Your weekly Chattanooga-area event planner (including Hot Air Balloon Glows, the world’s longest yard sale)


Here’s what’s happening in the Chattanooga area this week.


Country music star Lauren Alaina has a new label. Independent label Big Loud Records announced last week the signing of the platinum artist, Grand Ole Opry member and Rossville native. “We think Lauren is absolutely one of the best singers, male or female, in this city,” Big Loud CEO and partner Seth England told Billboard. “Yes, she has been successful, but we humbly think she has barely scratched the surface of what we think we can do together. Lauren Alaina deserves to be, in my opinion, on the same pedestal as Carrie Underwood, and it’s our job to help her find that mode.” Alaina described Big Loud to Billboard as her dream label. “I have a label that matches my personality: big, loud and country,” she said. “I really want to tap into my country roots. I don’t think people remember how southern I am. I’m a country girl through and through.” In addition to her musical success, the artist has starred in a Hallmark movie, penned an Amazon bestseller, and appeared on CBS’ “Beyond the Edge” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”


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AREA 61 GALLERY – “Tondo, Tondo, Tondo” by Bob Fazio, until August 31.

AVA GALLERY – 30 Frazier Ave. Annual exhibition of the members of the AVA jury, until August 12. 423-265-4282

CLEARSTORY ARTS – 1673 Holtzclaw Ave. “My Job Is Me: A Mary B. Lynch Retrospective,” plus responses from ClearStory Artists in Residence, through August 13.

EXUM GALLERY — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Mountain Art Guild show, through August 10. 423-266-8195

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD – The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. “The Cowan of Times Past” Community Show, Aug. 4-Oct. 2. (Any regional artist can submit works for the show until July 31.)

BLACKWELL GALLERY — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga Summer Exhibition, through October 14.

HAMILTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE — 625 Georgia Ave. “Metamorphosis: Loss and Grace”, high school art exhibition.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART—10 Bluff View. Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. on August 4, with free admission to the permanent collection and $5 admission to “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration.”

GALLERY IN TOWN — 26A Frazier Ave.

— Until July 31: “Blue and yellow Ukraine.”

— From August 1 to 31: “Twice Over Forty”, photographs, antique furniture and other wooden pieces by William Johnson, 80 years old. Opening, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 5.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. Sixty paintings by eight artists from the Regional Art Alliance, through August. 423-870-8924

NORTHSIDE GALLERY – Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. “Mountain Musings,” by artists from the “Plum Nelly” neighborhood of Rising Fawn, Georgia, through September 22. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St.

— Until July 31: Works by James Courtenay James, Cynthia Tollefsrud and Lee Malerich.

— August 1 to 31: Works by Holland Van Gores, Joe Parrott and Victoria Pearmain. Opening Reception and 30th Anniversary Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m., August 5.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM – 1 Broad St. “Washed Ashore”, works created with salvaged plastic debris, through October 30.



– 1st of August : Chattanooga Super Sessions begins, with host Nathan Bell and guest artists Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman and Pate Russell, 7-9 p.m. Donations are accepted.

— August 3: Jazz in the Lounge with the Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7 p.m. $5.


THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee

– July 31 : Fleet Foxes on Shore Tour, with Uwade, 8 p.m. CDT, outdoor amphitheater. $55 to $89.

— August 5-6: Subterranea Festival, featuring Papadosio in four sets, Sunsquabi, Doom Flamingo, Lespecial, Cloudchord and 10 other acts in the first on-site camping festival. $80 to $600.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM – 399 McCallie Ave. Foreigner: Greatest Hits, 7:30 p.m. July 31. $29 – $125.

NIGHTFALL – Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. The weekly concert series continues August 5 with Joslyn & The Sweet Conspiracy headlining at 8 p.m., Mon Rovia opening at 7 p.m. Performers, games and food vendors at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Free admission.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS—Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. The weekly concert series continues with Rumors: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute headlining and The Afternooners opening, 7-10 p.m. August 6. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL – 1810 Chestnut St. American Aquarium, 8 p.m. July 31, with the opening of HC McEntire. $15 to $30.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— August 3: Arcadian Nature, 7 p.m. $15.

– 5 August : An Evening of Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories with Tom Zutaut, featuring host Scott Chase of KZ-106, 7 p.m.

