Chattanooga-area weekend events include Jfest, Battle of Resaca, Nooga Splash

Staff file photo / Fans dance as The Young Escape perform during the Jfest Christian music festival at the Tennessee Riverpark on May 18, 2019.

The Tennessee Valley's largest Christian music festival, comedian Chelsea Handler and the Battle of Resaca re-enactment are among the weekend events in the Chattanooga area.

A programming note: The Signal's shows by Bad Omens on Thursday and All Time Low on Friday are sold out, according to the venue's website.


— Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., will host a screening of "Not Our Land," a documentary inspired by the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The movie relates to an art exhibition, 'Territorial: The Land and Us," on view through June 17.

— Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., will open "Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure," an interactive exhibit based on the PBS Kids series, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activities are included in the $17 regular admission.

— North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, will have a meet-and-greet with the 18 artists participating in the current exhibit 1-4 p.m. Sunday. "The Artists' Overview" continues through July 31. 423-870-8924


— The Camp House, 806 E. 12th St., will host an evening with Leila Philip, author of "Beaverland: How One Rodent Made America," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $25-$30. Proceeds support Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.

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— Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, plans a program for grandparents 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Zelma Lansford, author of "Grandparents Are for Making Memories," will give ideas for connecting with grandchildren through nature. Cost is $5 for nonmembers.

— Eastgate Library, 5705 Marlin Road, will welcome fantasy/young-adult author Destiny Soria for an Author Chatt 1-3 p.m. Saturday. She'll talk about the craft of writing and read from her latest book, "Fire With Fire."

— Chattanooga Public Library will kick off its summer program, "Make, Play, Read, Learn," with fantasy-themed parties 2-4 p.m. Saturday at all locations: 1001 Broad St., 5705 Marlin Road, 278 Northgate Mall Drive, and 925 W. 39th St. Costumes are encouraged. As children complete reading and learning activities over the summer, they earn points toward prizes.


— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will host an Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7. The weekend headliner is Janet Williams, whose shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22.

— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome comedian Chelsea Handler at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. In addition to stand-up and sketch comedy, Handler has hosted two talk shows and written five best-selling books. Tickets are $49-$99.

  photo  In this May 2, 2013, file photo, Chelsea Handler arrives at "An Unforgettable Evening" benefiting EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. / Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File


— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will welcome Dexter Bell & Friends for the weekly installment of Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5. Americana musician Will Hoge will be in concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20.

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has three shows this weekend. The Alabama Troubadours will celebrate the music of John Prine at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $25-$30. Rock band Dopapod will play at 9 p.m. Friday, with support from The Afternooners. Tickets are $20-$25. Soundsystem Cultures, an electronic music producer, will present DJs Smith and Distinct Motive at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25-$35.

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., has three shows on the calendar. Americana trio My Sister, My Brother will play at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20-$23. Pop artist Sophie B. Hawkins, touring in support of her new album, "Free Myself," will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25-$30. Blues guitarist J.D. Simo will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, following a masterclass at 5 p.m. to raise funds for the Songbird Foundation's Guitars for Kids program. Tickets are $20-$25 for the concert, $40 for the class, $55 for both.

— Campfire Concert Series, a biweekly offering at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, continues 6:30-10 p.m. Friday with bluegrass band Barefoot Nellie & Company (a change from the originally scheduled band). Tickets are $30-$35, which includes two drink tickets for Hutton & Smith beer and s'mores. Overnight field camping is available for $5 per person.

— Redbud, 2314 E. 13th St., will welcome Dixon's Violin at 7 p.m. Friday. Dixon Hammond, a former technology leader and symphony violinist, performs on a five-string electric violin using a looping system he developed to create his one-man symphony sound. Tickets are $20-$25.

— Athens Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn., will host the American Patchwork Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The group draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America's immigrant roots. Tickets are $15-$25.

— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will launch the Ride the Tide Music Festival this weekend, headlined by Southern jam band Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies. The festival's name is taken from the band's 1993 hit song, and frontman Mike Farris, who's from nearby Winchester, Tenn., chose the other 12 blues and soul bands in the lineup. The Wheelies will close out the festival Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $75 for Friday or Saturday, $150 and up for a three-day pass with camping.

