Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Road to Nightfall band battles, 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga resident A’Nieshia Jones, 7, spins other children in the interactive art installation Los Trompos on March 21 as part of Rock the Riverfront on the Chattanooga Green. While Hamilton County Schools students are on spring break, the attraction will add extra games and activities during the week and an egg hunt the Saturday before Easter.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga resident A’Nieshia Jones, 7, spins other children in the interactive art installation Los Trompos on March 21 as part of Rock the Riverfront on the Chattanooga Green. While Hamilton County Schools students are on spring break, the attraction will add extra games and activities during the week and an egg hunt the Saturday before Easter.

This story was updated on April 8 to reflect event changes to the Rock the Riverfront schedule due to heavy rain.


Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.


If spring break has prompted you to make summer travel plans, Family Destinations Guide has analyzed Google search data to see where Americans in each state want to visit. In Tennessee, they're going to Graceland. Residents of Georgia and Alabama, meanwhile, are researching the Georgia Aquarium. Search data was analyzed for more than 100 tourist attractions in the U.S., as well as terms related to visiting each attraction to determine which is the most Googled tourist attraction in each state. Overall, Graceland in Memphis, Niagara Falls in New York, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and Glacier National Park in Montana were among the places most Americans want to visit this year. Nature spots were the most popular destinations, followed by national parks, historical and cultural landmarks, amusement parks and attractions, beaches, and museums, galleries and zoos.



ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Color Is My Middle Name" by Paul Fontana, through May 1. Opening reception, 5:30 pm. April 21.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. "Scenic City Views" and UTC Feinstein Scholarship BFA Student Exhibition, through April 7.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit," through May 7.

EXUM GALLERY -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Morris Mitchell's "God in My Hand," through May 14.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

-- Through April 2: "Languages of Love" community show.

-- April 6-May 29: "Being a Flower Is a Big Responsibility" community show (submissions accepted through April 2). Opening reception, April 21.


-- April 6: Throwback Thursday, with free admission to permanent collection, $5 for special exhibitions "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom" and "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe," 4-8 p.m.

-- April 9: Sunday Studio, drop-in art experiences for all ages, 2-4 p.m. Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

INCLINE ART CRAWL -- Old Mountain Road by Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. Pop-up outdoor art market, scheduled April 7-8 is canceled.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART -- UTC's Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. University of Tennessee Department of Art presents 2023 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition for 24 students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in two shows, through April 13 and April 14-22. Show 2 opens with artist talks, 5-6:30 p.m. April 14 in Benwood auditorium, Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building; reception follows until 8 p.m. in ICA galleries.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. Judy Jones' "Nature's Awesome Beauty," through April 30. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. April 7.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY -- Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 16 members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through April 30. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA -- Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show, through April 28.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. Works by Pat Magers and Sister Mary Grace Thul, through April 30.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. "Peace and War: The Assyrian Conquest of Lachish," artifacts unearthed in Israel by SAU's Institute of Archaeology and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, through May 2025.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga-area researchers' find leads to major discovery)

STOVE WORKS -- 1250 E. 13th St.

-- Through May 12: "And I Shall Still Be Lonely," works by Chattanooga artists inspired by artist/activist Lorraine Hansberry, part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art "Re-Pair" installation (related exhibits at Hunter Museum and the ICA at UTC).

-- Through June 16: "Territorial: The Land and Us."


CITYWIDE EGG HUNT -- Coordinated by Chattanooga Vinterest stores, 2105 Northpoint Blvd. and 2121 Chestnut St. Store reps will hide at least one egg around the area, with a location hint posted to Facebook and Instagram, through April 8. Find an egg, post a photo to social media and turn it in for prizes awarded by store vendors. One egg per person.

COLORS OF GRACE: LESSONS FOR LENT -- Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Musical program for Holy Week by The Roueché Chorale & Orchestra, 7 p.m. April 4. Free admission.

EASTER AT COOLIDGE -- Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Stuart Heights Baptist Church event begins with doughnuts and coffee at 8 a.m. April 9; hunt for 100,000 candy-filled eggs at 9 a.m.; worship at 10 a.m. In case of rain, candy will be handed out at the park, but services move to church campuses at 1505 Cloverdale Drive in Hixson (10 a.m.); 10049 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy (10 a.m.); and 3208 Hixson Pike (11 a.m.).

  photo  Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / For Easter at Coolidge, presented by Stuart Heights Baptist Church, 100,000 eggs are up for grabs as part of Easter Sunday services.

EASTER BUNNY, CHATTANOOGA -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Easter Bunny Garden at Center Court open for visits and photos during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos each Monday. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, CLEVELAND -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Photos and visits during mall hours, through April 8. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, DALTON -- Dalton Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Photos and visits during select hours, through April 8. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, EAST RIDGE -- Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Photos and visits during select hours, through April 9. Reserve a time. Free 4x6 photo in store; packages available.

