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July 29
First Things First presents Movies in the Park at Coolidge Park.  Free. The movie will begin at sundown (just after 9 p.m.). Family-friendly priced concessions will also be available for purchase on site. Po realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor. Po must transition from student to teacher and train clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters.   Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent at all times in Coolidge Park. or call 267-5383.    

July 29
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present artillery programs near the King Monument, on Battleline Road, in Chickamauga Battlefield. Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes. Visitors should pick up a map to the program location inside the visitor center or to drive to Tour Stop 2 and follow the event signs for parking.

July 29
The Tenesha Irvin Show will present the 3rd Annual New Chattanooga Community Expo at the Avondale Youth and Family Development Center from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a free community event that includes a vendor expo, kids fun zone, inspirational speakers, an old school car show, basketball 3-point shootout, games, door prizes, free food and more. 

July 29-30
The 17th annual Honey Harvest at Creative Discovery Museum returns from noon to 4 p.m. The Museum will be buzzing with beekeepers and guests celebrating the work and life of the honey bee. Honey Harvest activities are free with Museum admission. 

Aug. 5
Chattanooga Walk for Water invites teams, youth groups, families, strollers, even the dog, to walk those 10,000 steps along RiverPark with buckets. Start at 9:30 a.m. at 4301 Amnicola Hwy., entrance adjacent to CSCC and at the half-way point, and participants will fill buckets with Tennessee River water to raise awareness of the global water crisis. Preregister online at for $10 donation to benefit Water Mission water projects, specifically one in Bidi Bidi, the world's largest refugee camp.

Aug. 5
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a 90 minute car caravan tour of Chickamauga Battlefield focusing on resistance during Reconstruction, "Join Us or Your are Doomed" at 2 p.m.  

Aug. 12
Second Saturdays on Station Street.  The Beaters with The Power Players Band will perform. Vendor booths along the south side of the street that showcase local businesses and artists. There will be performing artists such as puppeteers, muralists, and buskers along the street that will showcase Chattanooga’s creativity. There will also be special events and activities for kids throughout the day. Free to the public.

Aug. 18-20
The 2017 Pins and Pirates Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Junior Achievement at Spare Time Entertainment in Hixson. This event includes costume and hula hoop contests as well as trivia, Frito Lay Wacky Pin Scramble, and a photo booth.  Each member of a team will receive a Pins and Pirates T-shirt to accompany their two games of bowling at the event.  Teams of six may register for $150 by visiting or by contacting Renee Penney at 892-4488.   

Aug. 24-26
The Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium bicycle race, back for its 15th year. The “omnium” race is comprised of three events: Time Trial, Criterium, and Road Race.  The event is broken into categories based on age and skill level. The event offers racing from the junior level all the way through the professional level. The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday Goss Insurance Criterium that takes place downtown Chattanooga beginning with amateurs at noon and finishing with professional men and women at 7 p.m.  

Aug. 26
23rd Annual Southern Brewers Festival, 2-10 p.m. on the Chattanooga Riverfront.  The headliner will be Magpie Salute.  Cereus Bright and Hank & Cupcakes will also perform.  Tickets for the festival are on sale now. General admission is $20 until June 15 and $25 after June 15.  Admission at the gate will be $30.  Benefits Chattanooga Kids on the Block and CraftWorks Foundation.

Aug. 26
Siskin Children’s Institute' StarNight 2017, with headliner Sheila E.  Chattanooga Convention Center.  StarNight is a gala supporting Siskin Children’s Institute’s efforts on behalf of children with special needs and their families.  Cocktail reception, beginning at 6 p.m., a formal dinner followed by a performance by Sheila E.  An after-party with dancing and music from one of Chattanooga’s hottest DJs will round out the night. Guests can attend the full black-tie gala, including cocktail reception, dinner, dessert, musical performance and the after-party, for $300 per person. Eight-person tables start at $2,500. For tickets, visit or call 648-1707.

Aug. 26
FarleyCon, the East Ridge Toy and Comic Book Expo, at the East Ridge Community Center,  1517 Tombras Ave.  The vendor room at FarleyCon will be packed with comics, toys, collectibles, artist, authors, crafts and more.  Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and under a free with a paid adult admission. Participants may come dressed as a favorite character and join the cosplay contest. or the Facebook page at  FarleyCon is dedicated to the memory of Jared Allen.  

Sept. 9
Second Saturdays on Station Street.  Harleys and Guitars with Rubik's Groove will perform. Vendor booths along the south side of the street that showcase local businesses and artists. There will be performing artists such as puppeteers, muralists, and buskers along the street that will showcase Chattanooga’s creativity. There will also be special events and activities for kids throughout the day. Free to the public. .


Sept. 16
The Cherokee Valley Region Antique Automobile Club of America Antique Car Show at Bradley Square Mall, on Paul Huff Parkway. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Judging begins at 11 a.m.  Pre-registration is $10 per vehicle or $15 the day of show.  Admission for spectators is free.   There will be antique car rides, face painting, and door prizes.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Toys for Tots Christmas Fund. For more information call 336-6855, email or visit




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