There are always a ton of fun activities going on in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area each month, so compiling a list of them is quite a challenge. Here are just a few of the “not to miss” goings-on in the Scenic City this September.
TVA History Cruise: “Lock Through Chickamauga Dam”
The Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer will set sail on a special history cruise through the historic lock at the Chickamauga Dam this September. The history of the Tennessee Valley Authority as well as modern commercial operations on the Tennessee River will be discussed. In addition to having a close-up view of current lock construction, voyagers will also have ample bird-watching opportunities along the route.
When: September 6
More information: www.tnaqua.org/events-programs
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails, Creative Discovery Museum
Travel to the Island of Sodor with Thomas & Friends with a hands-on STEM exhibit featuring Thomas the Train, the island’s Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and so much more. Exhibit-goers will solve different challenges, explore Thomas’ cab, build their own navigation routes on the Island of Sodor, fix Percy’s wobbly wheel, dress up like a conductor, and perform other educational activities.
When: Now through September 13
More information: www.cdmfun.org
Railfest, Tennessee Valley Railroad
This 2-day celebration of the railroad will feature live entertainment, train rides, demonstrations, exhibits, a petting zoo, activities for kids, special railroad displays, and more
When: September 12
More information: www.tvrail.com
Cast Iron Cook-Off, Chattanooga Market at First Tennessee Pavilion
This annual competition will feature some of the area’s most prominent culinary artists create amazing dishes before a panel of judges.
When: September 12
More information: www.chattanoogamarket.com
American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek Show, Chattanooga Convention Center
AQS QuiltWeek™–Chattanooga celebrates the art of quiltmaking. Join the industry’s leading merchants and respected instructors, explore exhibitions showcasing quilt masterpieces, and view stunning new works of fiber art.
When: September 16 – 19
More information: www.americanquilter.com
Chattanooga Unite Tribute Concert, Ross’s Landing
Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to attend this tribute concert to honor the five servicemen who were killed on July 16th in Chattanooga. The event will begin at 2 pm EST with an Armed Forces Day Parade, followed by a memorial service at 3 pm, a special concert by Brantley Gilbert and friends at 5:30 pm, and a fireworks display around 9 pm.
When: September 16
More information: www.chattanoogaunite.org/
Hamilton County Fair, Chester Frost Park
Join local residents for a county fair in the grandest tradition, with live music, exciting games, country crafts, livestock, rides, delicious fair foods, and much more.
When: September 25 – 26
More information: www.hamiltontn.gov/fair
Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain
Back for a 12th year of bringing terror to Lookout Mountain, the Haunted Cavern is an intense event that takes place both above and below ground. Considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions and ranked #4 on Buzzfeed’s list of terrifying haunted houses, the nightmares begin at dark.
When: September 26 through October 31
More information: www.HauntedCavern.com
Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE, Blowing Springs Farm in Flintstone, GA
Rock City’s family-friendly, 10-acre Enchanted MAiZE features a brand new design for its 14th year of delighting visitors. In addition to the corn maze, the property also features an entertaining hayride, a Critter Corral filled with adorable animals, a pumpkin maze, a corn crib station, and various games and activities.
When: September 24 – October 31, Thursdays thru Sundays
More information: www.enchantedmaze.com