Southside ArtStroll
Start the weekend with a walk around one of Chattanooga’s hippest neighborhoods. Discover the many galleries, art studios, restaurants and other colorful destinations while enjoying the public art and architecture at nearly every turn. Participating businesses offer unique snacks and artful libations to keep you in a social and festive mood. This is the next-to-last stroll held on the last Friday of each month, but new venues are still coming onboard in this ever-evolving neighborhood.

When: Friday, Aug. 31 5-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown’s Southside neighborhood
How much: Free

Check out a live show
Pick a night and a musical genre, and you are probably going to find a great show this weekend in Chattanooga. From free outdoor concerts on the waterfront to intimate performances in small theaters, the three-day holiday is packed with choices. Whether you’re bringing the kids or a designated driver, just plan to get in on the good times and support the live music scene in the city.


When: All weekend long
Where: Check listing for various locations
How much: Prices vary (see listing for specifics)

Two days of steam train excursions, live music and family fun is in store once again at the railroad museum’s annual festival. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is the largest operating historical museum in the Southeast and worth a visit if you have never been to this local gem. Single- and multi-day passes are available, so you can get your fill of American railroad history.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2
Where: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
How much: Prices vary (see website for details)

Free outdoor movies downtown
This weekend kicks off a new monthlong free movie series under the stars and between the buildings on the 700 block of Market Street in downtown Chattanooga. Enjoy a double feature that begins with the locally produced documentary “Build Me a World: The Story of the Howard School” followed by the cult classic “The Goonies.” Bring chairs and coolers, but no outside adult beverages, please. Food trucks and beer vendors will be on-site for those in need.

When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 8:45 p.m.
Where: 700 block of Market Street
How much: Free

Arts in the Park Festival
Nothing like a Monday off. Enjoy the extra family time with a visit to the annual arts festival in Collegedale. Live music begins at 10 a.m. with the Pay the Reckoning Celtic band. Bluegrass and big band music fill the air in the afternoon. Belly dancers, pilates classes and, of course, art from local and regional artists are all part of the all-day offerings.

When: Monday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Veterans Park, Collegedale
How much: Free