East Lake Park. (Photo: Staff)

The East Lake Neighborhood Association and Empower Chattanooga presents the annual Everyone East Lake Festival on Saturday.

Admission is free and the event is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. at East Lake Park at 3000 E. 34th St.

Live music will be provided by Heatherly, Clare Donahue with Stephen Powers, Raphael Amaral, The UTD with Sheryl Campbell, Hara Paper, and Michael Mays and Joy!

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Josh Driver and Jonathan Sharp will open the festival at 12:30 p.m.

The concession stand at East Lake Park will be open and serving barbecue and hot dogs.

Other activities include The Book Fiesta with East Lake Language Arts, McKamey hosts a vaccine clinic and the Chattanooga Police Department will host a front porch roll call at 3 p.m.

Andy Santoro will emcee the event.

Lisa Davis, president of the East Lake Neighborhood Association, said guests can expect plenty of changes when they visit the festival this year.
“It’s been a very exciting year for us and we have many reasons to celebrate,” Davis said in a news release. “Since leasing the East Lake Senior Center Center and the concession stand from the city a year ago, we’ve partnered with many nonprofits and other entities to bring much-needed resources to East Lake.”

She said the neighborhood association, along with volunteers, helped paint the East Lake Senior Center.

“It’s given the 75-100 people who use it on a weekly basis a comfortable, welcoming public space to have a baby shower, learn to cook or learn to deal with a struggle,” she said.

McKamey will be using the center for their vaccination clinic during the event.

Originally, East Lake was the home of Oxley Zoo, Chattanooga’s first zoo. Now, the neighborhood is a thriving community of diverse residents.

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