Chattanooga River Market And Collegedale Market To Open Mid-March For 2021 Season

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The organizers of Chattanooga area farmers and artists markets have set the 2021 dates for reopening to the public. After a safe execution of the their markets during the pandemic in 2020, the organization feels confident—and also responsible—for maintaining the connection between between farms/artisans and the community. 

The second weekend in March, two markets will open. Chattanooga River Market will be held both Fridays and Saturdays this spring from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning March 12 and 13.

This (primarily) artists market is held on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza in its 10th season. Each Saturday opens with a free yoga class taught by Chattanooga Community Yoga. In addition, a local food truck will be on site offering eats throughout the day and live music will make for a festive family outing. The  Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX are both open for visiting.

For folks in the East Hamilton county areas, the popular  Collegedale Market will reopen beginning Sunday, March 14, at The Commons. Hours for this market are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and the majority of vendors will be placed outdoors, allowing for social distancing. With a commitment from local farms, this is a terrific venue for locals to get farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses and breads. Several regional artists will attend as well. The Collegedale Market, in its seventh season, has become a well-attended market for the Ooltewah, East Brainerd, Collegedale and Bradley County communities.

It should be noted that both markets will practice social distancing by limiting/spacing vendors and masks will be required.

IMPORTANT DATES

Pre-season Vendor Conference: Held annually for current vendors and those interested in becoming a vendor. Saturday, Feb. 13. Register online  HERE to attend (this year via ZOOM) or go to Chattanooga Market.com to learn more.

Chattanooga River Market: OPENS Friday, March 12/Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tennessee Aquarium Plaza

Collegedale Market: Opens Sunday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at  The Commons


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