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File Photo / The Creative Discovery Museum in downtown Chattanooga celebrates Red, White and Blue Day with patriotic activities that include a 21 Diet Coke geyser salute on the plaza. The gushers are made by dropping Mentos mints into 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke for an impressive science experiment.

Fourth of July celebrations aren't the only ways to spend your holiday weekend. Here are more options.

* Nightfall: The War and Treaty, the musical partnership of Michigan-based husband and wife team Michael Trotter Jr. and Tonya Blount, will headline the Nightfall concert series at 8 p.m. Friday. It will be the first show of the season with a national headliner after a month highlighting local artists. Local artist Kimmie J. Soul and her 10-piece band will open the show at 7 p.m. at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Food trucks, artisans and lawn games will be set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park. Immediately after the show, around 9:45 p.m., the Lookout Wild Film Festival will show an hour of free short adventure films in Miller Park.

* In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will mark the return of its monthly receptions with a "First Fridays Are Finally Back!" theme. All of the artists in the co-op will be represented this month, and many will be on hand to discuss their work at the reception, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday. The show continues through July 31.

* Nooga Splash: A three-day celebration that includes patriotic decor and giveaways is scheduled Friday through Sunday at the floating aqua park at Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Circle N. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Go online to reserve a time on the course.

* The Avett Brothers, the Grammy-nominated folk-rock band, has shows at 8 p.m. CDT Friday through Sunday at Bonnaroo Farm, 1560 New Bushy Branch Road in Manchester, Tennessee. General admission lawn seating remains for $35.

* "Godspell," a musical comedy taken from the Gospel of Matthew, will open Friday at Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave. in Crossville, Tennessee. It runs through Aug. 22 on the main stage. Tickets are $18-$34.

* Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will throw an outdoor Star Spangled Picnic & Fundraiser on Saturday. The $50 ticket ($10 ages 12 and under) includes barbecue from Sugar's Ribs, ice cream from Clumpies and music by the Premiere Jazz Orchestra. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Reservations are by phone only, 423-267-8534.

* Music & Movie on the Green: Scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, the new event features live music from Nubreed and a showing of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" on the Chattanooga Green at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway.

* Arts Avenue, the new event space at 1800A Rossville Ave. will christen its stage with a concert by guitarist Paul Childers on Saturday. Childers said the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute is his most requested show. Keegan Perez opens. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

* Sounds of Summer: The free summer concert series in Athens, Tennessee, continues Saturday with Rolling Thunder, a rock band of soldiers from the Maneuver Center for Excellence in Fort Benning, Georgia. Chattanooga-based artist Maya Trippe will open the event with an acoustic set at 7 p.m. at Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St.

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Contributed photo by Lula Lake Land Trust / The falls at Lula Lake

* Lula Lake Land Trust's next Open Gate Days are Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are required to visit the 8,000-acre wilderness at 5000 Lula Lake Road on Lookout Mountain. There's a $15 land reservation use fee for each vehicle, payable online.

* RK Gun Show: This vendor expo of guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear returns this weekend to Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults (ages 13 and up), $4 for children (ages 6-12). VIP tickets (no lines, no wait) cost $14.50 and $6.50.

* Chattanooga Market will celebrate "Red, White & Blueberries" with its homemade and homegrown vendors 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Free admission.

* Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., has scheduled its annual Red, White and Blue Day for noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Guests can participate in several patriotic-themed crafts and activities before the 21-Diet-Coke geyser salute at 3 p.m. and a cake and ice cream party on the plaza. Timed tickets ($15.95 general admission) are required for entry. Active-duty military members and veterans can receive free Sunday admission for up to four guests by calling 423-648-6052.

* Fun on the 4th: A new community celebration is 5-10 p.m. Sunday in Miller Park and Miller Plaza, at Market Street and M.L. King Boulevard. It will feature live music on two stages, art vendors, a vintage market, vintage cars, food trucks and a brief laser show. The musical lineup features Soldiers of the Most High at 5 p.m., Neshawn Bynum at 5:45 p.m., Dalton and the Boys at 6:30 p.m., Love Peace & Happiness at 7:30 p.m. and Sail On, a Beach Boys tribute band, at 8:30 p.m. The laser show will start at 9:50 p.m. Free admission.

* Improv 101: Steven W. Disbrow of Improv Chattanooga will teach an introduction to improvisational comedy starting Tuesday at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. The class meets 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays for seven weeks of instruction, concluding with a performance on Aug. 24. Class is limited to 10 fully vaccinated adults (18 and older). Cost is $125.

* Watercolor show: "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, opens Tuesday in Athens, Tennessee. The Athens Area Council for the Arts will host the exhibition through Aug. 20 at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St. An opening reception is scheduled 5-7 p.m. July 16. Admission is free.

* Chattanooga Lookouts return to AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley, next week for a six-game home series against the Tennessee Smokies. Early promotions include ticket discounts with a Food City ValuCard on Tuesday and a Chik-fil-A freebie delivered to your app at the game on Wednesday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11.

* Bobby Stone Film Series will be dark this weekend, but will return Tuesday with the weekly kiddie matinee, "Toy Story," at 10:30 a.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Tickets are $5.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.