Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Cornbread Festival, Chattanooga Market

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Jefferson County, Tenn., resident Ainsley Smith, 11, makes a cornbread recipe with bacon, cheese and beans as part of a cornbread cooking competition during the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg on April 24, 2022.
Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Jefferson County, Tenn., resident Ainsley Smith, 11, makes a cornbread recipe with bacon, cheese and beans as part of a cornbread cooking competition during the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg on April 24, 2022.

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


If you're a Southerner who gets odd looks when you're outside the South, it could be your accent. (We're guessing you've heard that before.) But a survey by Family Destinations Guide, a website specializing in family travel, has found that residents of Rhode Island and Maine are the most misunderstood when traveling abroad. Their regional dialect, known as the Yankee accent, is distinctive for a few reasons: It drops the "r" sound in the middle and at the end of words, which could cause confusion if asking directions to the nearest "cah pahk." They also use a very flat "o" sound, so that "coffee" sounds like "cawffee" and "Boston" sounds like "Bahston." Also, the accent adds an "r" sound to the end of words that end in "a," such as "idear" instead of "idea" and "sodar" instead of "soda." Alabama, New York and Louisiana round out the Top 5 accents most misunderstood abroad, according to the survey. Tennessee's was 15th and Georgia's 20th.



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 23 (last day). $5.

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.

ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Color Is My Middle Name" by Paul Fontana, through May 1.

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.


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

— April 27: Vision + Verse: "Dimension: Fusing Vision Art and Performance," with dance and spoken-word performances inspired by "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom," 6-7 p.m.

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.

SCENIC CITY CLAY ARTS — Third annual "The Joy of Clay" virtual auction with 50+ items created by local artisans, paired with gift cards and other merchandise from local businesses, April 25-30; bidding starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds help fund memberships, classes, workshops for veterans and community outreach by the nonprofit pottery studio.

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.

SPRING FOR THE ARTS — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Champagne brunch celebrating International Sculpture Day in Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29. Includes brunch, adult beverages, guided tours, gallery exhibits, live music, raffles. $55.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— April 26: Art + Health Pop-Up, with free health screenings and information, food trucks, DJ, giveaways, 4-6 p.m. Registration requested.

— April 28: "The Wild Wild West End Oral History" rough-cut screening and feedback session, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

— April 29: Open studios by nine April artists, 3-5 p.m.

— 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 exhibit at Hunter Museum). 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."


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Nathan Warner Quartet, 7 p.m. April 26. $5.


— April 26: Laura Jane Grace, with Weakened Friends, 8 p.m. $25-$30.

— April 28: War Hippies, with Logan Dover, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

— April 29: Kings of Queen: A Tribute to Queen, 9 p.m. $22-$25.

BENEFIT CONCERT — First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Selvidge St., Dalton, Ga. Bluegrass band Spatial Effects in concert, 2 p.m. April 23. Admission is a donation of a canned good or other nonperishable item for the church's Little Free Pantry, which provides food at no cost to anyone experiencing food insecurity.

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

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

— April 28-29: Of the Trees, with Mr. Carmack (Friday) and Shlohmo (Saturday), 8 p.m. CDT. Sold out.

— April 30: Spoon, with Nicole Atkins, 8 p.m. CDT. $57.


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

— April 27: "Triumph and Salvation," final Masterworks concert of the season, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $10-$90.

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.

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. End-of-semester concert by Blue Notes Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Rhapsody Choir, 6:30 p.m. April 25 in George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center auditorium. Free. 423-473-2303


— April 28: Jill Scott on Who Is Jill Scott? 23rd anniversary tour, 7:30 p.m. $40-$180.

  photo  Singer Jill Scott performs at the Essence Festival at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 1, 2017, in New Orleans. / Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP/File

— April 29: Brett Young on 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1 tour, with Morgan Evans and Ashley Cooke, 7:30 p.m. $39-$69.

MID-SOUTH SYMPHONIC BAND — VW Conference Center, 8000 Volkswagen Drive. Concert by 75-member ensemble, 3-4 p.m. April 30. Free.

NEW HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH — 158 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, Ringgold, Ga. Colton Dixon on Build a Boat tour, with Apollo Ltd. and Renee, 7 p.m. April 27. $20-$45.

