PlanAhead: September 2021

September 1-5

Wed., Sept. 1

TryThis
  • South Bound Lecture Series: Susan Cushman | Wed., Sept. 1 | 6 p.m. | Online | Free | Susan Cushman is the author of John and Mary Margaret, a novel that explores an interracial romance in the 1960s.
  • Open Mic Night | Wed., Sept. 1 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $5 | See regional comedians working on their acts.
Network
  • Basecamp | Wed., Sept. 1 | 9 a.m. | Waterhouse Pavilion | Free | During this monthly coworking event — feat. free lunch + coffee all day — President of CRVAS, Caroline Rash, will speak.

Thurs., Sept. 2

Network
  • Downtown Chamber Council Meeting | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 7:30-9 a.m. | Waterhouse Pavilion | $15 | This month’s meeting will feature organizers of the upcoming Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit and members of the local hip-hop community.
TryThis
  • Heart-Focused Meditation with HeartMath | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 12-12:45 p.m. | Online | $15 | Find heart-centered peace with this online mediation class. 
  • Beginner Beading | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | $30 | Learn beading basics and create your own jewelry.  
Learn
  • In a Flash Creative Writing | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | $20 | Explore the world of flash stories—which are non-fiction or fiction stories of less than 1,000 words.
Arts
  • Throwback Thursday | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 4-8 p.m. | Hunter Museum | Free | Enjoy the museum’s permanent collection for free. 
  • Teen Night At The Hunter | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-7 p.m. | Hunter Museum | 17 + under Free | Teens can enjoy a creative night of art activities + teen-led experiences in the museum’s current exhibition Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory
WaterCooler

Fri., Sept. 3

Show

  • Cee Jay Jones | Fri., Sept. 3 | 7:30 p.m. AND 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17-19 | Cee Jay Jones has  appeared on BET’s Comic View, Showtime At The Apollo + is a current headlining performer for Carnival Cruise Lines. 
  • Carpetbagger’s Comedy Night | Fri., Sept. 3 | 9 p.m. | Bode Chattanooga, 730 Chestnut St. | $8+ | NYC + regional comics perform at this comedy event—tickets include 1 beer.

TryThis

  • 7AM Dance Party | Fri., Sept. 3 | 7 a.m.-12 p.m. | Moxy Hotel, 1220 King St. | Free | Start your morning right with a strong coffee + dancing. 
  • Framework for the Future Walk Through | Fri., Sept. 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd. | Free, RSVP |  Reflection Riding’s President + CEO will lead a small group through the Framework and what this plan means for the community — be prepared for a ~1 mile walk.

WaterCooler

Sat., Sept. 4

Learn

TryThis

  • Cee Jay Jones | Sat., Sept. 4 | 7:30 p.m. AND 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17-19 | Cee Jay Jones has  appeared on BET’s Comic View, Showtime At The Apollo + is a current headlining performer for Carnival Cruise Lines. 
  • Wine Down on Saturday Night | Sat., Sept. 4 | 6-9 p.m. | Regan’s Place, 24 Station St. | $45 | Sample different wines from several regions + get down with a 80s-90s dance party. 

ForKids

Sun., Sept. 5

TryThis

  • Cee Jay Jones | Sun., Sept. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17-19 | Cee Jay Jones has  appeared on BET’s Comic View, Showtime At The Apollo + is a current headlining performer for Carnival Cruise Lines. 
  • Blue Roo | Sun., Sept. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Blue Light, 43 Station St. | Prize of purchase | Don’t let those Bonnaroo outfits go to waste — this celebration making the most out of this year’s cancellation will feature 8 DJs, a light show, drinks, and cash prizes for the best festival attire.

TheBuy

  • SheBop Pop Up | Sun., Sept. 5 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Mojo Burrito (unopened location), 3512 Dayton Blvd. | Free+ | Shop from vintage vendors, enjoy food from Mojo + desserts from Cashew (plus drinks by The Moxy), and bring 3 clothing items for a clothing swap. 

September 6-12

Mon., Sept. 6

Dish

  • Labor Day BBQ Fundraiser | Mon., Sept. 6 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Maple STree Biscuit Co. parking lot, 2020 Gunbarrel Rd. | Donations accepted | Spend Labor Day eating BBQ — and  beans, slaw, bread, drinks, and desserts — for a good cause. 

Tues., Sept. 7

Learn

  • Lunch & Learn: Health Savings Accounts | Tues., Sept. 7 | 12-12:30 p.m. | Online | Free | Join The Chattery + DRW Financial for a free 30 minute virtual lunch and learn all about your finances.
  • Crayola-graphy 101 | Tues., Sept. 7 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | $25 | Learn hand lettering with Crayola markers—supplies provided. 

