The Bar Exam
Billed as "the definitive showcase and competition," The Bar Exam is unlike any open mic competition you've seen. The event takes the excitement, drama and heartbreak of shows like "American Idol" and "Showtime at the Apollo" and puts it in front of a live audience. The first show in January was sold out and a huge success. This iteration features 11 performers and a stacked halftime show, including Baby Rose Music, J. Flo and Tebe Zalango. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, May 19, 9 p.m.
Where: 149 E. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $10–$15
Chattanooga Football Club home opener
The Chattanooga Football Club will open their home season Saturday night at Finley Stadium against the Birmingham Hammers. CFC opened play on the road and lost to the Charlotte Eagles in the U.S. Open Cup, followed by a 1–1 draw against the New Orleans Jesters in the first National Premier Soccer League game of the season. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., and gates open at 6:30. Click here for tickets. As always, the Chattahooligans will tailgate before the event.
When: Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1826 Carter St.
How much: $7
Tennessee Whiskey Festival
An annual festival returns to Chattanooga Saturday to celebrate whiskey production in Tennessee and raise funding for a local art gallery. Organizers created the festival "to showcase the state's craft spirits and the people who produce them." A benefit for the Hart Gallery, the festival combines craft whiskey tastings, live music and—for the second year—a judged wing competition featuring local restaurants. More than 20 distilleries will offer tastings. Click here for tickets.
When: Saturday, May 20, 5:30–11 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: $20–$115
PLVNET presents "10,000 Days": A Night of Tool
A Chattanooga band will pay tribute to hard rock legends Tool at Revelry Room Saturday night. PLVNET will play an assortment from the popular band's list of best songs. According to an article by Nooga.com writer Joshua Pickard, the band came up with the idea out of frustration in trying to get new listeners out to PLVNET shows. Expect to hear songs such as "Sober," "The Pot" and "Stinkfist," the latter a routinely covered song by PLVNET. Rye Baby will open the show. Click here for more information. Watch Tool perform "Stinkfist" below.
When: Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m.
Where: 41 Station St.
How much: $10
Ironman Chattanooga 70.3
McKee Foods presents the Sunbelt Bakery Ironman 70.3 Sunday. Athletes begin competition with a swim, followed by a bike course that offers spectacular views of Lookout Mountain and a 34-mile loop in Georgia. The final leg of the race is a run at Riverfront Parkway. Spectators are encouraged to cheer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as athletes compete. Click here for more information.
When: Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
How much: Free