This Sunday’s Chattanooga City Celebration & Ciclovia kicks off with Blues & Bikes at the Bessie at noon, followed shortly by the Mural Fest & Arts Expo.

Blues & Bikes, the first of six block parties scheduled for Sunday afternoon, will take place at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

“[The first party] will set the tone for the day, with a focus on good food, good music and active lifestyles,” according to a news release. “That’s why we’ll have engaging exercise groups led by Orangetheory Fitness and soccer fun with the Chattanooga Football Club and their kid-focused program Operation Get Active. High Point Climbing and Fitness will also be there.”

Electric Bike Specialists will offer free safety checks for those riding their bikes, as well as provide e-bikes for test spins.


GreenTrips, the city of Chattanooga’s program that incentivizes and rewards people for biking, walking, carpooling, telecommuting and busing, will also be at the event.

Music will be provided by R.A. and the Flames, and OddStory Brewing Co. and other local breweries will provide craft beer. Martin Luther King Boulevard restaurants will provide food samples. Trailhead Juice will offer fresh juices.

The theme for the second party, located at Holtzclaw Avenue and 14th Street in the Stove Works development, is all about the arts. The theme matches the vision for the abandoned Stove Works property, which will soon be turned into a multifaceted arts complex with live-work space and educational programming.

The Mural Fest & Arts Expo, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m., will feature accomplished muralist Seven painting a mural on one of the walls of the old building. DJ D-Whit of Hip-Hop CHA will provide music.

A variety of local artists will be there with pieces on display and for sale. Kids can test their own artistic skills on a graffiti wall. The 800 Collective will also have a mural of sorts with a giant map of East Chattanooga where people can artistically express their connections with public spaces.

Performance artists will also be at the event, with a number of local dance groups scheduled to perform.

Chatter Box Café will provide barbecue, and Chew Chew Chattanooga will have several menu items available for sampling. OddStory and other local breweries will provide the beer.

Cycle Sport will give free bike safety checks in case you missed Electric Bike Specialists at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Other parties scheduled for Sunday are the Highland Park Community Festival, Ridgedale Art in the Alley, Kids’ Corner at Orchard Knob and Glass Street Live. Click here for more information.