Two of Chattanooga's favorite concert series kick off this weekend, and a free doughnut could be in your future. Here's what to know.
* Concerts on the Lawn: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will welcome Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers to open this three-week series on Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m. for happy hour, and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. theatrecentre.com
* National Doughnut Day: Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' will give away free doughnuts Friday. At Dunkin', you'll get a free classic doughnut of your choice with the purchase of a beverage. No purchase is necessary at Krispy Kreme, and you can double your freebie if you show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.
* Nightfall: The Top 3 finalists from the Road to Nightfall competition — William Casey, Fantastic Confabulation and Off the Left — will perform Friday in the first show of the long-running summer concert series, produced by Chattanooga Presents. Music starts at 7 p.m. at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park, artisans, lawn games and family friendly activities will offer additional entertainment. Admission is free. nightfallchattanooga.com
* Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., Suite 100, will feature encaustic artists Nadine Koski and Janet Campbell Bradley at a first Friday reception. Other artists from the gallery's roster will be on hand for the mix-and-mingle, set for 6-8 p.m. The featured works will be on view through July 5. area61gallery.com
* Dixie Highway Yard Sale: A North Georgia portion of U.S. Highway 41, once known as the Dixie Highway, will be bulging with roadside bargains Friday through Sunday. The 90-mile sale route runs from Ringgold to Marietta. Chattanooga-area shoppers can access the route from Ringgold Road in East Ridge (U.S 41 south/U.S. 76 east). www.facebook.com/DixieHighway90MileYardSale
* Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival is at Coke Ovens Park, 350 Mountain View Road in Dunlap, Tennessee. The main event, featuring Avery Trace, Mile 26 Bluegrass, Greystone, Valley Grass, Bluetastic Fangrass, Track 145, Fredonia Bluegrass and Cumberland Band, opens with a memorial jam at 10 a.m. CDT Saturday, with the bands starting at 11:40 a.m. Tickets are $10 (free for kids under 12). The festival is presented by the Sequatchie Valley Historical Association to support the park's Coke Ovens Museum. Bring your own seating; no coolers are allowed inside the amphitheater. A separate concert, hosted by Double Cross Bluegrass and featuring Fast Track, is scheduled at 6 p.m. CDT Friday with a $10 ticket. A portion of proceeds will go to the park. cokeovens.com
* The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road in Pelham, Tennessee, has two acts scheduled this weekend: prog-grass band Punch Brothers on Friday, folk duo Watchhouse (formerly known as Mandolin Orange) on Saturday and Sunday. All shows start at 7 p.m. CDT in the above-ground amphitheater. Punch Brothers tickets are $60-$8o. Watchhouse tickets are $65-$85 (Saturday's show is sold out). thecaverns.com/shows
* The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes James Johann for three shows (rated R). He'll perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $16-$18. thecomedycatch.com
* Charity rodeo: The fourth annual SETHRA CASA Rodeo is Friday and Saturday at Coops Creek Commons, 287 Pine St. in Dunlap, Tennessee. Gates open at 6 p.m., and events start at 7:30 p.m. (all times Central). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, free for kids under 6. Proceeds support the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Court Appointed Special Advocates, nonprofit agencies that serve foster youth in Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie counties. www.facebook.com/SETHRACASA
* Bobby Stone Film Series begins a lineup of "Summer Spectacular" screenings this weekend. First up: "Dirty Dancing" at 7 p.m. Friday; "Clueless" at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and "Cast Away" at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$12. Tivoli Tuesdays, featuring morning movies for kids, starts next week with "The Lego Movie." Tickets are $5 for these weekly matinees, which run at 10:30 a.m. June 8-July 20. tivolichattanooga.com
* National Trails Day is Saturday. Several Tennessee state parks will take part, including the two in Chattanooga. Booker T. Washington, 5801 Champion Road, plans a 90-minute hike on the Nature Trail Loop. The easy hike is just over a mile long and will include stops for observation. The outing starts at 9 a.m.; the trailhead is near the pool parking lot. Hikers at Harrison Bay State Park will explore the Lakeshore Loop at 9:30 a.m. from 7855 Bay Marina Circle. The half-mile hike will take about an hour. tnstateparks.com
