The Sculpture in the Sky event features colorful kites. (Photo: Contributed)

The annual RiverRocks Festival, celebrating what makes Chattanooga such a great outdoors city, begins Friday.

The festival runs through Oct. 21 and features over 30 events, including adventure sport competitions, bluegrass music, hot air balloons and family entertainment, from the 3 Sisters Festival this weekend to the Best Town (For)Ever street party Oct. 20.

RiverRocks 2017 will continue to feature a wide selection of premier adventure sport competitions, including Swim the Suck, the Chattanooga Head Race, the StumpJump 50K and the Triple Crown of Bouldering.


Sculpture in the Sky, a free event held at Sculpture Fields at Montague Park Oct. 7, allows spectators to see colossal and colorful kites, stunt kites, and rokaku battle kites, as well as parachute kite races.

The new Chattanooga City Celebration & Ciclovia will take place Oct. 8. It will be a 6-mile bike ride through downtown and East Chattanooga neighborhoods, each featuring free block parties along the route with live music, food and beverage, and a wide variety of entertainment.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, held at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Oct. 14, is another family-friendly event. It will feature a rotating schedule of short nature-related and outdoors films throughout the day and evening, combined with local music, remote-control sailboating, guided hikes, a canoe trip, food and beverage, tethered hot air balloon rides, and more.

A free finale street party, Best Town (For)Ever takes place Oct. 20 in the 700 block of Cherry Street. There’ll be a main stage with local and regional music, overhead slacklining, a climbing wall, hot air balloon rides, a geodome, an expo of outdoor organizations, and local food and brews.

Sponsored by Subaru, First Volunteer Bank and Unum, RiverRocks 2017’s mantra is “Get out, have fun and get active.” 

RiverRocks is produced by Chattanooga Presents, whose owner, Carla Pritchard, said, “Ultimately, RiverRocks seeks to highlight Chattanooga’s outdoor opportunities and to inspire Chattanoogans to enjoy them as an integral part of their daily lives.”

For more details and to see the full schedule of RiverRocks activities, click here.