Wed., Sept. 8

ForKids

  • Jedi Training Academy | Wed., Sept. 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Founders Hall, Collegedale Commons | $5 | Young Padawans — aged 6-12 — are invited to learn combat, earn their lightsaber, and even meet their favorite Jedi.

Learn

  • Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills | Wed., Sept. 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | Learn some of the basic skills involved in the critical thinking process.

Thurs., Sept. 9

Outdoors

  • National Treasures: Party at Point Park | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Point Park, Lookout Mountain | $100-175 | Proceeds support the conservation of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

TryThis

  • Wet Bar Comedy | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $15 | This R-rated comedy show is for adults who don’t mind a little language or topics that might make the mainstream squirm.
  • Back Alley Boogie | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 6 p.m. | Cooper’s Alley | Free | Get your groove on for a night of dancing, art, food, and drinks. 

Fri., Sept. 10

TryThis

  • Karen Mills | Fri., Sept. 10 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $20-25 | Karen Mills has been a nationally touring comedian for over 25 years + she can be heard on SiriusXM daily.
  • Chanel Ali And Hilliary Begley | Fri., Sept. 10 | 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $15 | Chanel Ali appeared on Comedy Central and Hilliary Begley appeared in the Netflix original Dumplin’.

Sat., Sept. 11

TryThis

  • Karen Mills | Sat., Sept. 11 | 6:30 p.m. AND 8:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $20-25 | Karen Mills has been a nationally touring comedian for over 25 years + she can be heard on SiriusXM daily.

Learn

Sun., Sept. 12

September 13-19

Mon., Sept. 13

Learn

Tues., Sept. 14

Sports

Network

  • Real Estate Career Night | Tues., Sept. 14 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Keller Williams Greater Chattanooga Realty, 7158 Lee Hwy. | Free | Learn how to get a real estate license in TN + GA.

Try This

  • Drag Trivia | Tues., Sept. 14 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | Jack Browns Beer & Burger Joint, 818 Georgia Ave. | Free | Wear your best outfits + enjoy Drag themed trivia all night.

Family

  • Scholar Village Open House | Tues., Sept. 14 | 6-8 p.m. | The MOMentum Network, 1152 Lincoln Park Ln. | Free | Learn about a program where single parents completing college can lean on each other.

Wed., Sept. 15

Arts

TryThis

  • Open Mic Night | Wed., Sept. 15 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $5 | See regional comedians working on their acts.

Sports

Learn

  • No Pressure: Instant Pot 101 | Wed., Sept. 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | $28 | Learn how to avoid a hot mess with this introductory instant pot class.

Show

  • Ice Nine Kills | Wed., Sept. 15 | 8 p.m. | The Signal | $28 | Ice Nine Kills will be joined by Escape The Fate, Currents, and Fame on Fire.

Thurs., Sept. 16

Arts

  • Charcoal Figure Drawing with Hollis Dunlap | Thurs., Sept. 16- Sat., Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Online | $450 | Learn the foundations for painting with this 3-day figure drawing workshop. 
  • Artist Talk: Jerome Meadows | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Hunter Museum | Free | Meadows will discuss his experience designing the Ed Johnson Memorial + reflect on his 29-year career.

TryThis

  • Dale Jones | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17-19 | Dale Jones was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
  • Dirty Spelling Bee at Barley | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 8-10 p.m. | Barley Chattanooga | Free | Win prizes for spelling naughty words.

Community

  • Celebration of the Center for Mindful Living | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 5-7 p.m. | Church On Main Southside Venue, 1601 Rossville Ave. | Free | Celebrate the Center for Mindful Living’s 9 years of promoting mindfulness in Chattanooga.

Fri., Sept. 17

TryThis

  • Dale Jones | Fri., Sept. 17 | 7:30 p.m. AND 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17-19 | Dale Jones was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

History

Arts

WaterCooler

Sat., Sept. 18

Active

  • Paddle for PanCAN | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Suck Creek Boat Launch, 1907 Suck Creek Rd. | $35 | This kayak/paddleboard 5K benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
  • Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9:30 a.m. | Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 Lafayette Rd., Fort Oglethorpe, GA | Free

Show

  • Dale Jones | Sat., Sept. 18 | 7:30 p.m. + 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $17-19 | Dale Jones was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
  • The Rad Ole Opry | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9 p.m. | JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. | $10 | This new comedy showcase will feature  standup comedy, musical comedy, and standard live music.

Try This

  • ChattSkates End of Summer Splash Down | Sat., Sept. 18 | 2-6 p.m. | Ross’s Landing | Free | Thrill-seekers and curious spectators alike are invited to witness skaters launch off a ramp into the Tennessee River — a snow cone truck + live DJ will be on site.