— Nooga Splash, a floating aqua park, makes its summer debut Saturday at Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, with new features and an extended season lasting through Sept. 17 this year. Three major pieces have been added to the 31-section obstacle course: the Water Wheel, Tilting Saturn and a Mini Splash section to accommodate children under 45 inches tall. The attraction will be open daily. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays. Sessions may be purchased for an hour, a half day or all day, starting at about $20 if purchased online (more at the gate). Visit to make your reservation and learn other details.

— Jfest, the Tennessee Valley's largest Christian music festival, will take place 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Riverpark, with David Crowder, Jason Crabb, and Cain and Mac Powell among the 10 acts scheduled to perform. Parking is next door at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, with shuttles starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $45 for a general-access wristband.

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— Civitan Music Festival is 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Ga. The third annual event will feature Uprooted, the new solo project of singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki of rock band Rusted Root. The Weeks and Haley Mae Campbell will open. A second stage will feature additional acts. Tickets are $25-$100.

— Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga., will present rising country artist Chase Baker at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He'll have support from One for the Road and The Wandering Willows. Tickets are $26.

— Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome Leonid & Friends at 8 p.m. Sunday in a tribute to the music of Chicago, the rock band responsible for such hits as "Saturday in the Park" and "Baby, What a Big Surprise." Tickets are $35-$95.


— McDonald's restaurants around the Chattanooga area will offer a free meal to police officers in uniform during National Police Week, which continues through Saturday.

— Thrillville Fair, featuring carnival rides, games and food booths, continues through Sunday at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. The live entertainment includes the High Flying Pages aerial show, Sea Lion Splash and Wheels of Agriculture game show. Hours are 5-10 pm. weekdays, 1-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $10 (free to children 36 inches and under, seniors 65 and older). Unlimited rides cost $30-$35.

— Old Glory Relay, a project of Atlanta-based nonprofit Team Red White & Blue, will complete a segment of its 4,000-mile journey across the country in the Chattanooga area Thursday. The organization is seeking military veterans and supporters to run, walk, ruck, push or cycle a single American flag along the route, which starts at sunrise at Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and ends at sunset at the Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Registration is available for physical or virtual participation.

— Nordstrom Rack, an off-price department store, will celebrate the grand opening of its Chattanooga location at 9 a.m. Thursday at The Terrace, 2220 Hamilton Place Blvd. Light bites, gift card giveaways and beauty activations are part of the fun.

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— Tremont Tavern, 1203 Hixson Pike, will introduce its new event space, Tremont Spot, 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Visitors can try menu samples and Black Abbey drafts.

— Tennessee Wine Train will depart 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. Other dates are available through December. Tickets are $125 per guest for a private table for two, $95 per guest for a table of three to four guests.

— Antique Alley Yard Sale, a 502-mile bargain-hunting odyssey, is scheduled Thursday through Sunday along U.S. Highway 11 from Bristol, Va., to Meridian, Miss. Among the tri-state counties on the route are Monroe, McMinn, Bradley and Hamilton in Tennessee, Dade in Georgia and DeKalb in Alabama.

— Go Red for Women Luncheon is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. The local chapter of the American Heart Association holds the event to raise awareness of women's risk of heart disease and stroke. Tickets are $150.

— Music & Business Speaker Series, an offshoot of the annual Hip-Hop Summit, will welcome DJ Chuck T 7-10 p.m. Friday at Rise Community Hub, 2901 Taylor St. He is the founder of the Charlotte Hornets' Industry Night and creator of Down South Slangin Mixtape Series. Admission is free, but RSVP.

— Down Home Days Festival, a community celebration now in its 49th year, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in downtown Chickamauga, Ga. Presented by the Chickamauga Lions Club and the city of Chickamauga, the festival includes music on two stages, arts and crafts, food, rocking chair contests, a tractor show, children's activities, and tours of the Gordon Lee Mansion. Admission is free. A $5 hand stamp will allow the purchase of adult beverages.

— Hixson Farmers Market will serve up a free pancake breakfast starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. The market, which is open until 12:30 p.m., features local farmers, gardeners and artists. [email protected]

— Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will present a program on container gardening 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle. Attendance is capped at 40, but Zoom participation also is available. Registration is required for either.

— Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, 795 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn., will host another Centennial Celebration tour of the new and old facilities 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Guides will be dressed in historical costumes. Register:

— Rock on at Kelly's Adoptathon, honoring the late Kelly McCoy's passion for animals, is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Humane Educational Society, 4155 Randolph Road. McCoy, a longtime air personality at KZ-106, died in March 2022. The Cumulus Media Chattanooga event will offer free adoptions, music by No Big Deal, a pet portrait photo booth and food trucks.

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— Total Self-Care Experience, a vendor expo with products and services related to holistic health, financial planning, mental health, skin care and other needs, is set for 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Admission is free.

— Battle of Resaca re-enactment is Saturday and Sunday in Resaca, Ga., near where the Civil War's first major engagement of the Atlanta campaign was fought in May 1864. This 159th anniversary event will include military and civilian camps open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday and battle re-enactments at 2 p.m. each day. The event site is Chitwood Farm, 518 Chitwood Road (take Exit 320 east off I-75 and follow signs). Admission is $2-$5.

— Flying Squirrel, 55 Johnson St., is planning a 10th birthday party noon-5 p.m. Saturday in the side yard. The family-friendly event will include food, drink, games, prizes and free cake. The party will mark the launch of a private-label J.W. Kelly single-barrel bourbon, which will be available exclusively at Flying Squirrel and Imbibe, a wine, spirits and beer store at 1616 Broad St.

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— Spirits in the Wild, a 21-and-older party featuring cocktails, appetizers and animal art, is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Tickets are $70-$85.

— Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga sends out its first competitors at 6:40 a.m. Sunday. The competition features a successive 1.2-mile swim in the Tennessee River at Ross's Landing, a 56-mile bike ride into Chickamauga, Ga., and 13.1-mile run through downtown Chattanooga.

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— Chattanooga Market plans a Market Baketacular, spotlighting vendors with breads, cupcakes, pretzels, cookies and other baked goods, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. The market regularly features farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts and food trucks. Music this week is by Monday Night Social at 12:30 p.m. and Sam Steadman at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

— Stable 41 Farmers Market will offer in-season produce, crafts and other wares from local vendors 1-4 p.m. Sunday at 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The Catoosa County Library will be on-site to accept donations of gently used books and register participants in its summer reading program. Americana duo Waxing & Waning will entertain.


— Chattanooga Lookouts, a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are in a home series against the Biloxi Shuckers at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Wednesday's game starts at 11:15 a.m., with a Chick-fil-A giveaway delivered via app. Other promotions include Thirsty Thursday drink specials, fireworks after Friday's game and a used car giveaway and appearances by the characters Chase and Skye for Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Night on Saturday. Those three games start at 7:15 p.m. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day, with a 2:15 p.m. start. Veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families will get in free. Free general-admission tickets also are available to anyone donating a canned good to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Tickets are $7-$12.

— CFC Women, a Chattanooga Football Club summer amateur team that competes in the Women's Premier Soccer League, will play their season opener against the Nashville Rhythm at 3 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Tickets start at $5.

— Wrestle Jam XI will bring professional wrestlers Ted "Million Dollar Man" Dibiase, The Barbarian, Kevin Sullivan and stars of the National Wrestling Alliance to Ringgold, Ga., on Saturday. A meet-and-greet, included with every ticket, starts at 5 p.m., wrestling at 7:30 p.m. in the Circus Tent Arena, 751 Old Mill Road. Tickets are $20-$25, with premium seating and VIP bonuses available.


— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., continues its run of the Youth Theatre production "Miss Nelson Is Missing," about a no-nonsense substitute teacher, at 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10-$13.

— Shakespeare in the Park, a Scenic City Shakespeare production, veers off-script this weekend for "Shakespeare From a Hat" an improvised adaptation of "As You Like It," at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Greenway Farms, 4960 Gann Store Road. The traditional version of the pastoral comedy will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, to make up for rainouts on previous weekends, and then at 7:30 p.m. May 26-27. Admission is free, though donations are requested. Paid VIP options also are available.

— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., begins an eight-show run of the Tony Award-winning "Dear Evan Hansen," the final production in this year's Broadway series, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $25-$70.

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