Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest Is Oct. 24

Celebrating Chattanooga As The “South’s Renaissance City"

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest is a signature partnership event that takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with activities spanning from Renaissance Park, Coolidge Park, NorthShore, Walnut Street Bridge, and Bluff View Arts District.

Envisioned and creatively directed by the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture—Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest is a first annual event that engages partners from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Parks Foundation, City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of the Festival, Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga Market, Chattanooga Choo Choo, NorthShore Merchants Association, Two North Shore, Chattanooga Teen Scene, Chattanooga Parent Magazine, Activity Rentals, Bluff View Art District, and many more.

EAC Administrator Missy Crutchfield said, “Chattanooga has had pockets of Oktoberfest activity throughout the years—Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest ‘connects the dots’ and brings together all the great events and activities under a collaborative umbrella that celebrates community and celebrates Chattanooga as the ‘South’s Renaissance City.’ This year’s event is the beginning of an annual festival that will combine a Renaissance Festival with Oktoberfest to create a truly unique Chattanooga event.”

Highlights of Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest will include:

Bluff View Art District will come to life with glass blowing and arts on the Piazza, wine and beer flights, German specials for dinner at Back Inn Café, strudels and pretzels at the Bluff View Bakery, local farmers selling fall flowers and pumpkins, and activities for children.

Hunter Museum of American Art offers beer and bratwurst on the Plaza with discounted tickets for visitors.

Market on the Bridge will bring Chattanooga Market to the Walnut Street Bridge for Saturday, Oct. 24, (with the regularly scheduled Chattanooga Market resuming at the First Tennessee Pavilion on Sunday, Oct. 25—two days to shop the market)
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Children’s Village in Coolidge Park is hosted by Chattanooga Parent Magazine and Activity Rentals with Renaissance-inspired games and activities for kids.

Coolidge Park stage spotlights local entertainment throughout the day in partnership with Friends of the Festival.

Renaissance Park celebrates a microcosm of the community organizations and people who make Chattanooga the “South’s Renaissance City.”

Sponsorship proceeds from Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest will benefit arts and literacy programming in city recreation centers, community events, and educational programming through the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture’s Unbroken Youth Initiative. These programs are not supported through the department’s budget, so EAC is creatively addressing funding needs through its new Unbroken model, connecting with community events, partnerships, and sponsorships.

About the Unbroken Youth Initiative: The mission is to create a coalition of community partners from creatively inspired, non-profit, education and the arts and media, government and corporate agencies, and individuals to reach at-risk youth through mentoring, tutoring and community events. The key focus for Unbroken is literacy and reading skills, while meeting mentoring and tutoring needs and addressing social issues through the arts in Unbroken communities.

For more information about Chattanooga’s Renaissance Oktoberfest or the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture contact Melissa Turner 425-7826 or turner_m@mail.chattanooga.gov.


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