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When it comes to getting outside, Chattanoogans are a pretty diverse bunch. Some live for the feel of their sneakers pounding the pavement, while others die a little every second they aren't slicing through water. But whether they run, swim, climb or fish, their diversity is not exclusive to their athletic preferences. Each disciple of the outdoors jams to a different type of music, craves a different kind of food and relates to a different culture. Luckily, Chattanooga and its sister cities have enough festivals to satisfy every taste. Get out and celebrate what you love with any of the more than 100 area festivals listed below.

In case you need a place to get started, we've highlighted one in each category that we've had the pleasure to visit locally and one we'd especially like to visit outside our Scenic City area.

MUSIC

APRIL

Rhythm N' Blooms Festival

Date: April 8-10

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $50 - $150

More info: rhythmnbloomsfest.com

Rites of Spring

Date: April 15-16

Location: Nashville

Admission: $40 - $60

More info: vanderbilt.edu/ros

Jazzanooga Festival

Last year's festival drew 6,791 people who saw 126 musicians or artists perform during 15 musical events, 10 education events, a walking tour, arts forum and a traveling exhibit. Headlining this year are Christian McBride Trio, Julie Dexter, Arturo O'Farrill and Julian Lage.

Date: April

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $22 - $100

More info: jazzanooga.org

MAY

Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival

Date: May 5-7

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $15 - $85

More info: boxcarforeverbluegrass.com

Nightfall Concert Series

Date: May 6-Aug. 26

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: nightfallchattanooga.com

Shaky Knees Music Festival

Date: May 13-15

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $97 - $236

More info: shakykneesfestival.com

JFest

Date: May 21

Location: East Ridge

Admission: $15 - $20

More info: jfest.com

SweetWater 420 Fest

Date: April 22-24

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $42 - $338

More info: sweetwater420fest.com

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Date: May 27-29

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: atlantafestivals.com

JUNE

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Date: June 9-12

Location: Manchester, Tenn.

Admission: $324.50 - $1,598.50

More info: bonnaroo.com

CMA Music Festival

Date: June 9-12

Location: Nashville

Admission: Free

More info: cmamusicfest.com

Riverbend Music Festival

Date: June 10-18

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $15 - $55

More info: riverbendfestival.com

Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival

Date: June 17-18

Location: Nashville

Admission: $5 - $25

More info: jumpnashville.com/jazzfest

Tunes from the Tombs

Enjoy a locals-only lineup in the eerily beautiful gardens of the historic Oakland Cemetery. This magnificent above-ground cemetery features architecture in Victorian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Neo-classical, Egyptian and Exotic Revival styles. Several mausoleums even feature stained glass windows from Tiffany Studios, and there are bronze urns cast at the first art foundry in America.

Date: June 18

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $5 - $20

More info: oaklandcemetery.com/?event=tunes-from-the-tombs-2

Meadow Lark Music Festival

Date: June 25

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $20 - $25

More info: ijams.org/meadowlarkfestival

JULY

Moonshine Music & Arts Festival

Date: July 1-3

Location: LaFayette, Ga.

Admission: $30 - $50

More info: moonshinemusicfest.com

AUGUST

Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

Date: Aug. 13

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $10 - $20

More info: decaturbbqfestival.com

SEPTEMBER

Music Midtown

Date: September

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $125 - $1,200

More info: musicmidtown.com

ONE Musicfest

Date: September

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $50 - $90

More info: onemusicfest.com

TomorrowWorld

Date: September

Location: Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.

Admission: $327 - $407

More info: www.tomorrowworld.com

Americana Music Association Festival & Conference

Date: Sept. 20-25

Location: Nashville

Admission: $20 - $25

More info: americanamusic.org/about-festival

3 Sisters Music Festival

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: 3sistersbluegrass.com

OCTOBER

A3C Hip Hop Festival

Date: October

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $65 - $399

More info: a3cfestival.com

Raccoon Valley Bluegrass Music Festival

Date: October

Location: Powell, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: raccoonvalleyfestival.com

Tennessee Fall Homecoming

Date: Oct. 7-9

Location: Clinton, Tenn.

