Chattanooga Now Here's a huge list of activities around Chattanooga to get you out of the house

Chattanooga Now Here's a huge list of activities around Chattanooga to get you out of the house

October 27th, 2016 by Susan Pierce in Chattnow Outabout

Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Ga., will be the site of several events this weekend, including fall foliage and night hikes, a rock talk, and wild cave tours. For more information, call 706-657-4050or visit

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.


BOOK SALE — Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. "Book Lovers and Holiday Delights" themed book sale offers holiday and gift books, fiction, children and youth books, CDs, DVDs and audio books, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5. 423-643-7747.

CAR MEET — Four Squares Business Center, 1200 Mountain Creek Road. Automotive enthusiasts meet to show cars at family-friendly event, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29. Not a judged show; no fee for exhibitors or spectators. 423-401-0515

CIVIL WAR PROGRAM — Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park sponsors free, 90-minute, ranger-guided car caravan of locations associated with 1863 Battle of Wauhatchie, 11 a.m. Oct. 29. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water. 706-866-9241.

CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK — 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. 706-657-4050.

- Oct. 28: Night hike, 6-8 p.m., $10 plus $5 parking, hike for ages 10 and older to learn about park geology and listen for night sounds. Reservations required: 706-913-7170.

- Oct. 29: Rock Talk and Stroll, 10:30 a.m., $5 parking, mile-long hike to discover park's geology.

- Oct. 29: Fall fun, noon-6 p.m., $6 adults, $3 children, $5 parking. Hayrides and family activities, last hayride leaves at 5 p.m.

- Oct. 29-30: Wild Cave Tours, 10 a.m., $30-$60 plus $5 parking. Get muddy and wet climbing and crawling through cave. Final tours of season. Reservations required:

- Oct. 29-30: Fall foliage hike, 2-3 p.m., $5 parking, mile-long hike to enjoy color and identify leaves.

EARTH CARE WORKSHOP — St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 7555 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road. Dr. Hill Craddock is featured speaker at "Perils of Importing Exotics: The American Chestnut Story" seminar, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5. He will bring chestnut trees to give participants to plant. Free, but registration is required for potluck lunch: 706-278-3979 or,

FACES UNMASKED — The Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave. Art sale to benefit Faces: The National Craniofacial Association, which serves children with craniofacial disorders, 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27. $50. 423-266-1632.

FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK — 2009 Village Camp Road, Spencer, Tenn. 1-800-250-8610. Wild Foods Day, with field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild game, Oct. 29. Registration required in order to buy supplies for program:

FALL RIVER CRUISE — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Travel by bus to Hale's Bar Marina then board River Gorge Explorer for return cruise to Chattanooga with members of Tennessee River Gorge Trust who will talk about gorge history, current programs and research being conducted in the gorge, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Members: $50 adults, $40 children 12 and younger. Nonmembers: $60 and $50. Ticket includes box lunch.

FIRESIDE STORYTELLING — Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Outdoor Chattanooga hosts storyteller Vincent Phipps for free ghost stories around the bonfire, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27. Bring blankets and chairs and picnic supper if desired. 423-634-6888.

GARDENING WORKSHOP — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. 423-493-9155.

- Oct. 29: Fall and Thanksgiving table centerpieces, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn to use leaves and branches for nature centerpieces. $40 members, $45 nonmembers.

- Nov 5: Medicinal Plants, 3-6 p.m. Herbalist Ali Banks leads class on plant-based medicine making. $60 members, $65 nonmembers.

GROUP RUN AND HAPPY HOUR — Feed Co. Table and Tavern, 201 W. Main St. Join Front Runner Athletics for free appetizers, chance to demo the new Mizuno Wave Rider 20, free appetizers and extended happy hour at Feed Co.; free admission, $8 burgers, fries and beer combo special, 6-7 p.m. Oct. 27. 423-875-3642.

GRUNDY FOREST NATURE HIKE — 131 Fiery Gizzard Road, Tracy City, Tenn. Ranger leads a 2-mile loop hike to see waterfalls and fall color within South Cumberland State Park, 2 p.m. CDT Oct. 28. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 931-924-2980,

HIKES — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 423-842-3619,

- Oct. 28-30: Tennessee Trails Association annual meeting at Pickwick State Park.

- Nov. 1: Raccoon Mountain, moderate 4 miles. Meet in Red Bank Food City parking lot at 9 a.m.

- Nov. 5: Chickamauga Battlefield, moderate 7 miles. Moderate. Meet in Red Bank Food City parking lot at 9 a.m.

LOST COVE CAVE STORY TOUR — South Cumberland State Park, 11745 U.S. 41, Monteagle, Tenn. A park ranger leads a strenuous excursion into rarely visited portions of Lost Cove Cave to hear haunted tales of the region, 8 a.m. CDT Oct. 30. Crawling, sliding, climbing, rock hopping and squeezing through tight crevices can be expected. Meet at Visitors Center to carpool to the site; 2.5-mile hike to and from the cave. Bring plenty of water, snacks and proper footwear, plus two sources of light. Helmets provided. $5. Reservations:, 931-924-2980.

MLK BOULEVARD NIGHT MARKET — Jazzanooga Arts Space, 431 E. M.L. King Blvd. Local vendors sell merchandise, art and food with cultural performances and live entertainment, 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28.

