Things to do in the Chattanooga area this weekend include Rock the Riverfront, spring festivities

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Rock the Riverfront features interactive artwork "Impulse" on March 5, 2022. Rock the Riverfront returns for 2024 this weekend featuring interactive artwork, live performances, food trucks, artist vendors and more.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Rock the Riverfront features interactive artwork "Impulse" on March 5, 2022. Rock the Riverfront returns for 2024 this weekend featuring interactive artwork, live performances, food trucks, artist vendors and more.

Rock the Riverfront returns with a weekend of activities, and there are several opportunities to ring in the spring season, including an outdoor screening of "The Avengers," a rose sale at the Ooltewah Nursery and a free gardening class with the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County. The Chattanooga River Market continues its spring break weekends and the Chattanooga Public Library Foundation is wrapping up its book sale this weekend. Here's this weekend's chronology.

ARTS

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga continues its spring 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 exhibition will run through May 3. Learn more at chattanoogaphoto.org.

— North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson, continues its exhibition, "Fine Art of the West," featuring the works of artist David Fishman that depict "the energy and emotion of the timeless American West." Civic center hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition will run through April 1. Learn more by contacting the civic center at 423-870-8924.

— Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, continues its exhibition, showcasing works by members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga. Works in the exhibition encompass a variety of mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, multimedia, textiles and jewelry. Center hours are 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. The exhibition will run through March. Learn more at signalmacc.org.

— Townsend Atelier, 301 E. 11th St., continues its exhibition, "Resonance," featuring new paintings on aluminum, paper, panel and canvas by Ukrainian-born, Chattanooga-based artist Elena Burykina. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment Monday-Friday. The exhibition will run through March 30. Learn more at townsendatelier.com.

— Institute of Contemporary Art, 752 Vine St., will conclude Saturday its exhibition, "The Dutch House," featuring works by artist Becky Suss inspired by Pulitzer Prize finalist Ann Patchett's 2019 novel of the same name. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn more at icachatt.org.

— Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, continues its Student Arts Expo, in honor of Arts in Education Month, with works by public, private and home school students in Dalton and Whitfield and Murray counties. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and by appointment Saturday-Sunday. The exhibition will run through March 31. Learn more at creativeartsguild.org.

— Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave., continues its exhibition, "Nature's Generosity: Wilderness Photography Foundation," featuring the works of 46 nature photographers that showcase the beauty and diversity of plant and animal life. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibition will run through April 17. Learn more at avarts.org.

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will host a "Fire Works" live demonstration by Barbara Murnan, showcasing hand-forged and -sculpted metal and stone designs, from noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery also continues its exhibition, "Enchanted Treescapes," featuring the photographic works of Anh Bao Tran-Le. Works in the exhibition celebrate the beauty and majestic presence of trees. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibition will run through March 31. Learn more at intowngallery.com.

— Chattanooga Public Library will host an opening reception for its exhibition, "Through the Lens: The Life and Legacy of Horace Brazelton," from 3-5 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of the downtown library, 1001 Broad St. The exhibition showcases the life and work of Brazelton, the first African American to open a photography studio in Chattanooga. The exhibit will be on display with other photographs and artifacts from the library's historical collections through May 15. Learn more at chattlibrary.org.

COMEDY

— Whose Live Anyway, featuring performers from the improv comedy show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," will be at 8 p.m. Friday at the Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets cost $82-$169. Learn more at tivolichattanooga.com.

— Pete Davidson, comedian and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. The event will be a phone-free experience, with use of all electronic devices prohibited outside designated areas. Tickets cost $59-$112. Learn more at tivolichattanooga.com.

FILM

— Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater, 201 Chestnut St., continues screening "Dune: Part Two" with showtimes at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 3:45 and 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 6:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The sequel to the 2021 sci-fi film "Dune" continues the journey of Paul Atreides, portrayed by Timothée Chalamet, as he works with Chani, portrayed by Zendaya, and the Fremen of the desert planet Arrakis to fight against the empire that destroyed the House of Atreides. General admission tickets cost $15. The film will screen through March 21. Learn more at tnaqua.org/imax.

— Barking Legs Theater and The Seed Theatre will present an interactive movie night screening of "Muppet Treasure Island" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Barking Legs, 1307 Dodds Ave. Tickets cost $15; ticket plus prop bag is $20. Learn more at barkinglegs.org.

— Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will host a free springtime movie night at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chester Frost Park's Buffalo Run Stage, 7989 Causeway Road, Hixson. The night's screening will be "The Avengers," rated PG-13, with additional festivities, including a costume contest, games, food trucks and more. Learn more on the department's Facebook page.

MUSIC

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., will have multiple shows through the weekend. At 9 p.m. Wednesday, the performance will be Wubs A Month, an electronic dance party with various artists and producers; tickets cost $10 at the door. At 9 p.m. Friday, Departure, a Journey tribute band, will perform; tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 the day of show. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Slippery People will present Pink Floyd's "The Wall;" tickets cost $15 in advance or $18 the day of show. At 8 p.m. Sunday, The Motet with Paul Childers will perform; tickets cost $22 in advance or $25 the day of show. Learn more at barrelhouseballroom.com.

— Chattanooga Area Flute Society, under the direction of retired Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra flutist Nora Kile, will present its annual Celtic concert with two performances this weekend. The first performance will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. The second performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kile at nlskile@gmail.com.

— St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., will conclude its 2023-24 Artist Series with a performance by guitarist David Leisner at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The concert program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert and other composers. Tickets cost $30 for general admission; youth under 18 get in free. Learn more at stpaulschatt.org/artist-series-concerts.

— Chattanooga Community Orchestra will have a concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Learn more at hamiltonplace.com.

