Things to do in the Chattanooga area this weekend include Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, spring markets

Staff photo by Olivia Ross  / The Light Up Chatt Parade showcases lantern creations on March 5, 2022. The Light Up Chatt parade will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday from Renaissance Park to the Chattanooga Green.
Staff photo by Olivia Ross / The Light Up Chatt Parade showcases lantern creations on March 5, 2022. The Light Up Chatt parade will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday from Renaissance Park to the Chattanooga Green.

As the days get longer and temperatures get warmer, there are plenty of things to do in the Chattanooga area. Here's this weekend's chronology.


— 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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— 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

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., 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

— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host an "Immersive Fashion and Technology Experience" at 6 p.m. Thursday. Inspired by the museum's current exhibition, "Networked Nature," the fashion show features local models styled by Chery Jordan and a conversation about themes in the exhibition. Regular admission of $20 applies; members and youth 17 and under get in free. Learn more at

— River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., will host a plein air demonstration with artist Victoria Pearmain from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Plein air is the practice of painting outdoors. Learn more at


— Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater, 201 Chestnut St., will have its final screenings of "Dune: Part Two" at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday-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. Learn more at

— Chattanooga Filmmakers Guild and Chattamovies will host "Open Screen Night" at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St. The 1-1/2-hour event will feature independently produced short works by filmmakers from Chattanooga and the surrounding region. Admission is free. Learn more at or

— "Journey with Giovanny," made by first-time filmmakers Steve Derthick, Pedro Abriles and Giovanny Padilla Mojica, will have a screening at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. The film follows the friendship between Derthick and Mojica as well as Mojica's journey from Colombia to Chattanooga. The film features original bilingual songs by Derthick and Abriles. It is a free event, and attendees who wish to do so are invited to bring a bag of Maseca (a brand of corn tortilla flour) for the La Paz food pantry. For more information, contact Derthick at or 423-883-4346.


— LaFayette High School Rambler Marching Band will host a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at LaFayette High School, 5178 Round Pond Road, LaFayette. The concert will feature acclaimed singer-songwriters Channing Wilson, Rob Snyder and Jonathan Singleton as well as several LaFayette student singer-songwriters. Tickets cost $40; proceeds benefit the marching band. Learn more at

— Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will have two concerts this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., there will be a masterworks concert, featuring performances of "Luminosity," "Appalachian Spring," "Lyric for Strings" and "Pines of Rome;" tickets cost $15-$90. At 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St., there will be a family concert, featuring an instrument petting zoo, craftmaking, mini-concert and a storybook performance with narration, music and puppetry. The concert is free. Learn more at

— Georgia String Band Festival and Gordon County Fiddlers Convention will be this weekend at the Harris Arts Center, 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. The festival will be at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring Hubby Jenkins, a former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; tickets cost $25. The convention will be at 11 a.m. Saturday with competitions at 1 p.m.; admission is $10. Learn more on the festival's Facebook page.

— The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Tickets cost $50. Learn more at

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., will have two shows this weekend. At 9 p.m. Friday, Velcro Pygmies will perform, and at 8 p.m. Saturday, Doom Flamingo with Lvndr will perform. Tickets to either show cost $20 in advance or $25 the day of show. Learn more at

— Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox will have a concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets cost $49-$113. Learn more at

— Roueché Chorale and Orchestra will present, "Colors of Grace — Lessons for Lent," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. The free performance tells the story of the Passion of Jesus Christ through music, simple symbols of worship and sensitive narration. All are welcome to attend. Learn more at


— Poetry and Poverty will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Townsend Atelier, 301 11th St. Local poet Moll King will read her original poetry from "As You Did to The Leased of These," a collection of poems on housing and homelessness in Chattanooga. Guest poet Nikki Lake will also perform. Lake will present Chattanooga in Action for Love, Equality and Benevolence's housing statement and will lead a discussion on issues in the city, solutions being proposed and ways people can get involved. It is a free event. Learn more at

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. The meeting will begin with a boot camp by Mickey Rountree, discussing "Introduction to Textures." At 7 p.m., there will be a featured presentation by Donna Bourdon, entitled "Wildlife Photography: From Good to Great." Bourdon is a former health care executive who left corporate life to pursue wildlife photography. Ed Whitesides with Used Photo Pro will be on-hand to purchase used photography equipment. Learn more at

— 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.