MUDDY PUMPKIN 5K RUN — 399 First Ave., downtown Dayton, Tenn. Run, wade and crawl through downtown Dayton at event with tricks and treats for all skill levels; finishes at courthouse in time for Pumpkinfest, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $35-$45. 423-775-0019.


- Oct 28: Paddling by moonlight, 7-10 p.m. Corey Hagen leads tour of Lookout Creek to see what animals are out after dark. Members: $5 adults, free for children. Nonmembers: $15 and $7.

- Nov. 5: Heritage Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pack a picnic and come learn about the Cherokee who lived in the Lookout Creek area. Members: $5 adults, free for children. Nonmembers: $15 and $7.

RIVER GORGEOUS COLOR CRUISE — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Guests will travel by bus to Hale's Bar Marina, then board River Gorge Explorer for return cruise to Chattanooga, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Members: $50 adults, $40 children 12 and younger. Nonmembers: $60 and $50. Ticket includes boxed lunch. Limited to 68; advance registration encouraged.

ROCKTOBERFEST — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Rock City celebrates German music, food and beer in honor of founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, 8:30-5 p.m. Oct. 28-30. $22.95 adults, $12.95 children. 706-280-2531.

TALL BETSY 6K RUN/WALK — Cleveland Greenway, 2487 Keith St., Cleveland, Tenn. Watch out for goblins, ghosts and monsters on flat, fast greenway course, wear costume for contest; hang out after race for food, beverages and music. 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $30 race registration. 423-790-7901.

TENNESSEE STATE EIGHT BALL OPEN — Chattanooga Billiard Club, 110 Jordan Drive. Billiards tournament with international participation and live coverage on PoolActionTV, Oct. 27-30. Plus Southern Cue & Case Show, featuring some of the South's most prominent cue makers, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 28-29.

THROW OUT CANCER — Hamilton Place mall, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. A 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk to benefit Emily's Power for a Cure cancer nonprofit, 8 a.m. Oct. 29 in upper-level Belk parking lot.


TRAIN RIDES — Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028,

- Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. October schedule: Trains depart Saturdays and Sundays at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.

- Halloween Eerie Express: Ride vintage train to Funhouse Station where passengers enjoy storytelling, blacklight mini golf, games, children's costume contest and fun house that is not a haunted house. Departures 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29. Additional departure at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $22 ages 2 and older; walk-up tickets only sold at depot is rides are not sold out.

Books & Authors

SPIRITUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Joint book signing by Deborah J. Levine, author of "Religious Diversity at Work," and Robert J. Tamasy, author of "Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom From Proverbs for Today's Workplace," 5 p.m. Oct. 27. 423-893-0186.

PEARL HARBOR HEROES — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Book fair for "Heroes in the Skies," a collection of true stories published to coincide with 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Some of the courageous aviators of the time will be in-store. 423-893-0186.

TEEN FANTASY NOVEL — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Canadian author J.A. McLachlan signs copies of "The Occasional Diamond Thief," 2 p.m. Oct. 29. 423-893-0186.

Farmers Markets

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. This week's theme: Haunted Market. Music by Rye Baby, 12:30 p.m.; and Ryan Oyer, 2 p.m. 423-402-9958.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET — Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.

RED BANK FARMERS MARKET — Red Bank United Methodist Church front lawn, 3800 Dayton Blvd. Open 4-7 p.m. Mondays. 423-838-9804.

ST. ALBAN'S HIXSON MARKET — St. Alban's Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Open 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 423-842-1342.

ST. ELMO — Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. Open 4-7 p.m. Fridays.

Family Time

CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY — 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. 423-757-5310,

- Oct. 27: 40th on Broad Movie Night, 6-8:30 p.m., free, downtown branch. Kids watch "Pete's Dragon" on second floor, adults see "The Man Who Fell to Earth" on fourth floor.

- Oct. 29: Costume Lab with AnimeBlast, noon-3 p.m., downtown branch, members of AnimeBlast give tips for great costumes.

- Oct. 29: Pumpkin party, 2 p.m., Eastgate branch, crafts for all ages plus screening of "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," costumes welcome.

- Nov 1: Adult chess club, 6-8 p.m., downtown branch's Shush Cafe.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. $13.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738,

- Oct. 29: PopTots with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, noon; "Blue Trees" art installation, 1 p.m.; National Treasures Trading Post, 1 p.m.

- "The Amazing Castle," through Jan. 2.

DALTON-WHITFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY — 310 Cappes St., Dalton, Ga. 706-876-1360.

- Oct. 28: Young adult Vampire STEM, 4:30 p.m.

- Nov. 1: Story hour, 11 a.m.


BALLROOM — The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing, Saturdays. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Dancing, 8:30 p.m., $10. No partner required; casual dress. 423-394-6428.

BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. Dance, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. $10. 423-771-3646.

GRANDVIEW TWIRLERS PRESENT TRICK OR TREAT — Grandview Community Center, 175 Emergency Road, Grandview, Tenn. Halloween dance with caller Mike Hoose, 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28. $7. 423-802-1136.

RHYTHM BALLROOM — The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, East Coast swing, 6 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Casual dress; no partner required. $5.

SHAG, BOP, SWING, JITTERBUG — Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road. Dance with Choo Choo Shag Club, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests.