The Avett Brothers will headline the Moon River Music Festival in Chattanooga. (Photo: Contributed)

Open Studio Nights — 5 year anniversary 
Five years! Chattanooga Workspace is celebrating their 5 year anniversary on Friday night with a free event at the space. Guests can meet the artists/creatives that make Workspace their home, see their work and the collaboration that happens in every studio, in the hallways and in the Workspace and ArtSpace Galleries. Hors-d’oeuvres served by Dish T’Pass Catering Co. and Mellow Mushroom. More information is here. 

When: Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: 302 W. 6th St.
How much: Free

Moon River Music Festival
This is a big deal and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The Moon River Music Festival (formerly a Memphis-based event) will debut this weekend in Coolidge Park. Headliners include The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Judah the Lion, Mavis Staples, I’m With Her (feat. Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek) and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors. The whole north side of the river will be jam-packed with activity throughout the weekend — even if you don’t have tickets. Support North Chattanooga businesses by visiting several coinciding parties during the festival. The NOOGAtoday staff will be there.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 1-11 p.m.
Where: 150 River St.
How much: (Sold Out)

DeAnne Smith at The Palace Theater
Sure, you could see Aziz Ansari “work out new material” at the Tivoli on Saturday night, but why not see a comedian who has already worked out that material? Internationally acclaimed comedian, writer and columnist DeAnne Smith captivates audiences with “nerdy but dirty” yet progressive cutting edge satire regarding feminism, sexism, modern language and multi-gendered relationships. This is her first foray to the “sunny south” and she’s excited to perform at The Palace Theater. Tickets are $20 and the show is at 9 p.m. More information is here. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 p.m.
Where: 818 Georgia Ave.
How much: $20

Repticon 2018
Camp Jordan hosts Repticon this weekend featuring Chattanooga herpers (amateur herpetologists), exotic animals and more. The experience includes socializing with fellow herpers in interactive live animal presentations, free raffles, and shopping among all the supplies, cages, merchandise and feeders to support new pets. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids and children under 4 are free.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 323 Camp Jordan Parkway (East Ridge)
How much: $12 adults, $5 kids

McKamey Doggie Paddle pool party
McKamey Animal Center will offer a Doggie Paddle Pool Party at Warner Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Swim with your pup in an Olympic-sized pool or one of two wading pools at The Warner Park Pool. Proceeds will benefit the homeless animals at McKamey. Admission is $15 per pooch in advance or $20 at the door. New to this year’s event is the Splish Splash Contest featuring best swimsuit (dogs), longest jump, fastest swim, best belly flop and biggest splash. More information is here. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 1105 McCallie Ave.
How much: $15 per dog