Chattanooga's most popular winter attraction celebrates its fifth big year in 2018, again at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo. Named the Top Outdoor Ice Rink in Tennessee by Step Out, Ice on the Landing is an outdoor ice rink that can accommodate your church, civic, social or any type of group as well as be the place for dates, celebrations and great, outdoor exercise. Bring back your memories of childhood with ice skating in the outdoors under the beautiful gas lanterns of the terminal at the Choo Choo. Want a birthday celebration, Ice on the Landing is the place to be. For up to the date information and hours click HERE for the Ice on the Landing website.
Nightfall's 30th Season Every Friday night, May 3 - August 30
One of Chattanooga’s most widely recognized and attended programs is the seasonal Nightfall concert series, which celebrates its 32nd season this year. Uniquely Chattanooga, Nightfall brings people to the city’s center each Friday night (excluding Riverbend Friday) all summer to enjoy a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed musical artists ranging in a variety of genres. A local act is given the opportunity to open for the national headlining talent. Check out any week and get a link to all the acts at NightfallChattanooga.com.
The Nightfall series focuses on presenting a variety of professional artists who perform original music recognized as being some of the best within their genre. Most headliners have not performed previously in the Chattanooga market. Past performers include acts such as Barenaked Ladies, Black Keys, Alison Krause, Howard Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Deer Tick and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Nightfall, which attracts an audience as diverse as its schedule of performers, has developed an appeal that extends beyond its natural attraction to music lovers. Nightfall has become the family-friendly Friday night gathering place for our community. And of course, it's always Friday and ALWAYS FREE!
An annual celebration of Independence Day, this community event features a free concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera on July 3 at Coolidge Park. The performance, showcasing a spectrum of patriotic and traditional tunes as well as music from some of America’s most influential composers, is followed by a fireworks finale over the Tennessee River. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic basket meals are welcome, although food and drink concessions are also available at the park and support the event financially.
At 8:00 pm, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will begin their patriotic program featuring favorites such as the “Armed Forces Salute,” “Colonel Bogey's March,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “1812 Overture.” The symphony will be directed by conductor Kayoko Dan.
The fireworks display, shot from the neighboring Renaissance Park, will begin immediately upon the conclusion of the symphony performance at 9:45 PM.
A variety of food, beer and non-alcoholic drink concessions will be available on site. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic during this concert and fireworks display.
Coolidge Park will be closing to vehicular traffic at 4:00 PM on the day of the show. There will be free shuttle service running from the Republic parking lots (previously owned by UNUM) between 4th and 5th Streets from 6:00-11 PM. The lots are pay-to-park lots. Shuttle pickup and drop off on the north side of the river will be near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at the intersection of Tremont and River Streets.
In addition to the City of Chattanooga and ArtsBuild, corporate support comes from Erlanger Heart & Lung Institute, Alliance Physical Therapy and Champion Windows & Doors. Media support for Pops on the River is provided by Sunny 92.3 and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Pops on the River is produced by Chattanooga Presents! For more information on the event, visit chattanoogapops.com.
Backed by the Fletcher Bright Company, The 3 Sisters Festival (the three daughters of Fletcher Bright) has experienced a tremendous response since its 2007 inception, and featured a full schedule of some of the biggest names in bluegrass including Yonder Mountain String Band, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Dan Tyminski and Del McCoury. Combining both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, this festival appeals to a wide age range. This two-day event is becoming a nationally known bluegrass gathering that will bring tourists to town and help cement our reputation as a music center on the river.
Details for the 2019 schedule will be announced in the summer and will again feature top names in bluegrass. Food and beverages are for sale, no coolers are allowed at the festival. Bring your lawn chair, come early and stay late for the best in bluegrass.
For more information and up to date schedules, check 3SistersBluegrass.com and listen to clips of this great bluegrass festival.
UnBought & UnBossed recognizes Hamilton County women who, through their career achievements and community leadership, have had a significant impact on improving the lives of girls and women. Previous honorees have included such well-known community members as BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee CEO, Vicky Gregg, former Chattanooga Times Chairwoman, Ruth Holmberg and retired educator and centenarian, Mabel Scruggs.
This benefit for Girls, Inc. is April 11 at the Convention Center. TICKETS may be purchased on line and this event sells out quickly.
TASTE 2017 WAS SOLD OUT EARLY. DON'T WAIT TO GET YOUR TICKETS.
