June is the month with the longest day of the year, Father’s day and when produce starts to really get going in Tennessee. All that summer light makes everyone want to get out and enjoy life. This weekend, the Chattanooga area fun may be a little soggy, but it will definitely be going full force. Here are your best bets for a great weekend.
Murder on the Nile
Agatha Christie’s play Murder on the Nile, based on her novel Death on the Nile, continues tonight at the Chattanooga Theater Centre. The play, which debuted in 1944, takes place on the observation deck of a paddle steamer heading down the Nile River. This production is modeled after the genre of film noir which is reflected in the set, costumes and lighting. Tickets are available online or at the box office. $25 8 pm 400 River Street
D-Day at the Imax
With this week marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, there have been quite a few news articles and stories about the battle that changed not only the war, but the history of the world. This weekend, you can view the 3-D documentary, D-Day Normandy 1944, narrated by Tom Brokaw at the IMAX 3-D theater downtown. A special display of memorabilia provided by the Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center will be in the lobby during the film’s screenings. The screenings are Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. 1 Broad Street
Ice Cream Safari
The Chattanooga Zoo is a special place. Our family had a membership for years when our kids were little. We love the smallness and great quality of the exhibits. The Chattanooga Zoo has many events throughout the year, but the Ice Cream Safari is one of my very favorites. For an additional $5 ($8 day of), you can enjoy all you can eat ice cream from local vendors, including Clumpies, Ben & Jerry’s, Dipping Dots and more, while you check out the animals both in their habitats and at special meet and greets. The event will have education stations as well for added hands on enjoyment. Saturday, 4-7 pm. Tickets available online. 301 North Holtzclaw
Champy’s Chicken Anniversary
Champy’s turns 10! Champy’s Chicken, the home of the 40 oz koozie, tamales and arguably the best fried chicken in town, will be hosting a shindig to celebrate their 10 years of blues, brews, and bird! With music, food and of course, beer, the MLK location is planning for a crowd (they have rented tents!) With a great music lineup and deals on food, you can expect a great big party. Cash only. Sunday, June 9th 12-? Free 526 E ML King
As I said before, the produce is finally starting to come into the local farmer’s markets. Sunday, three teams of teenagers will compete to shop, create and cook before a live audience of the Chattanooga Market attendees. Judges will vote on the prepared dish made from items shopped from the farmer’s market. Cooking begins at 12:30 with judging at 1:30. Hang out and watch the kids cook, enjoy lunch from the plethora of food truck options and do a little shopping yourself. The Chattanooga Market is every Sunday through November and features local farmers, artisans and musicians. Free. 11-4 pm. 1826 Carter Street
While the weekend promises to be a wet one, there will be pockets of dry offering plenty of time to get out and check out a trail, walk downtown for lunch or sit on a patio for an afternoon cocktail. We hope yours is wonderful.