Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Big 9 Roots Fest, garden expo, literary festival

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / The Chattanooga Lookouts take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at AT&T Field in Chattanooga. There will be several special events during the April 11-16 home series against the Mississippi Braves.
Staff photo by Olivia Ross / The Chattanooga Lookouts take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at AT&T Field in Chattanooga. There will be several special events during the April 11-16 home series against the Mississippi Braves.

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


A survey released last week by personal-finance website WalletHub found that 69% of Americans who celebrate Easter plan to spend less on the holiday this year compared to 2022. Here are more findings:

› $24 billion: Total Easter-related spending expected in 2023 ($192 per person celebrating).

› $3.3 billion: Projected Easter spending on candy.

› $49,000: Price of the world’s most expensive chocolate Easter bunny.

› 78%: Share of people who eat chocolate bunnies’ ears first.

› 60%: Share of parents who plan on sending Easter baskets to their children after they’ve moved out.

› 28%: Share of Easter-celebrating Americans who plan to donate less than the usual amount to their church this Easter.



ART ON THE LAKE — Guntersville Recreation Center, 1500 Sunset Drive, Guntersville, Ala. Showcase of fine arts and crafts, plus food vendors, bake shop, outdoor games and rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16 (all times Central), rain or shine. $2 ages 13 and older.

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. “Transformation: Exploring the Art of Book-Making With Barry Moser” and Scenic City Clay Juried Member Showcase, April 14-May 26. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. April 14.

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. “Being a Flower Is a Big Responsibility” community show, through May 29. Opening reception, April 21.


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

— April 13: Create & Sip: Folk Art Flora, 6-7:30 p.m. Make a creation inspired by “Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe” over a glass of wine. $20-$25.

— April 15: 10th annual Student Symposium: Intersecting Queerness, 1-2:30 p.m. Features virtual presentations by undergraduate students nationwide. Free.

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.

MOUNTAIN VIEW CAR WASH & DETAIL — 3701 Alton Park Blvd. Premiere of “Stories of Resilience” audio/photo series, featuring conversations with Alton Park residents Larry “Bear” High, Milton Jackson and Travis Gladden by artist 2$ON The Prince, 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 11. Community gathering includes panel discussion, live screenprinting, food from Southside Sammiches. Free.

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. Stitched fiber demo by Peggy Epton, 1-4 p.m. April 15.

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.

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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.”

WALKER COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER — 309 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Dedication of exhibit honoring Kenneth “Bubble Gum” Batie, first Black disc jockey at radio station WFLA in LaFayette, 2 p.m. April 15.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— April 13: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

— April 14-15: Jeff Allen, special engagement, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 6 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday. $19-$22. $35 (all $45 VIP seats are sold out).

— April 16: Shelly Belly (Michelle Rider), 7 p.m. Sold out.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Josh Wolf, 7:30 p.m. April 15. $29-$49.


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.).

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.

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, rain or shine. Donations of eggs, candy and baskets appreciated. Email: [email protected].


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. “The Klezmatics on Holy Ground,” fifth of five, available virtually April 9-14 (noon to noon), in person 7 p.m. April 10; 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 feature film “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” through April 20. $15.

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL — 2701 Vermont Ave. Gala premiere of docudrama “Father Ryan: A Higher Call,” 7:30 p.m. April 15. Father Ryan, a priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Chattanooga who died Sept. 28, 1878, while caring for victims of the yellow fever epidemic, is considered a servant of God, the first step in the process of being declared a saint in the Catholic Church. $5 general admission. $20-$30 VIP tickets include reception with cast and crew at 6:30 p.m.


ABBA’S HOUSE — 5208 Hixson Pike. Chris Tomlin on Stories of Worship tour, 7 p.m. April 13. $24-$89.

  photo  Staff file photo / Headliner Chris Tomlin performs on the Coca-Cola stage at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga. Chris Tomlin will bring his Stories of Worship tour to Abba's House at 7 p.m. on April 13.


— April 13: Megan Moroney, with Logan Crosby, 9 p.m. Sold out.

— April 14: The Connells, with Surrender Human, 8 p.m. $20-$25.

— April 15: Bad Romance: A Tribute to Lady Gaga, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

BIG 9 ROOTS FESTIVAL — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Fourteen musical acts over two days, April 15-16. R&B, with headliner Jeter Jones Perfect Blend Band, noon-11 p.m. Saturday; gospel, 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Free.

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

— April 14: Taj Mahal Quartet, 8 p.m. CDT. $69.

— April 16: Del McCoury Band, with Crawford & Power, 3 p.m. CDT. $60.

CHATTANOOGA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA — Morning Pointe of Shallowford, 7719 Shallowford Road. One in a series of spring concerts by ensemble originally known as the Senior Neighbors Orchestra, 2 p.m. April 12. Free.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Building, 4501 Amnicola Highway. “Mozart & Haydn” chamber concert, 3 p.m. April 16. $10-$35.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Cleveland, Tenn.

