Staff file photo / Visitors float down the Crazy River at Lake Winnepesaukah's SoakYa water park.

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To do Sunday

* Ironman 70.3: This popular half triathlon returns to Chattanooga's spring calendar May 23. The grueling competition includes a 1.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, followed by a 56-mile bike ride into North Georgia and back, ending with a run through downtown Chattanooga. Spectators are welcome along the route and at the finish line at Ross's Landing, but remember that many roads are closed except to competitors.

* Chattanooga Market: Thanks to newly relaxed pandemic restrictions, Chattanooga Market marks the return of musicians to the stage May 23. Katrina Barclay performs at 12:30 p.m., and Ryan Oyer at 2 p.m. Elsewhere around First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St., nearly 200 farmers and artisans will have their goods for sale, and food trucks will be serving specialties. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

* AirPower History Tour: May 23 is your last chance to check out the World War II planes that landed in Chattanooga for the weekend as part of a national air tour. The attending aircraft are a B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of the war; a P-51 Mustang Gunfighter, considered the premier fighter of all theaters; T-6 Texan, used to train aviators; Boeing Stearman, an open-cockpit biplane; and a T-34 Mentor, once the primary trainer for the U.S. Air Force. Access to cockpit tours costs $20 for adults, $10 for children 11-17. Rides range from $249 to about $3,100 depending on the plane (as available) and length of flight. Find them 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Wilson Air Center, 932 Jubilee Drive near Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

* Nooga Splash: It's opening weekend for this floating water park off the beach at Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle in Hixson. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $18.99 for a 50-minute session on the slides, monkey bars, climbing towers and other agility-testing obstacles.

* Chattanooga Burger Week: May 23 is the last day to grab a $6 hamburger during Chattanooga Burger Week. Sixteen restaurants and two food trucks are participating in the promotion.

* "Greater Tuna" has a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. May 23 at The Creekside Venue on Inman Street in Cleveland, Tennessee. Presented by the Ocoee Theatre Company, the comedy takes its name from a tiny Texas town "where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline is still alive." Remaining shows in the run start at 7:30 p.m. May 28-29 and at 2:30 p.m. May 30. 423-472-8896



* The Big Fig: The Figment Chamber Ensemble provides the music for the next installment of the Northshore Karass Performing Arts Series at 7 p.m. May 25 at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Founded by Chattanooga musician Ben Van Winkle, the ensemble are known for unique instrumentation. Among the works they'll perform is the premiere of a composition by Chattanooga clarinetist Gordan Inman. Tickets are $10. 423-267-8534,

* Chattanooga Lookouts will be back at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley, for a six-game series against the Tennessee Smokies. Games start at 7:15 p.m. May 25-29 and at 2:15 p.m. May 30. This week's promotions: BOGO general-admission tickets when you show your Food City ValuCard on Tuesday; a coupon downloaded to your Chick-fil-A phone app on Wednesday; drink specials on Thirsty Thursday; and a used-car giveaway on Saturday. May 30, which precedes Memorial Day, will be Military Appreciation Day, granting free admission to all active and veteran military personnel. General-admission seats are $8 adults, $6 children 3-12 and seniors 55 and older. Box seats are $9 and $11.

* 1890s Day Jamboree: Ringgold, Georgia, will usher in the Memorial Day weekend with this street fair scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday throughout the downtown area. Both days will feature arts, crafts and food vendors, children's activities and bands on three stages. Friday also includes improv comedy by The Ringgold Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. at The Ringgold Depot. Saturday includes an all-day cruise-in, parade at 11 a.m., vintage baseball at 1 and 3 p.m. in Clark Park and fireworks at 10 p.m.

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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Siblings Jacob and Ava Foster, from left, collect candy during the 2019 1890s Day Jamboree parade through Ringgold, Ga.

* Forward Festival: Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Road in LaFayette, Georgia, will host this all-ages music and art festival Friday through Sunday. Performances on two stages will feature dozens of artists, including Oliver Wood, featuring Jano Rix and Ted Pecchio, Lindsay Lou, Grass Is Dead and the Jon Stickley Trio. Single-day tickets are $50. A three-day pass is $100, which includes primitive camping (upgrades available). Children 12 and younger get in free. Prices will be higher at the gate.

* SoakYa: Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville, will be fully operational when its water park opens for the holiday weekend. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 29 (10 a.m.-8 p.m. for the rest of the park), 1-7 p.m. May 30 (noon-8 p.m. park), 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Memorial Day (10 a.m.-6 p.m. park). Tickets for the dry side of the park only ($29 and $20) won't be available once SoakYa opens. All-access tickets are $36.95 per person ($25.95 for guests age 1-2 or 60-plus).




BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Amber Fults in the garden, part of Chattanooga Song Circle series of outdoor concerts, 7 p.m. May 27. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. 423-624-5347,

BONNAROO FARM — 1560 New Bushy Branch Road, Manchester, Tenn. Concerts on the Farm series. Camping not available.

* May 28: Billy Strings, 8 p.m. CDT. $225-$450 for four-person pods.

* May 29: Jon Pardi, with special guest Jameson Rodgers, 7 p.m. $99 for four-person pods; $35 individual general-admission lawn tickets.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Margo Price, 7 p.m. CDT May 28 in above-ground amphitheater, $60-$85.

ROCK CITY — 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Summer Music Weekends, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (Friday through Sunday, plus daily July 2-11). Features Matt Downer, Highbeams, Amber Carrington, Tarryn Aimee Smith. Concerts included with regular admission.



CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. National Independent Soccer Association team plays Maryland Bobcats, 7:30 p.m. May 29. General reserved seating $7-$13.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL League One soccer club plays Richmond Kickers, 7 p.m. May 29. $14 and up.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

* May 23: G.R. Goodwin & Friends, featuring D.J. Lewis, Eric Foster and Luke Marter. $20

* May 28-30: Landry, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $16-$18.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. Two upcoming classes in collaboration with The Chattery.

* May 29: Introduction to Weaving: Nature Weave, using natural fibers, fabric and flowers on a homemade frame loom, 10-11:30 a.m. $55.

* May 29: All About Lavender, to learn how to choose, grow, maintain and harvest lavender, 1-2:30 p.m. $25.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St. Wednesday on Wheels roller-skating, ages 18 and older, with DJ Dutty Laundry, 7 p.m. May 26. $15.

SUNSET CINEMA — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Chattanooga's Open Spaces presents "Guardians of the Galaxy," 8:30 p.m. May 29. Yard games, vendors and food trucks set up by 7:30 p.m. Nonprofit partner is Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Bring your own seating. Admission is free, but nonperishable food items are requested. 423-643-6884.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. Expanded hours, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Day weekend (Friday-Monday). "Great Bear Rainforest" begins screening Memorial Day weekend at the adjacent Imax Theater.



6TH CAVALRY MUSEUM — 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Painting for a Purpose, featuring "Waterlilies," with guided instruction and all art supplies provided, 6-8 p.m. May 27. Hors d'oeuvres served at 5:30 p.m. Tea, coffee and water provided; adult beverages permitted. $45.

AVA GALLERY — Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave. "Social Circles," solo exhibition by Sherry Leary, Best in Show artist of the 2020 Juried Members Show, through June 11. 423-265-4282,

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga spring show, through July 23.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "May Flowers," featuring newest member Sybil McLain-Topel, through May 30. 423-267-9214,

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Spring Showcase," through June 22 (available online through June 30). 423-266-1766,

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.