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April 19    
The Jewish Film Series presents The Last Mensch, in German and Hungarian with English subtitles, at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.  7 p.m.  Ages 16 and older.  Tickets are $7. Born as Menachen Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz escaped from Auschwitz with his life, only to exterminate his Jewishness. When faced with his own mortality, Marcus sets out with an unlikely friend on a journey that will irrevocably change both of them. Click here for the trailer.

April 20
Creative Discovery Museum invites adults to its first Drink & Discover: The World of CDM where being over 21 has never been so much fun. 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and on sale now at Drink tickets can be purchased online in advance. Beer and wine tickets will be sold for $4 each. A valid ID is required to enter Drink & Discover. 

April 20
Singer/songwriter Steve Green at the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner on at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner. Proceeds from this event allow academically qualified Tennessee students with a family gross income of $35,000 or less come to Bryan College tuition-free. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased online at or by phone at 423-775-7323. The RSVP deadline is April 13.

April 20
Heritage House will present the 80th anniversary screening of A Star is Born. There will be two screenings, one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. and both have free admission with popcorn.

April 22
The Lula Lake Land Trust first Hike, Bike and Brew. 3-7 p.m. at the Lula Lake Land Trust. Local breweries will compete for the unofficial title of "Chattanooga's Favorite Brew." Participants may enjoy a hike or mountain bike ride on Lula Lake Land Trust's trails as they visit seven different beer stations positioned along the trails. There will be beer from Hutton and Smith, Chattanooga Brewing Company, Big River, Oddstory, Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, as well as local home brewers.  Guests will vote for their favorite. Early bird registration is $35 and ends on April 14 at 11:59 p.m. Week-of and day-of tickets are $45. Tickets are available here.

April 22
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special two hour car caravan tour of Chickamauga Battlefield exploring the battle’s sensory history, 2 p.m.  Participants are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions and to bring a bottle of water.     

April 22
The Chattanooga Earth Day Rally: For the Love of Science at Ross' Landing.  3-10 p.m. Family-friendly event includes music, speakers, vendors, yoga during the day, light demonstrations after dark, and more. For more information, visit the Chattanooga Earth Day Rally: For the Love of Science Facebook event page or e-mail Jami at 

April 22-23
The Alhambra Provost's Gun & Knife show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $8.  The Alhambra Shriners Auditorium is at 1000 Alhambra Dr.

April 23
Sunday Gospel Brunch.  Come on out to our brunch and enjoy a sumptuous meal while appreciating this uplifting, soulful music on the day it was meant to be heard. We’re talking about homemade southern cooking that will fill your stomach and inspiring music that will stir your soul. The brunch will be catered by Dipped Fresh.  We have changed location to our space on MLK Blvd. Seating will be limited (only 60 tickets will be sold) and since the inception of this event, we have sold out every time so plan to get your tickets early.  We are featuring Jazzanooga director, Shane Morrow. 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

April 26  
The Jewish Film Series presents AKA Nadia, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.  7 p.m. Ages 16 and older.  Tickets are $7. Maya is a happily married mother of two. She is a successful choreographer and everything seems perfect….but this life is a lie. Unbeknownst to her family and everyone around her, she has a hidden past. Click here for the trailer.

April 27
Chattanooga Friends fourth annual Bartender Brawl, 6-9 p.m. in Miller Plaza.  The event is sponsored by 1885 Grill.  The only competition of its kind in Chattanooga, this is a no-holds-barred, all-out fight to the finish between local restaurants and bars to see who can mix the best cocktail.   Live music from the Old Time Travelers.  Tickets may be purchased at Tickets are all inclusive (no drink tokens) and are $30 in advance, or $40 day of the event.  Proceeds will benefit Siskin Children's Institute, Northside Neighborhood House, and Boys and Girls Club. 

April 28-30
The 19th Annual Food for Life Conference at the Sequatchie Valley Institute, 1233 Cartwright Loop in Whitwell. Families are invited for three days of camping, take part in workshops on food preservation, cooking methods, diet choices and nutrition, native forest foods and medicines, wood stove and cast iron cooking, butchering, and fermented foods and will also be able to learn about the political, social, and ecological implications of food and agriculture.  The income-based sliding scale for the three-day event is $100-$200.  The fee for Saturday only is $40-$100. Children under 9 years are free, 10-16 years are $10-$40 per day.  This includes nutritious meals, all workshops, children's programs, and rustic camping.  Work trade is available. For more information contact 949-5922 or or visit for information and reservations. 

April 29
FarleyCon returns to East Ridge at the East Ridge Community Center at 1517 Tombras Ave., East Ridge.  FarleyCon is a multi-fandom pop culture convention.  Tickets are $10 for adults and children 12 and under a free with a paid adult admission. For more information, visit us at or the Facebook page at

April 29
Art & Jazz Day Party with Black Art in America. Come join us as we capture the energy of visual arts and Jazz together in our 1st Annual Arts & Jazz Day Party. All fine arts and music collectors, art lovers and Chattanooga art enthusiasts are invited to attend this event featuring a special exhibition / discussion on African American Arts facilitated by Najee Dorsey, founder of Black Art In America.  Mr. Dorsey's work along with other works by African American masters of the 20th Century will be available to view and purchase. $5 donation at the door is greatly appreciated and will benefit our upcoming community programs and services.  Beer and wine cash bar will be provided.  BAIA is the leading online portal and social network focused on African-American Art. BAIA amplifies thought-provoking commentary on today's visual arts news from a variety of perspectives, including breaking news, gallery meet-ups, market trends, and profiling leading (and emerging) Black visual artists in the country. 2 p.m.