Admission: $10 - $75

More info: museumofappalachia.org/events/tennessee-fall-homecoming-2015

CULTURE

APRIL

Rossini Festival International Street Fair

Date: April 23

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: knoxvilleopera.com/rossini

Latin Festival

Date: April 30

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: chattanoogastate.edu/international-outreach/festivals/latin-festival

MAY

Vestival

Date: May 7

Location: Candoro Marble, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: candoromarble.org/carous/what-a-celebration

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Elaborate cultural costumes, musical performances and one hell of a parade cap this festival dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of Caribbean culture which has become a "mainstay on the calendars of West Indians from all over the world."

Date: May 28

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $20 - $25

More info: atlantacarnival.org

JUNE

Knoxville PrideFest

Date: June 18

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: knoxvillepridefest.org

Kuumba Festival

Date: June 23-26

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: sites.google.com/site/kuumbafestival

Nashville Pride Festival

Date: June 24-25

Location: Nashville

Admission: $5

More info: nashvillepride.org

AUGUST

Festival Peachtree Latino

Date: August

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: festivalpeachtreelatino.com

SEPTEMBER

Japanfest

Date: September

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $8

More info: japanfest.org

Greekfest

Date: September

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $2 - $3

More info: greekfesttn.com

HoLa Festival

Date: September

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: holahoralatina.org

African Street Festival

Date: September

Location: Nashville

Admission: Free

More info: aacanashville.org

Nashville Greek Festival

Date: Sept. 9-11

Location: Nashville

Admission: $3

More info: nashvillegreekfestival.com

Atlanta Greek Festival

Date: Sept. 22-25

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $5

More info: atlantagreekfestival.org

Hamilton County Fair

Date: Sept. 24-25

Location: Hixson, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: hamiltontn.gov/fair

OCTOBER

Rocktoberfest

As if oompa music, lederhosen, polka and lots and lots of beer needed any help, this Oktoberfest celebration grants you access to Rock City and its iconic sights, and you're sure to meet some (costumed) characters.

Date: October (every Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Admission: $12.95 - $22.95

More info: seerockcity.com/events/entry/rocktoberfest

National Black Arts Festival

Date: October (every Saturday and Sunday)

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $12.95 - $22.95

More info: nbaf.org

Oktoberfest

Date: October

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: chattanoogaoktoberfest.com

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Date: Oct. 1

Location: Nashville

Admission: Free

More info: celebratenashville.org

CultureFest

Date: Oct. 2

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: chattanooga.events/event/culturefest-2016

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

Date: Oct. 6-15

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $25 - $45

More info: atlantabtf.org

Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade

Date: Oct. 8-9

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: atlantapride.org

Stone Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Date: Oct. 14-16

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $5 - $25

More info: smhg.org

NAIA Pow Wow

Date: Oct. 14-16

Location: Nashville

Admission: $3 - $6

More info: naiatn.org/powwow

Mountain Makins'

Date: Oct. 22-23

Location: Morristown, Tenn.

Admission: $25

More info: facebook.com/MountainMakinsFestival

NOVEMBER

Indian Festival and Pow-Wow

Date: Nov. 3-6

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $15

More info: stonemountainpark.com/events/Indian-Festival-and-Pow-Wow

FOOD

APRIL

National Cornbread Festival

Date: April 23-24

Location: South Pittsburg, Tenn.

Admission: $5

More info: nationalcornbread.com

MAY

Strawberry Festival

While strawberries aren't a main focus — unless you count the strawberry shortcake we sampled at numerous vendors — this small-town festival is big on draw. There are carnival rides, music and cultural acts, and enough craft vendors for a year's worth of shopping.

Date: May 6-7

Location: Dayton, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: tnstrawberryfestival.com

Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil

Date: May 7

Location: Nashville

Admission: $49.95 - $79.95

More info: nashvillejuniorchamber.org/ragin-cajun-crawfish-festival

International Biscuit Festival

Date: May 14

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $10 - $75

More info: biscuitfest.com

JUNE

Atlanta Street Food Festival

Date: June 11-12

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $20 - $55

More info: atlantastreetfoodfestival.com

Taste of Music City

Date: June 18

Location: Nashville

Admission: $59 - $69

More info: tasteofmusiccity.com

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Date: June 23

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: atlantaicecreamfestival.com

JULY

Grainger County Tomato Festival

Date: July

Location: Rutledge, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: graingercountytomatofestival.com

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

This uniquely Nashville food is becoming a phenomenon — and one we'd like to try out. Be among the first 500 guests and you'll get to sample for free. In true Music City fashion, there will be musical acts sure to blow your socks off (if the chicken hasn't done that already), and to top it all off, the event benefits Shelby Park & Bottoms.

