Artist Kelly McGrath and her Harry Potter themed design. (Photo: Contributed)

Literary Ink: A Harry Potter themed tattoo convention
Get your wands ready! Main Line Ink and Griffin Salve present Literary Ink, the first annual gathering of Harry Potter tattoo artists and enthusiasts. The weekend convention involves tattoo art and exhibition, events (a scavenger hunt), artists and vendors. Guests can also enjoy a juried cosplay competition and a special kids day at St. Mark’s on Saturday afternoon. Festivities begin at 1 p.m and continue all weekend. A full schedule is online.  Tickets are available here. All events—except Kids and Teen Day at St. Marks Church—will be at the Doubletree Hotel.

When: All weekend
Where: 407 Chestnut St.
How much: $25 per day

Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention 2018
Fiddlers, dancers, singers and historians will gather at Lindsay Street Hall Saturday at noon. Electric instruments are forbidden, but acoustic musicians are encouraged to participate in a variety of jam sessions and contests. Prizes will be awarded for old-time fiddlin’, banjo playing, string band performance, dance and traditional song (i.e., a song recorded before 1930). Admission is $10 at the door and children under six are admitted for free. The annual convention is a resurrection of a tradition that goes back to the early 1900s. At the time, Chattanooga was the epicenter of fiddle players who wanted to make a name for themselves.

When: Saturday, March 10., 12 p.m.
Where: 901 Lindsay St.
How much: $10

Road to Nightfall prelims
Gig City Productions presents the annual Road to Nightfall competition begins this weekend with two shows at Granfalloon (three next weekend). Six bands will compete each night with the winner receiving $500 and an opportunity to perform during the final competition. The ultimate prize is a 90-minute headlining spot during Nightfall at Miller Plaza, presented by Chattanooga Presents. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Bands include Over Easy, Lenox Hills, Ironchief, Silver Tongued Devilz, Jordan Hallquist, Hush Money, Webb Barringer and Subkonscious. The finals will be March 24 at The Signal.

When: Friday, March 9., and Saturday, March 10., 8 p.m.
Where: 400 E. Main St.
How much: $10

Chattanooga FC
Hey, it’s time for more soccer! Chattanooga Football Club welcomes interstate rivals Nashville SC at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the gate. Gates open to season ticket holders 90 minutes before kickoff. All seating is general admission. Only clear bags are permitted at Finley Stadium this year. Nashville SC is the newest franchises of the United Soccer League. The match will be the second pre-season friendly for CFC after drawing a tie with FC Dallas in Feb.

When: Saturday, March 10., 7 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: $10

Timbre Roots Music for Lula Lake
A one-night-only showcase at Songbirds Guitar Museum features internationally recognized bluegrass musicians in performance to benefit Lula Lake Land Trust. Featured Compass Records musicians include Grammy Award winner Alison Brown and bassist Garry West, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, Justin Moses and Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Local performers include three-time national flat-picking champion Roy Curry and John Boulware. Timbre Roots Music for Lula Lake will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at Songbirds. Admission includes an open bar, heavy hors-d’oeuvres from Lee Towery catering and a series of 5-minute live auctions for Lula Lake experiences.

When: Saturday, March. 10., 7 p.m.
Where: 35 Station Street
How much: $75