River City will be introducing a new bizarre event on Saturday in downtown Chattanooga. Three-and-a-half months before Halloween arrives, area residents can preview their trick-or-treat costumes and watch witches and firefighters perform and bring carved watermelons for competition at Summerwin Square Batten Square.
Marcus Ellsworth, director of the River City Program, said the idea for Halloween in the summer grew out of conversations with “community members interested in Halloween and some businesses” in Patten Square.
“It’s also a way to highlight some of Chattanooga’s most feared performers, who give a stage performance more than once a year,” he said in a phone interview.
Ellsworth recommended a Google search for watermelon carving ideas.
“We hope that Chattanooga can progress and demonstrate their sculpting skills early this year,” he said.
More details below.
out and about
Summerween, a summer version of Halloween, with costume, watermelon carving, and trick-or-treating contests, debuts from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Patten Square, 818 Georgia Ave. Performers include progressive metal band Cosmic Twelve and other local musicians, as well as magicians and fire dancers. Food, drink, and arts vendors will offer their specialties for sale. Sculpting competition participants must arrive with their watermelon ready for judging at 8pm. Fashion competitions start at 7:30pm for kids and 9:30pm for adults. Winners receive digital Chattanooga Express Gift Cards. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Parkway, will host the next party at 10 p.m. rivercitycompany.com
The Comedy Catch, 29 Station Street, will welcome the stand-up comedian and regular Moonshiners, at a private engagement this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($17-$19), 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($20-$25). The next Open Mic night is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (US$7). thecomedycatch.com
The Ice Cream Crawl, which celebrates National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday in July), will take place Friday through Sunday at eight restaurants in downtown Chattanooga. Sharing are the North and South Beach locations on Clumpies and 26 Frazier Ave. and 1401 Market St.; Downtown, 100 Market Street; Peach Cobbler Factory, 301 EML King Blvd. ; Ice Cream Showroom, 105 Walnut Street; Milk & Honey, 135 N. Market St.; Community Pie, 850 Market Street; and Coldstone Creamery, 100 Chestnut St. Beneficiaries can try out the special selections and get a chance to win gift cards and other prizes by scanning the QR code at each location. rivercitycompany.com
Lemonade Stand Challenge: Watch out for neighborhood lemonade stands Friday through Sunday as local youth raise money for the Chambliss Center for Children Isaiah 117 House, which will serve adopted children in Hamilton County. Find registration information at chamblisscenter.org/lemonade-stand-challenge. The Feed Company Table + Tavern (201 W. Main St.) and 1885 Grill restaurants in Ooltewah, St. Elmo (9469 Bradmore Lane, 3914 St. Elmo Ave.) made a portion of lemonade sales as of Saturday and Sunday to the issue.
– Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will offer a free lesson on “Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Lawn and Garden” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle. Zoom link is also available. Record either way. mghc.org
– Rivertown Pitt to Port, the kayaking event connecting South Pittsburg, Tenn. , to Bridgeport, Ala. , across the Tennessee River is Saturday. Kayaking will leave the boat ramp at South Pittsburg Municipal Park, 1 Rivers Landing, at 9 a.m. CST for the 6.2-mile trip to Bridgeport River Park. Lunch will be provided after the two- to three-hour flight, along with shuttle service to south Pittsburgh. A borrowed kayak is available, while supplies last, for anyone who lacks a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. rivercitycompany.com
– The Chattanooga Market will host the Top Tomato Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. A highlight is a sample Bloody Mary, with Old Gilman Grill, Burger Republic, Southside Social, Bitter Alibi and High Rail showing their best drinks for the People’s Choice Awards and the judges’ choice. Tickets for five samples, with or without alcohol, are $15. Entry to the market is free. Musicians Toby Hewitt and Eric Jordan will have fun at 12:30 and 2 pm respectively. chattanoogamarket.com
– The Singer Songwriter Series, a monthly show, continues at McLemore, a resort community at 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Ga. , Thursday with folk rock music Shawn Mullins behind the microphone. Tickets $55. themclemore.com
– Blue Springs Valley Anniversary Singing, hosted by Southern gospel group The Singing Echoes, takes place at 150 Bryson Lane, Cleveland, Tenn. The event, now in its 53rd year, includes daily worship at 10 am and concerts at 6 every night. The hosts will sing every night, joined on Thursdays by The Freemans and 2×2 Quartet; Friday Through Inspiration, Watson Brothers Trio and Wilma Smith; And Saturday for Michael Combs, Trinity Trio and Tim Frith and Echoes of the Gospel. Camping is available. Tickets are $18 at the gate, and $50 for a multi-day pass. singingechoes.com
Nightfall, a free summer concert series, continues Friday with funk artist Boulevard (also known as Jamil Rashad) at 8pm and local artist Amber Fults opening at 7pm at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Via ML King Boulevard in Miller Park. Submission is free. nightfallchattanooga.com
The Caves, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, has two underground shows this weekend. Friday features electronic music by DJ/producer Mersiv, supported by Mlotik, Molokai, Mystic Grizzly and Meso. Tickets are $50 to $60. This Saturday is presented by folk artist Todd Snyder with the support of Tommy Womack. Tickets are $45 to $55. Both shows start at 8 PM CST. Tickets may be upgraded to include cave tours and accommodations. thecaverns.com
