Things to do in Chattanooga this week include 4 Bridges Arts Festival, Earth Day celebrations, Thomas the Tank Engine

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross  / Memorial cannons overlook the city of Chattanooga at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. The park's entrance fee will be waived April 22, the first day of National Park Week. Rangers will lead programs at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Memorial cannons overlook the city of Chattanooga at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. The park's entrance fee will be waived April 22, the first day of National Park Week. Rangers will lead programs at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

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


Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful is challenging residents and organizations in Hamilton County to join the fight against litter, with the second annual Cleanup Challenge, running April 17-23 to coincide with Earth Day on April 22. During the week, teams will choose locations and times to gather to pick up litter. Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful will provide equipment such as bags, gloves and safety vests for all teams and will help with disposal. Last year, 17 teams gathered 175 bags of trash and another 160 larger items such as tires. Prizes will be awarded for achievements such as most litter picked up, most bizarre trash item found and most photogenic team. The event is open to all residents, schools, clubs, churches and businesses in Hamilton County and the surrounding area. Details and registration can be found at



4 BRIDGES ARTS FESTIVAL — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. City's premiere visual art event showcases works of 145 artists up for $20,000 in cash awards, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22-23; $5. Preview party, with wine, signature cocktails and gourmet hors d'oeuvres, 6-10 p.m. April 21; $100.

ART AUCTION — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Bidding on 110 watercolor works by late local artist John McLean, noon-2 p.m. April 23; online bidding opens at 8 a.m. same day. In-person bidding continues 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24, 4-7 p.m. April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29, noon-2 p.m. April 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1, 4-7 p.m. May 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6, noon-2 p.m. May 7. Register attendance for chance to win one of the large paintings.

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.-4 p.m. CDT April 16 (final day), 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, through May 26.

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. "Secrets of the Garden" member show, through April 30; "Being a Flower Is a Big Responsibility" community show, through May 28; student art show from Cowan and Sewanee Elementary schools. Reception for all three, 5-7 p.m. April 21.


— April 20: Create & Sip: Doll Making, 6-7:30 p.m. Make a creation inspired by "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe" over a mocktail. $16-$25.

— April 23: Art Wise with "Really Free" curator Katherine Jentleson and members of Rowe's family, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART — UTC's Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. University of Tennessee Department of Art presents second of two showings in the 2023 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition for 24 students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in two shows, through April 22.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. Judy Jones' "Nature's Awesome Beauty," through April 30.

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.

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STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— Through April 29: "Go Exploring," works by 2$ON The Prince.

— 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). Artist talks, 6-7:30 p.m. April 21. Followed by Chattanooga Noise Night, 8-10 p.m.

— Through June 17: "Territorial: The Land and Us."


ART SONG & ARIE — First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave. Vocal recital by sopranist Jeron Devonte, accompanied by Jenny Parker, performing works by Schubert, Duparc, Donaudy and Leslie Adams, among others, 2:30 p.m. April 16.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. April 19. $5.


— April 18: Sullivan King: Thrones of Blood tour, 8 p.m. $25-$30

— April 19: The Arcadian Wild, 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Proceeds benefit Dynamo Studios.

— April 20: Kitchen Dwellers, with Sicard Hollow, 9 p.m. $18-$20.

— April 21: St. Owsley: A Modern Tribute to the Music of Jerry Garcia, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

— April 22: Brandon Davis, with Camden Smith, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

BIG 9 ROOTS FESTIVAL — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Two-day event concludes with gospel music, 1-7 p.m. April 16. Free.

CAMPFIRE CONCERT SERIES — Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Biweekly series kicks off with Milele Roots, 6:30-10 p.m. April 22. Includes Hutton & Smith beer and s'mores. $30-$35; $40-$45 to add dinner by The Island Vibe; $5 per person for overnight field camping.

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

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

— April 21-22: John Summit, 8 p.m. CDT. Sold out.

— April 23: The Avett Brothers, 6 p.m. CDT. Sold out.

CHATTANOOGA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA — North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive. Last in a series of spring concerts by ensemble originally known as the Senior Neighbors Orchestra, 7 p.m. April 21. Free.


— April 16: "Mozart & Haydn" chamber concert, 3 p.m. at Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Building, 4501 Amnicola Highway. $10-$35.

— April 22: Sensory-friendly concert, 10:30 a.m. at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Free, but reserve tickets.

— April 23: CSO Youth Orchestras' Chamber Players, 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave. Free.

CHOO CHOO CHORUS — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Chattanooga Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society's full chorus and quartets featured at 4 Bridges Arts Festival, 12:45 p.m. April 23. $5 gate admission to 4 Bridges.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Ronnie McDowell, 7:30 p.m. April 22. $40-$70.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Dixon Center, Cleveland, Tenn. Jazz Ensemble spring concert, including original composition by director Alan Wyatt, 7:30 p.m. April 18. Free and nonticketed. Livestream:

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Hardy on The Mockingbird & The Crow tour, with Jameson Rodgers and Blame My Youth, 7:30 p.m. April 20. Verified resale tickets: $142-$728.

