Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Bonnaroo, Juneteenth events

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / The arch welcomes Bonnaroovians into Centeroo on June 16, 2022, in Manchester, Tenn.

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

Flag Day lessons

Wreaths Across America has announced the addition of new Flag Day lesson plans to its Teach Program, which provides free access to curriculum and educational resources for educators. Flag Day, celebrated June 14, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States. The new lesson plans, which have been designed for all grade levels and learning abilities, are meant to provide an understanding of civic ideals and practices, which curriculum developer Cindy Tatum describes as "critical for full participation in society and ... an essential component of education for citizenship." Download the lesson plans at



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Art From the Hart," by Chattanooga's Hart Gallery artist collective, through June 23.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. "Shades of Black," group exhibition in partnership with Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, through July 14.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Let's Celebrate Queer Pride," by local artists, through July 1. Music + Poetry + Art live show featuring Margot & The Toothless Hags, the River City Street Poet and Lynne Weldon, 6 p.m. June 16. $10.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Something for Children" community show, through July 30. Reception, 5-7 p.m. CDT June 16.

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS — 201 High St. Talk by artist in residence Kris Bespalec on her exhibit, "Acts of Preservation," followed by museum tour, 6 p.m. June 16. By donation. Reservations:


› June 11: Sunday Studio, drop-in art experiences for families, 2-4 p.m. Regular admission.

› June 15: Vision + Verse, featuring the Divine Poetess, live music and dance, exploring works by African American artists in the contemporary galleries, 6-7 p.m.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "From Coffee to Cocktails," by Jennie Kirkpatrick, through June 30.

  photo  Contributed Photo / "Green Mug-Yellow Wallpaper" is among the paintings on view this month at In-Town Gallery in Jennie Kirkpatrick's exhibition "From Coffee to Cocktails."

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102. "The Artists' Overview" by 18 local artists, through July 31. 423-870-8924

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Aug. 31. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Spring show, through July 28.

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Joe Hobbs, Lynn Whipple and Maralyn Wilson, through June 30.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. "Through the Lens: The Life and Legacy of Horace Brazelton," the first African American to open a professional photography studio in Chattanooga, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. Free admission; Ruby Falls tickets sold separately.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

› June 15: Program by William Isom II of the nonprofit Black in Appalachia, 6 p.m. Free; donations encouraged. Part of Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas.

› June 17: Life's a Drag summer fundraiser, featuring DJ Christo, comedy by Bridgette Martin, photo booth, amateur drag show, makeup artists (additional cost) and partner- organized activities by Spectrum, Seed Theater/Black Rainbow Movement, Chattanooga Pride and Soft Animal, 6-10 p.m. $50-$250; group discounts.

› Through July 1: "Sex Ecologies: Becoming Plastic."

› Through July 8: "Y'all Don't Hear Me: The Black Appalachia," part of Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› June 14: AJ Wilkerson, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

› June 16-17: Caleb Elliott, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. $19-$22.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Sam Morril on the Class Act Tour, 7 p.m. June 11. $29-$39.


D. WILLIAMS DANCE ACADEMY — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Dance performances by company with locations in Chattanooga, Scottsboro, Ala., and coming to Huntsville, Ala., 3 p.m. June 17.

JUBA DANCE ENSEMBLE — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St.

› June 16: Inaugural performance examines history of dance created by Black people, 7 p.m.; followed by panel discussion with dancers at 8:30 p.m. $25.

› June 17: Juba Dance Festival workshops on African dance, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. $15 each.



› June 14: Jazz in the Lounge with Ben Friberg Trio, 7 p.m. $5.

› June 18: Beppe Gambetta, 7:30 p.m. $20.


› June 16: Barracuda: A Tribute to Heart, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

› June 17: Lenox Hills with Jamie Music Boi, 9 p.m. $15.

