A GATHERING OF FESTIVALS
The fall festival season is a bit of a mixed bag this year. The Hamilton County Fair and Wine Over Water have been canceled, but other favorites, such as the Prater's Mill Country Fair and the Ketner's Mill Country Arts & Crafts Fair, appear to be moving forward after canceling last year as the coronavirus pandemic waged. If you're planning a fall festival, let us know. Our annual list of these autumn events will run on Labor Day weekend. To be included, send the details to Life@timesfreepress.com by noon Wednesday, Sept. 1.
TO DO SUNDAY
* Sales tax holidays: Sunday is your last chance to avoid paying sales tax on clothing, school supplies and computers in Tennessee. You'll have until 11:59 tonight for any online or in-person purchases of those items, timed to back-to-school buying. There's also no sales tax through 11:59 p.m. Thursday on groceries and restaurant meals. tntaxholiday.com
* Soul Sundays in the Park, a new music series happening weekly in August, will kick off today with AverySunshine, a soul, R&B and gospel singer. Music starts at 2 p.m. at Miller Park, 928 Market St. Free admission. risecha.org
* Balloon glow: The final night of the Light Up East Ridge Balloon Glow is Sunday. Activities, which include music and vendors, last from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. The main attraction will be several hot-air balloons that are inflated and illuminated at sunset. Admission is by carload ($25), though you can add a tethered ride ($30) if space is available. balloonglows.com
QUICK LOOK AT THE WEEK
* Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, is about to shorten its schedule from six days a week to weekends-only as the summer winds down before the start of school. This week, Aug. 1-8, is the final full week at the amusement park (closed Wednesday). The Saturday/Sunday schedule will start Aug. 14-15. SoakYa water park closes on Labor Day, Sept. 6. The dry side stays open through the last weekend of September. lakewinnie.com
* The World's Longest Yard Sale, the four-day, 690-mile bargain behemoth, starts Thursday. The route stretches from Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama, along Highway 127 (and picking up the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Chattanooga south). If you're looking for action, the route across Signal Mountain is a particularly busy stretch. 127yardsale.com
* Chattanooga Lookouts will take on the Rocket City Trash Pandas in a six-game home series this week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Promotions include free ticket offers on Tuesday when you present a Food City ValuCard or donate supplies in a back-to-school drive. Wednesday is Girl Scout Night as well as the chance to get a Chick-fil-A freebie via app at the game. You can also get a free COVID-19 vaccine if you're 12 or older. Thirsty Thursday means drink specials. Friday is Agriculture Night, with a pregame petting zoo and fireworks to follow. Saturday is Zoo Night with several critters from Chattanooga Zoo, and a used car giveaway. Sunday, Aug. 8, is a chance for kids to run the bases after the game. All games start at 7:15 p.m., except Sunday's at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11. lookouts.com
ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "The Flower Project" community art show, Aug. 5-29. Bring paper flowers crafted at home or create them in the gallery (supplies provided) to be included in a single installation. Open noon-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (all times Central). franklincoarts.org
ATHENS AREA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "50th Anniversary Celebration: An Exhibition of the Eastern Tennessee Members of the Tennessee Watercolor Society," featuring 75 works by 26 artists from the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Tri-Cities chapters, through Aug. 20. Free admission. tnws.org
IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Driven To Create" featuring woodworker Roger Harvey, through Aug. 31. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 6. 423-267-9214, www.intowngallery.com
MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Movies at the Museum, outdoor screening of "Singin' in the Rain," 8:30-11:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks. museumcenter.org
OUT & ABOUT
BELIEVE BASH — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Erlanger Health System Foundation fundraiser, with "Under the Big Top" theme, celebrating Children's Hospital, Aug. 7. Sold out. erlangerfoundation.org/annualevents
CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. CTC Book Club meets to discuss Kenneth Jones' "Alabama Story," 7 p.m. Aug. 3. 423-267-8534, theatrecentre.com
THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. thecomedycatch.com
- Aug. 4: Open Mic Night for regional talents, 7:30 p.m. $5.
- Aug. 5-7: Reno Collier, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $12-$14; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $17-$19.
HISTORY PROGRAM — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. "The River of Death: The Role of Sharpshooters in the Battle of Chickamauga," a 90-minute, ranger-led car caravan tour, 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Free. 706-866-9241, nps.gov/chch
THE ARTS AVENUE — 1800 Rossville Ave. Them Dirty Roses, 7 p.m. Aug. 6. $12. theartsave.com
THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central; all shows in the underground cavern. thecaverns.com
- Aug. 7: Papadosio, with Lespecial and Beekeepers, 7 p.m. $59-$80.
- Aug. 8: Melvin Seals & JGB, 4:20 p.m. $49-$282.
CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. 423-267-8534, theatrecentre.com
- Aug. 5: The New Dismembered Tennesseans, part of Summer Concerts on the Lawn series, 7 p.m. $10-$15.
- Aug. 7: Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters, part of Come Clean Entertainment's Extraordinary Times Series, 5 and 8 p.m. $40.
NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series continues with Nu Breed Band opening at 7 p.m. for headliner Kamani at 8 p.m. Aug. 6. Artisans and family games at adjacent Miller Park, plus an hour of free adventure films by Lookout Wild Film Festival following the music. Free admission. nightfallchattanooga.com
RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Dalton & The Boys opens at 7 p.m. for headliners Tennessee's Dead, Aug. 7. Free admission. riverfrontnights.com
THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St. Walker Hayes, with Tigirlily 8 p.m. Aug. 7. $20-$79. thesignaltn.com
SOUL TRAIN NIGHTS — Cooper's Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. Monthly dance parties with a dance line, DJ, "Soul Train" episodes projected on the big screen and comedian Harry Smallwood as host, 8 p.m. Aug. 5. This month, wear clothes of the '70s for a chance to win a prize. Concessions available. Facebook.com
TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Pigeon Forge-based act Matt Cordell in variety show of musical tributes to artists including Elvis Presley, Tim McGraw, Bobby Darin and Jason Aldean, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. $18.50. tennesseevalleytheatre.com
BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS — Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Great Gatsby," 8 p.m. Aug. 6-7, 3 p.m. Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Aug. 13-14, 3 p.m. Aug. 15. $14-$17. One free ticket per family with proof of COVID vaccination. bapshows.com
CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. TheatreQuest Original Play Festival, featuring four imaginative plays by teens, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 7. $10. 423-267-8534, theatrecentre.com
CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. ccplayhouse.com
- Through Aug. 5: "Driving Miss Daisy." $16-$30.
- Through Aug. 22: "Godspell." $18-$34.
- Through Sept. 2: "Always Patsy Cline." $18-$34.
Find more events, and add your own, at ChattanoogaNow.com.
— Compiled by Lisa Denton