Gourd morning, Chattanooga. 🎃 It’s finally fall — and to help you take full advantage of the festive season, we’ve compiled our Chattanooga fall bucket list, complete with 30+events and activities to try. 🍁
• Weaver Tree Farms | 9 a.m.-9 p.m. | 308 Signal Mountain Rd. | You’ll know you’ve found this popular pop-up “pumpkin patch” by the large, inflatable pumpkin lining the side of the road. This seasonal outdoor shop features a large variety of pumpkins, gourds, and fall decor.
• See the Twin Falls at Rock Island State Park Located an hour and a half from downtown Chattanooga at Rock Island State Park, Twin Falls is an 80-foot waterfall that is even more beautiful surrounded by colorful leaves. You can find the waterfall by hiking via the downstream trail to see it up-close, or by viewing it from above at an overlook. The park itself is 883 acres located on a peninsula formed by the merging of the Collins and Caney Fork Rivers.
• Drive the Cherohala SkywayThe Cherohala Skyway makes for one of the best autumn drives, starting right here in Tennessee. The 43-mile National Scenic byway starts in Tellico Plains, TN, and will take you to Robbinsville, North Carolina. The start of the drive in Tellico Plains is roughly an hour and a half from downtown Chattanooga, so plan on a long drive. (Pro Tip: Make sure your car is gassed up + your snack bag is full when you start the drive — the only facilities on the 40+ mile byway are a few restrooms).
Feeling festive yet? Click here or the button below for our full guide, with more recommendations in the above categories plus fall activities, festivals, haunted houses, Halloween parties + places to trick-or-treat.
Development ○ The Tivoli Theatre is working to expand into an adjacent historic building that formerly housed Fowler Furniture. According to Foundation Director Nick Wilkinson, the goal for starting the update is October or November 2021, and construction should take 15-18 months. The lobby of the Tivoli will eventually be expanded into the adjacent building, during which time the Tivoli will be out of service. 🚧 (Chattanoogan.com)
ComingSoon ○ The city of Chattanooga will soon be receiving electric scooters. City transportation director Blythe Bailey said that the city will test the waters with a few dozen scooters to evaluate the market. Each scooter will be docked downtown to eliminate the dangers of them being tossed around throughout the city, which prevented scooters from being implemented in recent years. For more information, click here. 🛴 (Chattanoogan.com)
Coronavirus ○ On Wed., Oct. 14, Hamilton County Sheriff Hammond tested positive for COVID-19 after being in direct contact with someone who had just tested positive. (NewsChannel 9) ○ According to data from the Hamilton County Health Department, new COVID-19 cases are rising in the county and across the region again. On Oct. 13, health department data showed that the weekly average for new daily COVID-19 cases was up 21 cases from Oct. 1. Active cases have also jumped during that same time frame from 610 to 806. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ Chattanooga, East Ridge, and Cleveland libraries all received grant money from the CARES Act on Oct. 13. The grants will allow the libraries to buy things like PPE, glass barriers, and WiFi hotspots to help their communities stay safe and access resources during the pandemic. 💰 (NewsChannel 9) ○ The Chattanooga City Council is now waiving building permit fees to support Chattanoogans who have been affected by the tornadoes that hit the county this past Easter. The resolution — which says that people who apply for building permits to rebuild from tornadoes will not have to pay for them — was passed on its first reading on Oct. 13 with support from all council members. (NewsChannel 9) ○ The City of Chattanooga partnered with statewide nonpartisan initiative VoteEarlyTN for a campaign called VoteEarlyCHA to encourage residents + organizations to “adopt” an early voting day. Some of the adopted days from the campaign include women vote early day on Oct. 15, students and youth vote early day on Oct. 17, and veterans vote early day on Oct. 23. You can stay updated on the adopted early voting days here. 🗳️
Edu ○ As of Oct. 13, applications for the TN Promise scholarship were down 20% across the state. TnAchieves is urging Class of 2021 students to apply for the scholarship, which can be foundhere, before the Nov. 2 deadline.
WaterCooler ○ Former Notre Dame and Chattanooga Moc football standout Kareem Orr was elevated from the Tennessee Titans practice squad to the active roster earlier this week. In the Titans’ 42 – 16 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday night, Orr recovered a fumble to seal the game in the fourth quarter. The Titans now sit atop the AFC South as they prepare for their next matchup against the Houston Texans. 🏈
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Halloween not your thing? You can still satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate chunk cookies or you can place an order for custom cookies to be made in November + December, just in time for the holidays. 🎄
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Arts ○ Female art and dance with Ballet Esprit | Thurs., Oct. 15 | 6-7 p.m. | Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View Ave. | Free | This socially-distanced show will feature a live dance interpretation of the exhibit by local dance company Ballet Esprit followed by a discussion.
PlanAhead ○ Night Market | Fri., Oct. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | Chattanooga Brewing Co., 1804 Chestnut St. | Free Entry | Night Market will feature vintage + handmade goods, food, and more from over 20 local vendors. 🛍️ ○ Nightmare Before Christmas with the Pumpkin King and Queen | Fri., Oct. 16 | 6-9 p.m. CDT | The Oldham, 115 1st Ave. Northeast, Winchester, TN 37398 | $15-$25 | This event provides a not so spooky private showing at the historical Oldham Theatre in downtown Winchester, TN. ○ Here Come the Mummies | Sat., Oct. 17 | 7 p.m. | AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley | $25+ | This funk band well-known for its completely anonymous band members will perform a live, socially-distanced show at AT&T Field. 🎵
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.