BLACK DADS MATTER FATHER'S DAY GOSPEL/JAZZ BRUNCH — Waterhouse Pavilion, Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Brunch at 12:30 p.m. and concert by performers of Chattanooga Theatre Centre production of "The Color Purple," 2 p.m. June 18. Closes with Extraordinary Father of the Year Award. $45.

BONNAROO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL — The Farm, 1560 New Bushy Branch Road, Manchester, Tenn. Features 100+ acts, with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Odesza and Foo Fighters, June 15-18. General admission: $175 one day, $380 four days.

JEWS, BLUES & ALL THAT JAZZ — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga kicks off series of events with reception for exhibition by 12 artists, 2 p.m. June 11, followed at 3 p.m. by CD release by musician deaconbluz, aka Clark White. Free admission; CDs for sale.

LEGACY MUSIC FESTIVAL — Miller Park, 910 Market St. Features contemporary jazz artist Eric Essix, 8 p.m. June 17.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series, June 16, rain or shine. Local act Three Star Revival opens at 7 p.m.; Funk You headlines at 8 p.m. Food trucks and art market start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard.

NOKIAN TYRES SUMMER NIGHTS — Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Concert series continues with Summer of Love, 7 p.m. June 16. Bring your own seating. Free admission.

OPERA TENNESSEE — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Puccini's "Suor Angelica," sung in Italian with English supertitles, 2 p.m. June 11 (final show). $15-$20.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. Reggaeton Rave, 9 p.m. June 17. $25.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Adam Michael Allison EP release show, with Sam Steadman, 7 p.m. June 16. $15.

SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Live entertainment by country, folk and bluegrass artists, raptor shows and seasonal foods, weekends through Sept. 4, plus daily June 30-July 9. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. starting Aug. 14. $20-$30.


BEER OF THE MONTH — Taco Mac, 423 Market St. Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery promotion features giveaways starting at 5 p.m. each Thursday: pint glass, June 15; poker chip, June 22; bottle opener, June 29.

BIRTHDAY BASH ON THE MOUNTAIN — Walden's Ridge Civic League, 2501 Fairmount Pike, Walden. Third annual event celebrates founding of the organization and construction of the auditorium in 1921, 4-9 p.m. June 16. Includes free birthday cake, ice cream, vendors, music, children's games and food.

CHATTANOOGA BBQ WEEK — $6 barbecue specials at local restaurants, through June 11.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks. Free admission.

› June 11: Sunday Funday. Music by Magic Birds at 12:30 p.m., Joe Chambers at 2 p.m.

› June 18: Father's Day Blues & Brews. Music by the Graysin Slade Band at 12:30 p.m., Rick Rushing III at 2 p.m.

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.

CIVIL WAR KAYAK TOUR — Ringgold High School softball fields, 606 Sparks St., Ringgold, Ga. (will shuttle to launch site). Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga lead kayak tour of Ringgold Gap and South Chickamauga Creek, "Fear and Dread at Ringgold Gap," 9-11 a.m. June 17. Reservations required.

DADS THROW FREE — Craft Axe Throwing, 619 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Four-day Father's Day ax-throwing promotion, 2-9 p.m. June 18, 4-9 p.m. June 19-21. Reservations recommended.

EAST TENNESSEE CATFISH FESTIVAL — Meigs County Courthouse square, 17214 Highway 58, Decatur, Tenn. Live music, food and craft vendors, rod-and-reel and grappling/noodling tournaments, 4 p.m. June 17. Kicks off annual music series, opening with Maya Trippe, Scotty Williams' Garth Brooks Experience and Tim Hall & Buffalo County. downtownsummernightstn

HELLO, ST. ELMO — 3800 St. Elmo Ave. and surrounding area. Second annual street festival by Community Association of Historic St. Elmo and St. Elmo Stroll along three blocks of the business district, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17. Includes makers market, live music, Corgi parade at 1 p.m. Free admission.

