, cider and birthday cake provided by the farm (bring sides and fixings), 3-8 p.m. Nov. 4.

HISTORY PROGRAM — Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, 10 Hamm Road. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ranger-led program on "Fire Shaped This Land," exploring how American Indians used fire as a tool to make their land more productive, 2 p.m. Nov. 4. Free.

(READ MORE: 'Prescribed' fires being set across Chattanooga region to remove wildfire fuel)

LECTURE SERIES — Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Schutte Family Lecture Series convocation speaker Jonathan Reisman, author of "The Unseen Body" and "Anatomy Eats," 11 a.m. Nov. 2 in Iles PE Center. Free. 423-236-2814

SODDY-DAISY PIE FESTIVAL — Soddy-Daisy First Baptist Church, 10185 Dayton Pike. Music, hayrides, bonfire for hot dogs and s'mores, family games, 2:30-5 p.m. Nov. 5. Pie competition, 2:30-3 p.m., has multiple categories and is open to adults and children. To take part, bring one pie for judging and one for silent auction with proceeds going to Good Shepherd Food Bank.

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STAR PARTIES — Clarence T. Jones Observatory, 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. Fall programming at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga facility temporarily canceled due to fire.

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. 29, 31. Reservations required. Gear provided. $45. 706-657-4050

(READ MORE: Cool cave facts and what to know before going underground)


THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Athens Community Theatre production of "Dracula," 2 p.m. Oct. 29 (final show). $15-$20.

BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS — Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," 3 p.m. Oct. 29 (final show). $13-$15.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1607 Dodds Ave. November starts 30th anniversary celebration; ticket packages available (see also Dance, Film and Music listings).

› Nov. 3: BL30 Theatre: "Weird/Rude/Probably Cursed: An Indelible Stain on the Arts" showcase, 7:30 p.m. $30-$40.

› Nov. 4: BL30 Theatre: "A Body in the O," featuring Tim Miller, 7:30 p.m. $30-$40.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," 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.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza, 6 p.m. Nov. 2. $48-$166.

POP-UP PROJECT — Coosa Mill, 1800 S. Watkins St. "Until the Sun Rises," interactive show with dance, music, art installations and aerial acts, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11. $49.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Murder at the Masquerade," 2 p.m. Oct. 29 (final show). $18 with dessert, $16 without; discounts for seniors and military.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.