Rally car block party, food trucks, Road to Nightfall highlight weekend in Chattanooga

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / ."The Fridge" performs during the Road to Nightfall competition at the Granfalloon on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The winner of the competition will get to perform at this year's Nightfall concert series. The competition concludes Saturday night.
Staff photo by Doug Strickland / ."The Fridge" performs during the Road to Nightfall competition at the Granfalloon on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The winner of the competition will get to perform at this year's Nightfall concert series. The competition concludes Saturday night.

This story was updated on April 8 to reflect schedule changes for Rock the Riverfront.


Easter weekend in Chattanooga will bring a rally car block party for area residents to see the racing vehicles and meet the drivers. Food trucks will be set up Friday at Eastgate Town Center, and next week a Chick-fil-A mobile kitchen will be visiting Southeast Tennessee cities that don’t have one of the restaurants. 

Here’s a chronology.


— Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., has postponed the Arts + Health pop-up from 4-6 p.m. Thursday to April 26. Included are screenings and information about how to access affordable local health care by co-sponsors ArtsBuild, Cempa, the city of Chattanooga, CHI Memorial and Volunteers in Medicine. Food trucks, a DJ and giveaways also are included. Registration is encouraged. stoveworks.org 

— ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., will introduce “Mystery of Love,” a collection of paintings by Faith Bullard that explore deconstruction, rebuilding and hope, at a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. The evening also includes open studios, a mini market and live demonstrations. clearstoryarts.com

— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has two events this weekend. Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m., offers free admission to the permanent collection, $5 admission to the special exhibitions “Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis Into Freedom” and “Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe.” The Sunday Studio, 2-4 p.m., is a drop-in art experience for all ages. Regular admission applies ($20 for nonmember adults). huntermuseum.org

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will hold the opening reception for “Nature’s Awesome Beauty,” a collection of botanical paintings by Judy Jones, 5-8 p.m. Friday. The exhibition will continue through April 30. intowngallery.com

— Incline Art Crawl, a pop-up outdoor art market, is this weekend on Old Mountain Road by the Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Parking is available at the Incline and at Food City, 3801 Tennessee Ave. Admission is free. facebook.com/groups/2005571042792097

— Immersion Gallery, 231 Broad St., will explore “The Art of Darkness” at its next event, scheduled 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Two of the galleries will be changed out to make room for an installation by artist Matthew Dutton and a salon show by creatives from Immersion Gallery, WanderLinger Brewing and Area 61. Guests also can expect a scavenger hunt, a British diviner, art demos and a make-and-take collage table. Tickets are $40. eventbrite.com

(READ MORE: Immersion Gallery offers new art experience)

— “Stories of Resilience,” an audio/photo series that captures the stories of three men from Alton Park, will debut 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday with a panel discussion and community gathering at Mountain View Car Wash & Detail, 3701 Alton Park Blvd. The project is by an artist known as 2$ON The Prince (the acronym is pronounced like the city Tucson), who curated a conversation with Larry “Bear” High, Milton Jackson and Travis Gladden about topics including family, community and healing. Live screenprinting and food provided by Southside Sammiches will be part of the premiere. Admission is free. storiesofresilience.com


— Chattanooga Jewish Documentary Film Series concludes next week with the fifth film, “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground,” a feature-length documentary about the Grammy Award-winning klezmer band. Virtual screenings are available Sunday through April 14 (noon to noon). Attend in person at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Tickets are $12. Virtual screenings must be paid in advance to receive the login code. jewishchattanooga.com


— MacDowell Music Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Performing are Pauline Martin (clarinet), Jim Martin (piano), John Kilkenny (percussion) and The York Street Duo of Margaret Neel (violin) and Alejandro Olson (guitar). macdowellmusicclub.com

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will welcome the Alan Wyatt Quartet for Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5. barkinglegs.org

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has two shows this weekend. At 9 p.m. Friday, Cosmic Charlie, a Grateful Dead cover band from Athens, Ga., will perform “Dark Side of the Dead,” a hybrid show that combines the music of the Grateful Dead with a centerpiece performance of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album. Tickets are $15. Americana rocker Austin Meade will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, with support from Red Pawn. Tickets are $17-$20. barrelhouseballroom.com

— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., has two underground shows this weekend. Rather than music, Friday features Bruce-O-Rama with actor Bruce Campbell in a “Last Fan Standing” trivia game and a screening of “Evil Dead II.” Campbell has played protagonist Ash Williams in every installment of the horror franchise. Tickets are $59 Aussie rock band The Church will stop on the “Hypnogogue” album tour Saturday. Tickets are $49. Both shows start at 8 p.m. CDT. thecaverns.com

  photo  Bruce Campbell appears during the Evil Dead I & II Reunion Q&A panel at the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

— Road to Nightfall, in which local bands compete for a headlining slot in the Nightfall summer concert series, commences this weekend at The Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Twenty-four bands are in contention, with six playing at 8 p.m. each of four preliminary rounds: Friday, Saturday and April 13-14. A winner from each night will be chosen by audience vote to advance to the finals May 6. Cover is $10. SoundCorps.org/RoadToNightfall

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., will welcome two rock musicians who have rejoined forces 20 years after they last played together in an Atlanta-area band. Ryan Monroe of Band of Horses and Josh Roberts of The Hinges will reunite at 7 p.m. Saturday for the show, with Magic Birds supporting. Tickets are $20-$25. songbirdsfoundation.org

— String Theory concludes its 14th season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Brentano Quartet and Gloria Chien in concert at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Members of the quartet are violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Lee. Pianist Chien is the founder of the chamber music series. The musicians will perform the spirituals “Deep River,” “Go Down Moses” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” along with music by Dvorak and Schumann. Art Connections, which ties the musical selections to art in the Hunter galleries, precedes the performance at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$45. stringtheorymusic.org


— Rock the Riverfront, a series of activities centered on an interactive art installation, Los Trompos (spinning tops), will add to its offerings during the Hamilton County schools district’s spring break. Los Trompos is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, and weekends feature live music, art vendors, family activities and food trucks during select hours. Spring Break Family Fun Days are scheduled noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with free history tours (with registration) by National Park Partners and face painting, balloon animals, kites and toys (fees for some activities). Admission is free. rivercitycompany.com

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

— Chick-fil-A MetroCenter food truck will make several stops in Southeast Tennessee this month in an effort to serve guests who don’t have direct access to a local restaurant. The mobile kitchen carries the original and spicy Chick-fil-A sandwiches, waffle potato fries and chocolate chunk cookies. The schedule includes: Pikeville, noon-6 p.m. Wednesday at AutoZone, 1429 U.S. 127 Bypass; South Pittsburg, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday at Moss Motors, 1000 S. Cedar Ave.; Monteagle, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Outfitters, 903 W. Main St.; and Spring City, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 369 Front St. The truck also will be in Dayton and Sewanee later this month. Sales may end earlier than posted if the supply sells out. facebook.com/cfametrocenterfoodtruck

— Chattanooga Spring Break Safari concludes Sunday at several area tourist attractions. The highlight of the six-week promotion has been a scavenger hunt for families to explore places of interest around the city. The hunt can be completed outside the attractions; regular admission is required to enter. visitchattanooga.com

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will host an Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7. The weekend headliner is Andy Forrester, known for his high-energy routines. Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22. thecomedycatch.com

— History Happy Hour, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., will introduce the city’s new tartan plaid, a design newly filed with the Scottish Register of Tartans. The event also features a performance by the Chattanooga Pipe Band and a discussion of Scottish heritage in Appalachia by Maryville College professor Aaron Astor. Tickets are $10. museumcenter.org

— Food Truck Friday is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga, 5704 Marlin Road. Seventeen trucks are scheduled to take part, with cuisine ranging from burritos to gumbo to fudge. facebook.com/KitchenIncChatt

— Rally Tennessee block party, designed to gauge interest in Hamilton and Polk counties hosting a Federation of International Automobile World Rally Championship, is scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday on Station Street in downtown Chattanooga (near the Choo Choo). Chattanooga has been identified as an ideal location for the return of international rally racing in 2024. A demonstration will follow Saturday in the Cherokee National Forest with street-legal rally cars following the proposed route. visitchattanooga.com

— Plant giveaway returns at 8 a.m. Saturday at Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Starts of multiple species of native wildflowers and non-native plants will be available. There’s a limit of two free plants, with the option to buy up to 10 more for $2 each. In a text, organizer Bill Haley said last year’s supply lasted about three hours. He can be reached at 423-426-9248 (call or text) for more information.

— Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, has three field outings, a volunteer effort and a plant swap scheduled Saturday. First up, at 8 a.m., is Waking Up With the Birds, a chance to see and hear the area’s avian diversity during peak migration. The walk will last until about 11:30 a.m. and is offered for free as part of outreach by the Chattanooga chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Starting at 9 a.m. is a Weed Wrangle, in which volunteer labor is used to battle invasive plants on the property. A Wildflower Walk to see spring ephemerals is set for 10-11 a.m. Cost is $5-$10. A free Community Prop Swap is 1-2 p.m. Participants are invited to bring native seeds, cuttings and divisions for swapping with other growers, and the staff will give propagation demonstrations. The Tech Trek, to learn to use the iNaturalist app to identify plants and animals, is 2-3 p.m. Cost is $5-$10. Participants in any program are asked to sign up in advance. reflectionriding.org/events

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Volunteers pick out gloves and tools to remove Chinese privet during the annual Weed Wrangle event at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center on Saturday March 6, 2021.
 Matt Hamilton 

— Wings & Ice Cream, a free family event hosted by the Chattanooga Radio Control Club, is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Summit Air Field, 4234 Old Woodland Drive, Ooltewah. Club members will provide demonstrations of their RC planes and have some available for visitors to fly. Vendors will have food, ice cream and a bounce house available. eventbrite.com

— Library Family Fun Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Presented by the library, the Chattanooga Mayor’s Youth Council and the city’s Department of Early Learning, the event includes free children’s books, arts and crafts, guest readers and refreshments. chattlibrary.org

— Spring Market, a monthly, themed art and farmers market, will be set up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Admission is free. shopthemarketat.com

— Monthly car cruise-in will gear up for the season 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Dept. One Three, 6501 Slater Road, East Ridge. All models of classic rides, hot rods, imports, trucks and motorcycles are welcome for the cruise-in, which repeats on second Saturdays through the fall. Candy and ice cream vendors will be set up Saturday. 423-508-8598

— Breaking the Stigma: An Event on Teen Mental Health, featuring live music, speakers, an expert panel and resources for help, will be 6-8 p.m. Monday in Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Be Caffeinated and The Chattanooga Cookie will provide refreshments. The free event is presented by the Chattanooga Mayor’s Youth Council, Be the Change Youth Initiative and the city’s Office of Community Health. stayhappening.com

— Chattanooga Burger Week, a seven-day quest to sample the city’s tastiest hamburgers, starts Monday. Twenty-eight restaurants will be serving specialties priced at $7, which may or may not include a side. Options for dine-in, takeout or delivery also may vary. Diners are encouraged to post their selections to social media to help promote the restaurants. chattanoogaburgerweek.com


— Chattanooga Red Wolves, a USL League One men’s professional team, has two home matches coming up at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. They’ll play Birmingham Legion FC in the U.S. Open Cup at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and One Knoxville SC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $13-$30. chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com

— Chattanooga Lookouts, a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will open their home season against the Mississippi Braves at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a magnet schedule. Children can run the bases after every game. General-admission tickets are $6-$8. All tickets must be purchased by phone at 423-267-4849 or online. lookouts.com

(READ MORE: Site work on new Chattanooga Lookouts stadium to begin)

  photo  Staff photo by Olivia Ross / The Chattanooga Lookouts take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at AT&T Field. The Lookouts wear jerseys reading "Monta–as de Chattanooga" for their 2nd game in MiLB's Copa de la Diversi—n program.
 Olivia Ross 


— “Jesus Christ Superstar,” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s story of Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion, will play three shows this weekend at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40-$85. tivolichattanooga.com

— Humor writer David Sedaris, whose best-selling books draw upon his satirical insights into modern life, will read from his personal essays and short stories at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets are $45-$75. tivolichattanooga.com

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

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