April 29
The Communities In School Duck Derby is an event where hundreds of numbered rubber ducks are launched into the Chickamauga Creek in Ringgold.  These rubber ducklings will race toward the finish line for a chance to win $1,000 plus other prizes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clark Park on Robin Road in Ringgold.  Admission is free.  Ducks may be purchased now to enter the race by going to the event website. Ducks start at $10.  The Mules will provide live entertainment at 11:30 a.m. and the Duck Parade will start at 12:30 p.m. Craft vendors, food, inflatables and more will also be available. 

April 29
Chattanooga’s first Tabletop Game Fest, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on International Tabletop Day. The event will take place at the historic, downtown Ridgedale Masonic Lodge and features 12 hours of non-stop board games, role-playing, war games, card games, and every other game that may be played on a table.  Entry is $5 and is open to gamers of all ages. Parking is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase. The Ridgedale Masonic Lodge is at 1500 Dodds Ave.

April 29-30
Repticon, held at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge.  Doors open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, closing at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the show hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At the door, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are admitted free. VIP and advance tickets may be purchased at

April 30 
Jazz Poetry Tribute to Billie Holiday. Speaking truth and emotion, sonic and rhythmic, structured and free, poetry and jazz seem like natural born partners. More often, we do hear poets read their writing to accompaniment by jazz musicians — a form of spoken-word performance. Others write poetry inspired, informed and shaped by jazz.In celebration of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazzanooga welcomes Laurie Perry Vaughen, Poet as she reads from her work accompanied by specially composed music by Award-winning Atlanta composer Jeff Crompton in a collaborative effort titled “Billie Holiday on the Radio: Tune in the Sociology of the South.”  Joining Crompton under the moniker Three Way Mirror will be fellow 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra mates Bill Pritchard (tuba) and John Arthur (percussion). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Performance begins at 5 p.m. Light refreshments and cash bar available.  Tickets are available here

May 4
The MOMentum Network hosts GATHER, a fundraiser celebration of single mom graduates and future scholars. At The Venue Chattanooga, 4119 Cummings Hwy. VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., general admission to the Market & Mingle opens at 6  a.m. with a Grad Celebration at 7 p.m. or contact

May 6
Chattanooga Room in the Inn annual signature fundraiser, Tell Me Something Derby.  At the Black Creek Club in Lookout Valley, the event will include attention to detail in white table linens, centerpieces, food and the televised Run for the Roses on large screen TV’s.  The new venue will also offer an open bar and silent auction. Individual tickets are $100 each. Reserved tables for eight start at $1,000. For tickets please contact Chattanooga Room in the Inn at 624-6144.

May 13
The Chattanooga Audubon Society will host the sixth annual Little Owl Music Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Audubon Acres sanctuary.  The festival will be a day of music, art and nature. Admission is $7 per person or $15 per carload. Michael Gray returns as stage producer and master of ceremonies.  There will be nature hikes and activities for people of all ages as well as birds of prey from Harrison Bay State Park, arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits and food vendors. 

May 13
UnCorked, an evening of food and wine to benefit the Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Renaissance Park. The event will include wine tasting, Chattanooga cuisine and music for sipping and dance, all on the banks of the Tennessee River. Party guests will dance to Chattanooga’s own OGYA World Music Band.  VIP tickets are $125 and general admission is $75 and they are available here

May 13-14
Members of The Tri-State Rose Society of Chattanooga host self-guided private rose garden tours for the public.  Up to eight gardens will be featured from all over the greater metropolitan area, including St. Elmo, Hixson, East Brainerd, Middle Valley, Ooltewah and Soddy Daisy.  A complete list of gardens and locations will be released May 1, at which time the list will also be posted on 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Mother’s Day.   No charge for the self-guided tour, however donations to the Tri-State Rose Society will be accepted.  Contact for more information.

May 18
CHI Memorial Foundation and the Hunter Museum of American Art are co-presenting the 17th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  5 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will return as this year’s guest performer/speaker.  Individual tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a host bar, a performance by Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, and admission to the Hunter Museum of American Art.   495-4141 or visit

May 27
Harrison Lodge will host the 2017 Cars for Kids Car Show in memory of Ronnie Blaylock, Sr.  Brown Middle School parking lot, 5716 TN-58, in Harrison. Entry fee is $15 and registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  There are also swap meet spaces available. All proceeds will go to special education classes in Hamilton County. For more information, contact Claude Shelton at 284-1821, Kevin Akins at 290-1190, or Charlie Haney at 706.217-9661. 

June 10-11
The Alhambra Provost's Gun & Knife show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $8.  The Alhambra Shriners Auditorium is at 1000 Alhambra Dr.


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