* National MooFest, a celebration of all things dairy, is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Athens, Tennessee. Events include a MooRun, soapbox derby trials, pancake breakfast, bike rodeo, 200 arts, crafts and food booths, eating contests and entertainment on three stages. At 7 p.m., the Sounds of Summer concert series will open with Will Carter and Emi Sunshine in Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St. friendlycityfestivals.com
* Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball's two Chattanooga teams will play the Franklin Farriers on Saturday at the 6th Cavalry Museum field, 6 Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Mountain City has the first game at 11 a.m.; Lightfoot follows at 2 p.m. Games are played with the costumes and customs of the 19th century. Admission and parking are free. tennesseevintagebaseball.com
* Sip TN Wine Fest is noon-6 p.m. Saturday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The festival is a chance to sample more than 200 wines and hard ciders produced in Tennessee. Artisans, vendors and food purveyors will be on site. Tickets are $45, which includes a souvenir wine glass and a six-bottle wine bag to carry your take-home purchases. Designated drivers will be admitted for $10. Ticket sales end Friday. Proceeds benefit Chattanooga Public Markets. siptn.com/chattanooga
* Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a 90-minute program on the care of army horses during the Civil War at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, then caravan to the program site. A short hike will be necessary. Bug spray, water and a portable chair are suggested. www.nps.gov/chch
* Riverfront Nights: The summer music series kicks off Saturday with '80s tribute/party band Electric Avenue at Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Gates open at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Except for a three-week break in July, the series will run weekly through August. riverfrontnights.com
* "Salute to Braves Country": The Atlanta Braves will salute Tennessee fans during Saturday's 7:15 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Truist Park, 755 Battery Ave. SE in Smyrna, Georgia. Tennessee has been the birthplace of 27 Braves players through the years, according to the team, including former pitcher Cory Gearrin, a Rhea County High School graduate. mlb.com/braves
* Chattanooga Football Club plays New Amsterdam FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Reserved seating starts at $7. chattanoogafc.com
* Tracy Lawrence, the country star who's charted more than 40 singles, including "Sticks and Stones," "Alibi" and "Time Marches On," will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Northwest Georgia Amphitheater, 220 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold, Georgia. Neon Moon, a '90s country tribute band, and Ben Chapman, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who's originally from LaFayette, Georgia, will open. Gates open at 7 p.m. General-admission tickets are $40 in advance, $50 day of show (bring a folding chair; no blankets, no coolers). VIP tickets are sold out. hometownpromotions.net/events
* The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., will host Journey tribute band Departure at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$30. thesignaltn.com
* Chattanooga & Cleveland Firefighters Association will present Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Camp Jordan amphitheater, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Tickets are $28. Proceeds support community programs of Chattanooga Local 820 and Cleveland Local 3748. Call 423-899-4990 to purchase.
* Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave. in Spring City, Tennessee, will present tribute artist David Lee as Conway Twitty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18 adults, $16 students and seniors. tennesseevalleytheatre.com
* National Day of Caves & Karst will be celebrated 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Karsts are limestone land formations that include caverns, sinkholes and underground streams. Guests will be able to visit a Southeastern Cave Conservancy display and receive a free cave and karst guide and car litter bag. Photo-ops with Ruby the Dragon are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tour tickets are $22.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 3-12. rubyfalls.com/ticketing
* Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, a women's amateur soccer team that competes in the Women's Premier Soccer League, will play their first home match of the season against the North Alabama Soccer Coalition at 7 p.m. Sunday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets start at $10. chattladyredwolves.com
* Chattanooga Lookouts return next week for a six-game home series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday through June 12 and at 2:15 p.m. June 13. Promotions include buy one, get one general-admission tickets with a Food City ValuCard on Tuesday and a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A item when you open the restaurant's app at the game. General admission is $8 adults, $6 children 3-12 and seniors 55 and older. Box seats are $9 and $11. lookouts.com
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