EASTER BUNNY, HIXSON -- 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Bunny in residence for photos and visits during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos all day each Monday. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER EGG HUNT -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Town's annual Easter egg hunt with face painting and magician, 1-3 p.m. April 8; hunt for more than 8,000 eggs begins at 2 p.m. Free.

EGGSTRAVAGANT EASTER EGG HUNT -- Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Three-acre egg hunt and park activities (playground, kiddie zipline, pedal cars, etc.), 1-4 p.m. April 2, 7-8. Eggs will be replenished during hunts; no time limit. Bring your own basket, or use one of the farm's, then redeem eggs for prizes. $17. Optional Breakfast With the Easter Bunny and egg hunt with minimal crowds, 9 and 11 a.m., $27. All tickets must be purchased online.

GREAT ADULT EGG HUNT & HOPPY HOUR -- Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1800 Polk St. Rain-or-shine egg hunt for adults to find one-of-a-kind wooden eggs decorated by local artists and plastic eggs containing candy and prizes, 1 p.m. April 8. (Artist eggs limited to one per person.) Restaurant hop along Main Street follows. $7 until April 7; $10 at gate.

HUG-A-BUNNY -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Games, crafts and activities, including photos with the Easter Bunny, live bunnies, bounce house, candy, spring-themed enrichment for resident animals, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 7-8. $20-$23 admission and Bunny Zone; $8-$10 Bunny Zone wristband only.

ROCK THE RIVERFRONT EGG HUNT -- Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Easter egg hunt, noon April 9; part of larger event (see Out & About listing). Face painting, balloon animals, gift vendors, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Due to the very wet conditions, a traditional hunt will not be held.

UNITY FEST EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA -- Tower Stage, 401 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Mount Bethlehem Baptist Church and Inspirational Praise Mass Choir event includes multiple churches, food vendors, face painting, music and other entertainment, 1-8 p.m. CDT April 8. Community egg hunt at 2 p.m., with free bounce house and prize giveaways. Held in conjunction with South Pittsburg's 150th anniversary celebration. Free admission. 423-582-1141, 423-432-6252

WESTSIDE EASTER EGG HUNT -- Westside Park, 1195 Grove St. Brothers William "Coogi Doogi" Jones Odom and Jamar Torome "Bro Bro" Jones sponsoring egg hunt, sack races and photos with the Peeps bunny for 10th year, 3 p.m. April 9. Donations of eggs, candy and baskets appreciated. Email: [email protected].


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "Xueta Island," fourth of five, available virtually April 2-7 (noon to noon), in person 7 p.m. April 3; refreshments at 6:30 p.m. $12 each film. Virtual screenings must be paid in advance to receive login code.

IMAX THEATER -- 201 Chestnut St. Limited run of two feature films, "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," through April 4; "The Super Mario Bros. Movie," April 5-20. $15.


BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Alan Wyatt Quartet for Jazz in the Lounge, 7 p.m. April 5. $5.


-- April 7: Cosmic Charlie's "Dark Side of the Dead" show, 9 p.m. $15.

-- April 8: Austin Meade with Red Pawn, 9 p.m. $17-$20.

CAMPUS COMPOSERS CONCERT -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Performing Arts Division of Music concert of new and recent music by music composition students and faculty members, performed by UTC students, faculty and guest artists, 7:30 p.m. April 3. Free. 423-425-4601

THE CAVERNS -- 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

-- April 7: Bruce-O-Rama featuring actor Bruce Campbell, with "Last Fan Standing" trivia game and screening of "Evil Dead 2," 8 p.m. CDT. $59.

-- April 8: The Church on "Hypnogogue" album tour, 8 p.m. CDT. $49.

EAST TENNESSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9305 Four Corners Place. "Spring Symphonic Soiree," performed by the all-volunteer ensemble, 7 p.m. April 2. Free.

MACDOWELL MUSIC CLUB -- First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Monthly meeting features performances by Pauline Martin (clarinet), Jim Martin (piano), John Kilkenny (percussion) and The York Street Duo with Margaret Neel (violin) and Alejandro Olson (guitar), 11 a.m. April 5.

ROAD TO NIGHTFALL -- The Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Competition for local bands to win headlining slot at Nightfall Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. April 6-7, 13-14. One winner from each preliminary night is chosen by audience vote to advance to finals May 6. $10 cover ($25 registration fee for bands to participate).

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- April 2: The Bad Plus, 7 p.m. $35.

