Weather permitting, there’ll be tethered hot air balloon rides. (Photo: Contributed)

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, in partnership with Chattanooga Presents, will host a day of music, games and two-plus hours of environmental and adventure films Saturday from 12 to 9 p.m.

There will be a robust schedule of live music performances, food and drink, radio-controlled sailboats, tethered hot air balloon rides and encounters with animal ambassadors.

Guests who bring their own tent and gear can camp on the grounds afterward at no extra charge.


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place during RiverRocks, the multiday event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to the area to compete, celebrate Chattanooga and enjoy live music.

The film program includes 17 films and nearly two and a half hours of engaging storytelling, and will be segmented into three themed sessions, followed by the evening’s marquee screening.

The first session is titled “The Places You’ll Go” and traces intrepid adventures through exotic landscapes. The second session, “All Creatures Great & Small,” highlights wildlife in environments near and far. The third session, “Be the Change,” focuses on action-oriented initiatives and communities.

The evening’s culmination is the award-winning short film “Red Wolf Revival,” which documents efforts to restore diminishing populations of the critically endangered American red wolf.

Featured musical acts include Cleveland-based band Monday Night Social, winners of the 2017 Road to Nightfall contest, and the duo Megan Saunders and Jonathon McWilliams, talented musicians who create a unique soundscape that’s perfect for Reflection Riding’s outdoor venue. Also scheduled to appear are John Rawlston and Kathy Veazey, as well as Kofi Mawuko.

Among the activities planned are tethered balloon rides (weather permitting) and a regatta of the Chattanooga Model Boat Club’s wind-powered model ships on the upper pond.

Guests who bring their own equipment can camp on the grounds for free afterward. (Photo: Contributed)

Admission is $15 for adult nonmembers, and $12 for children 4–11 and seniors 65 and up. It’s $10 for member adults, and $7 for children 4–11 and seniors. Student tickets are $10 with a valid student ID.

Buy tickets here. Tickets will be available at the Reflection Riding visitors center at 11 a.m. the day of the festival.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is supported in part by keystone sponsor The Patten Group.

Click here to see a complete list of films scheduled, as well as a couple of music videos of featured musicians.