SALE CREEK CHURCH OF GOD — 14919 Dayton Pike. Jason Crabb in concert, 6 p.m. April 23. Free.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

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

— April 24: New Music Mondays industry mixer with DJ Prophet and host C-Grimey, 7-10 p.m. $7.

— April 27: Albert Cummings, 7 p.m. $30-$35.

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

— April 23: Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive.

— April 24: Horn Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium, Mabel Wood Hall.

— April 29: Choral Ensembles, including Bel Canto (women's chorus), Die Meistersinger (men's chorus) and I Cantori (select chamber choir), 4 p.m. in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

— April 29: SAU Jazz Ensemble, 9 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium, Mabel Wood Hall.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Amy Grant, 8 p.m. April 29 (postponed from August). $44-$84.

WANDERLINGER BREWING CO. — 1208 King St. Blow Up Your TV: A John Prine Tribute by singer/songwriter Richard Daigle and other local artists, 6:30 p.m. April 29. No cover. WanderLinger will donate portion of sales to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.


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.

ALHAMBRA SHRINE RODEO — Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Natures Trail SW, McDonald, Tenn. Third annual event, sanctioned by International Professional Rodeo Association, includes bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling, plus an appearance by Mike Wentworth, the IPRA's Clown of the Year for 2022, 7:30 p.m. April 28-29. $10-$20. 423-892-0223

BIRD WALKS — Chattanooga Chapter of Tennessee Ornithological Society events. [email protected]

— April 26: Birds & Battles outing at Chickamauga Battlefield, starting at 8 a.m. at Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and caravaning to sites to survey the birds present and learn what happened in that area during the Battle of Chattanooga in 1863, as told by park historian Jim Ogden.

— April 29: Spring bird walk, 8:30-10 a.m. at Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. (meet at the tractor near the barn). Limited number of loaner binoculars. Free.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Two-day opening weekend celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30. Includes farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks.

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.

CHATTANOOGA SEAFOOD BASH ON THE RIVER — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Inaugural festival features seafood, music, arts and crafts, beer and wine garden, children's activities, 5-9 p.m. April 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30. Free admission. Optional VIP cruise on Southern Belle, 3 p.m. April 28; $30-$70.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY — Confederate Cemetery on Fifth Avenue (park in the adjacent lots at 301-409 Collins St.) Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park presents "They Suffer So Acutely: Hospitals of Chattanooga During the Civil War," 2 p.m. April 29. Free.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— April 26: Sean Patton, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

— April 28-29: Brandon Vestal, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

— April 30: Karen Mills special engagement, 7 p.m. $22-$27 (4:30 p.m. show is sold out).

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 23 (last day). Free.

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 23, 29-30. $24.

DOWNTOWN DINE AROUND — Cleveland, Tenn. Food samples and live music at downtown restaurants and merchants, 5-8 p.m. April 27. $30.

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 23 (last day). $20-$30; timed entry tickets recommended.

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.

FOUNDER'S CELEBRATION — Chattanooga Whiskey Riverfront Distillery, 890 Riverfront Parkway. Tasting experience celebrating release of Founder's 11th Anniversary Blend, 5:30-8 p.m. April 26. Includes autographed bottle of the blend, cocktails. $85.

HALF-PRICE OIL CHANGES — Jiffy Lube locations in Chattanooga (688 Signal Mountain Road), Ringgold, Ga. (1282 Dietz Road) and LaFayette, Ga. (1890 N. Main St.). Military personnel, veterans, first responders (fire, rescue, EMT), law enforcement and health-care workers get 50% off oil change, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29.

HONEYBEE BICYCLE RIDE — Parks and Recreation Department, 638 S. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Sixth annual event includes 33-, 52- and 74-mile round trips to Chickamauga, Ga., 8 a.m. April 29, or 10-mile family fun ride through downtown at 8:15 a.m. Long circuit, $75 through April 27, $85 after. Family ride, $25 with T-shirt and swag bag, free without.

MY VOICE MATTERS: A WALK TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE — Gilbert-Stephenson Park, 19 Van Cleve St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Event by Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 5-8:30 p.m April 27. $25.

NATIONAL CORNBREAD FESTIVAL — 221 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Features cornbread cook-off, Cornbread Alley samples, live music, arts and crafts, tours of the Lodge Cast Iron Foundry and historic downtown, cornbread eating contest, 5K race, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. April 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30, rain or shine (all times Central). $10 per day (free for preschoolers).

