Your weekly planner of events in the Chattanooga area (including Halloween scares)

Emilee Geist

To search for more things to do in the Chattanooga area by topic, visit our events page.   TO DO SUNDAY * Go railroading: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has begun a yearlong celebration of its 60th anniversary. Today and next Saturday and Sunday, TVRM is running its best-known steam engines, […]

To search for more things to do in the Chattanooga area by topic, visit our events page.



* Go railroading: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has begun a yearlong celebration of its 60th anniversary. Today and next Saturday and Sunday, TVRM is running its best-known steam engines, Nos. 630 and 4501, on the Missionary Ridge Local, a 55-minute ride from Grand Junction Depot, 4119 Cromwell Road, to the East Chattanooga station and Soule Shops restoration facility. Both weekends also include special exhibits, blacksmith demonstrations and military reenactments. Exhibits, which include “TVRM’s First 60 Years,” a railroad post office car display and two collections from sponsor Scale Trains, will inaugurate the new exhibits building on the Cromwell Road campus. All-inclusive tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children 2-12. Or you can visit the grounds, without a train ride, for $17 and $10. Photographers should note that the next two Fridays bring a chance to shoot the museum’s steam and diesel collections at night.

* See cars and stars: The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival is still in high gear in the West Village on West Eighth Street. The final day features a showcase of classic cars, called a concours d’elegance, and a Gathering of the Greats: Ferrari Edition, both starting at 8 a.m. Automotive experts will be featured in two panel discussions: an overview of Tucker cars at 9 a.m. and NASCAR/IndyCar and SRX racing as television entertainment at 2 p.m. One-day admission is $39. chattanooga



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BOO IN THE ZOO — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Family-friendly activities, trick-or-treating, costume contests, 4-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30. Nonmembers: $15 adults and children ages 3 and up. Timed entry tickets required.

THE BOOZY CAULDRON — The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. Harry Potter-inspired cocktail experience, with magic, ghost stories and four signature cocktails, including butterbeer, led by Dolohov Draven, professor of the beverage arts, and his top students, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 23. $40.

DREAD HOLLOW — 321 Browns Ferry Road. Award-winning attraction returns with three new immersive haunt experiences, three horror-themed escape rooms and the Buried Alive coffin simulator, through Oct. 31 (Thursday-Sunday evenings). Not recommended for children under 12. $25 for Dread Hollow, $10 for Buried Alive, $60-$80 escape rooms (up to six people). Tickets must be reserved online.

THE HAUNTED BARN — 5017 McDonald Road, McDonald, Tenn. Self-guided tour through 16 rooms filled with horror scenes and professional actors, open 7 p.m.-midnight (or later) Fridays and Saturdays in October. $20.

HAUNTED DEPOT — Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Includes haunted house ($15), hay ride ($3) and ghost tour ($7), 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30. $20 for combo ticket.

THE HAUNTED HILLTOP — 8235 Highway 58. Features haunted house with professional actors and state-of-the-art animatronics, plus hayride through the woods, $15 each or $20 for both. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Open 7 p.m. until at least 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October.

LANTERN TOURS — Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Explore the cave like founder Leo Lambert did in 1928, with only the light of a handheld lantern, and hear stories exclusive to this after-hours specialty tour, for ages 5 through adult, Friday nights and select Saturday nights in October and November. $34.95 (includes yellow miner’s hat for ages 5-12). Tickets must be reserved online.

ROCKY HORROR PUB CRAWL — Chattanooga Pints & Pedals, 1220 King St. Visit local bars for two hours while dressed as your favorite character from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 4:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. $25.



THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

* Oct. 20: Open Mic Night for rising talents, 7:30 p.m., $5.

* Oct. 21-23: Trixx, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $12-$14; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $17-$19.

TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM — 4119 Cromwell Road (Grand Junction Depot). Kickoff of yearlong 60th-anniversary celebration includes multiple events. 423-894-8028,

* Oct. 17, 23-24: Best-known steam engines running 55-minute Missionary Ridge Local ride. Activities on the grounds include special exhibits, blacksmith demonstrations and military re-enactments. $30 adults, $20 children 2-12 for one-day all inclusive tickets; $17 and $10 without the train ride.

* Oct. 22: Night photography session to shoot diesel locomotives at Grand Junction, $25.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St.

* Oct. 19: “The Price Is Right Live,” stage show based on the long-running CBS game show, 7:30 p.m. $29-$89.

* Oct. 21: “Peppa Pig’s Adventure,” canceled.

