Your weekly planner of the Chattanooga-area events (including Melissa Etheridge, Running of the Chihuahuas)

Apr. 23—Here's what's happening in the Chattanooga area this week.


— Eat a burger. Chattanooga Burger Week is back for a second year with 20 restaurants participating. Starting Monday through May 1, you'll have the chance to get $6 burger deals as a way to support local restaurants and expand your culinary horizons. Vegetarian options will be available at select restaurants this year. Here's where to head: Agave & Rye, Alimentari, Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Basecamp Bar & Restaurant, Dave & Buster's, Drake's, Five Wits Brewing Co., Hi-Fi Clyde's, High Rail Rooftop Bar + Space, Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint, Kinley Chattanooga Southside, Old Gilman Grill, Nic & Norman's, Smokey Bones, Southside Social, Table South Kitchen & Bar, The Tap House & Empyreal Brewing Co., The Wanderer at Hotel Indigo, Urban Stack and Whiskey Thief. While you're on site, look for the QR code to enter the Big Beefy Sweepstakes, which will award $500 in restaurant gift cards and sponsor prizes.


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150TH CELEBRATION — First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 650 McCallie Ave. Worship service, art, music, poetry, historical exhibits, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1. Guest speaker is Terri Hord Owens, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada. RSVP: 423-267-4506,

CHATTANOOGA GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. "Gospel Radio Favorites" radio show presents inaugural event with 30 acts, headlined by LeFevre Quartet (Friday) and The Guardians (Saturday), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 29-30. $10-$20 daily.

NATIONAL CORNBREAD FESTIVAL — Downtown South Pittsburg, Tenn. Final day's events include neighborhood and Lodge Foundry tours, arts and crafts vendors, cooking demos and carnival, music headliner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT April 24. $10 (free for children preschool age and younger); extra charge for some activities.

NORMALPALOOZA — Normal Park Elementary School, 1009 Mississippi Ave. Features local artists, bands, vendor marketplace, Kids Zone, food trucks, interactive art projects, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30. All-access kids pass $25 through April 27, $30 at gate, or get in free and pay per activity ($1 per ticket; 1-5 tickets per activity); $5 adults.

SPRING PLANT SALE & FESTIVAL — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Features garden seeds and sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower starts for sale, plus music, arts and crafts vendors, food and children's activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24 (final day). Leftover plants to be sold online April 25.

SPRINGTIME AT SPRING PLACE — Chief Vann House, 82 Georgia Highway 225 North, Chatsworth, Ga. Crafts, guerilla gardening, birding and tree identification hikes, nature bingo, guest lecture (live and virtual) on "Moravian Gardening, Forestry and Botany" by Eric Jackson, director of horticulture at the Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C., plus tours of the historic house on the final weekend of its historic map exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30. $5-$6.

THRILLVILLE — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Fair includes carnival rides by Kissel Entertainment, games, food booths, daily shows (Aquatic Acrobatics, Sea Lion Splash, Dominguez Circus, Wild West Medicine Show), April 28-May 8. Hours 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $10 (free for kids under 36 inches, seniors 65 and older). Unlimited rides: $30 Tuesday-Friday, $35 Saturday-Monday; individual ride tickets available. Ticket discounts with code SAVESCF through April 27.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM 30TH ANNIVERSARY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION — 1 Broad St. All-day event April 30 coincides with Chattanooga River Market on the plaza and Walk Run Pedal Jamz Festival at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Additional activities by community partners on Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St.

— 8 a.m. Walk, run and bike ride begin

— 10 a.m. Chattanooga River Market opens

— 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Musical performances, family activities, food trucks

— 9 p.m. Fireworks

WALK RUN PEDAL JAMZ FESTIVAL — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Begins with 30-minute walk, 30-minute run and 30K bike ride along the riverfront, 8-9 a.m. April 30, preceding Chattanooga River Market and Tennessee Aquarium's 30th anniversary party. Free COVID-19 vaccines, food trucks, vendor tents, music headlined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Willie Kitchens Jr. with Jasmine LaShea, "Voice" contestant Sera Hill and "Voice" winner Chris Blue. Free.