Taste made its debut in 2010 as a new and inspired format of what was previously known as Taste of Chattanooga. TICKETS are $45 and $60. For a $45 ticket, participants are entitled to a full evening of unlimited samplings from 20-25 of Chattanooga's finest restaurants, plus a drink ticket for beer, Chattanooga Whiskey or wine and a souvenir of the evening. VIP Tickets are $60 and include a private entrance, food demonstrations, seating and much more.
Whereas the main focus of the event will be on food sampling from the local restaurants, the addition of a silent auction with a variety of restaurant and boutique gift cards, art, spa packages, décor items, wine and more adds another element of fun and browsing.
Great food of all types, interaction with chefs and restaurant owners, music, shopping and socializing create a full evening of entertainment at Taste. And its proceeds all stay local to help kidney patients and support the great work of the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. We hope you can be a part of it.
Calling all regional bands—this is the opportunity of a lifetime! Thirty bands will be chosen to compete in the seventh annual Road to Nightfall. Prizes include cash, professional recording time, a promo video, social media services and more. One guitarist will also win a custom Diamondback Stringworks guitar. The winner of each preliminary competition will receive $500.
The ultimate prize is a 90-minute headlining spot during Nightfall at Miller Plaza, presented by Chattanooga Presents. Finals Night runner ups earn a chance to open Nightfall 2018. In addition, there will be $1000 Finals Night prize and $500 to 2nd place.
The preliminary concerts will be held at The Granfalloon at 400 East Main Street on March 9, 10, 15, 16, 17. Six bands will compete each night, with the winners from each night moving on to the finals. Of the 5 winners, the Final Night will be on March 24 at The Signal on the big stage. Tickets to all shows including Finals Night for all participating band members will be provided.
The winner will receive 25 hours of professional recording time from the Soundry Studio as well as a free promo video valuing a cost of $1500 from Beckett Films- 1 filming session (session can include the filming of a live show with additional filming the day of show or a single filming session up to 3 hours with Videographer) Finished Video Promo can be used in digital promo packaging as well as on social media to promote the artist/band. Additional prizes will be awarded to each competing band as well. Click here for details.
Take Note- On February 26th, the The Granfalloon will host Music Industry Networking with a panel of music industry experts including: booking agent, producer, marketing professional, large venue representative, and touring musicians. Dinner Provided. Sponsored by SoundCorps.
To be eligible for the competition, bands must have at least three members, the majority of them living within 45 miles of Chattanooga. Music must be original. Bands will be given the opportunity to perform three original songs-no covers! Backline drums, bass rig, PA, and professional sound engineers provided. A 90-minute set will be required of the winner at their Nightfall performance.
Each band will need a Press Kit including: band photos, videos, recorded music, and contact info for all band members. Additionally, each bands must promote the event through its own social media. This can be done in any manner, but we ask that any posts about Road to Nightfall include the hashtag #RTN2018
A $50 entry fee is required. Sign-ups are available here.
The search is on for Chattanooga’s best local act in the 8th annual Road to Nightfall compeition! Over the course of six nights, more than 150 musicians from 30 local bands will compete for more than $10,000 in cash, and the chance to be a headlining act in this year’s Nightfall concert series. Additional prizes include everything from recording studio time, music videos, custom instruments, printing, and cash. Join us at the Granfalloon as these bands showcase their unique talents and promote Chattanooga’s booming music scene. Audience members will be exposed to new, local bands cultivating Chattanooga’s music market and vote for their favorites via text message to determine the winners of each night.
The preliminary competition band lineups are as follows:
Friday, March 9th will include Tim Hughes Quartet, Over Easy, Backwater Still, Lenox Hills, IronChief, and the Silver Tongued Devilz.
Saturday, March 10th: Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit, The Foothills, Dream Collective, Hush Money, Webb Barringer, and Subkonscious.
Thursday, March 15th: Dirty Blonde, Hive Theory, 3’s Company, Endelouz, Iron Fez, and Dr. B and the Ease.
Friday, March 16th: Derek Wayne Martin, Danimal Planet, The Afternooners, The Fridge, Ashes Fall, SunSap.
Saturday, March 17th: The Band Antle, Caney Creek Company, Midnight Promise, Connection27, Kindora, Stagger Moon.
The finale will be held at the Signal on March 24th.
Last year, 20,000 text votes were submitted from more than 1000 fans who wanted to know who is Chattanooga’s most promising local act. Past winners have used this experience to widen their fan base and further their musical careers. The competition offers a great chance for these artists to meet, network and help develop Chattanooga’s music scene. Past winners include: Ryan Oyer Band, Function, Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers, Strung Like A Horse, Nick Lutsko, Monday Night Social & WTM Blues Band.
