Get ready for a local version of Project Runway. | Photo by David Tedder via Chattanooga Fashion Expo
The runway is being laid out in the Scenic City as the third annual Chattanooga Fashion Expo returns Friday, Nov. 17 + Saturday, Nov. 18.
Since its debut in 2021, this fashion-focused weekend has come back for a new show about “The Journey” and will feature local and regional designers from Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Get ready for two days on the catwalk.
Educational Program | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | The Edney Innovation Center | Creatives, designers, models, and hair + makeup artists can learn skills from industry professionals.
Opening Night Industry Panel & Networking | 5:30-9 p.m. | Sleepyhead Coffee Main + Dodds | Network and listen to a panel of established fashion leaders discuss their creative journeys.
Note: Both Friday events are free to attend — RSVP for quick entry.
The main event will take place at the Mac Avenue event space, located at 1304 McCallie Ave. Your ticket includes entry to 10 shows, curated shopping, photo-ops, and food + drinks.
3-3:30 p.m. | Registration + doors open
3:45 p.m. | Show open, Gem Stone Drippin + Inkandycence
4:45 p.m. | 2 Handsome 2 Cute + Morrello & Co.
5:45 p.m. | Pamoja na, Elle Stovall + Sokana Rose
6:45-8 p.m. | Special performance, Lo Design Art, Knot me Jewels + final carousel and competition winner announcements
Bonus: An after party will be held at Walden Peak Farm from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. This 18+ ticketed event will feature live performances and food curated by Chef Jaguar Rotan of Dancing Chef Events.
“For the past few years, we’ve been intent on setting fire to the fashion industry in the Southeast through CFE. Runway is only a part of what we’re doing.” — CFE Founder + Creative Producer Shanna Forrestall
Trash to Treasure: Intro to Paper Making | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 2-4 p.m. | Downtown Library, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Learn how to make your own unique paper sheets by recycling scrap papers and using household supplies.
“Alabaster” | Wednesday, Nov. 15-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | UTC Fine Arts Center’s Ward Theatre, 752 Vine St., Chattanooga | $15-$20 | See a community performance of a darkly comic Southern drama about love, art, and the power of women.
On the Line | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Clear Story Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga | $10-$15 | Enjoy live music from In the Company of Wolves + live painting with Julia Whitworth to raise funds for a local documentary.
Sculpted Holiday Gnomes Workshop | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Bud’s Creative Arts Center, 5325 Old Hixson Pk., Hixson | $45 | Create your own gnomes to bring home + bring a sack lunch to eat while watching a live demonstration on painting.
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Outpost Bar + Restaurant, the sister restaurant to Basecamp, will open in Chattanooga’s Southside on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The spot at 342 E. Main St. (the former location of Heaven & Ale) will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. — with reservations available.
The Chattanooga Football Club has announced it will join the MLS NEXT Pro soccer league beginning in the 2024 season. Joining the league will coincide with the $2.1 million renovations occurring at Finley Stadium.
To celebrate America Recycles Day, EPB + Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area are partnering to help reduce waste. Today, Nov. 15, a Goodwill truck will be parked on Market Street (next to EPB’s headquarters) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for folks to recycle their unwanted technology.
East MLK Boulevard (between Houston Street + Lindsay Street) will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Gratefull community luncheon. Detours will be posted.
Applications for Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union’s annual Idea Leap Grant Competition will open tomorrow, Nov. 16. In this competition, small business owners in the area will compete for a total of $75,000 in grant funding that will be awarded in May. Learn more.
Northside Neighborhood House is currently collecting new + unwrapped toys for its Santa’s Workshop. The workshop provides children (ages newborn to 18) with gifts for holidays. Donations will be accepted now through Tuesday, Dec. 12. Check out wish list items.
Chattanooga Theatre Centre will present its first youth production of its 100th season beginning Friday, Dec. 1. Tomie dePaola’s “Strega Nona” will come to life in the Circle Theatre + feature two casts of talented, young performers.
Our downtown park will soon be a Festive Forest filled with decorated trees and lights. | Photo by EPB via Chattanooga Tourism Co.
Imagine Miller Park as Chattanooga’s very own winter wonderland filled with holiday lights and trees adorned with tinsel, garlands, and ornaments. Enter: The Better Business Bureau’s Festive Forest celebration.
In partnership with EPB + the Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors Department, the BBB will bring 50 live trees to the downtown area to act in conjunction with EPB’s annual holiday window display. This festive display was inspired by and will be similar to the Tinsel Trail design in Huntsville, AL.
Bonus: Businesses and organizations who are sponsors will decorate one of the 6-ft Frazier fir trees (platform, power, signage, a lighted boundary + overnight security included). There are still three trees up for grabs — those interested can inquire via email.
Trees can be decorated Saturday, Nov. 18 through Wednesday, Nov. 22 + will go live to the public at 5 p.m. that Wednesday. The Festival Forest will run through New Year’s Eve.
The Scenic City’s holiday spirit is in full swing. You can expect to see all kinds of cheerful content from us, but as they say — the more the merrier. Let us know what you want to see more of as we approach this new season.