— April 13: Modigliani String Quartet concludes Presidential Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, 130 Parker St. NE. $5-$15.

— April 14: “Holsinger Conducts Holsinger,” celebrating David Holsinger’s career as a composer and conductor of Lee’s Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. in Conn Center, 150 11th St. NE. Free but tickets required. Reception to follow.

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 13-14. One winner from each of five preliminary nights is chosen by audience vote to advance to finals May 6. $10 cover.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— April 13: Songbirds Radio Hour: Episode 8, featuring Kyshona, with In the Company of Wolves, 7-10 p.m. Free.

— April 14: Jon Wolfe, 7 p.m. $18-$22.

— April 15: Jennifer Daniels concert and book signing for “The Elixir,” a paranormal romance novel, 7 p.m. $15.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. Southern Wind Symphony concert, “Our Father’s World,” 7:30 p.m. April 16. Free. Livestream:

STRING THEORY — HunterMuseum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Brentano Quartet with Gloria Chien, final concert of the chamber music series’ 14th season, 6:30 p.m. April 11; Art Connections program in Hunter galleries at 5:30 p.m. $10-$45.

UTC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s 60-member college/community orchestra in spring concert, 3 p.m. April 16. Includes music by Tchaikovsky, Copland and Stravinsky. Free. Livestream:

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band, 8 p.m. April 14. $29-$49.


ANIME FEST — Rossville Rec, 301 Williams St., Rossville. Celebration of anime, manga, pop culture, animation and music includes cosplay contest, “Mario Kart” tournament, vendors, food trucks, 1-7 p.m. April 15. $5-$20.

BENJAMIN MCARTHUR ENDOWED LECTURE — Mabel Wood Hall’s Ackerman Auditorium, Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. University’s Southern Scholars program inaugurates lecture series in honor of the late professor, with historian Eric Anderson speaking on “Smashing Icons: Reflections on Thomas Jefferson and Others,” 7 p.m. April 13. Free.

BREAKING THE STIGMA: AN EVENT ON TEEN MENTAL HEALTH — Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Park, 850 Market St. Free event includes live music, speakers, expert panel and resources, 6-8 p.m. April 10. Free refreshments from Be Caffeinated and The Chattanooga Cookie. Hosted by Chattanooga Mayor’s Youth Council, Be the Change Youth Initiative and city’s Office of Community Health.

CHATTANOOGA AUTISM CELEBRATION WALK — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Chattanooga Autism Center celebrates neurodiversity with mix-and-mingle time, games and photo booth, 9 a.m.-noon April 15; optional 2-mile walk at 11 a.m. $15-$30 for walk.

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.-5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

COIN SHOW — Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga. Georgia Numismatic Association show features more than 1,500 collectors and 500 dealers from around the country, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 14-15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 16. Free admission; $50 early bird ticket grants access April 13 and extra hours April 14-16.

EARTHDAYZ — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Earth Day celebration with Wings To Soar raptor shows, living plant characters, live music, family activities, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 15-16, 22-23. $20-$30; timed entry tickets recommended.

HISTORY PROGRAM — Lee and Gordon Mills, 71 Red Belt Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park program, “Soldiers Fishing: Finding Sustenance and Healing in Calm Waters,” with details on how fish contributed to Civil War soldiers’ diet and how they fished without carrying poles or tackle, 2 p.m. April 15. Chairs, sunscreen and water recommended.

KEG, CORK & BARREL — Museum Center at Five Points courtyard, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Third annual beer, wine and spirits festival includes regional craft brewers, wine distributors and local restaurants, with music by local artists, 3-7 p.m. April 15. $50 courtyard access, $100 VIP (exclusive access to premium tastings and food).

MASTER YOUR GARDEN EXPO — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Festival focusing on gardening and the outdoors, with exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, children’s area, silent auction and door prizes, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16. $10 (good both days).

MODEL TRAIN EXPO — Chatsworth Depot, 219 N. First Ave., Chatsworth, Ga. Hobbyists from Atlanta and Chattanooga with model trains of various scales plus ride-on trains inside and outside the depot, noon-5 p.m. April 15. Tours of adjacent properties also will be available, including the Wright Hotel (1-4 p.m.), the caboose (noon-5 p.m.) and Section House in City Park (1-4 p.m.). Free admission, but donations appreciated; raffle tickets for model train set are $2 each or three for $5.

PARK DAY — Volunteer effort for the American Battlefield Trust helps with cleanup at battlefields and historic sites across the nation, April 15. Tennessee sites include Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center in Chattanooga. Georgia sites include Dalton Confederate Cemetery, Prater’s Mill Historic Site and Rocky Face Ridge Park, all in Dalton; Dunagan Cemetery in Rocky Face; and Resaca Confederate Cemetery. Details and registration:

PRAISE BREAKFAST — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Scenic City Women’s Network event features two-time Grammy-nominated gospel singer Nicole Mullen, plus recognition of 2023 Lydia Award winner Nita Tin, 7-9 a.m. April 13. $35 individual, $280 table of eight.

