This story was updated at 6:52 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, to state that the Chattanooga Lookouts' games against the Tennessee Smokies have been canceled through Sunday and Friday's Nightfall concert has been moved to Miller Park. See more details below.
A seafaring ship will dock in Chattanooga, local bartenders are crafting their best margaritas and an "American Idol" winner headlines the final installment of Riverfront Nights.
But before we get to the entertainment highlights, a reminder: The Rail & Hops Brewers Fest has been postponed because of rising COVID-19 rates, and others are enforcing stricter safety protocols. These include capacity limits, mask provisions and even requirements to show a vaccination card or negative results of a medically supervised COVID-19 test (the Keller Williams shows at The Caverns). It's best to call ahead or check websites for the latest information before you leave home.
— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host the newly expanded corps of Chattanooga Ballet for the premiere of "Capture" 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The choreography is inspired by the exhibition "Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory." Admission is $20 for nonmember adults. Masks are required. huntermuseum.org
— Chattanooga Margarita Festival is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Mixologists from 22 local restaurants will create their best margaritas, and a popular vote will decide who wins top honors. Tickets include 12 samples and entertainment by local DJs. Food and other drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets to this 21-and-older event are $39. eventshatched.com/chattanoogamargaritafestival
— Station Street Live, a summer music series on the Chattanooga Choo Choo campus, 1400 Market St., features Brassville 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday. Facebook.com/StationStreetCHA
— Gospel artist Guy Penrod will perform Thursday at Howe Farms, 7600 Runyan Road in Georgetown, Tennessee. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the dinner concert at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit Street Grace, which is working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. streetgrace.org
— Animal Crackers, featuring Cleveland Storytelling Guild members sharing favorite tales about animals, is 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the courtyard at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St. in Cleveland, Tennessee. One guess for what will be served as refreshments. Bring lawn chairs for seating. Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and older. Purchase at the door or online. museumcenter.org
— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has music scheduled two nights. Thursday features DJ/producer Minnesota on his Break the Mold Tour, with DJ/producer Vctre, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50. Friday brings rock music by Band of Horses, with Faline, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$75. thesignaltn.com
— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Chris Cope for shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12-$14) and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($17-$19). Wednesday is an Open Mic Night for local talents ($5). thecomedycatch.com
— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., has music and comedy on the calendar. Thursday, The TN Ruminators (Kathy Veazey and John Rawlston) will perform at 7 p.m. in the courtyard as part of a monthly Chattanooga Song Circle series supporting local artists. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Saturday is devoted to comedy, starting at 8 p.m. with Improv Chattanooga's Improv vs. Stand-up show, in which stand-up routines are followed by improv skits inspired by those routines. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. "Whose Line Is It Chattanooga," modeled after the TV show, follows at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 day of show. barkinglegs.org
— Chattanooga Lookouts: The Chattanooga Lookouts' games against the Tennessee Smokies have been canceled through Sunday. Tickets may be exchanged for another game (as available) by calling 423-267-4849 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (include order number in email).
— Late Skate, a city-sponsored roller-skating series, returns 7-11 p.m. Friday at Chatt Town Skate Park, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. A DJ will spin hits, and a vintage pop-up market, food trucks and drinks from The Bitter Alibi will be on site. Arrive at 6 p.m. for the Intro to Roller Skating workshop. Bring your own wheels or rent a pair for $7 from Moonlight Roller. The event is all ages, but you must be at least 18 to rent skates. Admission is free. facebook.com/moonlightroller
— Nightfall continues Friday with Texas singer/songwriter Bonnie Bishop headlining. Her "Not Cause I Wanted To" was included on Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-winning "Slipstream" album. Local artist Brandy Robinson opens the show at 7 p.m. at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Food trucks, artisan vendors and lawn games are set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park. The Lookout Wild Film Festival will show an hour of short adventure films immediately following the music, around 9:45 p.m. Motorcycle parking will be allowed only on M.L. King between Market and Broad. Free admission. nightfallchattanooga.com
Friday's Nightfall concert has been moved to Miller Park, which is larger than Miller Plaza, for better social distancing. Carla Pritchard of Chattanooga Presents, which produces the concert series, says the move across M.L. King Boulevard is "a temporary precautionary measure due to COVID concerns." The placement of tables and chairs, as well as painted circles on the lawn, will indicate appropriate distancing for audience members.
— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., has two shows this weekend. Singer/songwriter Ward Davis, whose songs have been recorded by Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, among others, performs at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20. Interstellar Echoes: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, performs at 8 p.m. Tickets to either show are $20. theartsave.com
— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, features three nights of music underground. Keller Williams, known as a "one-man jam band," will do double duty, with two nights of solo shows plus a side project each night: Keller & The Keels (Appalachian psychedelic bluegrass) on Friday and Grateful Grass (Grateful Dead songs in bluegrass style), featuring Love Canon, on Saturday. Both shows start at 8 p.m. CDT, with enhanced COVID-19 protocols enforced. Tickets are $50-$450. Country band The Mavericks will play at 6 p.m. CDT Sunday, with Cuban-influenced pop band Sweet Lizzy Project opening (masks required). Tickets are $59-$292. thecaverns.com
— Green Corn Native American Festival & Powwow, presented by the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, is this weekend at Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Natures Trail, Cleveland, Tennessee. The festival includes authentic arts, crafts, food, music, dancing and storytelling, plus barrel racing and an auction (at 6 p.m.) Saturday. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Friday (Kids Day), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (with grand entry at noon both days). Bring your own seating. Admission is by donation. Facebook.com/events
— Pinta at the Pier: A replica of one of the ships used by explorer Christopher Columbus in his transatlantic voyage of 1492, will be docked at the Chattanooga Pier, 200 Riverfront Parkway, Friday through Sept. 19. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $5.50-$6.50. ninapinta.org
— "Exposure": Entries in a photography competition presented by the Athens Area Council for the Arts will be introduced with a reception and awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., in Athens, Tennessee. Images will remain on view through Sept. 30 (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday). Free admission. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. athensartscouncil.org
— Ben Van Winkle, a local composer and cellist, celebrates the release of his new classical/pop album, "Saunter On," in a sensory-rich performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). The show will feature the 20-piece Figment Chamber Ensemble of elite musicians, dancers from The Pop Up Project and live projections of Impressionist paintings, including the album's cover art, a re-creation of Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party." Local band Call Me Spinster will open the evening. Tickets are $25-$50. Masks are requested. 423-757-5580, tivolichattanooga.com
— Riverfront Nights ends its summer run Saturday with Caleb Johnson & The Ramblin' Saints headlining. Johnson won the 13th season of "American Idol" and has gone on to tour with such rock icons as Kiss, Blackstone Cherry, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Sammy Hagar. Music starts at 7 p.m. at Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway, with bluegrass band Barefoot Nellie & Company, followed by rock band Bonepony. Admission is free. riverfrontnights.com
— Chattanooga Football Club, a men's professional soccer team, has a home match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Los Angeles Force at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Tickets are $7-$13. chattanoogafc.com
— Tennessee Association of Vintage Ball, played with the costumes and customs of the 19th century, has a game at 2 p.m. Saturday at the 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga will take on the Nashville Maroons. Free admission. tennesseevintagebaseball.com
— St. Jude Car, Truck & Bike Show, for all makes and models, is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (with judging at noon) at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, 1850 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in memory of Rebekah Davis. The event includes door prizes, vendors, 50-50 raffle, music and concessions. $20 vehicle entry, free for spectators (donations appreciated). 423-802-5970, 205-861-3887
— Sounds of Summer concert series welcomes blues rocker David Gerald at 7 p.m. Saturday in Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tennessee. Free admission. Facebook.com/SOSAthensTN
— Repticon, an expo of exotic animals and merchandise, is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. A highlight is the Cool Zoo, a traveling exhibit that includes a kangaroo and Hermit Crab Adoption Center. Tickets are sold in morning or afternoon blocks ($10-$12 adults, $5 ages 5-12) or as super tickets good both days and all time blocks ($15 and $5); teachers get in free. Tickets must be purchased online. repticon.com
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