Chattanooga Festival Fun {2018}

Chattanooga Festivals

I don’t know about you, but the minute I see sunshine and can wear short sleeves outside, I’m thinking ahead. Thinking about vacation, summer break, and being outside in all the beautiful-ness Chattanooga has to offer.

Chattanooga is a festival town. We love and embrace them all. With such beautiful spaces to spread out and put on a good concert or rally around something like bluegrass or cornbread (yep, read ahead…), Chattanooga has something for just about every kind of enthusiast.

Check out all of the spring and summer festival options below!

Chattanooga Film Festival

April 5-8 (full schedule TBA)
Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Downtown Chattanooga, TN

The Chattanooga Film Festival is a weekend full of films and events that are unique, challenging, critically significant and a lot of fun. 


Jazzanooga JamFest

April 6-27 (periodic events throughout April)
Chattanooga, TN

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), a global celebration to advance recognition of jazz as America’s original music. This year Jazzanooga decided to not only celebrate the city’s unique Jazz heritage, but also place a spotlight on Chattanooga’s diverse artistic expressions throughout the city by presenting an eclectic series of programs and events featuring some of Chattanooga’s creative individuals and groups – ALL MONTH LONG!!


BaCON Festival

April 14
Cleveland Greenway and Pavilion, Cleveland, TN

The Cleveland BaCon Festival is a community event for the whole family, featuring our area’s most delicious food focusing on bacon-related dishes, local crafting vendors and talented entertainment. Admission is FREE.


4 Bridges Art Festival

April 21-22
First Tennessee Pavilion, downtown Chattanooga

4BAF is Chattanooga’s premier outdoor cultural event. Established in 2000 by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), 4BAF is a juried show, offering awards totally $15,000 and showcasing the creative and distinctive talents of artists from across the country. Nationally ranked and regionally acclaimed, 4 Bridges Arts Festival has become a highly anticipated, annual destination that provides a marketplace experience that connects professional artists with avid art collectors.


Chattanooga Market Opening Weekend

April 28-29 (and every weekend through November)
First Tennessee Pavilion, downtown Chattanooga

At Chattanooga Market it’s either grown, baked, sewn or made by our vendors; we’re a producer only market. Live music, with trending musicians, is featured on the EPB stage for two free shows each Sunday. Don’t forget to grab lunch from one of the themed food trucks or local eateries while you’re there – it’s some of the city’s best! Admission is always free – come see why we are the region’s largest most authentic public markets. Check the other Chattanooga market locations around town!


National Cornbread Festival

April 28-29
South Pittsburg, TN

The National Cornbread Festival is a weekend-long celebration of cornbread and many cornbread-related activities for adults and kids. Activities include the National Lodge® Cast Iron Cornbread Cook-off, Cornbread Alley (sample various cornbread recipes), live music, arts and crafts from area vendors, a cornbread eating competition, and more!


Boxcar Pinion Bluegrass Festival

May 3-5
Mountain Cove Farms, Chickamauga, GA

They’ll be serving up the best talent around the area performing family-friendly entertainment, rain or shine, on the stage in the historic Show Barn. There are also dozens of jam sessions all around at anytime of the hour. Your love of Bluegrass music will never go hungry during this three-day festival.


Nightfall

Each Friday from May 4 through August 31
Miller Plaza, Downtown Chattanooga

Nightfall is a free concert series held outdoors at Miller Plaza, rain or shine. Headlining acts begin at 8pm with local opening acts starting at 7pm. Bring your kids, lawn chairs, pets and friends to enjoy great live music, food and an ice cold beer in the outdoor atmosphere of Miller Plaza.


Fence Posts and Fireflies Festival

May 5-6
Cleveland, TN

This festival features a host of Arts and Crafts Vendors and Community and Home Based Vendors. Add in good food, live entertainment, and a whole lot of free stuff in the kids’ area for a great day. Free face painting, petting zoo, and pony rides.


Strawberry Festival

May 7-12
Dayton, TN

The Tennessee Strawberry Festival is the celebration of small town life. It offers a chance for our community to showcase its beauty, history and commitment to family values. The Strawberry Festival includes a carnival, parade, pageant, baking contest, and run/walk. 


Chattabrewga

May 12, 12-5pm
First Tennessee Pavilion, downtown Chattanooga

Be prepared for the BEST craft beer festival and tasting in town. Tickets include unlimited samples!


Southern Blooms Festival

May 12, 13, 19, & 20
Rock City

Come “See” Rock City in all of its spring glory as they celebrate and honor the original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. Walk in Frieda’s footsteps and learn about the legacy and heritage of the gardens with tour guides and Master Gardeners. Meet members of the horticulture team and be a part of planting the gardens. Kids of all ages can enjoy educational make-and-take activities and learn what it takes to make a garden grow!


JFest

May 19
Camp Jordan

Come grab some great food from local eateries and mill about the booths to learn more about local businesses, ministries and organizations while more than likely scoring some free stuff! Grab the young or the young at heart and try out some of the games and activities, or just take the kids to Kids World for the inflatables and fun there. We’ll end the whole thing with a grand Fireworks Finale at the end of our headliner’s set and head home with great memories!


Little Owl Festival and 5k

May 19, 11am-6pm
Audubon Acres

The Little Owl Wildlife Festival & 5k is fun for all at Chattanooga’s oldest wildlife sanctuary! The event begins with a 5k race and continues through the afternoon with a raptor release, live music, arts and craft vendors, historical demonstrations, nature hikes, kids activities, a birds of prey demonstration, and much more. This year’s festival is a collaborative event between the Chattanooga Audubon Society, Happinest Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue, and Wild Trails. 


Riverbend Festival

June 8-16
Ross’s Landing, downtown Chattanooga

This year’s lineup includes acts such as Hank Williams, Jr., Flo Rida, Third Eye Blind, Switchfoot, Bret Michaels, Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs, The Wallflowers, and many more!


Riverfront Nights

2018 dates are TBA, but will begin in July
Ross’s Landing, downtown Chattanooga

Riverfront Nights is a free Saturday concert series at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga. All shows are child and pet friendly, although coolers are not allowed. Doors open and beer sales begin at 6:30pm. Local opening bands start around 7pm and headliners kick into high gear promptly at 8pm and play till 10-ish.


Hamilton County Fair

2018 date is TBA (previous fairs have been held in September)
Chester Frost Park

The County Fair celebrates our community’s heritage and traditions through the arts, crafts, music, food and blue ribbon awards. The fair features live entertainment from a variety of local bands and showcases dozens of exhibits, contests, demonstrations, food vendors, craft artists, and hands-on activities for the children.


3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

October 5-6
Ross’s Landing, downtown Chattanooga

3 Sisters has brought some of the biggest names in bluegrass to Chattanooga over the last ten years. This year’s lineup and schedule is TBA.


RiverRocks

October 5-21

RiverRocks is a multi-day event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to the Scenic City to compete, celebrate Chattanooga outdoors lifestyle and enjoy live music. 


Wine Over Water

October 6, 5pm-8pm
Walnut Street Bridge

Wine Over Water is Tennessee’s premier wine-tasting festival. You can sample wines from over 100 world wineries, while you stroll the historic Walnut Street Bridge, which spans the scenic Tennessee River.

Which spring/summer event(s) are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the comments!

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