Where to pursue a new hobby in Chattanooga

In honor of National Hobby Month, here are some spots in town where you can pursue a new hobby.

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Chattanooga has a diverse landscape to spot several species of birds.

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? In honor of the month celebrating different activities + folks pursuing new interests, here are six local examples of how you can expand your list of hobbies.


If you’re interested in discovering the vast array of bird species that call Southeast Tennessee home, Chattanooga has some prime birdwatching locations like Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and Maclellan Island.

Looking to join a group for your birding activities? Join spots like Audubon Acres that host guided birdwatching events. The next Birding for Beginners experience is on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Cooking + baking

If you’re looking to take your cooking or baking skills to the next level, check out a class with The Sweet & Savory Classroom. Pro tip: If you’re wanting to take a cooking class with a partner, check out the date night offerings.

If watching “The Great British Baking Show” is one of your favorite pastimes, we recommend trying out a hands-on baking class with The Chattery — try your hand at baking scones on Tuesday, Jan. 23.


Want to put your camera to use? Join the Photographic Society of Chattanooga to be around fellow photographers, attend monthly meetings + showcases, go on field trips, and more.

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Collective Clothing in Northshore has racks on racks of fun + funky clothes to add to your closet.

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Whether it’s antiques, vintage clothing, or your favorite pop culture memorabilia — Chattanooga has no shortage of thrift, consignment, and vintage stores to get your hunt on. Check out our guide for where to get started.


Looking to get crafty this year? The Knot and Needle offers several classes for crafts like weaving, embroidery, and crocheting for all levels of experience.


Take to the stage (or start in the crowd) with Improv Chattanooga. This group hosts different shows + classes for folks to watch or participate in. Don’t miss the monthly Open House where anyone is welcome to hop on stage and give improv a try.

Curious about where to start a different hobby in the Scenic City? Let us know for a potential part two.

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