I don’t know about you, but for me, the weekend could not get here fast enough! Not because work is unpleasant (on the contrary) but because I have been driving past the tents set up downtown on the waterfront and on the Walnut Street Bridge. This is one of the very best weekends in the fall as far as I am concerned. Here are your best bets for enjoying all the amazing things going on this weekend.
3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival
I love live music. Just about all of my vacations center around hearing music and when I am home, I try to catch as much local music as I can. Chattanooga offers an amazing amount of both local and national acts on a regular basis, so I am rarely struggling to find something to see. This weekend, one of the top music festivals in the country is held here in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Music festival is a a gift from world renowned fiddle player, Fletcher Bright, in honor of his three daughters. The festival highlights traditional and modern bluegrass, offers a family friendly way to enjoy the beginning of fall and, best of all, is 100% free. This year, as always, Fletcher’s band, the Dismembered Tennesseans will share a line up with Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, The Stray Birds and Bluetastic Fangrass. Bring your chairs, blankets, kids and a little cash to buy a snack or a beverage from the food trucks and enjoy a wonderful two days of live music. Music begins tonight at 6 pm and Saturday at 12pm. More info online.
Wine Over Water
A second festival is going on this weekend in downtown Chattanooga. The Wine Over Water Food and Wine festival celebrates it’s 23rd year this weekend. Raising money to preserve historic buildings in Chattanooga, Cornerstones Inc. puts on an amazing festival highlighting one of Chattanooga’s top architectural treasures, the Walnut Street Bridge. This year, the festival is 4 days long. Thursday night, St. John’s restaurant hosted a wine dinner, Friday night there are three events. The MLK Brewery and Bites Tour and the La Grande Dame and the Best Cellars Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, each offering tastings and opportunities to rub elbows with your fellow oenophiles, are additional events held before the main event on Saturday,featuring hundreds of wines to sample. In addition to wine, local chefs will be offering small plates for $5, local musicians will be playing along the bridge and of course, the amazing views as the sun sets are truly amazing. Tickets are available online for each event. Saturday’s tasting begins at 5 pm on the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge.
Swing Dancing Lessons
When I was in my twenties in the 90’s, swing dancing was the biggest thing. I have two left feet, but I love trying to dance. We used to go to all the swing events in the town we lived in. Those were absolutely the best fun, very exhilarating and hilarious. Tonight, you too can experience that mix of hilarity and coolness. Dance Tonight Chattanooga is offering free introductory Swing and Salsa classes from 6-7 at their studio on the southside. Members of the Chattanooga’s dancing with the stars (the pros, not the brave souls who get up and dance to raise money for their favorite charity) will teach you to shake, shimmy and salsa. Check it out and see if it’s not contagious. 6-7 pm 46 E. Main Street. Get ready to have a blast!
Yoga and Champagne
Hello! What sounds better than Sunday champagne brunch and yoga after a weekend of dancing, music and fun with friends? Not much in my book. Kyle House, The Feed Co and Cornerstones are offering Veuve Clicquot champagne (it’s French, y’all), their delicious brunch and yoga with Kyle. Tickets are $75 and going fast. The event begins at 10 am (perfect brunch time) and will be held at The Feed Co. at 201 W. Main Street. More info online. Namaste delicious!
Whatever you do this weekend, we hope you enjoy the phenomenal weather Chattanooga is know for this time of year. Even the soggy forecast of Sunday can’t put a damper on fall in the south!