SUMMER NIGHTS ON MAIN – Main Street, Pikeville, Tennessee. Classic cars, farmer’s market, music by Carrie Hassler, 6-10 p.m. CDT August 7 (music starts at 7 p.m.).

TRI-STATE GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME – Parkway Baptist Temple, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. 2022 Honorees Induction Ceremony, featuring scrap quartets (male and female) and Hall of Fame choir, 6 p.m. -8:30pm Aug 6.

WALKER THEATER – 399 McCallie Ave. Johnnyswim, 8 p.m. Aug. 1. $29 – $49.


MUSIC AND MOVIES AT THE MILLER – Miller Park, 928 Market St. Games, artists and food trucks set up at 6 p.m. on August 6, with Flow Creatives headlining an outdoor screening of “Sonic the Hedgehog” at dusk (last of a series). Bring your own seat. FREE ENTRANCE.


BLUE RIDGE NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION CONVENTION – Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Georgia. August 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. August 6. FREE ENTRANCE.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Weekly local produce, arts and crafts market, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

– July 31 : Chattanooga Bluegrass, with music by Randy Steele at 12:30 p.m. and New Grass Express at 2 p.m.

— August 7: Sunday funny day.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

– July 31 : Mr. Showtime David Scott, 7:30 p.m. $17-19.

— August 3: Open Mic Night for local talent, 7:30 p.m. $7.

— August 5-6: Michael Malone, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., $17-$19.

GOLD NEEDLE SEWING MINISTRY – Family Life Center at Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road. The group meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursdays (next: August 4) to sew gifts for residents of nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Sewing ability not required. Donations of cotton fabrics are welcome. 423-877-5742

HAMILTON PLACE — 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Tax-Free Weekend Bash features piano requests played by local TikTok celebrity TokeThePoet from 2-4 p.m. on July 31 at Center Stage.

LIGHT UP TENNESSEE – Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Hot Air Balloon Glow, 6:30-9:30 p.m. August 5-7. Parking/admission tickets (for everyone in vehicle) $20 in advance, lunge rides $25 on site; VIP parking and other options available.

OUTDOOR MARKET — 207 Chickamauga Ave., Rossville. Monthly event with local musicians and vendors selling produce, flowers, original artwork, and food, 4-8 p.m. August 5 (last of the season). rossville-blvd-market

POINT PARK – 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. No admission charge to celebrate the first anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 4. Ranger-led tours at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET – 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Local produce, arts, crafts, musicians to celebrate the start of National Farmers Market Week, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 6.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. “Save the Red Wolves” broadcasts, at 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted.

SOCCER SHOTS FAMILY NIGHT – CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. The Soccer Shots Chattanooga event includes face painting, bouncy houses, balloon animals, soccer sessions and food vendors, from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 31. Participants are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate to the Forgotten Children Fund. Free entry.

TAX HOLIDAYS – Includes those enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly.

— Until July 31: No state sales tax on clothing (under $100), school supplies (under $100) and computers (under $1,500).

— August 1 to 31: No state sales tax on food and food ingredients (as sold in grocery stores, not restaurants).

WORLD’S LONGEST GARAGE SALE — Highway 127 from Addison, Michigan, to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain Parkway south of Gadsden, Ala. Professional and weekend vendors with items for sale along a 690-mile route through six states, August 4-7.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB – Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. The National Independent Soccer Association men’s professional team takes on the Maryland Bobcats, at 7:30 p.m. on August 6. $7 to $16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS – AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the last home game against Rocket City Trash Pandas at 2:15 p.m. on July 31. Donate a can to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a free general admission ticket. $6 to $11.

RED WOLVES OF CHATTANOOGA – CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL-League One Men’s Pro Team vs. Greenville Triumph FC, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 6. $15 – $52.

CHATTANOOGA WATERCROSS PREMIER – Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, Hixson. Racing competition sanctioned by the International Jet Sports Boating Association and presented by the Chattanooga Jet Ski Club, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 31 (last day). Ski, sports and watercraft runabout lessons. View from the shore ($10 vehicle fee to enter the park) or your boat.


CHATTANOOGA THEATER CENTER – 400 River St. “Giant Steps: An Urbean Musical,” 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. (July 28-31 weekend of performances canceled due to an instance of COVID-19 in the cast). $15 to $25.

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Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.


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