History

  • History Panels on Display | Sat., Sept. 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Camp House | This event provides important timelines of Ed Johnson’s trial + murder as well as an overview of Black leaders and their important roles in Chattanooga.
  • RISE MLK History Tour with Shane Morrow | Sat., Sept. 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. + 3-4:30 p.m. | Waterhouse Pavilion | RSVP | Shane Morrow of RISE Chattanooga will lead participants on a tour of downtown Chattanooga highlighting Black life + history.
  • Medal of Honor Tour | Sat., Sept. 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center | RSVP | Learn about Tennessee’s only known African American Medal of Honor recipient, George Jordan.

Learn

For Kids

  • Sunset Cinema in Miller Park | Sat., Sept. 18 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Miller Park | Free | Bring along the family for the animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, in partnership with the McKamey Animal Center.
  • Colors of our World Storytime | Sat., Sept. 18 | 10-11 a.m. | Chattanooga Public Library – Downtown Branch (outside) | Free | Kids will enjoy storytime with books that focus on celebrating diversity.

Show

  • Romeo y Julieta | Sat., Sept. 18 | 11 a.m. + 7:30 p.m. | Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St. | Free | See an outdoor, immersive dance experience of Romeo + Juliet in Spanglish.
  • Righteous Brothers | Sat., Sept. 18 | 8 p.m. | Tivoli Theatre | $35-99

Arts

Health

Sun., Sept. 19

For Kids

Legacy

  • The Ed Johnson Memorial Dedication | Sun., Sept. 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Walnut Plaza | Free | This dedication will honor the legacy + memory of Ed Johnson through storytelling and arts from community members. Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. will offer the keynote address and will end with the unveiling of three bronze sculptures.
  • The Ed Johnson Memorial Dedication Gathering | Sun., Sept. 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Walker Pavilion in Coolidge Park | Free | Following the Memorial Dedication Ceremony, celebrate with uplifting art — including a drum circle, spoken word + dance performances by Kofi, The Pop Up Project, and other local artists.

Arts

  • Making the Ed Johnson Memorial Exhibit | Sun., Sept. 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave. | Free | This educational exhibit in AVA’s Landis Gallery will showcase the inspiration and process behind the new Memorial by artist Jerome Meadows.

September 20-26

Mon., Sept. 20

Try This

  • Soap Making 101 | Mon., Sept. 20 | 6-8:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | $45 | All supplies are included in this class where you’ll create + take home 5-6 soaps.
  • Big Bang Theory Team Trivia | Mon., Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. | Old Chicago Pizza, 250 Northgate Mall Dr. | Free | The top 3 teams at this themed trivia night will receive gift cards.

Featured Event

  • John Hamm Performing Arts Series | Mon., Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. | Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, GA | The John Hamm Series kicks off with American soprano Karen Slack, who has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Ⓟ

Tues., Sept. 21

TryThis

  • Celebration of Valor Luncheon | Tues., Sept. 21 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Chattanooga Convention Center | $125-$1,500 | Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter is the keynote speaker for this event — all proceeds go to the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.
  • Two Leaf Tuesday | Tues., Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market St. | Price of purchase | Bring your own planter or buy one + let the experts guide you to what works well — beverages and potting soil will be on hand. 🪴

Show

  • Emo Night | Tues., Sept. 21 | 8 p.m. | Exile Off Main Street, 1634 Rossville Ave. | Free | It isn’t just a phase — Josh Head of the band Emery is stopping by to spin all of the emo favorites.

Wed., Sept. 22

Try This

  • Burn: Autumn Equinox Festival | Wed., Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.-12 a.m. | 4707 12th Ave. | $20 | Join Sanctuary Performing Arts + Chattanooga Fire Cabaret to celebrate the beginning of fall with a fire and flow festival including vendors, food, and tattoo artists.

Show

  • Kate Willet | Wed., Sept. 22 | 9 p.m. | JJs Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. | $15 | Comedian Kate Willett is stopping in Chattanooga for 1 night to make her debut performance at JJ’s Bohemia, Including local comedians Ryan Darling, Andrew Ledbetter, and Lauren Riley.
  • Furnace Fest Kickoff: Crucial Night | Wed., Sept. 22 | 9 p.m. | Exile, 1634 Rossville Ave. | Free | Live vinyl DJs will spin the classic hardcore + punk records, and you’re encouraged to bring your own obscure punk rock records.

Thurs., Sept. 23

TryThis

Active

  • Bike and Brew Tour | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Starting at Five Wits | $47 | Ride through downtown Chattanooga while stopping at some of the city’s best breweries for a 5-oz pour + a fried moon pie tasting.