-- April 8: Ryan Monroe (Band of Horses) & Josh Roberts (The Hinges), with Magic Birds, 7 p.m. $20-$25.


CHATTANOOGA BURGER WEEK -- Get $7 deals on hamburgers at 28 area restaurants April 10-16. Price may or may not include a side. Options for dine-in, takeout and delivery may vary.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Market of handmade arts, crafts and other products, plus artisan foods, food trucks and live music, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2, then 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA SPRING BREAK SAFARI -- Multiple venues. Youth-themed scavenger hunt for families exploring area tourist attractions, through April 9. Hunt can be completed outside of attractions; regular admission required to enter.

THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- April 5: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

-- April 7-8: Andy Forrester, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

HEALTHY TASTE VEGFEST -- Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Vegan and plant-based festival includes diet and health-related products from local vendors, panel discussion by local physicians and health educators, spring gardening class and multiple cooking demos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 2. Children's activities include interactive "Snakes Alive" programs by Rick Teepen, noon and 3 p.m.; a science show by Ben Roy; reading of "Why I Eat Broccoli" with author Sarah Victor. Free.

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: TARTAN DAY -- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Includes performance by Chattanooga Pipe Band, Maryville College professor Aaron Astor discussing Scottish heritage in Appalachia and the introduction of Cleveland's tartan plaid, newly filed with Scottish Register of Tartans, 6:30 p.m. April 6. $10.

MAGNOLIA MARKET DAYS -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Spring arts and crafts festival with 150+ vendors inside and food trucks, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and Easter Bunny photos in the parking lot, noon-5 p.m. April 2 (last day). Free admission.

PLANT GIVEAWAY -- Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Annual event offers multiple species of native wildflowers and non-native plants, 8 a.m. April 8 (while supplies last). Two plants for free; option to buy up to 10 more for $2 each. 423-426-9248 (call or text)

RALLY TENNESSEE BLOCK PARTY -- Station Street, downtown Chattanooga. Learn more about rally racing and meet the drivers for upcoming Rally Tennessee test event to be potential host location for world championship, 6-9 p.m. April 7. Free.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. Registration required.

-- April 7: Get Schooled: Native Animals, with chance to learn about the resident bobcat, raptors and red wolves, 1:30- 2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

-- April 7-8: Owl Flight Training with new animal ambassador Winnie the barn owl, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). Must be at least 13 to participate in flight training. $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

-- April 8: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

-- April 8: Wildflower Walk, 10-11 a.m. (and other Saturdays in April). $5-$10.

-- April 8: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

-- April 8: Community Prop Swap, 1-2 p.m. (plus other Saturdays in April). Bring native seeds, cuttings and divisions to share and take new plant material home, plus propagation demonstrations by staff. Free.

-- April 8: Tech Trek, 2-3 p.m. (repeats April 15). Field outing to learn to use iNatualist app to identify plants and animals; can be used for City Nature Challenge April 28-29. $50-$10.

ROCK THE RIVERFRONT -- Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Interactive art installation Los Trompos (spinning tops), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through April 16. Weekends feature live music, art vendors, family activities and food trucks select hours. Free admission. 

NOTE: Due to the heavy rain forecasted for April 8, Rock the Riverfront has changed the schedule. Attendees are encouraged to visit for continued updates.

-- April 2: Open play.

-- April 5-6: Spring Break Family Fun Days with face painting, balloon animals, kites and toys (fees for some activities), noon-4 p.m.; history tours with National Park Partners (free but registration required).

-- April 7: Friday fun with DJ Flow Eazy, 5-7 p.m.

-- April 8: Artist vendors & food trucks are on delay. If the weather allows, they may be at the event starting at 3.p.m. Dexter Bell & Friends along with Swayyvo have been cancelled for the evening. New dates for their performances will be announced at a later time.

-- April 9: Open play. 

SPRING MARKET -- Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Monthly, themed art and farmers market celebrates spring with vendors offering apparel, jewelry, kitchen utensils, home decor, gourmet food and fresh vegetables, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 8. Free admission.


CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES -- CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL League One men's professional team home matches. $13-$30.

-- April 5: vs. Birmingham Legion FC in U.S. Open Cup, 7:30 p.m.

-- April 8: vs. One Knoxville SC, 7:30 p.m.


BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS -- Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Curious Savage," 2:30 p.m. April 2 (last show). $13-$15.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. "Things My Mother Taught Me," through April 30. $19-$35.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. "Jesus Christ Superstar," 8:30 p.m. April 7, 2 and 8 p.m. April 8. $40-$85.

OCOEE THEATRE COMPANY -- Cleveland Middle School, 3635 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, Tenn. "Harvey," 2 p.m. April 2 (last show). $20 (tickets at the door as available).

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

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