4 Bridges Arts Festival
Heralded as one of the finest art fairs in the nation, the 4 Bridges Arts Festival brings world-class artists to the Scenic City for art buyers, art lovers and spectators. The show is fully juried and features a variety of mediums and styles, including ceramics, photography, painting, jewelry, glass and printmaking. The festival will be Saturday and Sunday at First Tennessee Pavilion. Over 150 artists will be represented, and there will be live music, crafts for kids and more throughout the event.
When: Saturday, April 22, 10 am.–6 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: $7 per day or $10 for a two-day pass
Muse of Fire at The Public Library
This weekend, eight students ages 10–12 will have their written plays performed by trained actors at The Public Library. The students have been participating in the annual Muse of Fire Project, which teaches the art of playmaking and creativity. The results are hilarious, poignant and educational. Three performances are scheduled this weekend. Tickets are $10 per person. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, April 21, 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 22, 3 and 7 p.m.
Where: 1001 Broad St.
How much: $10
Professional Bull Riders at McKenzie
For the second year, Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena will host a major Professional Bull Riders event. If you're a newcomer to the sport, riders attempt to stay on a bull—which averages between 1,600 and 1,700 pounds—for eight seconds. The sport is known for its high risk and is often referred to as "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports." Tickets are $15–$75 and available here.
When: Friday–Saturday, April 21– 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: 720 E. Fourth St.
How much: $15–$75
East Chattanooga Highlight Festival
The first of three stops for an interactive light exhibit takes place in East Chattanooga this weekend. Jen Lewin's "The Pool" is "an environment of giant concentric circles created from interactive circular pads." It is composed of 40,000 LEDs on 106 computer-powered 3-foot discs. Guests are encouraged to dance on the pads and experience the one-of-a-kind exhibit. "The Pool" is sponsored by GreenSpaces and Glass House Collective. In addition to the exhibit, there will be a variety of events throughout the weekend. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, April 21, 7:30–10:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, April 22–23, 3–10:30 p.m.
Where: 1901 Roanoke Ave.
JAMPcon—which stands for "Japanese anime manga paradise"—will be held at The Chattanoogan Hotel this weekend. Smaller than many conventions by design, JAMPcon is expected to draw about 1,500 attendees. Special guests include Eric Stuart and Dan Green, both voice actors in a variety of anime shows such as "Pokemon" and "Yu-Gi-Oh!" A badge will allow entry into all three days of the festival. Badges are $40 and can be purchase at the door. Click here for a full schedule of events.
When: All weekend
Where: 1201 Broad St.
How much: $40 for a weekend pass