Plus, our guide to Half Moon Bay, CA.
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Today’s Note

Howdy, Nooga. Editor Kristen here. I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the new year and enjoyed their holidays. If you’re interested in planning for 2024, I’d recommend taking the vision board-making class with The Chattery on Saturday. Looking for other plans? Check out these events happening Friday, Jan. 5-Sunday, Jan. 7.


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.
  • “Un Nuevo Pasado (Someday Soon)” | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga | Donation | See a special outdoor film screening to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • 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.
  • BHB’s 1 Year Anniversary | Friday, Sept. 15 | 9-11:55 p.m. | Barrel House Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | $15-$20 | Celebrate Barrelhouse Ballroom’s one-year anniversary with music from the local group The Communicators.
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.
  • Day of Clay | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1-4 p.m. | Scenic City Clay Arts Classroom, 1271 Market St., Chattanooga | $0-$20 | Experience the art of clay at this family-friendly event with pottery activities, a smash booth, dunk tank + a silent auction.
  • Txakoli Garden Party | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 4-7 p.m. | The Woodshop, 5500 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga | $40 | Sample a range of Txakoli wines (from the Basque region of Spain), enjoy small bites, and live music.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Apple Festival | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Shop from several farms that will offer their apple harvest along with fresh ciders + apple treats.
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From the editor
  • Another Moon River Festival season has come and gone. Read our recap breaking down favorite moments and pro tips for next year’s festival.
  • Sweet Luni’s, a gourmet popsicle and treat shop from the folks behind Taconooga, has opened at 133 Frazier Ave. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Mexican candy, homemade desserts, aguas frescas, and a whole lot more on the menu.
  • What fall weather can we expect this year? We’ve got a seasonal outlook for the weather in Chattanooga. Check out our two-minute read on what the weather will likely bring this September, October, and November.
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.
Great Escapes
Our guide to Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunset at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Half Moon Bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.|Photo by Carol Erdie Photography
Ready for a getaway? Enjoy a beach day, a waterfront lunch, a visit to the pumpkin patch, or a walk along the Coastside trail.

Why go?

  • Welcome in the fall season at the 51st Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, happening Saturday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 15. Kick off the autumnal celebrations with costume contests, live music, festival fare, and local sips.

Act like a local

  • Barbara’s Fish Trap in the Harbor should be one of your first stops. Try the fish + chips (pro tip: add a side of ranch). Bonus: You can order from the to-go window and either eat on the beach or at one of the picnic tables lining the marina.

Where to stay:

Pro tip: Cue up Half Moon Bay by the San Francisco pop rock band Train as you’re driving along Highway 1 and you’ll feel right at home on the California coast.
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  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is back in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
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