Expect fireworks, music and more with the annual Pops on the River event in Coolidge Park. (Photo: Contributed)

July is usually literally one of the hottest months of the year in Chattanooga. But it’s also figuratively hot, with plenty of events, food festivals-peach, blueberry and tomato at the Chattanooga Market-and live music to get you off the couch. 

This week, I’ve compiled some of my favorite upcoming events happening in July. You’ll find everything from weird, outsider art to patriotic concerts, young rockers to low-key barbecue chomping. 

What events are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below. 

Wayne White exhibit at Hunter Museum
If last year was the summer of Wayne White, this summer is . well . still the summer of Wayne White. Chattanooga has experienced firsthand his latest creations at Wayne-O-Rama, but the Hunter Museum of American Art will offer a 30-year retrospective of Wayne White’s career with a new exhibit that opens in July. A variety of programming will accompany the exhibit. “Beauty Is Embarrassing,” a documentary about White’s work, will be screened July 1, and Nick Lutsko will perform as part of the museum’s monthly Bands on the Bluff series July 6. Chattanooga artist Matthew Dutton will also explore White’s work with “Thrill After Thrill With Creeping Critters” July 13. Dutton will share White’s work and offer a glimpse into his own creative process.

When: All month
Where: 10 Bluff View
How much: Varies according to event

Pops on the River
Chattanooga Presents will once again offer up a patriotic event to celebrate Independence Day. The annual Pops on the River will be July 3 in Coolidge Park. As always, bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a patriotic concert from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, along with a performance by Operation Song and veteran songwriters. The biggest fireworks display in Chattanooga will begin at 9:45 p.m.

When: Monday, July 3, 5-10 p.m.
Where: 100 River St.
How much: Free

Chattanooga Zoo Q n’ Brew
Since 2012, the Chattanooga Zoo has played host to one of the most eclectic barbecue/beer events in the city. The entire family is invited to attend the event to enjoy tasty beer (for the adults) and delicious barbecue from a variety of vendors. There will be live music (Slim Pickins and Mountain Cove Bluegrass), but don’t expect silent auctions, fancy attire or any of the frills you might find at other swanky events. Q n’ Brew is all about summer barbecue. Tickets are $20 and include two beverage tickets, animal encounters and a signature cup.

When: Saturday, July 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.
How much: $20

Station Street Sip and Savor
The third annual Station Street Sip and Savor is a chance to enjoy a wide variety of local food, spirits/wine and music in the beautiful Choo-Choo gardens. Featured chefs from restaurants such as Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom and Chatter Box CafĂ© have already been added, with more expected to join the list. The number of beverages available during the event has already reached 50-plus varieties. Locals Smooth Dialects are scheduled to perform. Proceeds will benefit Chattanooga Kids on the Block. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, July 22, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $49 and up

Chattanooga Girls Rock showcase
After a week of instruction and songwriting, the campers at Chattanooga Girls Rock camp will perform for the first time in front of a live audience. CGR camp is a one-week empowerment-based music education and performance program for girls 10-17. During the week, participants choose an instrument, receive instruction and form a band with fellow campers. Eventually, they write an original song and perform together at the end of the week. Last year’s inaugural performance was an incredible show, and this year’s showcase promises to be one of the highlights of your summer. Click here for tickets.

When: Saturday, July 22, 12-3 p.m.
Where: 41 Station St.
How much: $10

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