Your 2023 MAINx24 guide

Southside’s 24-hour festival, MAINx24, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 this year. Here’s the need-to-know info.

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Don’t miss out on the whackiest parade in town.

Photo by Michael McCallie via MAINx24

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There are only a few more sleeps until one of Chattanooga’s biggest celebrations, MAINx24. In case you’re new here, this is a 24-hour festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 that takes place on Main Street + the surrounding Southside area featuring 100+ events to attend for nonstop fun.

Today, we’re sharing the need-to-know info for MAINx24 newbies + old pros alike.

What all is happening at MAINx24?

A lot — you can check out the full schedule to plan accordingly. Here are four events we recommend attending:

  • MAINx24 Parade | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Line up along Main Street to celebrate the whacky and weird artistic creativity of the Chattanooga community — costumes are encouraged.
  • World Heavyweight Chili Cookoff | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Buy an all-you-can-eat express lane ticket prior to the event to skip the line and get straight to tasting the 20+ chilies.
  • A Merry Carnival | 12-4 p.m. | Head to The Hotel Chalet at The Choo Choo + the garden area for carnival activities, and check out performances by the Chattanooga Fire Cabaret.
  • Adult Big Wheel Race | 12-5 p.m. | See folks race their hearts out in front of Architectural Surfaces (405 E. Main St.).
big wheels

Is it really a party until someone wrecks a Big Wheel?

Photo by Courtney Sherlin via MAINx24

Is it family-friendly?

While not every event will be open to kiddos, there are plenty of activities for kids and families to enjoy. Pro tip: You can filter the events calendar to “kid-friendly” to find events suitable for children.

What’s the parking situation?

We’re gonna give it to you straight — parking can be a little overwhelming. Avoid Main Street, and if you’re able, we recommend parking a bit further out and walking or biking. There will also be several street closures, so expect traffic in the area + keep an eye out for pedestrians.

And... if the weather’s bad?

MAINx24 is rain or shine, baby. Currently, the forecast is calling for periods of rain, so make sure to bring your umbrellas, raincoats, and rainboots to be safe.

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