* Oct. 22: “MasterChef Live,” interactive stage production with cooking demonstrations and challenges by former contestants from the hit TV shows “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior,” 7 p.m. $29-$118.



THE ARTS AVENUE — 1800 Rossville Ave.

* Oct. 22: Emily Wolfe, 7 p.m., $15.

* Oct. 24: Doug Stone, 7 p.m., $30.


* Oct. 17: Tin/Bag, jazz-infused music by trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta, 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

* Oct. 23: Halloween jazz with Robin Grant & The Standard, plus costume contest, 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission, $35 VIP (premium seating, bubbly toast).

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Here Come the Mummies, with Desmond Jones, 8 p.m. CDT Oct. 24. $60-$293.

FIRESIDE CONCERTS — Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Weekly series continues with fingerpick guitarist Nicholas Edward Williams, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20. Picnics welcome; bring roasting sticks for marshmallows and chairs or blankets for seating. Free.

JERICHO BRASS BAND — Founders Hall, Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. British-style brass band kicks off 23rd season with patriotic favorites, Broadway tunes and “hum-along” hymns, 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Free admission.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Building, 1250 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. “Mostly Romantics” fall concert by the Lee Trio — School of Music faculty members Xiaoqing Yu (violin), Theodore Kartal (cello) and Muen Wei (piano), 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Features world premiere of pandemic-inspired composition “Behind the Mask” by Lee music major Noah Constence. Free and nonticketed, or watch at

THE MCLEMORE — 785 Canyon Ridge Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Final performance in McLemore Songwriters Series features Kristian Bush of Sugarland, 7 p.m. Oct. 21. $30 (price rises day of show).

NEW HAVEN BAPTIST CHURCH — 1058 Graysville Road. The Perrys in concert, with The Hullender Family as special guests, 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Free admission; a love offering will be received. 423-316-3718.

THE POINT CHURCH AT SIGNAL — 939 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain. Dove Award-winning gospel group Brian Free and Assurance, 7 p.m. Oct. 21; doors open at 6 p.m. Free admission; love offering will be accepted.

ROCK & RAPPEL — Two Dalton, Ga., locations, Oct. 23. Rappellers must meet $1,000 fundraising goal for The GreenHouse Child Advocacy and Sexual Assault Center for chance to rappel down the five-story Landmark Building, 101 E. Crawford St., noon-7 p.m. Free rock concert by Resurrection: A Journey Tribute Band follows at Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., 7 p.m. Rappellers receive two VIP tickets for exclusive seating, free wine and beer at the concert.

ST. PAUL’S ARTIST SERIES — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Four-show series opens with the church’s former music director, Keith Reas, performing works on Casavant organ, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Single tickets $10-$40. Series subscriptions $80-$130.

STRING THEORY — Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Chamber music series opens 13th season with Menlo Family Tour, “What You Are to Me,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. $45 (discounts for Hunter members, students, music teachers and groups).

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). Blues guitarist Samantha Fish, 8 p.m. Oct. 20. $25-$35.



CHATTANOOGA JEWISH FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Next is the drama “Here We Are,” about a father’s second thoughts about the new living arrangements he has made for his autistic son. In-person viewing available only to star sponsors, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 20. Watch virtually for $12, Oct. 19-Oct. 22, noon to noon.



AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. “Musings” by Maggie Vandewalle, through Oct. 31. 423-648-9367

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Melissa’s Menagerie Art Show, through Oct. 31.

CHARLES H. COOLIDGE MEDAL OF HONOR HERITAGE CENTER — 2 W. Aquarium Way. “War Comes Home: The Legacy,” traveling exhibition exploring themes of wartime separation, adjustment to life back home and the cost of war, through Dec. 29.

FIRST-CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — 419 McCallie Ave. John McLean Art Auction, benefiting The Centenary children’s ministry. View and bid online at or in person noon-2 p.m. Oct. 17.


* Oct. 17: Family Fun Day with activities inspired by “Lalla Esaydi” exhibition, 2-4 p.m. $20 for nonmembers 18 and older.

* Through Dec. 6: “Depicting the Invisible.”

* Through Jan. 9: “Lalla Esaydi” and”Mediterranea: American Art From the Graham D. Williford Collection.”

* Through Feb. 28: “Baggs McKelvey: Indigo.”

* Through July 11: “Ashley V. Blalock: Bridging the Hunter.”

ICA @ UTC — Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St.

* “Tasteful Interiors” by Ilana Harris-Babou, through Nov. 5.

