Chattanooga’s oldest speculative fiction convention returns this weekend with a post-apocalyptic theme. The event features workshops, performances, robot battles, cosplay, films and an art dealers room. In addition, many of the guests and programming will focus on the post-apocalyptic theme made popular in recent years by TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and video games like “Fallout.” The costuming especially will be a main focus of the theme this year. Nukelanta, an Atlanta-based live-action role-play group, will be part of the activities. Chattacon also has a new venue. This year marks the first at The Chattanoogan after years at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. A full schedule is available here.
When: All weekend
Where: 1201 Broad St.
How much: $60
Lookout Wild Film Festival
Highlighting the “best outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world and right in our own backyard,” this year’s Lookout Wild Film Festival offers feature films about protecting populations of American wild mustang horses, a man’s obsession with falconry and four young Kiwi explorers who travel to Antarctica to climb Mount Scott. The festival features 79 films over the course of four days. Admission is $30 for weekend passes. Daily tickets are also available. Click here for more information.
When: All weekend
Where: 399 McCallie Ave. (Robert Kirk Walker Theatre)
How much: $30
Ice on the Landing
The final day for Ice on the Landing is Sunday. Located at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, the venue charges $10 for adults and $8 for skaters under 12. That price includes skate rentals and a two-hour skate session. Guests can also enjoy amenities such as hot chocolate, Nutella or ham and cheese crepes from Adelle’s Ice Cream Creperie, soft drinks and water. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, Jan. 19, 2–11 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.–11 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 21, 12–9 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $8–$10
Iron Horse Bluegrass at Revelry Room
They’re best-known for the “Fade to Bluegrass: Pickin’ on Metallica” album, but Iron Horse Bluegrass is much more than a bluegrass cover band. The band formed in 2000 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and has released several chart-topping tribute albums of bluegrass covers of Modest Mouse, Goo Goo Dolls, The Black Label Society and, surprisingly, Black Sabbath. Expect to hear songs from Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and more. Watch them perform below. Click here for tickets.
When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
Where: 41 Station St.
How much: $10–$12
Thunder Snow Cone and Subterranean Cirqus
The Thunder Snow Cone variety show returns to Chattanooga for a night filled with incredibly weird and sexy acts, games and more. Hometown weirdos Subterranean Cirqus are joining them for the night. Guests can expect a classic sideshow with dangerous feats that may include sword swallowing, burlesque and more. Admission is $10 at the door. This is a 21-and-up show. Click here for more information.
When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m.
Where: 231 E. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $10