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Try out unique bacon treats at this annual festival.|Graphic provided by Chattanooga Bacon & Barrel Festival
Bacon lovers and whiskey drinkers will unite at the annual Bacon & Barrel Festival on Thursday, Sept. 21. Over 15 local restaurants will team up with distilleries that focus on barrel-aged spirits from around the world “to savor an evening of Southern indulgence.”

The event will take place at the First Horizon Pavilion from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Chattanooga Market — so every sip counts. Here’s what to expect.

Festival details

  • This is a 21+ event, you must have a valid ID for entry.
  • No pups allowed (aside from service animals).
  • Your ticket includes unlimited samples of bacon-themed dishes + 15 whiskey samples.
  • Attendees will be able to enjoy live music + photo ops.
Note: Beer, wine, and full-sized cocktails will be available for purchase.

Additionally, attendees will help determine the winner of this year’s Golden Hog Award. Vote for your favorite bacon-themed dish on-site.

NOOGAtoday | Bacon & Barrel

Who will win this year’s Golden Hog Award? That’s for you to help decide.


Photo provided by Bacon & Barrel Festival.

Local competitors

  • Amada Tapas & Wine
  • Barque
  • Cherry Street Brewing NorthShore
  • Common Table
  • The Edwin Hotel
  • Honey Seed
  • Kinley Chattanooga
  • Nic & Norman’s
  • Mike’s Tavern
  • Mexiville
  • Public House
  • The Read House
  • Ruby Sunshine
  • Southside Social
  • Stills + Mash
  • Whiskey Cowgirl
  • Wine Down Bistro
  • Ryan’s Pepperworks
Bonus: Check out the list of participating distilleries — with more to be announced.

Today, Sept. 13
  • Hannibal Buress | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 8 p.m. | The Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga | $44-$55 | Enjoy a comedy and music performance by Hannibal Buress, known for his roles in “Broad City” + “The Eric Andre Show.”
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • InterMission: A Celebration of the Arts in Chattanooga | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Roland Hayes Concert Hall at UTC, 752 Vine St., Chattanooga | $125-$250 | Celebrate the impact of the arts + honor recipients of the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Awards with special guest Alan Cumming.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Noontunes | Friday, Sept. 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Broad Street (Aquarium Way-High Point Climbing Gym), Chattanooga | Free+ | Spend your lunch break with a street carnival-themed version of this concert series with music by the ChattanooGuys.
  • Free Movie Night | Friday, Sept. 15 | 8-10 p.m. | Chester Frost Park, 7989 Causeway Rd., Hixson | Free | See a free outdoor movie screening of “The Incredibles” — bring your own blankets and chairs.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Chattanooga MORE THAN PINK Walk | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Pl. Blvd., Chattanooga | Donation | Walk around the mall for breast cancer awareness + enjoy a party at the finish line.
  • Rock the Ridge Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Walden’s Ridge Civic League, 2501 Fairmount Pk., Chattanooga | Free+ | Celebrate the wildlife + environmental efforts in the Scenic City with live music, food trucks, and native plant vendors.
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News Notes
  • A special permit has been issued for the expansion + upgrade of the Dallas Bay Skypark. A potential buyer is additionally seeking a zoning change for the area to operate as “a fly-in residential community offering a mix of new housing, hangars, and clubhouse facilities.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
  • The TN Riverpark Boat Ramp (near the Hubert Fry Center) will temporarily close at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14. The ramp will reopen to the public on Friday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m.
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Chattanooga Red Wolves during their next home game on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Noche de Lobos event will feature a DJ spinning music, a full Hispanic food menu takeover, and a post-match fireworks show. Get your tickets.
  • We’ve got the in-cider information. The annual Apple Festival at The Chattanooga Market returns this Sunday, Sept. 17. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., several farms will offer their apple harvest along with fresh ciders + apple treats.
  • Southern Adventist University will host National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, and author David McLain on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. McLain’s presentation will be held at the university’s Illes P.E. Center + tickets will be sold for $10 at the door. (
  • In case you missed it, there are limited spots left for the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society’s Drive For Lives Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 25. Be the first to play a tournament on Lookout Mountain Club’s newly renovated course + compete for prizes.
Plan Ahead
  • Tickets are on sale for the Tennessee Aquarium’s Family Sleep in the Deep overnight program. Participants will be able to take a guided tour through the aquarium, meet an animal ambassador, take part in a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a light breakfast in the morning. Read the FAQ.
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  • Out with the hard, in with the high — seltzer, that is. Rebel Rabbit is leading the way with their alcohol-free, cannabis-infused seltzers that can be shipped anywhere in the US. Add to cart.*
This year’s Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award recipients
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From clockwise, Peggy Wood Townsend, Dr. Roland Carter, Stan Townsend, and Vincent Oakes.| Photos provided by ArtsBuild
Nine years ago, ArtsBuild created the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award to recognize individuals who have made “significant contributions to the arts in Chattanooga and who are actively engaged in the cultural life of our community.”

The awards are named in memory of Ruth Holmberg, who was a local business + civic leader and a philanthropist for the arts during her lifetime.

The “art builders” recognized this year are Peggy Wood Townsend, Dr. Roland Carter, Stan Townsend, and Vincent Oakes.

The awards will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 14 at ArtsBuild’s inaugural InterMission fundraising event, featuring special guest Alan Cumming. Limited tickets are available for purchase.
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