Summer Festivals Return To Chattanooga

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Chattanooga Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 9-10
Chattanooga Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 9-10

Returning this summer are many of Chattanooga’s most popular festivals. “Our community is actively preparing (and vaccinating) for the return of public gatherings, and awaiting the return of social experiences which are so important to our mental well-being,” said Chris Thomas, executive director of Public Markets. “While our Spring season is conservative and limited in scope, our Summer and Fall plans do follow the national projections and we anticipate a broader return to normalcy and larger festivals and events.”

The first festival to take place in the First Horizon Pavilion is the inaugural Chattanooga Beer Fest on Saturday, May 29, from 12-3 p.m. The event is presented by Deschutes Brewery, one of the original craft beer producers just now being introduced to the Chattanooga area.

Additional brewers of craft beer joining the festival include: Hutton & Smith (Chattanooga), Sweetwater Brewing (Atlanta), Odd Story Brewing (Chattanooga), New Belgium (Asheville, NC), Wiseacre (Memphis), Founder’s Brewing Company (Grand Rapids), Naked River (Chattanooga), Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo), Tennessee Brew Works (Nashville), Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle), Highland Brewing (Asheville), Wicked Weed (Asheville), Bold Rock (Mills River, NC), Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon), Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, OH), Jackalope Brewery (Nashville), Blakes Hard Cider (Armada, MI), Goose Island (Chicago), Kona Brewing (Kailua-Kona), Black Abbey (Nashville), Crosstown Brewing (Memphis), Sycamore Brewing (Charlotte), Mighty Swell (Austin, TX), Wanderlinger (Chattanooga) and the Barley Mob (Chattanooga).

A $45 ticket gets beer connoisseurs unlimited tastings—along with a commemorative glass—for the entire event. To maintain a spacious and stress-free environment, only 1,000 tickets are being issued for the 56,000 square-foot facility; no walk-up tickets will be offered. All health guidelines in effect at the time of the festival will be in effect.

A portion of this events proceeds will benefit the Chattanooga Market. Tickets must be purchased in advance at chattanoogabeerfest.com

Sip TN Chattanooga Wine Festival, presented by Tennessee Farm Winegrowers, will be held Saturday, June 5, at the First Horizon Pavilion. The Festival is a wine grower-to-table event where patrons can sample wines from about 15 regional growers and buy full bottles directly. The event will similarly offer entertainment, local eats and some featured artisans. Proceeds benefit two non-profits: The Chattanooga Market and Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Association. Advanced tickets for this event can be purchased at siptn.com/chattanooga

In partnership with the city of Collegedale, the Collegedale Freedom Celebration & Fireworks will be held on Thursday July 1, beginning at 4 p.m. The Commons will be this year’s festival centerpiece, with food trucks, entertainment and a freedom market taking place at Founder’s Hall. Performances will include the band Monday Night Social (Nashville) and the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free, but parking is limited—visitors should plan to arrive early.

Chattanooga Oktoberfest returns this year on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10, at the First Horizon Pavilion. The city’s original and largest celebration of seasonal beers, German foods and oompah music is expected to deliver full-strength fun once again. Reported by Fox News as one of the Nation’s Best Family-Friendly Oktoberfests, everyone is welcome and admission is free. More information will be posted this summer to the festival website at chattanoogaoktoberfest.com



Weekly Road Construction Report

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Annual Memorial Service

CDOT Announces Scenic Highway Closure Thursday Afternoon


Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29: BRADLEY COUNTY SR-2 (S. LEE HWY.) Utility Work northbound from LM 8.21 to LM 8.44: Lane closures between Grove Ave NW and Harrison ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will honor state troopers and other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty at the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s annual ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Department of Transportation announces Scenic Highway between Cummings Highway and Old Wauhatchie Pike will close today at 1:30 p.m. for one hour. The City of Chattanooga Forestry ... (click for more)



Happenings

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29: BRADLEY COUNTY SR-2 (S. LEE HWY.) Utility Work northbound from LM 8.21 to LM 8.44: Lane closures between Grove Ave NW and Harrison Pike. Signage, flaggers, and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment for nighttime and daytime work between 8 PM and ... (click for more)

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Annual Memorial Service

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will honor state troopers and other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty at the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s annual memorial service 9 a.m. Friday. The service will take place at the TDOSHS in Nashville. Commissioner Jeff Long, Colonel Matt Perry, family and friends of fallen officers will be in ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Boyd Raises Issue Of Pinkston Raises To A Staff Member He Married And Hiring Her Brother; DA Says, "I Have Done Nothing Wrong"

County Commissioner Tim Boyd has questioned District Attorney Neal Pinkston on the issue of relatives in his office. He released an email he received that was critical of DA Pinkston giving allegedly excessive raises to a top staff member that he married and for hiring her brother. At budget hearings, he asked DA Pinkston whether he had any relatives on the county payroll. ... (click for more)

2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shooting Wednesday Night On Ridgeside Road

DeQuan Paris, 25, and LaRome Ridley, 20, were killed and a 29-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Ridgeside Road Wednesday evening. The two men who died are brothers. They have two other brothers. Their mother, Amanda Del “Rat” Paris, died last Dec. 3 at age 39. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Ridgeside Road on a report of a person shot at approximately ... (click for more)

Opinion

Please Stop Calling Us “Latinx”

We’re asking nicely, because we think the use of the term has been mostly well-intentioned. But let’s start with some numbers: a mere 3 percent of Americans of Latin-American descent use “Latinx” to describe themselves. This is based on a 2020 Pew Research poll of about 3,000 American Latinos. Those who want for “Latinx” to become the default say it’s preferable because it’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Earn Life's "Free Lunches"

The worst debacle in our nation’s history, it is beginning to be proven, was when the United States was quarantined during the COVID-19 epidemic. Our economy – from employment to production – was stymied. Our next generation responded with virtually no education for an entire year and a surging teen suicide epidemic and the biggest profits that were made in the second half of 2020 ... (click for more)