ROCK THE CANYON — Little River Canyon Center amphitheater, 4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne, Ala. Earth Day concert by Jess Goggans Band and David Sanford, 6 p.m. CDT April 22. Presented by Jacksonville State University. $15-$25.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— April 21: Youth Talent Show hosted by Season 4 "Voice" contestant Amber Carrington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10 ages 18 and older.

— April 22: An Evening With Deana Carter, 7 p.m. $35-$40.

— April 23: UTC Jazz Ensemble with the Singing Mocs, 7 p.m. $10.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Campus ensembles in concert. Livestreams:

— April 16: Wind Symphony, "Our Father's World," 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. Free.

— April 19: Steel Band recital, 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium in Mabel Wood Hall. Free.

— April 22: Evensong: Harp Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale SDA Church.

— April 23: Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale SDA Church.

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.

— April 21: The Wallflowers, 8 p.m. Platinum tickets: $217-$252. Verified resale: $48-$189.

— April 22: The Lone Bellow on Love Songs for Losers tour, with The Watson Twins, $25-$35.

  photo  Jakob Dylan, vocalist for the rock band The Wallflowers, performs at the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City on Oct. 13, 2012. The Wallflowers will be in concert April 21 at Chattanooga's Walker Theatre. / AP Photo/Christian Palma


423 FESTIVAL — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Celebration of Chattanooga, with art, food and merchandise vendors, cornhole tournament ($30 entry fee), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 23. Free admission.

423 NIGHT MARKET — Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church parking lot, 4829 College Drive. Event by Student Association of Southern Adventist University features live music, handcrafted items for sale at 60 booths, 9-11 p.,. April 22. Free. 423-236-2600

ALL-AMERICAN GUN SHOW — Alhambra Shrine, 1000 Alhambra Drive. Vendors and appraisers to buy, sell or trade, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23. $11 ticket good both days.

BATTLE BELOW THE CLOUDS — Ruby Falls, 1720 Scenic Highway. Eighth annual amateur barbecue competition in five judged categories and People's Choice Award, benefiting Lana's Love Foundation, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22. Bluegrass music by Barefoot Nellie & Company, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Lou Wamp and The Bluetastics, 2-5 p.m. Children's activities include character appearances, face painting, balloon twisting, caricature artist. Free spectator admission; tickets for cave tours must be bought online in advance.

CHAIR-RIES JUBILEE — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce fundraiser for arts in education sells chairs and other furniture transformed by local artists, 6 p.m. April 21. $25 in advance, $30 at door. 423-472-6587

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

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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.


— April 20: Book launch and signing, "Changed Eyes: Pandemic, Protests and Proclamation" by Joel Huffstetler, 6-7 p.m. in the Community Room. $35 includes copy of the book, heavy hors d'oeuvres. 423-472-2163, ext. 119.

— April 20: Centennial Celebration tours of the new and old facilities, 7-8:30 p.m. (repeats other months). Register:

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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.-3 p.m. April 16 (final day). Free admission.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

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

— April 17: Girls Night Out: The Show, male dance revue, 7 p.m. $25-$65.

— April 19: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

— April 20: Steven Ho, 7:30 p.m. $25 ($30 VIP sold out).

— April 21-22: Jack Jr., featuring Steven Ho, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $25-$30.

CREATION CELEBRATION — Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Academic experts share scientific evidence for creation in free sessions, plus exhibits, tours, music, rock climbing, feature film, April 21-23. Free but register.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Station events based on Thomas the Tank Engine and interactive train ride, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22-23, 29-30. $24.

DRINK AND DISCOVER: PROMS FROM THE PAST — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Adult party with dance lessons and competition, ribbon corsage making, photo frame decorating, 7-10 p.m. April 21. $75 couples, $40 individuals. After-party at Bode Chattanooga.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Hands-on activities that promote environmentally-friendly practices, scavenger hunt, story time, noon-4 p.m. April 22. Included with regular admission: $17. Advance purchase recommended.

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 16, 22-23. $20-$30; timed entry tickets recommended.

ECO FIELD DAY — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Corporate teams and groups of friends celebrate Earth Day by competing in eco-challenges, 9 a.m.-noon April 22. $150 team fee.

FEE-FREE DAY — Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park waives entrance fee for start of National Park Week, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22. Ranger-led programs on Civil War's "Battle Above the Clouds" at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

FLEA MARKET — Collegedale Community Church parking lot, 9305 Four Corners Place. American Legion Post 257 hosts arts, crafts and food vendors to raise funds for service projects that help veterans and military families in the Collegedale, Ooltewah, Apison and Harrison areas, 8 a.m.,-4 p.m. April 23 (rain date April 30). $20 for vendors.