Date: July 4

Location: Nashville, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: hot-chicken.com

SEPTEMBER

Music City Food + Wine Festival

Date: Sept. 17-18

Location: Nashville

Admission: $150 - $500

More info: musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com

OCTOBER

Taste of Atlanta

Date: October

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $25 - $35

More info: tasteofatlanta.com

Cleveland Apple Festival

Date: Oct. 15-16

Location: Cleveland, Tenn.

Admission: $4 - $20

More info: clevelandapplefestival.org

NOVEMBER

Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp

Date: November

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: chompandstomp.com

DRINK

APRIL

East Nashville Beer Festival

Date: April 9

Location: Nashville

Admission: $20 - $60

More info: www.eastnashvillebeerfest.com

MAY

Main Street Brew Fest

Date: May 7

Location: Franklin, Tenn.

Admission: $55 - $85

More info: downtownfranklintn.com/brew-fest

Tennessee Whiskey Festival

Ummm, need we say more? How about: This third annual event will feature even more whiskeys for sipping and the Black Lilies and a yet-to-be-announced local band for toe tapping.

Date: May 21

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $20 - $110

More info: tnwhiskeyfestival.com

JUNE

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Date: June

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $40 - $55

More info: atlantasummerbeerfest.com

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Already the biggest showcase of Atlanta's wide, wide array of culinary options, this year's event will feature even more educational options (like a class on rare bourbons and country hams), Destination Delicious, "a virtual road trip through some of the South's top food and drink destinations," and a brunch offering food and drinks by more than 15 chefs and mixologists.

Date: June 2-5

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $45 - $725

More info: atlfoodandwinefestival.com

Knoxville Brewfest

Date: June 18

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $20 - $50

More info: knoxvillebrewfest.com

AUGUST

Music City Brewer's Festival

Date: Aug. 6

Location: Nashville

Admission: $39 - $143

More info: musiccitybrewersfest.com

Southern Brewers Festival

Date: Aug. 20

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $18 - $125

More info: southernbrewersfestival.com

OCTOBER

Brewers' Jam

Date: October

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $15 - $100

More info: knoxvillebrewersjam.com

Nashville Beer Festival

Date: October

Location: Nashville

Admission: $45 - $75

More info: nashvillebeerfestival.com

Nashville Whiskey Festival

Date: Oct. 1

Location: Nashville

Admission: $100 - $125

More info: nashvillewhiskeyfestival.com

ART

APRIL

4 Bridges Arts Festival

Named one of the "PRIME 50" fine art fairs in the U.S. for 2016, this juried art show draws some of the best, newest and most creative artists nationwide in a variety of mediums each year. This is your chance to take home something sure to inspire.

Date: April 16-17

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $7 - $10

More info: 4bridgesartsfestival.org

Dogwood Arts Festival

Date: April 29-May 1

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: dogwoodarts.com/dogwood-arts-festival-2

MAY

Chastain Park Arts Festival

Date: May 7-8

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: chastainparkartsfestival.com

Decatur Arts Festival

Date: May 28-29

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: decaturartsfestival.com

JUNE

Virginia Highland Summerfest

Date: June 4-5

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: vahi.org/summerfest

JULY

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

A top event in the Southeast, here you'll meet artisans and craftsmen from all over the country as you peruse the 200 booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products. A jury process insures the uniqueness and quality of the products.

Date: July 14-17

Location: Gatlinburg

Admission: Free

More info: craftsmenfair.com

AUGUST

Tomato Art Festival

Date: Aug. 12-13

Location: Nashville

Admission: Free

More info: tomatoartfest.com

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Date: Aug. 13-14

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: piedmontparkartsfestival.com

SEPTEMBER

Atlanta Arts Festival

Date: September

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: atlantaartsfestival.com

Yellow Daisy Festival

Date: Sept. 8-11

Location: Stone Mountain, Ga.

Admission: Free

More info: stonemountainpark.com/events/yellow-daisy-festival

OCTOBER

Artoberfest

Date: October

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: chattanoogaoktoberfest.com/artoberfest

Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair

Date: Oct. 15-16

Where: Whitwell, Tenn.