Show

  • Furnace Fest Kickoff: Defeater and Gumm | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 9 p.m. | Exile, 1634 Rossville Ave. | $10 | Watch Epitaph recording artists Defeater before they take on Furnace Fest, enjoy a vegan pop-up from Your Local Seitanist, and make sure to bring a vaccination card.
  • Station Street Live | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Station Street | Free | Come out to enjoy this free family + dog-friendly live music event on Station Street.

Fri., Sept. 24

Network

  • Scenic City Summit | Fri., Sept. 24 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Online | $50-60 | This local IT professional development conference allows you to join online for the whole day or for the sessions that interest you.

TryThis

  • Big Eddie Caylor | Fri., Sept. 24 | 7:30 p.m. + 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $12+ | Comedian Big Eddie Caylor is known as “The Mayor of Ooltewah.”

Show

  • Steel Toes and Hired Hands | Fri., Sept. 24 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Miller Park | Free | Enjoy a production from award-winning playwright Peggy Douglas centered around Chattanooga’s working class in the 1950s.

Featured Event

  • Barefoot in the Park | Tonight-Sun., Oct. 10 | 8 p.m. | Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. | $15+ | Neil Simon’s beloved romantic comedy follows a free-spirited bride and her buttoned-down groom learning marriage is no walk in the park in 1960s New York City. 

Sat., Sept. 25

Try This

  • Big Eddie Caylor | Sat., Sept. 25 | 7:30 p.m. AND 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $12-14 

Health

Sports

  • TN Vintage Base Ball: Sulphur Dell Cup | Sat., Sept. 25 + Sun., Sept. 26 | 11 a.m. + 6 p.m. | Army Post in Fort Oglethorpe | Free | Go back in time and watch a 19th-century version of a baseball tournament.

Show

  • Romeo y Julieta | Sat., Sept. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St. | Free | See an outdoor, immersive dance experience of Romeo + Juliet in Spanglish.
  • Steel Toes and Hired Hands | Sat., Sept. 25 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Miller Park | Free | Enjoy a production from award-winning playwright Peggy Douglas centered around Chattanooga’s working class in the 1950s.
  • Andrew Duhon in the Garden | Sat., Sept. 25 | 8-10 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. | $25-30

Community

  • East Ridge Centennial Celebration | Sat., Sept. 25 | 8 a.m. | Camp Jordan Park | Free | Celebrate 100 years of East Ridge with music, a beer garden, an arts + crafts marketplace, history walk, food trucks, and family-friendly activities.
  • Public Lands Day | Sat., Sept. 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Stringer’s Ridge, 1312 Spears Ave. | RSVP | In honor of Public Lands Day, Chattanooga Park Stewards will host an environmental stewardship event with opportunities to create park improvements, learn trail maintenance skills, and participate in plant management.

Outdoors

  • MGHC Fall Garden Festival | Sat., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Bonny Oaks Arboretum, 6183 Adamson Cir. | $5 | Check out gardening exhibits + demos, and vendors with plants and garden items for sale.

Sun., Sept. 26

Show

  • Steel Toes and Hired Hands | Sun., Sept. 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Miller Park | Free | Enjoy a production from award-winning playwright Peggy Douglas centered around Chattanooga’s working class in the 1950s.
  • Dances in Raw States: A Choreographic Workshop | Sundays, Sept. 26-Oct. 31 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. | $90 | Dancer Ann Law leads this 6-week workshop about finding your choreographic voice.

TryThis

  • Apple Festival | Sun., Sept. 26 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Chattanooga Market, First Horizon Pavilion | Free | The Chattanooga Market, but more hard-core — apple cake, apple jelly, apple pie, apple candles + more. 🍎

Volunteer

  • Ironman Chattanooga | Sun., Sept. 26 | Starts at 7:30 a.m. | Downtown Chattanooga | Free to volunteer | Be aware of closed roads + volunteer to help out at this event that brings in thousands of tourists.

September 27-30

Mon., Sept. 27

Show

Tues., Sept. 28

Cause

Show

  • Santana | Tues., Sept. 28 | 8 p.m. | Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium | $65-250

Arts

Wed., Sept. 29

 

Thurs., Sept. 30

TryThis

  • Jodi White | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $12-14 | 3 times divorced relationship expert Jodi White relates her stories of life, love and heartbreak.
  • Dirty Spelling Bee at Barley | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 8-10 p.m. | Barley Chattanooga | Free | Win prizes for spelling naughty words.

Learn

  • CIVIQ: Reimagining Our Relationship to Place | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Waterhouse Pavilion | Free | Ronda Lee Chapman discusses how we define community, how we honor ancestral lands we inhabit + enjoy, and the ways we interact with the inherent politics of place.

Show

  • Theo Von | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 7 p.m. | Tivoli Theatre | $25-55
  • Ryan Oyer in the Garden | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. | $12.50-15