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will host current and previous members of The Beaters for a performance of various artists' "one hit wonder" songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10. Learn more at barkinglegs.org.

— Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will perform, "S'Wonderful," a tribute to composer George Gershwin, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The concert, featuring Broadway performer Lisa Vroman, will include performances of classic songs like "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "I Got Rhythm." Tickets cost $15-$90. Learn more at chattanoogasymphony.org.

— Zach Williams will perform as part of the A Hundred Highways tour at 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets cost $25-$241. Learn more at tivolichattanooga.com.

— U.S. 101 will present Heart Strings for Hope at 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The concert, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will feature performances by Nashville country artists. Tickets cost $47-$79. Learn more at tivolichattanooga.com.

OUT & ABOUT

— Chattanooga Public Library Foundation will conclude its quarterly book sale this weekend with hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the downtown library branch, 1001 Broad St. All genres will be featured, and prices start at $1; proceeds benefit the library. Learn more at chattplf.org.

— River City Co. will host several lantern making workshops for those interested in participating in the Rock the Riverfront "Light Up Chatt" lantern parade March 23. Workshops will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 108; 6 p.m. Tuesday at Purpose Point Academy, 4801 Highway 58, and 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Playful Evolving Monsters office, 5325 Old Hixson Pike. Workshops are free, but registration is required. Learn more at rivercitycompany.com.

— Rock the Riverfront returns with a weekend of activities from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at the Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. This weekend will feature "Loop," an interactive work that plays short flip-book-style movies inspired by Quebec literature; live performances; food trucks; artist vendors, and more. The event is free. Rock the Riverfront continues each weekend through April 14. Learn more at rivercitycompany.com/rock.

— Ooltewah Nursery, 5829 Main St., Ooltewah, will host Day of the Roses at 8 a.m. Friday. The event will feature a variety of roses, including climbing, grandiflora, tree and knockout types. Learn more at ooltewahnursery.com.

— Chattanooga Audubon Society will host the four-part Pioneer Quilting series beginning at noon Friday at Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. The series continues March 22, 29 and April 5. Participants will learn about the art of hand quilting and will also create their own squares suitable for a potholder or throw pillow. Some supplies will be provided, but others will be required to purchase after the first class. Registration for the series is $30 for members or $40 for nonmembers. Learn more at chattanoogaaudubon.org.

— Chattanooga North Georgia Antique Bottles and Advertising Show will be from 1-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton. The show will feature a variety of vendors with antique advertising signs and various types of bottles. Early buyers can shop from 1-6 p.m. Friday and 8-9 a.m. Saturday; admission costs $20. Free admission hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn more at fohbc.org.

  photo  Staff file photo / Chris Johnson looks at bottles on display at the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors' National Antique Bottle Show on Aug. 1, 2015. The federation will host the Chattanooga North Georgia Antique Bottles and Advertising Show from 1-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Dalton Convention Center.
 
 

 (Postponed to March 22) Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga will present its first KIC Nights from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the incubator, 5704 Marlin Road, Building 6000. The event will feature food trucks, market vendors, live entertainment and more. Friday's event has a neon glow party theme, with the first 200 people receiving free oversized glow sticks. Learn more on the incubator's Facebook page.

— Tennessee Valley Railroad will host Dinner in the Depot, a St. Patrick's Day-themed gourmet dining and railroading experience, at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the Grand Junction Depot, 4119 Cromwell Road. The evening will include a five-course meal in the depot's main dining room followed by a train ride on the Missionary Ridge Local route. Cost is $90 per person. Learn more at tvrail.com.

— Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will host a free gardening class at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County Extension Center, 6183 Adamson Circle. The class will focus on basic landscape and garden design and will be taught by master gardeners Skeeter Gallagher and Jennifer Dornbush. The class is available in-person and online via Zoom; advanced registration is requested. Learn more at mghc.org.

— Chattanooga River Market will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. The market features a variety of vendors, selling handmade art, crafts, food and more. The river market will be open March 23-24 and then on Saturdays only through October. Learn more at chattanoogamarket.com.

  photo  Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Families check out the vendors at the Chattanooga River Market on Saturday. The Chattanooga River Market continues for spring break weekends from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. The river market will be open March 23-24 and then on Saturdays only through October.
 
 

— Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion will host tours from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga. Held in support of the Tennessee Valley Railroad's Chickamauga Turn visitors, there will be additional tours March 30, April 6 and 13 and May 4, 11, 18, 19 and 25. Admission costs $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the group's efforts to improve and enhance the mansion. Learn more at friendsofthegordonleemansion.org.

— Chattanooga chapter of The Links Inc. will present the Black Family Wellness Expo from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 E. Third St. The expo is being held with the goal of reducing health and economic disparities and improving lives in the Black community. Issues to be addressed include maternal health, breast and prostate cancer awareness, dental health, mental health awareness, tax preparation, voter registration and more. Learn more on the chapter's Facebook page.

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga will present the Youth Photography Showcase awards program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. The program is the culmination of the youth photography contest for local high school students. A slideshow of entries will be presented, and winners will be recognized and receive awards. Learn more at chattanoogaphoto.org.

SPORTS

— Chattanooga Football Club will have a home game against the Huntsville Football Club at 3 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. It will be the first home game of the club's regular season. Tickets start at $10. Learn more at chattanoogafc.com.

THEATER

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will have two performances this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, there will be "An Evening with Dame Dada: The Pies of March," celebrating March 14, also known as Pi Day; tickets cost $20, with proceeds benefiting Art 120. At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be a staged reading of "Boundaries," an in-development work by Los Angeles playwright Christine DiGiovanni; admission is free, $10 suggested donation benefits Barking Legs programming. Learn more at barkinglegs.org.

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