There is a talk of a new railway line between Nashville and Atlanta with one of the stops being Chattanooga. While this sounds exciting to me, I wonder if I would travel to Atlanta or Nashville for anything other than Trader Joe’s. After all, Chattanooga has all the things that I love, including live music, a great outdoor culture, world class art museum and thriving social scene. This weekend, we have one of our two film festivals featuring films from all over the world and outlaw country singer Alexis Williams performing. There is no chance of a Trader Joe’s trip this weekend, but there is a lot of fun to be had! Here are your best bets.
Lookout Wild Film Festival
Since 2013, the Lookout Wild Film Festival has brought the best outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world to Chattanooga, affording the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by stories that celebrate wild places and the people they inspire. Held in the historic Tivolli Theater and geared toward nature and adventure enthusiasts, the film festival includes extras such as Q and A dinners with filmmakers and live music at intermissions. I attended this last year and was blown away by how beautiful the films were. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Times are posted here. Tickets are $15. 709 Broad Street, Friday-Sunday
Electric Bike Pop Up
If you have ever ridden an electric bike, you know they are amazing! Climbing a hill and need a little boost? Push a button and up you go. Our family rode them up the Blue Ridge Parkway and had a blast. You are still peddling, but not quite as hard. I can’t recommend them enough! Don’t just take my word for it, Saturday, you can test ride an electric bike for yourself at Pedego’s electric bike pop up at Fountainhead Taproom. Pedego is the biggest brand of electric bikes and the local store is bringing their stock to Fountainhead Taproom so you can enjoy a beverage and bike a bit. 1-6 pm 1617 Rossville Ave.
Craft-a Nooga Kids
The Chattanooga Library is a magical place. First of all, it has an excellent lending book collection. And the library is a great source of information for just about anything you want to know. What makes our library so special is all the programs and resources that it offers. Did you know there is a full recording studio that you can rent time in at the Chattanooga Library? The 4th Floor houses a design lab with focus on “information, design, technology and applied arts”. There are also unique events every single day, from story time to dog training. This weekend, one of the offerings is crafting for kids. Designed for kids 3-8 (the age that needs to get out of the house on a long weekend), this is an hour long craft session offering all you need to create a masterpiece. 3-4 pm. Free 2nd floor of the Downtown Chattanooga Libray 1001 Broad Street
Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is the primary sponsor for the 28th edition of the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival and many staff members and volunteers will again be contributing their services. The festival is a celebration of the thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate through or spend the winter on and around the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood . Music, special programs, children’s arts and crafts booth, the Amercian Eagle Foundation raptor show and the Native American folklore specialists, as well as opportunity to enjoy the birds with expert bird watchers. Saturday-Sunday at the Hiwassee Refuge and Birchwood Community Center. Free shuttle buses will be available from the Birchwood Community Center to the refuge, as there is no parking at the refuge. 5360 Tn-60 Birchwood TN
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy all that Chattanooga has to offer. Interested in more information about homes or property in the area? We would love to hear from you!