Admission: $7

More info: ketnersmill.org

NOVEMBER

Foothills Craft Guild Fall Show

Date: November

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $7 - $8

More info: foothillscraftguild.org

SPECIAL INTEREST

APRIL

Outdoor KnoxFest

Date: April

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: outdoorknoxville.com/calendar/event/5090-outdoor-knoxfest

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Date: April 16-June 5

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $7 - $22

More info: garenfest.com

Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures

Did you know there's a whole festival dedicated to fly fishing held in the "Trout Capital of Georgia," 60 minutes from Chattanooga? You can try all the latest and greatest gear, meet experts and vendors and learn about tying, casting, conservation and more. Plus, there will be food, live music and more fun.

Date: April 29-30

Location: Blue Ridge, Ga.

Admission: $5

More info: blueridgetroutfest.com

MAY

Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Date: May 7-30

Location: Nashville

Admission: $8 - $60

More info: tnrenfest.com

Wild West Comedy Festival

Date: May 16-22

Location: Nashville

Admission: $25 - $75

More info: wildwestcomedyfestival.com

JUNE

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

Date: June 4-5

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $8 - $12

More info: chattnaturecenter.org/special-events/festivals/butterfly-festival

AUGUST

Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

Date: August

Location: Knoxville

Admission: $5

More info: ijams.org/hummingbird-festival

East Tennessee History Fair

Date: Aug. 20

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: easttnhistory.org/eastTNhistoryfair

SEPTEMBER

Mini Maker Faire

Join the inventors, tech enthusiasts, engineers and crafters who flock to this giant show-and-tell each year, where Chattanooga's creativity is on full display.

Date: September

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: makerfairechattanooga.com

Railfest

Date: September

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: $15 - $20

More info: tvrail.com/events-exhibits/rides/railfest

OCTOBER

RiverRocks Chattanooga

Date: Oct. 1-15

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Varies

More info: riverrockschattanooga.com

Southern Festival of Books

Date: Oct. 14-16

Location: Nashville

Admission: Free

More info: humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

Buskers Festival

Date: Oct. 23

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: chattanooga.events/event/buskers-festival-2016

SEASONAL

APRIL

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Date: April 8-10

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $30 - $50

More info: dogwood.org

Earth Fest

Date: April 16

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: knox-earthfest.org

Valley Fest

Grab a lawn chair and go to the beautiful Sequatchie Valley for some local food, fine crafts and musical performances by headliners Restless Heart and Jason Crabb.

Date: April 30-May 1

Location: Dunlap, Tenn.

Admission: $2 - $25

More info: valleyfestonline.com

Inman Park Festival

Date: April 30-May 1

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: inmanparkfestival.org

MAY

Sweet Auburn Springfest

Date: May 6-8

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: sweetauburn.com

1890's Day Jamboree

Date: May 27-28

Location: Ringgold, Ga.

Admission: Free

More info: 1890sdays.com

JUNE

Secret City Festival

Date: June 10-11

Location: Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: secretcityfestival.com

JULY

Festival on the Fourth

Date: July 4

Location: Knoxville

Admission: Free

More info: knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/festival_on_the_4th

Scopes Trial Play & Festival

Date: July 15-17 & 23-24

Location: Dayton, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: scopesfestival.com

AUGUST

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Date: Aug. 27-28

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: summershadefestival.org

SEPTEMBER

Fall Folklife Festival

Date: September

Location: Atlanta

Admission: $11 - $16.50

More info: atlantahistorycenter.com/atlanta-history-center-prepares-fall-harvest-fall-folklife-festival

OCTOBER

Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade

Date: October

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: l5phalloween.com

Autumn Children's Festival

Date: October

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: rmhchattanooga.com/www/docs/139

Candler Park Fall Fest

Date: Oct. 1-2

Location: Atlanta

Admission: Free

More info: fallfest.candlerpark.org

Pumpkinfest

The charming, historic downtown is filled with costume contests, circus entertainment, extreme pumpkin carving and more in this quintessential fall celebration.

Date: Oct. 29

Location: Franklin, Tenn.

Admission: Free

More info: historicfranklin.com/events/event/pumpkin-fest

NOVEMBER

Normal-palooza

Date: November

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: normalpark.com

DECEMBER

Mainx24

Date: December

Location: Chattanooga

Admission: Free

More info: mainx24.com

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