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

— April 14: 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 14-15: 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 15: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— April 15: Wildflower Walk, 10-11 a.m. (and other Saturdays in April). $5-$10.

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

— April 15: 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 15: Tech Trek, 2-3 p.m. (repeats April 15). Field outing to learn to use iNaturalist 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.

— April 9: Open play.

— April 14: Friday fun with DJ K2, 5-7 p.m.

— April 15: Sips of Latin America, noon-4 p.m., has optional $20 ticket to sample 10+ beverages from diverse vendors. Music by The Essentials, 6-7 p.m.

— April 16: Open play (last day).

SOUTHWORD LITERARY FESTIVAL — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Celebration of writers from or living and working in the South, April 14-15. Features eight local authors and 14 visiting authors, including Rick Bragg, Clyde Edgerton and Silas House, who will speak about current works individually, in interviews with other authors and in panel discussions. $45 single day, $75 two days; discounts for students; options to add T-shirts and tote bags.

SPORTSMEN’S BANQUET — LaFayette First Baptist Church, 201 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Second annual event, April 14, includes expo of boats, tractors and cars, 5-6:45 p.m.; dinner, 5:30-6:15 p.m.; music by Chris McDaniel and message by pro fisherman Clay Dyer, 7 p.m. $20 individual, $125 table of seven.

TACO & TEQUILA CRAWL — Nine Chattanooga bars. Fourth annual event, noon-5 p.m. April 15. $25 general ticket includes four tacos, lanyard, drink discounts at each stop; check-in at Mezcla, 2 Cherokee Blvd. $37 VIP ticket adds T-shirt, another taco, early access; check-in at Edley’s, 205 Manufacturers Road.

TASTE — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Food samples from dozens of restaurants, music and silent auction, cash bar, benefiting Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga, 5-8 p.m. April 13. $50 includes samples, souvenir and one bar drink ticket; $100 drive-thru pickup ticket includes food samples from all vendors and souvenir.

TENNESSEE WINE TRAIN — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Two-hour excursion features three-course dinner with wine pairings chosen by master sommelier, 6 p.m. April 13 (other dates through December). $125 per guest for private table for two; $95 per guest for table of three to four guests.

WALNUT STREET BRIDGE FESTIVAL — 1 Walnut St. Local food and business vendors, children’s activities and music on the pedestrian bridge, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16. Free.


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Home series by minor-league baseball team vs. Mississippi Braves. Kids Run the Bases promotion after every game.

— April 11: 7:15 p.m. Magnet schedule giveaway to first 1,000 fans.

— April 12: 7:15 p.m. Chick-fil-A giveaway via app.

— April 13: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

— April 14: 7:15 p.m. Postgame fireworks.

— April 15: 7:15 p.m. Spin To Win Saturday.

— April 16: 2:15 p.m. Bucket hat giveaway to first 500 fans through the gate; Food Drive Sunday (free general-admission ticket with donation of canned good or other nonperishable to Chattanooga Area Food Bank), Senior Day (free tickets to fans 55 and older); Catch on the Field after the game.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. “Plant, Grow, Pick!” for ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m. April 13. $5-$10.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

— Through April 30: “Things My Mother Taught Me,” through April 30. $19-$35.

— April 14-June 1: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” $19-$35.

CHATTOWN POETS — Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St. Open Mic and Poets in the Round with Talor Iman, Strawberry and Jamnjaq, 7 p.m. April 13. Free.

DALTON LITTLE THEATRE — 210 N. Pentz St., Dalton, Ga. “Sylvia,” 7 p.m. April 14-15, 2 p.m. April 16, 7 p.m. April 21-22. $11-$16.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. World premiere of Artur Solomonov’s “How We Buried Joseph Stalin,” 7:30 p.m. April 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 15, 7:30 p.m. April 20-22. $15-$20.

PRINCESS THEATRE — 215 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” by Marion County 4-H Performing Arts, 7 p.m. April 14, 1 and 7 p.m. April 15 (all times Central). $12.

RHYME N CHATT — Slim & Husky’s, 401 E. M.L. King Blvd. Interactive poetry organization presents “A Pizza (Piece of) Spring” open mic, plus live painting and music, to celebrate National Poetry Month, 7-10 p.m. April 14. Poets present their work and take questions from audience. [email protected].

THE SEED THEATRE — 6237 Vance Road. World premiere of “Pennywhistle” by local playwright Brenton Haley, 7 p.m. April 14-15, 2 p.m. April 16, 7 p.m. April 21-22, 2 p.m. April 23. For mature audiences. $20.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Humorist David Sedaris reads from personal essays and short stories, 7 p.m. April 11. $45-$75.

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

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