* Artist talk by Ilana Harris-Babou, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in Benwood Auditorium in Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building, Room 230, 735 Vine St.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. “Something To Crow About: A Treat for the Soul,” works by master ceramicist Laurie Graham and painter Miki Boni, through Oct. 31.

RINGGOLD ART & FRAME GALLERY — 7825 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga. “Celebrate Art” by Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Oct. 31. [email protected]

WAVELENGTH SPACE — 854 McCallie Ave. “Femme Vitale,” through Nov. 7. Artist Leah Dalton hosts Femmage workshop, in which participants use found fabrics and papers to create soft sculptures inspired by her works, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 17; $30 ($20 student discount); must register.



CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow,” 8 p.m. Oct. 22-23, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Oct. 29-30, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Nov. 5-6, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7.$15-$25.

THE COLONNADE PLAYERS — Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. “Macbeth,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-23, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $8-$12.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. 931-484-5000,

* Through Oct. 28: “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical.” $16-$32.

* Through Nov. 11: “Peter and the Starcatcher.” $16-$30.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE ‘184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. “Dracula,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-23, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30, 2 p.m. Oct. 31 (opening weekend, Oct. 16-17, was canceled and Friday shows were added to remaining weekends). $12-$14.



APPALACHIAN BREW, QUE & STEW FESTIVAL — Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga. Unlimited tastings of beers from 40-plus craft breweries, arts and crafts, food, music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 23. $35 in advance online, $40 at gate. Separate $47 ticket required for Jamey Johnson concert at 7 p.m.

BIRD & BARN SALE — Black Fox Farms, 2724 Varnell Road, Cleveland, Tenn. Distinctive handcrafted products, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22 (early bird night), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 23. $50 Friday (includes exclusive shopping privileges, live music and hors d’oeuvres); $30 premium ticket Saturday (includes limited-edition gift and vendor coupons), $12 basic ticket (includes $5 coupon for a Project Free 2 Fly purchase); no coupons or freebies for tickets purchased at the door. Proceeds support Project Free 2 Fly.

BOOGIE & BREWS — McCoy Farm & Gardens, 1604 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain. Costume contests for kids and dogs, festival food and drink, hay rides, children’s activities, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 23; 5K trail run at 9:30 a.m. Rain date Oct. 30.

CHIAHA HARVEST FAIR — Coosa Valley Fairgrounds (new location), 1400 M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Rome, Ga. Juried arts and crafts show, demonstrations, musicians, food vendors, children’s crafts, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 23-24, rain or shine. $5 adults, $4 students/seniors, $1 children 11 and under (free with online coupon).

CLEVELAND APPLE FESTIVAL — Bradley County Courthouse Square, 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Arts and crafts, specialty vendors, apple dessert contest, 1-6 p.m. Oct. 17 (final day). $7 adults, $5 seniors/children 3-12; family pass (two adults, up to four children) $25 (cash only).

COLLEGEDALE APPLE FESTIVAL — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. More than 150 craft and food vendors, including apples from Mercier Orchards from Blue Ridge, Ga., petting zoo, pony rides, entertainment, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 22-23. Free admission and parking.

COLORFEST — Brow Park, North Cool Street, Mentone, Ala. Seventy-five artists and crafters, local musicians, children’s area, gourmet foods, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Oct. 17 (final day).

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File Photo / Multiple orchards will have fruits available for the Georgia Apple Festival, which concludes Sunday at the Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds.

GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL — Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga. More than 300 arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, parade, antique car show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17 (final day). $5 ages 10 and older; civic and school groups handle parking with requested donation.

KETNER’S MILL COUNTRY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR — 658 Ketner Mill Lane, Whitwell, Tenn. Arts and crafts displays and demonstrations, Southern foods, live music, family activities, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17 (final day). $7 (cash only) ages 13 and older.

MOUNTAIN MAKINS FESTIVAL — Rose Center, 442 W. Second St., Morristown, Tenn. Appalachian folk life festival includes juried arts and crafts, regional musical talent, including mass choir, food, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24. $7 one day, $10 both days for adults; $1 children 6-12.

NORTH GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL FAIR — 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. Fall fair in 73rd year includes exhibits, music and carnival, Oct. 21-31. Appearance by Mark and Digger of “Moonshiners,” 5-8 p.m. Oct. 23. Advance tickets (available through Oct. 22) are $4 general admission, $20 for Mega Pass good for one-day gate admission and unlimited rides.

RIVER CLAY FINE ARTS FESTIVAL — City Hall, 402 Lee St. NE, Decatur, Ala. Juried fine arts, demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Oct. 17 (final day). $5 ages 13 and up.

Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.

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