“Road to Nightfall has opened up so many opportunities for Monday Night Social over the last year- we have been hired for many gigs, met tons of fans and gotten to know a bunch of musicians and music professionals.“ Janet McGarity – Monday Night Social
The Road to Nightfall 2018 is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, SongBirds, SoundCorp’s Take Note, Chattanooga Presents, MetroTone, The Soundry, Dagan Beckett Films, EPB City Stream, The Signal, and Wonder Press.
The Granfalloon is located at 400 East Main St. Doors at 7:00 p.m. and showtime at 8:00. Admission is $10 at the door
For more information, check out http://www.gigcityproductions.com/road-to-nightfall-2018/.
RiverRocks is Chattanooga's celebration of everything great about our city, particularly our outdoor spaces and places. It is a multi-day event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to the Scenic City to compete, celebrate Chattanooga outdoors lifestyle and enjoy live music.
Everything from international events like StumpJump or Swim the Suck that brings world class athletes to Chattanooga from all over the country and world, to entertainment events like Best Town (for)Ever that celebrates the fact that we have been voted by Outdoor Magazine the Best Town Ever, TWICE!
Come join us for all the fun, it's Chattanooga at its very best, over 30 events to choose from and enjoy. For details and all the events, click HERE.
This amazing food and wine event, held annually at Renaissance Park, occurs on May 21 this year and it's never too early to buy a ticket. A sure sell out, UnCorked offers many of Chattanooga's most renown restaurants in a sample-all-you-want atmosphere with the food paired with spectacular wines to enhance the whole evening.
Tickets are available for the evening and include samples from all of the restaurants, unlimited wine tastings, live music, an amazing silent auction and the best atmosphere of any party in town with the city skyline as a backdrop. For $65 per person you can enjoy a wonderful evening on the river. For $125 per person you can enjoy all that PLUS unlimited tastings of select wines in the VIP area. Higher end and specialty wines are featured for the true connoisseur and this exclusive area is reserved just for you.
Tickets are ready for you right now for UnCorked, a benefit for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. Enjoy samples from many of Chattanooga's best restaurants. Check this site often for updates on music and the many restaurants there to serve you!
Engel Stadium will come to life with this celebration of all things energy. Earth, Wind & Solar combines an Expo of sustainable lifestyle, services and products along with performances by the amazingly creative Squonk Opera. The Expo will run from 4:00-8:00 and feature vendors from the area to showcase technology and art. Squonk Opera, unique performance group, will presents Pneumatica, their wind-themed concert, and lead workshops about their craft. This festival, an outgrowth of the UTC Patten Performance Series, brings Squonk Opera to town for performances that will be scheduled for 4:00, 6:30 and 8:00, with workshops following the first two performances. Tickets will go quickly, don't delay to Buy Tickets and enjoy this amazing festival.
Calling all regional bands—this is the opportunity of a lifetime. The deadline to enter the sixth annual Road to Nightfall is Feb. 4 at midnight. This year’s competition will offer more incentives and a heftier cash reward to finalists. It will also include an extra night of competition and two new venues. The champion will also receive a $1,500 cash reward and other perks.
The ultimate prize is a 90-minute headlining spot during Nightfall at Miller Plaza, presented by Chattanooga Presents. Jonathan Susman, co-founder of Gig City Productions (the company behind Road to Nightfall), said this year’s competition will be even more elaborate than in years past. "We plan to stream it again and use text message voting instead of balloting," he said. "Every band that wins their night gets $500, and we’ve added another night of competition."
The preliminary concerts will be held at The Granfalloon at 400 East Main Street on March 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. Six bands will compete each night, with the winners from each night moving on to the finals. Finalists will have to move from the bar/rock 'n' roll setting of Granfalloon to the Walker Theatre, upstairs at the Memorial Auditorium..
Each of the finalists will also receive a half-priced rehearsal session from Pracita Galactica Rehearsal Studio and a panel luncheon with booking agents, marketing professionals, venue owners and other industry professionals.
To be eligible for the competition, bands must have at least three members, the majority of them living within 45 miles of Chattanooga. Music must be original. Bands will be given the opportunity to perform three songs. A 90-minute set will be required of the winner at their Nightfall performance. Signups are available here. A $50 entry fee is required.