Mainx24 Guide No. 3: The new and weird

Authored By seanphippster

For a decade, Main Street in Chattanooga has transformed into an enormous 24-hour block party every December.

Saturday’s Mainx24 festival promises to be one of the biggest celebrations yet, so is offering a series of digestible guides to help navigate the more than 120 events scheduled.

A full overview of the events can be found here.

Mainx24 is a celebration of Chattanooga’s revitalized Main Street and Southside area. This year’s event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues through 8 a.m. Sunday. Attendance is free, although some charges apply to specific events.

Click here for guide No. 1 about the marquee events and here for guide No. 2 about all the music to be found at the festival.

A major aspect of Mainx24 is the tiny discoveries along the way.

This third and final guide will focus on some of the new events associated with the festival this year, as well as some of the weirder “wild card” activities to be found. But we encourage you to save some time in your schedule for exploration. Walk around a bit and soak in the festival. We’ll see you there!

East Main Block Party
This year’s Mainx24 festival will include new events and an expansion further down the East Main corridor than ever before. A highlight is the East Main Block Party from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy art from Ashley Hamilton, Laura Little and Devon Kronenberg, as well as food, coffee and hot cider at The Wheelhouse. A family carnival will take place at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. Sculpture Fields at Montague Park will feature a performance by Chattanooga Aerials, along with 32 monumental-sized sculptures. Ample parking is available at all locations. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-5 p.m.
Where: Click here
How much: Free

Wayne-O-Rama open house
Thousands of residents have already experienced Wayne-O-Rama’s funhouse of Chattanooga history, but Mainx24 offers another opportunity to experience the exhibition. Located at 1800 Rossville Ave., Wayne-O-Rama will be open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. during the festival. From 1 to 3 p.m., children over 8 years old are invited to join the Wayne-O-Rama team for a puppet mask workshop. You’ll see many of the larger-than-life puppets during the EPB Southside Parade. 

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m.
Where: 1800 Rossville Ave.
How much: Free

Sumo wrestling at Velo Coffee
Are you ready to rumble? Velo Coffee Roasters will host sumo wrestling (the comical kind with the oversized suits) from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Two opponents will wear the movement-restricting suits, and the goal is to push the opposing wrestler out of the circle. Spectating and heckling are encouraged. And, of course, grab a coffee while you’re there. This was entirely too much fun last year.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 12-3 p.m.
Where: 509 E. Main St.
How much: Free

Third annual silent disco
It’s rare to find activities that are as fun to participate in as they are to observe, but a silent disco is one. Mean Mug Coffeehouse will host this year’s version from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Wireless headphones will be provided, and tunes will be offered by DJ Cutlass Cult. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 8-11 p.m.
Where: 114 W. Main St.
How much: Free

Jameson’s Prohibition Party at Regan’s Place
Regan’s Place is Chattanooga’s newest dance club, and its focus is on throwback hits of the ’80s and ’90s. On Saturday, the Southside venue will hot Jameson’s Prohibition Party. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire and party like it’s Jan. 16, 1920. Cash prizes for the best costumes will be awarded, and guests can enjoy Jameson Irish whiskey throughout the night. Admission is $5. Click here for tickets and information.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 1518 S. Market St.
How much: $5