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Aug. 18-20
The 2017 Pins and Pirates Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Junior Achievement at Spare Time Entertainment in Hixson. This event includes costume and hula hoop contests as well as trivia, Frito Lay Wacky Pin Scramble, and a photo booth.  Each member of a team will receive a Pins and Pirates T-shirt to accompany their two games of bowling at the event.  Teams of six may register for $150 by visiting or by contacting Renee Penney at 892-4488.   

Aug. 24
The 9th annual National Treasures at Point Park, benefiting the Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, 5:30–8:30 p.m. National Treasures is a casual evening of music, a buffet dinner, complimentary drinks, views of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River valley, and fellowship with friends who love the community’s National Park.  Tickets to National Treasures are $75 each or $130 per couple, with a portion of the ticket cost being a tax-deductible donation. For more information, call 648-5623 or visit the Friends of the Park website at  The deadline for purchasing tickets is Aug. 17.     

Aug. 24-26
The Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium bicycle race, back for its 15th year. The “omnium” race is comprised of three events: Time Trial, Criterium, and Road Race.  The event is broken into categories based on age and skill level. The event offers racing from the junior level all the way through the professional level. The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday Goss Insurance Criterium that takes place downtown Chattanooga beginning with amateurs at noon and finishing with professional men and women at 7 p.m.  

Aug. 26
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will conduct a 90-minute car caravan tour in the Chickamauga Battlefield focusing on how the battle impacted the local population. Picking Up the Pieces: The Long Term Effects of the Battle on the People Who Lived There program participants should meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Free. 

Aug. 26
23rd Annual Southern Brewers Festival, 2-10 p.m. on the Chattanooga Riverfront.  The headliner will be Magpie Salute.  Cereus Bright and Hank & Cupcakes will also perform.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now. General admission is $20 until June 15 and $25 after June 15.  Admission at the gate will be $30.  Benefits Chattanooga Kids on the Block and CraftWorks Foundation.

Aug. 26
Siskin Children’s Institute' StarNight 2017, with headliner Sheila E.  Chattanooga Convention Center.  StarNight is a gala supporting Siskin Children’s Institute’s efforts on behalf of children with special needs and their families.  Cocktail reception, beginning at 6 p.m., a formal dinner followed by a performance by Sheila E.  An after-party with dancing and music from one of Chattanooga’s hottest DJs will round out the night. Guests can attend the full black-tie gala, including cocktail reception, dinner, dessert, musical performance and the after-party, for $300 per person. Eight-person tables start at $2,500. For tickets, visit or call 648-1707.

Aug. 26
FarleyCon, the East Ridge Toy and Comic Book Expo, at the East Ridge Community Center,  1517 Tombras Ave.  The vendor room at FarleyCon will be packed with comics, toys, collectibles, artist, authors, crafts and more.  Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and under a free with a paid adult admission. Participants may come dressed as a favorite character and join the cosplay contest. or the Facebook page at  FarleyCon is dedicated to the memory of Jared Allen.  

Aug. 27
The Humane Educational Society will host the Bark-B-Q Boat Ride on board the Southern Belle Riverboat. Guests will enjoy a BBQ buffet that includes pulled pork, buns, cole slaw, baked beans and unlimited soft drinks. A cash bar will be open for passengers 21 and over.  There will also be a slent auction. Boarding begins at 4:30 sharp and the Southern Belle will return at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit homeless animals at the Humane Educational Society. Tickets are $20 and available here.

Sept. 2-3
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a living history encampment with the 16th Alabama at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. The program, Preparing for Battle: The Confederate Occupation of Lookout Mountain, which lasts approximately 30 minutes, is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.   Admission to Point Park is $5 per adult, ages 16 and older. Youth, ages 15 and younger, are free. 

Sept. 6-10 
Chattanooga will host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.  Women’s championship is Saturday, Sept. 9, and the men’s championship is Sunday, Sept. 10. Free celebration of all things Made in Tennessee on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6-10 p.m. Made in Tennessee Celebration.

Sept. 8
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum inaugural Rail Baron’s Bash.  Begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Junction Station Depot, with the dinner train departing at 7:30 p.m.  All proceeds from this fund-raising event will go toward restoration of Office Car #98, The Eden Isle.  All tickets to the Rail Baron’s Bash will include a weekend pass to the Railfest event, along with two drink tickets and a seat on the dinner train. Tickets are $150/person for the Dining Car, which seats four at a table, and $200/person for the Pullman Car, which seats two at a table. Rail Baron’s Bash entertainment includes: drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live Jazz music, special tours of the Eden Isle from 5:30-7:30 p.m., a sneak-peek of the Railroad Timekeepers exhibit and on-board entertainment during our three-course Dinner Train.

Sept. 9
Second Saturdays on Station Street.  Harleys and Guitars with Rubik's Groove will perform. Vendor booths along the south side of the street that showcase local businesses and artists. There will be performing artists such as puppeteers, muralists, and buskers along the street that will showcase Chattanooga’s creativity. There will also be special events and activities for kids throughout the day. Free to the public.

Sept. 15
The Chattanooga Zoo will host its first after-hours event dedicated to animal enrichment, Beast Feast. Beast Feast at the Chattanooga Zoo, 6-8 p.m.  At Beast Feast, guests will have the opportunity to observe the carnivores exercise their naturalistic behaviors and indulge in carcass feedings. Opportunity to purchase food and drinks at the zoo’s restaurant, Wild Burger, and refreshment carts. There will also be cash bars that will serve beer and wine. Beast Feast tickets are now available for purchase online or in the Zoo Gift Shop during normal operating hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Tickets will be sold at the door if not sold out. 

Sept. 16
The Cherokee Valley Region Antique Automobile Club of America Antique Car Show at Bradley Square Mall, on Paul Huff Parkway. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Judging begins at 11 a.m.  Pre-registration is $10 per vehicle or $15 the day of show.  Admission for spectators is free.   There will be antique car rides, face painting, and door prizes.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Toys for Tots Christmas Fund. For more information call 336-6855, email or visit

Sept. 19
First Things First will commemorate two decades of strong families and healthy relationships in Chattanooga at the Chattanooga Convention Center with a Birthday BASH.  Variety of food, music and birthday cake. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $75 per person, and an exclusive VIP Experience is available for $100 per person which includes a private reception at 5:15 p.m. before the main event. Capacity is limited and tickets must be purchased by Sept. 14. Buy tickets at or call the FTF office at 267-5383.      

Oct. 5-8
23rd Annual Wine Over Water benefiting Cornerstones, Inc. The main event, Wine Over Water, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, on the Walnut Street Bridge. Five-course wine dinner will be at St. John’s on Thursday, Oct. 5, and yoga brunch on Sunday, Oct. 8, with other events in between. Tickets to all events can be purchased at and range in price from $75 - $150.  More information can also be found on the Wine Over Water websiteInstagram, and Facebook page.



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