Are you ready for fall in Chattanooga? (Photo: Aaron Burden, StockSnap)

Hamilton County Fair
The quintessential fall fair for the Chattanooga area, the Hamilton County Fair is exactly what a fair should be: charming, fun and a little weird if you’re not used to the Southern way of life. Guests can expect delicious food, bungee jumping, a petting zoo and more. You’ll watch grown men chase around greased-up pigs for competition, country clogging, line dancing and more. Did we mention the greased-up pigs? More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the Hamilton County Fair this year. There is no admission charge for the fair, but it’s $6 to ride the shuttle. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 23–24, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Where: 2277 Gold Point Circle
How much: Free

Culture Fest at Chattanooga Market
The 18th annual Culture Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekly Chattanooga Market Oct. 1. Thousands of community members are expected to attend the event, which will include live performances from local cultural groups, a parade of nations, multicultural displays from several countries, a dance contest and an exhibition of culturally themed art. In addition, guests will have opportunities to learn about other cultures at display booths coordinated by Chattanooga State Community College’s cultural ambassadors and international achievers. More than 200 local multicultural leaders, speaking 30 languages, will be present. Awards will be offered for the best delegation in the parade, best cultural booth and most authentic dress.

When: Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: Free

3 Sisters Festival
Chattanooga is home to many annual festivals, but not many are more revered and anticipated than the annual 3 Sisters Festival of bluegrass music at Ross’s Landing. This year’s lineup includes rising bluegrass superstar Molly Tuttle, The Stray Birds, Del McCoury Band, Bryan Sutton, Jeff Austin, Sam Bush and more. Admission for both nights is free, thanks to Fletcher Bright Co. Bring your chairs and a blanket. Click here for more information. The full schedule—including times—will be released soon. Go ahead and put this on your schedule now.

When: Oct. 6–7
Where: 201 Riverfront Drive
How much: Free

Chattanooga City Celebration & Ciclovia
A new neighborhood-focused cycling/walking party will take place Oct. 8. Chattanooga City Celebration & Ciclovia will connect six separate block parties from the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to Glass Street with protected bike lanes along the way for easy travel. The lanes will remain car-free from noon to 7 p.m. to allow riders to journey safely between parties without having to drive. Each block party will be two hours long and feature a unique theme, live music, entertainment and activities. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the neighborhoods in a new way, according to organizers. Click here for more information.

When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 12–7 p.m.
Where: Click here
How much: Free

Each October, Chattanooga’s outdoors activities are highlighted throughout the month as part of the annual RiverRocks celebration. This year’s celebration is Oct. 6–21 and features world-class and amateur athletes visiting the Scenic City to compete, celebrate the outdoors lifestyle and enjoy live music. Highlights include the StumpJump 15K, Fireside at Greenway Farm, Sculpture in the Sky, 7 Bridges Marathon and the Best Town (for) Ever. Many family events are free. Click here for more information.

When: Oct. 6–21
Where: Various locations
How much: Free