The temperatures are feeling a little more fall like this weekend. As we head into November, the leaves are finally changing and the sweaters area coming out of the closet. This is the world’s largest regatta, the Head of the Hooch, weekend and downtown will be packed with rowers, coaches and spectators alike. (Insider tip, park on the North Shore and watch from the Walnut Street Bridge). If you are not into rowing, there is plenty of fun things to do. Fun fact: daylight savings ends this weekend, so you get an extra hour of fun (or sleep). Here are your best bets.
Dia de Muertos
The Creative Discovery Museum is excellent at educating kids about all kinds of things including cultures, science and art. Saturday is Día de Muertos, and the traditionally Mexican and Guatemalan cultural day is all about family and remembrance. The event is a colorful, vibrant, happy time for children and adults to come together and celebrate the living while honoring the past. Visitors will be able to taste traditional foods, watch Mexican and Guatemalan folkloric dance, make marigold paper flowers, create small and large-scale kites, see an altar display and more. Saturday 12-4 pm Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut Street Free with museum admission
Chattanooga Balloon Festival
Chattanoogaans who love hot air balloons should be super excited about this weekend’s inaugural Balloon Festival. Featuring 15 hot air balloons from around the country and rides can be purchased for $20 per person. Held in the Tennessee Riverpark, the event will feature a Ferris wheel, vendors, kids games and inflatables and of course, balloons! There will be a balloon glow finale at 8 pm. Friday and Saturday 4-10 pm. 4301 Amnicola Parkway $20 adults/ $15 kids.
Prohibition Speakeasy: A Roaring 20’s Party
Chattanooga Vintage Dancers is a social group that celebrates the popular dances of the 1800’s-1950’s. This Saturday, the group hosts the 3rd Annual Prohibition Speakeasy. Dress up in your 20’s attire, grab your significant other and party like its 1929. Tickets include dancing, food, poker and live music. Cash bar available. Tickets online. 2523 Glass St. 7:30-11:30
Yeti Cyle Demo
Winter is mountain biking time in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas. Suck Creek Cylces is demoing Yeti Cycles at the Laurel Point parking lot on Raccoon Mountain and find your vehicle for fun this winter. Yeti cycles are made in Golden, Colorado, home of epic mountain biking. Grab your helmet and ID and test ride some great bikes 11-4 pm. Free. Raccoon Mountain.
Gobbler Day Chattanooga Market
Sunday is Gobbler Day at the Chattanooga Market where market goers will have an opportunity to pre-register for the Grateful Gobbler Walk, purchase festive Thanksgiving gear, as well as enter the Turkey Gobbler Call Contest. The contest will feature children and adults giving their best turkey call. Two winners will be selected from each category and each will be awarded with a festive Grateful Gobbler hat and one admission to Chattanooga’s Thanksgiving tradition, 20th Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk. You can purchase fall produce, grab some early holiday gifts and just enjoy being out and about in the cool fall weather. Free to attend. 11-4 pm. 1826 Carter Street
Have a happy weekend! Enjoy that extra hour of sleep!