Chattanooga and the surrounding areas are on spring break this week. The streets have been filled with families enjoying all the city has to offer from the Aquarium, Imax and playground downtown to the Incline Railway and hikes around the top of Lookout Mountain. The city offers so much in the way of entertainment and fun things to do, we are a destination area year round. This weekend, the weather may be a little soggy until Saturday afternoon, but there are plenty of fun things to do indoors and out. Here are your best bet for what’s going on in Chattanooga this weekend. Enjoy the rest of your spring break, (even if you are and adult who no longer gets them).
Chattanooga Film Festival
This year’s Chattanooga Film Festival is conveniently located in the Chattanooga Theater Centre. You can binge movies, grab a quick dinner at any of the restaurants on the North Shore and head back for more. This year’s submissions are very exciting, and I plan on attending most of the weekend. VIP Badges get you discounted movies, priority seating and entrance to special events. Tickets are available online and can be purchased for the entire weekend or by movie. For more information visit the groovy website which has all of the trailers, info about the events and tickets available. Friday- Sunday. 400 River Street $11 per film, $75 wristband and $200 VIP Badge. We give it a “Two Thumbs Up”!
Montague Park is home to the Chattanooga Sculpture Fields which features sculptures from all over the world. On Saturday, your entire family can experience a day enjoying the art, live music, food trucks and live artist demonstrations. After the sun goes down, enjoy the burning of the giant 30-foot wooden structure by artist Andrew Nigh. The event is part of Artburst: a citywide “explosion of color in April.” Admission is free and parking is available on site. 1800 Polk Street. Saturday, 11 a.m. -10p.m.
Chattanooga is getting a little more cosmopolitan every year. While we have always had a vibrant music scene (we are the home of Bessie Smith after all) we are currently undergoing a surge in the musical acts that come and play our fair city. Tonight you can catch Indie rock band, Of Montreal at Songbirds. Begun in 1996, this band has a huge following and extensive discography. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office or online.
Spring Break Safari
If you are in town this weekend and have little kids, you may want a way to burn some energy out of the rain. We have spent hours with our own kids at the Creative Discovery Museum and love their exhibits, both seasonal and permanent. To celebrate spring and all that entails, the current exhibit is Spring Break Safari, which travels the world through interesting hands on experiences including a safari guide. Admission includes the extra exhibit and the entire museum is a fun kid-centric exploration of Chattanooga. Tickets can be purchased online. 321 Chestnut Street. 10am-5pm every day.
Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or you have lived here your whole life, we hope you take advantage of all the fun, both indoors and out, that the city and surrounding areas have to offer. If you are looking to relocate, we would love to share our favorite things about Chattanooga with you!