Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Juneteenth, Sangria on the Southside, BBQ Week | Chattanooga Times Free Press (2024)

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Two Chattanooga attractions are on the list of Blue Star Museums this summer, offering free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves. The Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, and the International Towing & Recovery Museum, 3315 Broad St., are among 17 places in Tennessee offering the promotion. Georgia's closest freebie for military families is Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum, 2277 Martha Berry Highway NW in Rome. More than 2,000 facilities across the nation are taking part in the initiative, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Defense Department. The program started Armed Forces Day and lasts through Labor Day, Sept. 2. The website notes that more museums may be added during the summer.



AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St., Suite 100. "School's. Out. For. Summer.," by featured artist Mike Holsomback, through July. First Friday open house, 6-8 p.m. July 5.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Association for Visual Arts presents members exhibit, "Drawings," and Scenic City Clay Arts' Military Family Nights exhibit, through June 14.

BUD'S CREATIVE ARTS CENTER — 5325 Old Hixson Pike. Paint & Sip fundraiser for Faces: The National Craniofacial Organization, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12. Participants will paint an expressionistic bicycle with flower basket in step-by-step workshop. $45 includes supplies; bring your own beverage.

THE CHATTERY — 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 108. Internationally known Atlanta-based artist Shanequa Gay leads lecture and hands-on workshop on drawing, collaging and painting techniques, 1-4 p.m. June 15. $30.

CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD VISITOR CENTER — 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. "Mark Thrash — Local Legend, Civil Rights After the Civil War," Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park display of artifacts recovered from archaeological field school in 1975, 30+ years after the death of the former slave who lived within the park and worked for the U.S. War Department from 1894 to 1922.

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CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Elsewhere: Pulling Forth the Invisible," through July 27.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Works by Ned Albright in Gallery One11, through June 30. Georgia Clay Council works in Gallery Five20, through July 31.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Paintings by Diane Lee, through June 30. "All Things You Can Ride On" community show, through July 28; reception, 5-7 p.m. CDT June 21.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga summer show, through Aug. 2.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Sunday Studio, with drop-in art experiences for families, 2-4 p.m. June 9. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults).

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Playing With Knives: An Exploration of Color and Movement," by Kathleen M. Pacenti, through June 30. Abigail Warner painting demonstration, "Birth of a Flower," noon-5 p.m. June 15.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Mishpachah-Family" exhibit by 44 artists from Israel, the U.S. and Canada, including 12 from Chattanooga. 423-493-0270

LOCALS AT SEWANEE — 49 University Ave., Sewanee, Tenn. Spring show featuring Kellen Mayfield and new works by 10 other artists, through July 27.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Exhibition celebrating Cleveland Boy Scout Troop 10's 100th anniversary, through June 29.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Show and sale of works by 12 Chattanooga artists, including first-time exhibitors, through July 22. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by David Swanagin (landscapes and interiors), Loy Allen (glass) and Mary Ann Pope (landscapes), through June 30. Relief engraving demonstration by Jessica White, 3-5 p.m. June 15.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. "Celebrating 95 Years of Wonder" history exhibit, with rare photos, vintage postcards and newspaper articles, through Oct. 20. Free with attraction tickets: $17-$40 (must buy online).

STOVEWORKS GALLERY — 1250 E. 13th St. "Someone Thinking of You" by Emily Clayton, through June 15. "Hand to Mouth," group exhibition, through June 22. "Inside the Art, Outside Ourselves" conversation inspired by "Hand to Mouth" piece "Lydia and Matthew," a screen dance duet by Cherrie Yu, 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 13.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. Two dozen images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark, including species photographed on-site, through December. Included with regular admission: $30-$40.



› June 14:Katherine Dunham Juba Dance Ensemble performance celebrating "Black Joy," 7 p.m. at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, 1301 Dallas Road. $25.

› June 15:Juneteenth Freedom Run & Walk, 8 a.m. at Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Includes 5K ($35), 10K ($50), half marathon ($70), 1-mile walk ($35).

› June 16: Black Dads Matter Father's Day Brunch & Concert, 12:30 and 2 p.m. at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. $50 for brunch catered by Davis Wayne's; free concert by B. Harvey and Team. Culminates with Extraordinary Father of the Year Award.