KID QUEST FAMILY FUN EXPO — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Benefit for Children's Hospital at Erlanger includes meet-and-greets with 30+ characters, magic shows, Chattanooga Zoo animal encounters, superhero obstacle course, princess sing-along show, family-themed vendor booths, villain dunk tank, prize giveaways, food vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22. $10 adult entry, $25 children's meet-and-greet wristband, $45 Star Wars experience.

MAINSTREET CRUISE-IN — Bradley County Courthouse square, 155 N. Ocoee St. Season kickoff for monthly gathering of classic and special-interest vehicles, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22. Free.

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.-4 p.m. April 16 (final day). $10.

PLANT A TREE FOR TENNESSEE — Green Interchange and Tennessee Environmental Council offe four species of ornamental, bare-root tree seedlings for statewide mass planting, one per $3 donation. Reservation deadline, April 16. Pickup, April 22 at either of two Firestone Complete Auto Care locations in Chattanooga.

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

— April 21: 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 21: 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 22: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— April 22: Wildflower Walk, 10-11 a.m. (and other Saturdays in April). $5-$10.

— April 22: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 1-2 p.m. (time change, plus other Saturdays at 11 a.m.). $15-$20.

— April 22: 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.

REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR THE HOLOCAUST AND HEROISM — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Yom HaShoah commemoration with candlelighting and prayers for those lost, premiere of video "Untold: Stories of a World War II Liberator," 7 p.m. April 17. Free.

ROCK THE RIVERFRONT — Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Interactive art installation Los Trompos (spinning tops), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through April 16. Free admission.

SCULPTURES IN THE SKY — Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1800 Polk St. Community celebration of Earth Day with River City Kites, noon-5 p.m. April 22. Includes designated area for children to fly kites brought from home or purchased on-site, kite demos, candy drops and teddy bear parachute jumps, Playful Evolving Monsters puppet performance, food trucks, vendors. Free; donations welcome.

SPRING PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Includes sale of sustainably grown vegetable annuals, perennials, landscape flowers, berry and fruit plant starts, seeds for vegetables best sown directly, plus arts, crafts and food vendors, live music, children's activities, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21-22 (full festival), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 (plants only). Free admission.

SWEET TEA & SUNSHINE FESTIVAL — Greenway Park, 755 Raider Drive NW, Cleveland, Tenn. More than 150 vendors of arts, crafts, direct sales, children's activities and food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22. Free admission.

TRAILS & TRILLIUMS FESTIVAL — Beersheba Springs Assembly Conference Center, 58 Hege Ave., Beersheba Springs, Tenn. Friends of South Cumberland State Parks event includes day and night hikes, presentations and workshops, native plant sale, children's activities, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. April 21, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. April 22, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 23 (all times Central). $150 park plus pass includes Wine & Wildflowers reception, $75 weekend pass, $15 per hike or presentation.

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS — Mountain Cove Farms, 994 Dougherty Gap Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Upscale, indoor/outdoor market of art, antiques, clothing, jewelry and seasonal plantings, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16 (last day). $10.

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. Minor-league baseball team vs. Mississippi Braves, 2:15 p.m. April 16 (last of home series). Promotions include 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 and Kids Run the Bases after the game. $7-$12.

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TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASEBALL — 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Chattanooga teams' season-opening doubleheader vs. Phoenix of East Nashville, April 22; Lightfoot Club, noon; Mountain City Club, 2:30 p.m. Teams follow rules and customs of 19th-century baseball. Free admission.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. ACT Children's Theatre production, "The Little Prince," 7 p.m. April 21-22, 2 p.m. April 23, 7 p.m. April 28-29, 2 p.m. April 30. $15-$20.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "The Cake," 8 p.m. April 21-22, 2:30 p.m. April 23, 7 p.m. April 27, 8 p.m. April 28-29, 2:30 p.m. April 30, 7 p.m. May 4, 8 p.m. May 5-6, 2:30 p.m. May 7. $20-$25.

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

— Through April 30: "Things My Mother Taught Me." $19-$35.

— Through June 1: Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." $19-$35.

DALTON LITTLE THEATRE — 210 N. Pentz St., Dalton, Ga. "Sylvia," 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 20-22. $15-$20.

RHYME N CHATT — Interactive poetry organization's National Poetry Month events.

— April 20: Fresh Out the Shoebox open mic, 7 p.m. at Edney Building, 1100 Market St. (and other third Thursdays).

— April 21: Rhyme Over Wine open mic, 6-8 p.m. Lady Naps Winery, 6940 Lee Highway.

RIVERMONT PRESBYTERIAN — 3319 Hixson Pike. "Cotton Patch Gospel," 3 p.m. April 22-23, 29-30. Free; donations welcome. 423-877-8527

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

UTC THEATRE COMPANY — Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "Everybody," 7:30 p.m. April 18-21, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 22. $10-$12.

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

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