WOODLAND FAIRY CRAFT FESTIVAL — Point Park, 230 Chickamauga Drive, Dayton, Tenn. Handmade crafts, food and drink, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30.



— April 27: Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. $5.

— April 30: Willie Watson String Band, 8 p.m. $15.

— May 1: Open house with live painting, dance performances, music, refreshments, 4-7 p.m.

BLACK HERITAGE CONCERT — Cadek Hall, 725 Oak St. Nonprofit BATTLE Association (Bringing Attention To The Lives Excluded) presents BATTLE Ensemble in concert of music by Black composers, 4 p.m. April 24. Free. 423-402-0555

CAMPFIRE CONCERT SERIES — Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Slim Pickins Bluegrass, 6:30 p.m. April 29. Includes beer from Tremont Tavern and Hutton & Smith Brewery and the option to camp overnight. $20-$25.

CAROLYN BAPTIST CHURCH — 2305 Cleveland Highway, Dalton, Ga. Tour stop by gospel group The Perrys, 6 p.m. May 1.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

— April 24: JJ Grey & Mofro, 8 p.m. CDT. $59 and up.

— April 30: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 8 p.m. CDT. $49 and up (sold out but exchange tickets may be available).

JERICHO BRASS BAND — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Jericho Brass Band spring concert, "And Now for Something Different," 7 p.m. April 25. Free admission and parking.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Presidential Concert Series concludes 29th season with concert pianist Louis Lortie, 7:30 p.m. April 26. $5-$15. 423-614-8343,

NEW HAVEN BAPTIST CHURCH — 1058 Graysville Road. Gospel singer Pam Weston in concert, 6 p.m. April 24. Free admission; love offering will be received. 423-316-3718

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

— April 28: Testament, with Exodus and Death Angel, 6:50 p.m. $30.

— April 29: Pecos & The Rooftops with Joint Custody, 8 p.m. $20.

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 305 W. Seventh St. Hymn Festival, led by the Rev. Benjamin Straley, rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Providence, R.I., and former organist of Washington National Cathedral, joined by the St. Paul's Senior Choir, 4 p.m. April 24. Free.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— April 24: Son Volt, with S.G. Goodman, 7 p.m. $32.

— April 29: An Evening With Scott Miller, 7 p.m. $20.

— April 29: Battles, 9:45 p.m. $15 in advance, $18 day of.

— April 30: Paul Childers: A Salute to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, 7 p.m. $15.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive East. Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Gustav Holst's "The Planets," 7:30 p.m. April 24. Livestream:

STRING THEORY FAMILY CONCERT — Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Outreach week by Anderson-Sasaki Duo culminates with interactive performance for all ages, 2 p.m. May 1, followed by art-making activities. $17-$20; free to ages 17 and younger.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave.

— April 25: Sierra Ferrell on Long Time Coming tour, 8 p.m. $20.

— April 28: Melissa Etheridge on One Way Out tour, 8 p.m. $59-$115.

— April 29: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 8 p.m. $35-$75.

— April 30: Patty Griffin, 8 p.m. $35-$55.


BLUE ZONES PROGRAM — UTC University Center, 642 E. Fifth St. Program by Dan Buettner Jr., vice president of Blue Zones, which spreads awareness of practices common to the regions where the world's longest-lived people live, 5 p.m. April 27. RSVP:

BOOMERS AND SHAKERS — Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. Community enrichment program for adults 50 and older presents talk on "Home Sweet Home: Aging in Place" by Pamela Evans, a senior health coordinator for the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, 1 p.m. April 26. 423-892-9363

CHATTANOOGA BURGER WEEK — Twenty area restaurants offering $6 burger deals, April 25-May 1. Dine-in, takeout and delivery options will vary. Diners can vote for a favorite for a chance to win prizes.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Showcase of local produce, arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Free admission.