SANGRIA ON THE SOUTHSIDE — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Celebration of La Paz Chattanooga's 20th anniversary, with live music, Best Sangria contest and showcase of Latin American cuisine and artistry, 7 p.m. June 14. $95.

JUNETEENTH: CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Annual event marking the end of slavery will include food trucks, music by DJ Ant, children's activities, free admission to the museum and screening of "Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom" documentary, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 19.


› June 8: "Honoring the United States Colored Troops: Fathers of Freedom," with wreath-laying and Juneteenth flag observance at U.S. Colored Troops Monument in Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave., 1 p.m.

› June 9: "Slavery, Freedom and Beyond: The Lasting Legacy of Juneteenth," 6 p.m. via Zoom.

› June 10: "Issues in Voting 2024," 7 p.m. via Zoom.

› June 13: "Preserving Our Black Cemeteries," 7 p.m. via Zoom.

› June 15:Youth Love for Literacy Festival and Book Drive, 4 p.m. at The Community Haven, 815 N. Hickory St.

› June 17: "My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations," 7 p.m. via Zoom.

› June 18: Juneteenth National Freedom Day Parade and Gala, 1 and 2 p.m.; lineup at 12:30 p.m. on Peeples Street, leading to Miller Park, 928 Market St.

› June 20: "The African American Oral Tradition: From Slavery to Independent Communities," 7 p.m. via Zoom.

› June 23:Juneteenth Worship Celebration Sunday, 2 p.m. at Joseph Chapel AME Church, 2613 Wood Ave.

SOUTHSIDE JUNETEENTH JUBILEE — The Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St. Event commemorating ending of slavery in the United States includes vendor booths, music and food, 1-4 p.m. June 15.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Seed Theatre interactive movie screening of "Spaceballs," 7:30 p.m. June 14. Costumes welcome. $15-$20.

FREE MOVIE IN A PARK — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors' Father's Day-inspired screening of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," plus giveaways and food trucks, June 15. Games start at 7 p.m.; movie at dusk. Bring your own seating.

IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. "D-Day: Normandy 1944," 1:15 p.m. June 9 (final screening). Feature film "Inside Out 2," June 13-27; $15.

JEWISH FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Five films in 17th annual event, June 10-July 12. Virtual screenings are noon to noon on listed dates; registration required. Walk-ins welcome for in-person screenings. $12 either option, $3 students (in-person includes free popcorn and a beverage).

› June 9-14:Virtual screenings of "Home"; in-person screening 7 p.m. June 10 (the only in-person screening on a Monday night).

› June 16-21: Virtual screening of "Running on Sand"; in-person screening 3 p.m. June 16.



› June 11:Second Tuesdays show with Kofi Mawuko and Dexter Bell, with Jamie Blanton and Jimmy Galloway. Tips encouraged.

› June 12:Wednesday Jazz with Ben Van Winkle, Valerie Duke, Adam Stone, Yattie Westfield and Noah Prince, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› June 13: Beppe Gambetta, 7:30 p.m. $25.


› June 12:The Appalachian String Band, 6 p.m. Free.

› June 14: Dylan Marlowe, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

› June 15:The Essentials, with Dos Fuegos, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

BONNAROO — Manchester, Tenn. Music and arts festival with performances by 100+ artists on multiple stages, June 13-16. Headliners: Thursday, Pretty Lights and Fisher; Friday, Post Malone; Saturday, Red Hot Chili Peppers; Sunday, Fred Again. Four-day general admission starts at $450; one- and two-day tickets also available.

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK — Angel Park, University Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. Kickoff of Sewanee Business Alliance series of concerts, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CDT June 14.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang, 7 p.m. June 15. $45-$50.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series continues June 14, rain or shine, with opener Bemi Allen at 7 p.m. and headliner Glen David Andrews at 8 p.m. Art market starts at 6 p.m.; food trucks begin selling at 6:30 p.m.

PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER WEEK — Free pipe organ concerts sponsored by the American Guild of Organists' Chattanooga chapter.

› June 9: 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.

› June 10: 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 663 Douglas St.

› June 11: 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave.

› June 13:7:30 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Free summer concert series continues with headliner R&B Inc. and opener Bee Taylor, 6-10 p.m. June 15. Free admission.

THE SHEPHERDS — Local stops on gospel group's Believe Tour.

