Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Free Outdoor Concert Series
At Greenway Farm Park
Thursdays in October 5, 12, 19 & 26
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thanks to Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this free, family friendly, outdoor concert series hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga, which gathers around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park. All ages are invited to come out, unplug and enjoy an autumn evening in the park.

Bring your blankets and chairs, marshmallow roasting sticks and perhaps a picnic supper; then sit back and enjoy live music in a rustic outdoor setting. The stage is located on the porch of the Sniteman Log Cabin behind the gardens at Greenway Farm Park,
5051 Gann Store Rd., Hixson, TN 37343. 

2017 Music Lineup
October 5: The Von Wamps
October 12: Caney Creek Company 
(In conjunction with the Community Campout)
October 19: Cannon Hunt 
October 26: Randy Steele 
For more information email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423-643-6888.

Sunset Night Hike
Wednesday, October 11th 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Explore the trails of Stringer's Ridge Park after hours as the sun sets and the light fades on this free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Approximately 3 miles round trip, this leisurely paced and beginner friendly hike lead to an overlook to get the best view of the Scenic city's nighttime skyline and shimmering lights. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather and bring their own water and a headlamp. Appropriate for ages eight and up when accompanied by an adult. Hike will last approximately 1.5 hour. Reservations are required in advance as parking space is limited. Call 423-643-6888 for more info and to register.

Community Campout at Greenway Farm 
Thursday, October 12th 2 p.m. - Friday, October 13th 10 a.m.
Join us for a family friendly Community Campout at the Greenway Farm City Park. The open fields provide plenty of space to pitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars. This is the only day of the year that camping is permitted at the Greenway, and just so happens to coincide with Hamilton County School's fall break, so don't miss your chance to enjoy this unique experience. Outdoor Chattanooga staff will offer organized activities like canoeing, archery, and hiking for registered campers leading up to the free Fireside concert with Caney Creek Company. Campout cost is $30 per site for up to 5 people. Pre-registration is required. No walk up or day of reservations will be accepted. Registration closes Tuesday, October 10. For more information and to get registered, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423-643-6888.

Family Funday on Sunday
Sunday, October 15th 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic, load up the family and come to Greenway Farms Park to have the ultimate Family Funday full of activity! Outdoor Chattanooga will provide equipment for families to try archery, paddle the creek by canoe or take a self guided nature hike. All activities meet at the archery range by the dog park. A liability release form will be required for canoeing and archery. Severe weather or changes in water level may cancel or delay this program. For more info email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

All ages can take aim at the outdoor archery range located by the dog park at Greenway Farms. Outdoor Chattanooga staff will provide all the equipment and instruction for this activity. Available between 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Cost: free | first come, first served. Just show up, take aim and give archery a try!
Outdoor Chattanooga will provide all the equipment needed to paddle the creek at your own pace including tandem canoes, PFD's, and paddles. Canoes are available from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m at the boat ramp behind the gardens. Cost: $25 per canoe | first come, first served. We can only accept cash or check on location.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bike Tour 
Saturday, October 21st 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga for a free, leisurely paced, historical bike tour through Chickamauga Battlefield.The ride is on moderately-hilly terrain, lasts about 2 hours, with frequent stops as the Ranger talks about the history of the battlefield.The rides are appropriate for ages 8 and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are required to wear helmets. Bring your own bicycle or borrow a bicycle from the Outdoor Chattanooga's mobile bicycle fleet at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from Friends of the Park, Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for the bicycles are required and only available to riders 5' or taller. Contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 for more information or to reserve a bicycle. 
Chattanooga Area Interscholastic Climbing League

The 2017-2018 school year is back in session, and Outdoor Chattanooga is excited to once again partner with High Point Climbing Downtown, Riverside and Tennessee Bouldering Authority to offer middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in the Chattanooga area Interscholastic Climbing League (ICL). The ICL provides a competitive climbing program for middle and high school students that introduces them to a challenging sport in an environment that emphasizes communication, teamwork, and positive social interaction without the competitive pressures often associated with traditional sports. The ICL offers six organized meets for school teams to compete in through the winter months. Students and coaches don't have to have any prior experience to participate in the league. Most area schools, including public, private and home schools have established climbing teams. Teams are comprised of a minimum of five student climbers and a coach or team sponsor. Schools can have more than one team as long as each team has a minimum of five student climbers. Interested participants are encouraged to check with their school to see if a team already exists and how to join. If a school doesn't have a team, participants can email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423-643-6888 to find out how to form a new team or to compete individually.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Community Events

