Chattanooga-area weekend events include bird and butterfly walks, cocktail toasts, corgi parade

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / The Corgi Parade returned to St. Elmo at Hello, St. Elmo on April 3, 2022. The event celebrated the completion of the Tennessee Riverwalk's St. Elmo extension.

Events celebrating corgis, catfish and cocktails are on the weekend agenda around the Chattanooga area. Here's a chronology.


— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host a Vision + Verse program 6-7 p.m. Thursday that features the Divine Poetess, with live music and dance performances inspired by works by African American artists in the contemporary galleries.

— ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., will host a Music + Poetry + Art live show featuring Margot & The Toothless Hags, the River City Street Poet and Lynne Weldon at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. The show is part of "Let's Celebrate Queer Pride," a gallery exhibition by local artists that runs through July 1.

— Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, 201 High St., will host a talk by artist-in-residence Kris Bespalec on how her exhibit, "Acts of Preservation," relates to museum founder Anna Safley Houston's collection at 6 p.m. Friday. A tour of the museum will follow. Admission is by donation. Reservations:

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will host a reception and demonstration, Roger Harvey's Wizardry With Wood, noon-3 p.m. Saturday. "I don't want anyone to think 'boards' when looking at my work," he said in a news release about the methods that transform his bowls, lamps and vases.

— Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., has two programs this week. William Isom II will speak about the nonprofit organization Black in Appalachia at 6 p.m. Thursday as part of the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Saturday features the summer fundraiser Life's a Drag. Set for 6-10 p.m., it will feature DJ Christo, comedy by Bridgette Martin, a photo booth, an amateur drag show, makeup artists (additional cost) and partner-organized activities by Spectrum, Seed Theater/Black Rainbow Movement, Chattanooga Pride and Soft Animal. Tickets are $50-$250.


— Juba Dance Ensemble will offer its inaugural performance, examining the history of dance created by Black artists, at 7 p.m. Friday at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. A panel discussion with the dancers will follow. Tickets are $25. Saturday features a series of dance workshops.

— D. Williams Dance Academy will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. as part of the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas.


— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will present the Ben Friberg Trio in its weekly installment of Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5. Sunday marks the return of Italian acoustic guitarist Beppe Gambetta, whose sound merges American and European roots music. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a $20 ticket.

— Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival opens Thursday at The Farm, 1560 New Bushy Branch Road, Manchester, Tenn. More than 100 acts will perform over the four days, and rapper Kendrick Lamar, electronica duo Odesza and rock band Foo Fighters will headline the final three nights. General admission is $175 for one day, $380 for four days with camping. Tickets for premium experiences also are available.

— Nightfall, a summer music series, continues Friday, rain or shine, with contemporary funk band Funk You taking the stage at 8 p.m., following an opening set by local act Three Star Revival at 7 p.m. The music is at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., while food trucks and an art market will be set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park. Admission is free.

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., will host an EP release show by Chattanooga pop/rock singer Adam Michael Allison at 7 p.m. Friday. The opener is Sam Steadman. Tickets are $15.

— Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., will host North Carolina's Charlotte Choir School in a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the choir's summer tour of Southeast Tennessee. The program will include music by Simon Lole, Donald Patriquin, John Rutter, Rollo Dilworth and Ruth Watson Henderson.

— Nokian Tyres Summer Nights continues at 7 p.m. Friday with Summer of Love performing classic rock covers on the lawn of the Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Bring your own seating. Admission is free.

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has three shows coming up. Friday is a tribute to the rock band Heart by Nashville-based Barracuda at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. Saturday features Chattanooga indie-rock band Lenox Hills, with support by Jamie Music Boi, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tuesday is a stop on country artist Nick Shoulders' Best Western Tour, backed by his Okay Crawdad Band. The show starts at 8 p.m. with opening act Hannah Juanita. Tickets are $20-$25.

— Legacy Music Festival, featuring contemporary jazz artist Eric Essix, starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Miller Park, 910 Market St. The concert is part of the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas.

— The Signal, 21 Choo Choo Ave., has scheduled its first Reggaeton Rave, playing tracks from Bad Bunny, Rauw Alejandra, Feid, Omar Courtz and similar artists, at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25.

— Black Dads Matter Father's Day Gospel/Jazz Brunch, part of the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. At 2 p.m., actors from the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's winter production of "The Color Purple" will perform songs from the musical. The brunch closes with the Extraordinary Father of the Year Award. Tickets are $45.

— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome Brit Floyd, playing note-for-note renditions from English rock band Pink Floyd's catalog of albums, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35-$75.


— Walk the Walk Food & Fitness Club, which is open to all ages and fitness levels, will go on a low-intensity hike on the Guild Trail 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday from the Ruby Falls parking lot, 1720 Scenic Highway. The Lookout Mountain Conservancy and Chattanooga Food Center are sponsoring the outing and offering tokens to participants eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The SNAP tokens may be used at four area markets.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will feature AJ Wilkerson, the regular feature act for Jason Mewes of Jay & Silent Bob fame, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $20-$25. The weekend headliner is Caleb Elliott, who has been performing stand-up professionally since age 14. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22.

— Stable 41 Farmers Market, which sets up at 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., will offer its weekly Fresh Market 3-6 p.m. Thursday and a Father's Day Market 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

— High Point Climbing and Fitness has scheduled a cornhole tournament 6-8 p.m. Thursday at its Riverside location, 1007 Appling St. Entry fee is $5, which will be combined for the cash purse that goes to the winner. There will be free beer for competitors, climbers and spectators. On Sunday, dads can climb for free at any location with the purchase of a regular-price day pass.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museums Wine Train will follow the same urban route, through East Chattanooga, then along Holtzclaw Avenue, as the Christmas Dinner Special pictured in this 2020 photo.