› June 15: 7 p.m. at The Ridge Church, 9400 Hixson Pike, Lakesite.

› June 16:10:30 a.m. at The Awakening Church, 97 Cross St., Rossville.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. 84, a tribute to Van Halen, and Excitable, a tribute to Def Leppard, 8 p.m. June 14. $28-$58.

SONGBIRDS — 206 W. Main St. Palmyra, with Nicholas Edward Williams, 7 p.m. June 14. $18-$22.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER — Market Park Pavilion, Athens, Tenn. Weekly concert series continues with the Dirk Quinn Band, 7 p.m. June 14.

SUMMER ON THE SQUARE — First Street square, corner of Parker and First Street NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Friday Festivals concert series continues with September Song, 7-9 p.m. June 14. Bring your own seating.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. The Wood Brothers, 7:30 p.m. June 12. $49-$82.


BOCCE + BREWS — Bluff View Art District, 400 E. Second St. Collaboration with OddStory Brewing Co. includes food, beer, live music, 3-6 p.m. June 15. $25-$30.

CHALK THE WALK — Morning Pointe at Happy Valley, 2989 Happy Valley Road, Rossville. Community invited to add their chalk designs to the sidewalk in fundraiser for Morning Pointe Foundation, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 15. $10 per sidewalk square. 706-916-2777

CHATTANOOGA BBQ WEEK — Twelve (and counting) restaurants around town offer $7 barbecue specials, June 10-16.

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CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Free admission.

› June 9: Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 for generous samples from five creameries; proceeds support Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. Music by The Stratocasters, 12:30-3 p.m.

› June 16: Father's Day Blues & Brews, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Local artists, crafters and food artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park programs.

› June 15:Free guided kayak tour on West Chickamauga Creek with National Park Partners and Outdoor Chattanooga, 9 a.m. Paddle from Dalton's Ford to Reed's Bridge to learn about the Confederate creek crossings during the Battle of Chickamauga. Must be at least 15 years old and know how to swim. Directions to launch site provided with registration.

› June 15: "They Suffer So Acutely: Hospitals of Chattanooga During the Civil War," guided tour, 11 a.m.-noon at Confederate Cemetery. Park at 301-409 Collins St.

› June 16:"Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Capt. Jim Stinchcomb's Story," guided tour about the 17th Ohio Infantry captain and newspaper correspondent, 11- 11:45 a.m. from Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› June 9:Lee Hardin, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

› June 13: Josh Pray, 7 p.m. $20 ($25 seats sold out).

› June 14-15: Adam Minnick, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. $19-$24.

DAYLILY SHOW — Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Tennessee Valley Daylily Society's annual show, 1-3 p.m. June 9. Member and nonmember entries of registered cultivars accepted 7:30-10 a.m.; judging 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Some available for sale. 423-432-6613

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ELITE FASHIONS UNLIMITED REUNION — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Region's first minority-owned modeling school event reunites models, entertainers, fashion designers, photographers and others in the industry, 4-7 p.m. June 15. $45; benefits Modeling Association of America International programs. 423-652-4611

FATHER'S DAY FIELD DAY — East Ridge Community Center, 1515 Tombras Ave. Free event with athletic activities and yard games for dads of all ages, 1-3 p.m. June 15. East Ridge playground and splash pad open nearby. Hot dogs, chips and drinks for dads and guests while supplies last. 423-486-2034

FOOD TRUCK RALLY & VENDOR SHOW — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Family fun day with vendors, food trucks, live music, children's activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15.

FUNBOX — Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive. World's biggest bounce park, with 25,000 square feet of jumping zones connecting 10 play areas, weekends through June 16. Hours: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, 10:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $18-$26.

GORDON-LEE MANSION TOURS — 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Friends organization opens mansion for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day weekend. $1-$5. Email:

ICE CREAM SAFARI — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Annual event includes unlimited ice cream and other treats from local businesses, animal meet-and-greets, games and activities, 4-7 p.m. June 15 (zoo closes at 3 p.m. to prepare). Extra charge for giraffe feedings, tie-dye shirt station, carousel rides and Zoo Choo train rides. $6-$8 members, $15-$20 nonmembers (tickets sold online only).