– The Free Summer Riverfront Nights Concert Series runs from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. The featured band is Rubik’s Grove, a Nashville-based band that covers songs of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Riverfrontnights.com
– Songbirds, 35 Station Street, has two shows coming up. Blues guitarist EG Kate performs with her band at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Dory, the indie rock band led by siblings Austin and Taryn Dory, will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets $12. songbirdsfoundation.org
– The Bobby Stone film series continues its summer run at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad Street, with these titles next week: “Into the Wild,” about an adventurer’s stay in Alaska, 11 a.m. Thursday ($5 USD), epic show “La “La Land” at 7 p.m. Saturday ($10 – $12), the historical drama “Lawrence of Arabia” at 2 p.m. on Sunday ($10-12) and “Ratatouille” about a rat who dreams of being a chef at the age of 11 Tuesday morning (5 dollars). tivolichattanooga.com
The Chattanooga Jewish Film Series will offer a free virtual screening of director Avi Nesher’s critically acclaimed anti-war epic “Picture of Victory” as a gift to the community to celebrate the series’ 15th anniversary and to preview the ticketed series starting August 1st. 17. The film will be available from Sunday noon until noon on July 22. Register for the link: jewishchattanooga.com
music and movie
-Music and movies continue at Miller at 6 p.m. Saturday in Miller Park, 928 Market St. Blues Luke Simmons & the Lovestruck will headline. “The Princess and the Frog” will be shown at dusk. Music, games, artists, and food trucks will be ready by 6pm. Bring your seats. Submission is free. rivercitycompany.com
– Will host Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. The modern dance movie “Tracing Abandoned Tracks” premieres at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The film is loosely based on Glenn Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and is meant to show how dance can lead to community-led change. The premiere will feature film essentials: Collaborative Roots, a group of dance artists, director Tane Hopper, reggae band Milele Roots, and poet Marcus Ellsworth. Suggested donation is $10. barkinglegs.org
The Football Fest, the largest sanctioned adult soccer event in the United States, is held through Sunday at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. This event provides men, women and mixed teams of players aged 40 and over the opportunity to return to the field. Spectator admission is free. adult soccerfest.com
– The Chattanooga Red Wolves, a men’s professional Major League Soccer team, will play North Carolina FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chi Memorial, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $15 to $52. chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com
– “Anastasia,” a Broadway musical inspired by the legend of the Russian Grand Duchess, will conclude its three-day run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The touring production is the final show in the 2021-22 Broadway in the Memorial series. Tickets from $38 – $83. tivolichattanooga.com
(Read more: Five award-winning shows on the 2022-23 Broadway series at Memorial)
– “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a play within a play that twists a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery into a Monty Python-esque farce, opens this weekend at Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. The Ringgold Playhouse will perform on Broadway at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday (same schedule July 21-24). Tickets are from 8 to 10 US dollars. Eventbrite.com
– “Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8,” Agnes Borinsky’s historical play about the bond between mother and son, will conclude this weekend at the UTC Center for the Fine Arts, 752 Vine St. : 30 pm on Friday and Saturday, 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets $15. cleardad.com
– “Monkey in the Middle: The Scopes Evolution Trial” will be presented this weekend in the same courtroom where the 1925 science teacher John Scopes trial took place inside Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market Street, Dayton, Tenn. 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $15. A festival out of the grass and surrounding streets will feature arts, crafts, and food vendors throughout the three days; Songwriters Show and Friday Cruise; And bluegrass, country and rock Saturday. rheaheritage.com
“The Music Man,” about a con man who tricks a Midwestern town about his musical abilities, will be presented next weekend by the East Brainerd Community Theater at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as July 21-22, with a concert at 2:30 p.m. on July 23. Tickets are $10 if purchased through Thursday, and $15 at the door. Buy from church or online. ebctchatt.com
Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, continues this weekend at the outdoor amphitheater at Signal Mountain Playhouse, 1104 James Blvd. Shows start at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays through July. Ticket sales and camp chair setup begin at 6 p.m. Picnic dinners are welcome (no alcohol). Tickets $5 $15. smph.org
The Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will continue special programming for its exhibit “Enchanted” from 6-7 p.m. Thursday with Hip-Hop Fantasy, featuring KG, Konstruct, Tryezz, and Image Novek shows inspired by Dragon Ball Z, Thriller and replay tunes. On Sundays, Sensory Studios presents a low-sensory painting class, with a tour of the “Enchanted” exhibit, admission fees may apply noon to 1 p.m. huntermuseum.org
– River Gallery, 400 E. Second St. , James Courtenay James will be shown at a 2-4 p.m. drawing show on Saturday. Works by the Chattanooga artist are on display this month, along with art by Lee Mallerich and Cynthia Toffersrud. Submission is free. River-gallery.com
Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.