— April 24: Opening weekend celebration; music by Sweet Georgia Sound.

— May 1: Jazz Band Showcase; music by Hamilton County high school jazz ensembles.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Artists, crafters, musicians and food vendors, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturdays.

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE — Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. On-site programs 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29-30 are part of four-day bio-blitz in 500 cities worldwide to gather observations of nature. Larger program to submit photos, audio recordings and casual observations of nature continues through May 2 in 16 counties in tri-state area around Chattanooga.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Tracey McDonald, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. April 29-30. $17-$19.

CTC BOOK CLUB — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Discussion of John Strand's "The Originalist," 7 p.m. April 26 in the Mainstage lobby. A PDF of the script available on club's Facebook page.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Train ride and other activities, including characters, crafts and storytelling, themed to the storybook Thomas the Tank Engine, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 24, April 30, May 1. $21 for ages 1 and older.

DEATH CAFE — Welcome Home Chattanooga, 3131 Quiet Creek Trail (new location). A gathering to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death, 6:30-8 p.m. April 27. Not a grief support or counseling session. RSVP: 423-355-5842,

DRIVE-THRU BBQ — Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Plates of pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and sauce, 11 a.m.-until? April 30. $12. Proceeds help fund a family mission trip to Lighthouse Family Retreat, a faith-based nonprofit serving families affected by childhood cancer. Donations also appreciated. 423-332-3243

FAMILY HIKE NIGHT — Elsie A. Holmes Nature Park, 88 Ben Holmes Road, Ringgold, Ga. Next in a series of treks led by Mad Hatter Massage & Wellness, 6:30 p.m. April 29. $5.

KING'S TABLE MEN'S CONFERENCE — OCI Conference Center, 410 Urbane Road, Cleveland, Tenn. Presented by Cleveland's Dwelling Place Church International, April 28-30. $30-$75.

MOVIE NIGHT AT THE SOUTH POST — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Screening of classic movie at the former site of the 3rd Women's Army Corps Training Center, 8 p.m. April 30. (Rain date May 7.) Limited to 50; reservations required. 423-821-7786

THE PORTAL PARTY — Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St. Fundraiser includes bonfire, tarot readings, live music, food and drink, 6-10 p.m. April 30. $33.

RUNNING OF THE CHIHUAHUAS — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Registration underway for chihuahua challenge celebrating Cinco de Mayo, gates open at 12:30 p.m. April 30; races start after best-dressed contest at 3:30 p.m. Includes Kid Zone, photo booth, food trucks, door prizes, entertainment by house DJ Alex Angelo and singers Caley Rose, Charlotte Sands and Jena Rose. Free.

SAFE KIDS DAY — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Safety education event by Children's Hospital at Erlanger and Safe Kids Southeast TN Coalition, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30. Free with regular admission: $12-$17 (online tickets $2 cheaper).

SHOW ME REPTILE & EXOTICS SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Reptiles, amphibians and exotic mammals for sale, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 24 (last day). $10.

SPRING FOR THE ARTS — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Champagne brunch celebrating International Sculpture Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 in the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden and Spigel Pavilion. Ticket includes three-course catered brunch, champagne or wine (cash bar for extra glasses), docent-guided tours, gallery exhibits, live music, prize raffles. $55. Proceeds fund Arts in Education programs.

WINE AND ART IN RINGGOLD — Rabbit Valley Farmers Market, 96 Depot St. Meet the vendors celebration with local art, live music, food and wine, 6-9 p.m. April 30, preceding opening of Rabbit Valley Farmers Market the next week. Free admission.

YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY — Four Chattanooga-area YMCAs. Fun and healthy activities for children, April 30. Free.

— Downtown Family YMCA, 9 a.m.-noon at Miracle League Field at Warner Park, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

— Hamilton Family YMCA, 7430 Shallowford Road, 9 a.m.-noon in the lobby.