— LOCATION CHANGE: ROCK THE RIVERFRONT — Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St. Third year of interactive art, music and entertainment features Loop by Ekumen, a hybrid of a music box, zoetrope (19th-century animated toy) and railway handcar that plays flipbook-style movies at a speed determined by participants, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. through April 14. Weekends include Friday night DJ, games, food trucks and art vendors. Themes: Magic of Cinema, March 22-24, featuring Light Up Chatt Parade starting from Walnut Plaza and the Walnut Street Bridge, 1 Walnut St. at 6:30 p.m. and arriving at Chattanooga Green at 7:30 p.m.; Hip N Hop, March 29-31; Retro Rewind, April 5-7; Pure Imagination, April 12-14. Free admission.

— Repticon will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. The family-friendly reptile and exotic animal convention will feature a variety of vendors and breeders, selling everything needed to care for reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, arachnids and other animals. Tickets cost $6-$15; children 4 and under get in free. Learn more at

— Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation will host the 12th annual Rump Run at 9 a.m. Saturday at Enterprise South Nature Park, 190 Still Hollow Loop. The family-friendly 5K and 1-mile fun walk will also feature live entertainment and children's activities, including bounce houses and face painting. Tickets cost $25-$40. Proceeds support the foundation's colon cancer awareness and education efforts. Learn more at

— Woodlands Gathering, 9966 Lovell Road, Soddy-Daisy, will host its wild onion and egg breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday. The free event will show attendees how to forage for wild onions, before enjoying an onion and egg breakfast, with sausage, biscuits and fresh fruit. All are welcome to attend. Learn more at

— Chattanooga River Market will be 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, and food. Starting next week, the river market will be open Saturdays only through October. Learn more at

— Magnolia Market Days will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland. There will be a variety of vendors, food trucks, inflatables and a petting zoo. Attendees can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at

— Glass Farm Nursery, 8241 Highway 11, Rising Fawn, will host a grand reopening under new ownership at 11 a.m. Saturday. The community celebration of nature's beauty and the nursery's commitment to environmental stewardship will feature complimentary refreshments, food trucks from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the opportunity to explore the nursery's diverse selection of plants, from native wildflowers to exotic succulents. Learn more at

— Sip TN Wine Festival will be from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Attendees will be able to taste a variety of wines produced in Tennessee while shopping from Chattanooga Market artisans and vendors, eating from local food trucks and listening to live music. It is a 21 and older event. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $50 the day of event; designated driver tickets cost $10. Learn more at

— Chattanooga Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, hosted by Food Truck Festivals of America, returns for the second year from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Coolidge Park, 150 River St. The festival will feature more than 20 area food trucks and a variety of brews from around the region. There will also be lawn games, face painting, music and an artisan market, featuring local businesses and crafters. Tickets cost $5-$50. Learn more at

— Alex Ted Harris, a former LaFayette High School basketball player, will present a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lowell Green Park Recreation Center, 638 S. Main St., LaFayette. At the ceremony, the recreation center building will be renamed the Jennifer Lee Salmon Building, in honor of the first director of the center. For more information, contact Harris at

— Chattanooga Persian Nowruz, an annual Persian cultural new year celebration, will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. The celebration will feature a variety of Persian foods, dancing and information about Persian and Iranian culture. Persian Nowruz occurs each year on the first day of spring, celebrating the rebirth of nature. Tickets cost $50 for adults and $30 for children. Register for the event at

— Zoomin Groomin, a new mobile pet spa business, will host a Dog Pawty and grand opening event from noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Riverview Park, 1857 Riverview Road. The event will feature live performances, a "doppledogger" contest, paw print ornament kits, pet pedicures, training demonstrations, an adoption showcase and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit McKamey Animal Center. For more information, contact Nicole Bellenfant at

— Sequatchie Valley Institute, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, will host a guided, two-hour, moderate hike at 1 p.m. CDT Sunday. The hike will give attendees the opportunity to see the vibrant colors of spring wildflowers. Attendees should arrive at the parking area from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. CDT at the latest for registration and shuttle ride to the institute center. Herb tea will be available, and picnics are welcome. Children are welcome, but attendees are asked to leave pets at home. Learn more at

— Collegedale Police Department will host its annual Easter egg hunt from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Ooltewah Youth Association Ballfields, 5208 Little Debbie Parkway, Ooltewah. In addition to the hunt, starting at 3 p.m., there will be a concession stand and bounce houses. Learn more at


— Chattanooga Football Club will have a home game against FC Cincinnati 2 at 3 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Tickets start at $10. Learn more at


— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will present its production of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20-$30, including fees. The production will run through April 7. Learn more at

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