HIXSON FARMERS MARKET — St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Features local farmers, gardeners and artists, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Live music on first Saturdays, free pancake breakfast on third Saturdays. [email protected]

JUNETEENTH FREEDOM CELEBRATION — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Live music, documentary screening, food trucks, art and merchandise vendors, free museum admission, noon-6:30 p.m. June 17.

JUNETEENTH FREEDOM RUN & WALK — Hubert Fry Center at Tennessee Riverwalk, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Includes 5K/10K and half-marathon starting at 7 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. June 17. Honors Opal Lee, who in 2016, at age 89, walked from her home in Fort Worth, Texas, to Washington, D.C., in an effort to get Juneteenth declared a national holiday. $35-$70.

LEMONADE DAYS — Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 2107 Gunbarrel Road. Annual promotion donates funds from purchases of lemonade and other menu items to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, through June 11.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Monthly meeting features Colby McLemore, owner of Colby's Photos & Videos, on "Be a Unique and Creative Photographer — All for the Cost of a Drone," 7 p.m. June 15. Boot camp at 6 p.m. on "How To Select 'The Shot' From a Collection of Images Using Lightroom."

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

› June 16: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

› June 16-17: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

› June 17: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

› June 17: The Awesome Opossum, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Snakes Alive). $5-$10.

SOUTHSIDE JUNETEENTH JUBILEE — The Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St. Emancipation celebration features music, arts, food, vendor market of Black-owned businesses, 1-4 p.m. June 17, rain or shine. Free admission. juneteenthjubilee.

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

› June 11: Bring a Furry Friend Market, 1-4 p.m.

› June 15: Thursday Fresh Market, 3-6 p.m.

› June 18: Father's Day Market, 1-4 p.m.

SUMMER COCKTAIL FESTIVAL — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Inaugural event features 40+ spirits, food, photo booth, dance floor and DJ music, 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 16. $39.

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. June 15 (other dates through December). $125 per guest for private table for two; $95 per guest for table of three to four guests.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL — Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 400 Tunnel Blvd. Classes for ages 2 and up, 6-7:30 p.m. June 12-16. Theme is "Ready, Set, Move." 423-624-3131

WALKER COUNTY FARMERS MARKET — Exclusive to vendors within 25 miles; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Walker County Agricultural Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 100 E. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Women's amateur team vs. 865 Alliance, 7 p.m. June 16. $5-$14.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in home series. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $7-$12.

Versus Birmingham Barons:

› June 11: 2:15 p.m.; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided); free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

Versus Rocket City Trash Pandas:

› June 13: 7:15 p.m.; buy-one, get-one general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard; World Softball Day, with pregame parade by softball teams in attendance.

› June 14: 7:15 p.m.; Chick-fil-A giveaway via app, National Parks Night.

› June 15: 7:15 p.m.; Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

› June 16: 7:15 p.m.; post-game fireworks.

› June 17: 7:15 p.m.; used car giveaway.

› June 18: 2:15 p.m.; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided); free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank.


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "Tuck Everlasting: The Musical," 7:30 p.m. June 12-17, 2 p.m. June 18. $12-$16.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "The Piano Lesson," part of Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, 2:30 p.m. June 11 (followed by cast meet-and-greet and lecture by Pedro E. Alvarado of August Wilson Society), 7 p.m. June 15, 8 p.m. June 16-17, 2:30 p.m. June 18, 7 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. June 23-24, 2:30 p.m. June 25. $20-$25.

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

› Through July 27: "The Trip to Bountiful." $19-$35.

› Through Aug. 13: Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical." $19-$35.

OBVIOUS DAD — UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Regional premiere of "Sagittarius Ponderosa," 7:30 p.m. June 16-17, 2:30 p.m. June 18, 7:30 p.m. June 23-24, 2:30 p.m. June 25, 7:30 p.m. June 30-July 1, 2:30 p.m. July 2.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Robin Hood, 7:30 p.m. June 16-17, 2 p.m. June 18, 7:30 p.m. June 23-24, 2 p.m. June 25. $12-$14.

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