MOUNTAINTOP SUMMERS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Roam With the Gnomes activities, animal education shows, through Sept. 2. $19-$32 ($5 more at gate).

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATCH & CLOCK COLLECTORS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. National convention includes marketplace, lectures, exhibits and silent auction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14-15. Free admission to exhibits and lectures; $10 to marketplace (opening at 9 a.m. Saturday) with antique and modern timepieces available for purchase at 400 tables.


— June 14:Community meet and greet with former Negro League players Alfonsa Holt, Charles White, Russell "Crazy Legs" Patterson and Ferdinand "Chico" Rutledge, and Layton Nevel, founder and executive director of the Center for Negro League Baseball Research, 1-3 p.m. at Food City, 3636 Ringgold Road, East Ridge.

— June 14-15:Chattanooga Lookouts games at AT&T Field (see listing under Sports).

— June 15: Breakfast with former Negro League players, 10-11:30 a.m. at Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. $10.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Free indoor breakfast, 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 15 (and other third Saturdays through October) accompanies Hixson Farmers Market, open 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each Saturday.

THE PEACH TRUCK — Nashville-based company delivers peaches fresh from Georgia farms to advance-order customers at multiple sites in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, June 14-16 (more dates and sites throughout summer). $38 for 12-pound box. Full schedule:

SOUTHEASTERN HOT ROD SHOW — North Georgia Fairgrounds, 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. Gathering of pre-'72 vehicles, hot rods, muscle cars and trucks, with awards for Top 25 and Fab 4, plus swap meet, music, food trucks, 50/50 drawing, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14-15. $30 vehicle entry.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Meet Your Farmers Day, 3-6 p.m. June 13. Father's Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-noon June 15.

TENNESSEE VALLEY WILD ONES — GreenSpaces, 63 E. Main St. Discussion of current state of Baltimore checkerspot butterflies in Tennessee, specifically at McDonald Farm in Sale Creek, 6-7:30 p.m. June 10.

Populations of the Baltimore checkerspot butterfly, seen here on June 23, 2011, in Batavia, Illinois, are on the decline. A local butterfly expert will talk about preservation efforts, including at McDonald Farm, at the next public meeting of Tennessee Valley Wild Ones on June 10. / Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune/MCT/File


BASEBALL HISTORY — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Living-history program by players with Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. June 15. $5.

CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. CFC Women vs. UFA Gunners, 7 p.m. June 16. $12 and up.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Chattanooga's Double-A affiliate of Cincinnati Reds vs. Montgomery Biscuits, 7:15 p.m. June 11-15, 2:15 p.m. June 16. Promotions: Tuesday, National Parks Night and BOGO general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard; Wednesday, Strike Out Epilepsy and Chick-fil-A giveaway via app; Thirsty Thursday drink specials and World Softball Night with parade of softball players; Friday, Negro League Appreciation Weekend (see additional listing in Out & About) with former players, commemorative jerseys and fireworks; Saturday, Negro League Appreciation Weekend with free Choo-Choos lunch box to first 1,000 fans through the gate; Sunday, team plays as Chattanooga Wreckers, donations for Chattanooga Area Food Bank traded for free general-admission tickets and Catch on the Field; Kids Run the Bases after every game. $8 and up (discounts for children and seniors).

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LADY RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL W League vs. Birmingham Legion FC, 7:30 p.m. June 16.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Auditions for "Sondheim Tribute Revue," 6 p.m. June 11 and 13 (show dates Aug. 22-25).

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Prelude to a Kiss," 2:30 p.m. June 9, 7:30 p.m. June 13-15, 2:30 p.m. June 16, 7:30 p.m. June 20-22, 2:30 p.m. June 23. $25-$30.

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

› Through Aug. 1:"Steel Magnolias." $19-$35.

› June 14-Aug. 11: "Anastasia: The Musical." $19-$35.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Broadway tour of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," with Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch, 1 and 6:30 p.m. June 9. $49-$114.

SENIORS GOT TALENT — Online auditions for Morning Pointe Foundation's fifth annual showcase of singers, musicians, dancers, poets, comedians and other talents, for seniors 60 and older, through June 28. In-person auditions: June 18-27. Show, with chance to win $1,000 grand prize, is July 29.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Auditions for "Night Comes Early," 6:30-8 p.m. June 3-4 (show dates Aug. 16-25).

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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