— YMCA Healthy Living Center at North River, 4138 Hixson Pike, 9 a.m.-noon.

— Cleveland Family YMCA, 220 Urbane Road NE., outdoor activities at 9:30 a.m., Color Run at 11 a.m. (2.5K fun run/walk requires registration and fee, $10 per person, $15 per family).


ALHAMBRA SHRINE RODEO — Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Natures Trail SW, McDonald, Tenn. Second annual event features International Professional Rodeo Association competition and rodeo clown Dusty Myers, 7:30 p.m. April 29-30; gates open at 6:30 p.m. $10-$15. 423-892-0223

CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. National Independent Soccer Association men's professional soccer team vs. Flower City Union, 7:30 p.m. April 30. $7-$16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in six-game home series against the Tennessee Smokies, April 26-May 1. Promotions: Tuesday, buy-one, get-one tickets with Food City ValuCard; Wednesday, Chick-fil-A giveaway, delivered via app; Thursday, drink specials; Friday, EPB Night and fireworks; Saturday, Tyler's Amazing Balancing Act and used-car giveaway; Sunday, Chattanooga Tourism Day and Catch on the Field. Kids Run the Bases after every game. Games start at 7:15 p.m. except Sunday's at 2:15 p.m. $6-$11.

JOHN SCHNEIDER'S LET'S GET DIRTY AUTISM WEEKEND — Boyd's Speedway, 1481 Scruggs Road, Ringgold, Ga. Multiple contests in Iron-Man Racing Series, 7 p.m. April 29, 6:30 p.m. April 30 (pit and grandstand open earlier). Family activities, Saturday only, include car show (11 a.m.-2 p.m., $25 registration), meet-and-greet with Schneider, inflatables and helicopter rides. $15-$30 Friday, $20-$40 Saturday.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. Youth Theatre presents "The Velveteen Rabbit," 7 p.m. April 29, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 30, 2:30 p.m. May 1, 7 p.m. May 6, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. May 7, 2:30 p.m. May 8. $10-$12.

COLORFUL HAT CIRCUS & VARIETY SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Showcase of juggling, acrobatics, magic and other circus arts by award-winning performers, 7 p.m. April 29. $25-$35 (free for lap-sitting children 2 and younger).

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

— Through May 1: A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia." $16-$30.

— Through May 31: Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." $16-$32.

GEM PLAYERS — Gem Theater, 700 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, Tenn. "Death and Taxes," 2:30 p.m. April 24, 7:30 p.m. April 28-30, 2:30 p.m. May 1. $12-$15. 423-263-3270

LEE UNIVERSITY — Squires Recital Hall, 130 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Scenes and solos by Lee University Opera Theatre, 3 p.m. April 24. Free and nonticketed.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a live production based on the PBS animated series, 6 p.m. April 27. $25-$78.

OAK STREET PLAYHOUSE — 418 Oak St. (behind First-Centenary United Methodist Church). "The Hallelujah Girls," 2 p.m. April 24, 7:30 p.m. April 28-30 and 2 p.m. May 1. $12-$17.


ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Eye of the Beholder" by Stacey Irons Jernigan, through April 30.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's spring show, April 29-July 22. Opening reception 6-8:30 p.m. April 29.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Art Wise, 6-7 p.m. April 28. Jeanine Michna-Bales, whose work is included in "Beyond the Frame: Celebrating 70 Years of Collecting," talks about her Photographs From the Underground Railroad series and other works.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Collaborations," through April 30.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Moments With Monet," through June 21. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Artist demo by Liz Hanson (jewelry), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30. Works on view by James Conner and pottery by Mitch Yung, through April.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. "Washed Ashore," works created with recovered plastic debris, through Oct. 30.

WANDERLINGER GALLERY — WanderLinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St. Art show by Izzy Massey, Scottie Leigh, Cassandra Dennis, Sophie Stark and Clay Hardwick, 6-8 p.m. April 30. Artist talks at 7:15 p.m.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.