Tennessee River Rescue
Saturday, October 7th  9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Take part in cleaning the Tennessee River and its tributaries in the annual Tennessee River Rescue! There are 15 locations and each zone will provide gloves, trashbags, and River Rescue tshirts! Check out the website to find zone locations in Hamilton, Bradley and Marion Counties along with contact information for volunteer coordinators. Volunteer with Tennessee River Gorge Trust to clean up the Suck Creek Zone.  

Chattanooga City Celebration & Ciclovia
Sunday, October 8th  12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Join us for the first annual City Celebration & Ciclovia on Sunday, October 8th. A rolling street party that will take cyclists & pedestrians from downtown to east Chattanooga, the City Celebration will partially close roads to vehicular traffic along a 6-mile route that will connect a series of neighborhood block parties along the way - with live music, interactive games, arts, and more! Rather than driving past your neighbors, take this opportunity to connect with them in a fun, unique & energizing way as we celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community! Check out the website for more info and a map of the route.

Harrison Bay Star Party
Saturday, October 14th 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
The monthly Harrison Bay Star Party hosted by The Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga is a great opportunity to learn about astronomy and look through telescopes at the night sky for free. This month's program focuses on Scary Astronomy and Superstitions. Did you know that Halloween has origins in Astronomy, that there is a "Demon Star" and a "Ghost of Jupiter?" Don't miss this uniquely Halloween tour of the Cosmos...but beware: the Witch Head Nebula is out to get you! 

Cleveland Apple Festival
Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 22
The Cleveland Apple Festival is a family event that is held each fall in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee. This annual festival offers an art and craft show, live music, food booths, pony and hayrides, entertainment, children's activities and much more! All children's activities in the Trailhead Bicycle Kid's Zone are free to children 12 and under including pony rides!
More Community Events

This Month's Local Outdoor Adventure(s):

River Rocks Chattanooga
The entire month of October! Dates, Times and Locations Vary by event!
The secret is out! Everyone knows that Chattanooga is a beautiful place to be in October! And if you're looking for a true local adventure, you'll find it in River Rocks Chattanooga! River Rocks is a multi-day event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to the Scenic City to compete, celebrate Chattanooga's outdoors lifestyle and enjoy live music all through the month of October. We'll share the highlights of this month long festival and hope you'll take some time to get out and adventure with us!

Date          Event
10.6.17        3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival
10.7.17        Sculpture in the Sky-Colorful Kites
                    Tennessee River Rescue
                    Lula Lake Open Gate Day 
                    Mountain to Town Bike Adventure
                    3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival
10.8.17        City Celebration and Ciclovia
                    Lula Lake Open Gate Day
10.11.17      Snail Darter
                    Sunset Night Hike
10.12.17      Fireside-Outdoor Concert Series
                    Fall Community Camp Out
10.14.17      Cannonball
                    Chattanooga Head Race
                    Chatt-Town Throw Down
                    Lula Lake 5 Points 50
                    Swim the Suck
                    Wild & Scenic Film Festival
10.15.17      7 Bridges Marathon
                    Family Fun-day Sunday
10.16.17      Start up Week Chattanooga
10.17.17      Live-Work-Play Riverwalk Ride
10.19.17      Fireside-Outdoor Concert Series
10.20.17      Best Town (For)Ever
10.22.17      Urban Nature 10K
10.26.17      Fireside-Outdoor Concert Series 
10.28.17      Triple Crown of Bouldering
                    Trailblaze Challenge
All month     Fall Colors Tour

Looking Ahead...Upcoming Events in 2017

2          Chattanooga Hiking Club Monthly Meeting + Guest Speaker
3          Demystifying Fly Fishing
5          Fireside Outdoor Music Series
            Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series
6          Night Hike @ Cloudland Canyon
6-7       Fall Native Plant Sale
            3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival
6-21     RiverRocks Chattanooga
7          Tennessee River Rescue
            Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point 
7-8       Adventure Fest

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