— Tennessee Wine Train will make another run at 6 p.m. Thursday from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. The two-hour excursion features a three-course dinner with wine pairings chosen by a master sommelier. Tickets are $125 per guest for a private table for two, $95 per guest for a table of three to four guests.

— Birthday Bash on the Mountain, set for 4-9 p.m. Friday, will celebrate the founding of the Walden's Ridge Civic League and the 1921 construction of its auditorium at 2501 Fairmount Pike, Walden. The bash will include free birthday cake, ice cream, vendors, music, children's games and food.

— Summer Cocktail Festival debuts 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. The event features more than 40 seasonal spirits, food, a photo booth and dancing to DJ music. Tickets are $39.

— Civil War history kayak tour, presented by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga, is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Saturday in Ringgold, Ga., site of the small but brutal final battle of the 1863 Chattanooga Campaign. Participants in "Fear and Dread at Ringgold Gap" will meet at the Ringgold High School softball fields, 606 Sparks St., to shuttle to the launch site. Reservations are required.

— Pollinator Festival and Native Plant Sale, celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Lookout Mountain (Georgia) City Hall, 1214 Lula Lake Road. Activities include a native plant sale, information on how to create pollinator-friendly gardens and yards, bird and butterfly walks at Joe Wilson Park nearby, bluebird houses for sale and free gardening guides. [email protected]

— Hixson Farmers Market, featuring local farmers, gardeners and artists, is scheduled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. This third Saturday gathering also includes a free pancake breakfast. [email protected]

— Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will explore "Plants Discovered by the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1804-06)" at the next monthly class, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Registration is required, whether attending in person at the Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle, or by Zoom.

— Hello, St. Elmo, a street festival organized by the Community Association of Historic St. Elmo and St. Elmo Stroll, is back for its second year 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Events are centered along three blocks of the business district near 3800 St. Elmo Ave. The day includes a makers market, live music and a corgi parade at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

— Pollinator Week Celebration is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. The Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association will be on hand to talk about bees and honey, and visitors can see the museum's bees hard at work in the Buzz Alley garden. Activities are free with regular admission: $17 ages 2 through adults.

— Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will offer a summer cool-off at the seventh annual Ice Cream Safari 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can enjoy animal encounters, games, a take-home craft and all-you-can-eat ice cream, while the resident animals receive their own icy treats. Tickets are priced at $6-8 for members, $12-$16 for nonmembers and must be purchased online.

— East Tennessee Catfish Festival starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with arts and crafts vendors on the Meigs County Courthouse square, 17214 Highway 58, Decatur, Tenn. A catfish tournament, which starts at noon with a $30 boat fee (to be paid by 3 p.m. Friday), has rod-and-reel and grappling/noodling categories. Weigh-in starts at 2 p.m. at the Watts Bar Dam Recreation Pavilion. The winner will be announced at the festival, the kickoff of the Downtown Summer Nights music series, which leads off with Maya Trippe, Scotty Williams' Garth Brooks Experience, and Tim Hall & Buffalo County. downtownsummernightstn

— Chattanooga Market will offer Father's Day Blues & Brews 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. In addition to the regular rotation of farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts and food trucks, the market will feature craft brews and music by the Graysin Slade Band at 12:30 p.m. and Rick Rushing III at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / John Lennon pours a beer for customers during Chattanooga Market's Father's Day Blues & Brews celebration at First Tennessee Pavilion on June 20, 2021.

Dads Throw Free, a Father's Day promotion, will grant dads four days of special privileges at Craft Axe Throwing, 619 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Hours are 2-9 p.m. Sunday, 4-9 p.m. Monday through June 21. Reservations are recommended.


Chattanooga Lookouts, a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, have begun a home stand against the Rocket City Trash Pandas at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Promotions include a Chick-fil-A giveaway via app and National Parks Night activities Wednesday; Thirsty Thursday drink specials; post-game fireworks Friday; a used car giveaway Saturday, with games starting at 7:15 p.m. Sunday's game starts at 2:15 p.m. and offers free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Tickets are $7-$12.

— Chattanooga Football Club will field its women's amateur team against the 865 Alliance at 7 p.m. Friday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Tickets are $5-$14.


— Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga., is presenting "Tuck Everlasting: The Musical," about a young girl's chance to join a family of immortals, the rest of the week. Shows start at 7:30 nightly through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$16.

— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., is midway through its run of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Piano Lesson," part of the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas. The plot centers on two siblings' difference of opinion on the best use of a prized piano, which could be sold to purchase the land on which their ancestors toiled as slaves or kept because it shows the carved faces of family members during their enslavement. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule June 22-25). Tickets are $20-$25.

— Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn., will present "Robin Hood," about the classic character's adventures in Sherwood Forest, the next two weekends. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (same schedule June 23-25). Tickets are $12-$14.

— Obvious Dad production company will offer the regional premiere of "Sagittarius Ponderosa" over the next three weekends in the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. M.J. Kaufman's dramatic comedy is about a transgender character who finds solace in a ponderosa pine as he deals with issues of identity. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule June 23-25 and June 30-July 2). Tickets are $15.

Find more events, and add your own, at

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