NORMALPALOOZA — Normal Park Elementary School, 1009 Mississippi Ave. School's annual arts and music festival, with local artists, bands, vendor marketplace, Kids Zone, food trucks and interactive art projects, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29. All-access Kids Pass, $25 through April 27, $30 at gate (or buy individual game and activity tickets at the gate); adult general-admission stamp $5.

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

— April 28-29: City Nature Challenge, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Activities include iNaturalist app training, bug searches, owl prowl, bird banding and walks, plant identification. Free.

— April 28: 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 28-29: 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 29: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— April 29: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m. (last of the season). $15-$20.

— April 29: Community Prop Swap, 1-2 p.m. (last of the season). Bring native seeds, cuttings and divisions to share and take new plant material home, plus propagation demonstrations by staff. Free.

SPEECH & HEARING CENTER ANNIVERSARY — Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall, 890 Riverfront Parkway. Local nonprofit celebrates 70 years, 6-8:30 p.m. April 27. Sold out.

SPRING CARNIVAL — Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Fun Time Shows' rides, games and food, noon-10 p.m. April 23 (last day). $30 unlimited-rides wristband (timed session) or buy individual ride tickets.

SPRING PLANT SALE — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Sale of sustainably grown vegetable annuals, perennials, landscape flowers, berry and fruit plant starts, seeds for vegetables best sown directly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23. Free admission.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

— April 28: Food Truck Friday opening night, 5-8 p.m., with yard games and music by Josh Driver.

— April 30: Plant sale, 1-4 p.m., with music by Josh Gilbert.

SUPERHERO DEFENSE TRAINING — Story Land in Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Join Spider-Man and Pope's Martial Arts Academy for a story, training and photos, 10:30 a.m. April 29. Free.

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, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CDT April 23 (last day). $15 per hike or presentation.

VINTAGE PICKIN' — VFW Fairgrounds, 151 18th St. NE, Fort Payne, Ala. Spring market of antiques, home decor, jewelry and clothing, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (early entry) and 2-6 p.m. (general admission) April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29 (all times Central). Weekend pass $18 through April 27, $20 at gate; $8 either day in advance, $10 at gate.

YOM HAZIKARON — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Remembrance day for fallen soldiers and lives lost by terror, 5:30 p.m. April 24.


POETRY IN THE PARK — Imagination Station park behind Collegedale City Hall, 4910 Swinyar Drive. Read a poem of a favorite author or your own works for National Poetry Month, 5-8 p.m. April 24. Collegedale Public Library will have books to read from and resources on writing poetry. Bring your own seating. Food truck and shaved ice concessions. 423-468-1971


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Minor-league baseball team vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas. Kids Run the Bases promotion after every game. $7-$12.

— April 25: 7:15 p.m.; buy-one, get-one general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard.

— April 26: 7:15 p.m.; Dogs at the Diamond, $5 Pooch Pass, dog parade at 6:45 p.m.; Chick-fil-A giveaway delivered via app.

— April 27: 7:15 p.m.; Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

 April 28: 7:15 p.m.; post-game fireworks.

— April 29: 7:15 p.m.; used-car giveaway.

— April 30: 2:15 p.m.; donate canned good or other nonperishable to Chattanooga Area Food Bank for free general-admission ticket; Catch on the Field.

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CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL League One men's professional soccer team vs. Lexington Sporting Club, 7:30 p.m. April 29. $13-$30.


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "Law & Order: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment," 7:30 p.m. April 28-29, 2 p.m. April 30. $12-$16.

ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. ACT Children's Theatre production, "The Little Prince," 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," 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.

LEE UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE — Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Building, 1250 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Opera Scenes, 3 p.m. April 23. Free and nonticketed. Livestream:

OAK STREET PLAYHOUSE — 418 Oak St. (behind First-Centenary Methodist Church). George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," 7:30 p.m. April 28-29, 2 p.m. April 30, 7:30 p.m. May 4-6, 2 p.m. May 7. $12-$17. Tickets at door or

RIVERMONT PRESBYTERIAN — 3319 Hixson Pike. "Cotton Patch Gospel," 3 p.m. April 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 23 (final show). For mature audiences. $20.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Senior Follies," 7:30 p.m. April 28-29, 2 p.m. April 30, 7:30 p.m. May 5-6, 2 p.m. May 7. $12-$14.

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

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