Sam Bush performs at the Walker Theater this weekend. (Photo: Contributed)

Chattanooga Zoo: Beastly Feast
Have you ever wanted to observe a feeding at the Chattanooga Zoo? Here’s your chance. Beastly Feast is an after-hours event on Friday night “dedicated to animal enrichment.” It allows guests to observe carnivores exercise their naturalistic behaviors and indulge in carcass feedings. Tickets are available now online or in the zoo gift shop. A few tickets will be sold at the door if available.

When: Friday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.
How much: $12 adults, $9 children

Chocolate Festival at Creative Discovery Museum
The sixth annual Chocolate Festival returns on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum. Guests will spend the afternoon celebrating chocolate’s history, science and decadence. This year’s event will focus on the roots of chocolate and the cultural ties between chocolate production and Guatemala. Events include making chocolate mousse, sweet chocolate truffles, a chocolate pie eating contest, decorative chocolate flower making and the origin of chocolate chips. All activities are free with museum admission.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 12-4 p.m.
Where: 321 Chestnut St.
How much: $14.95 general admission

Sam Bush at Walker Theater
Newgrass legend, Sam Bush, visits Chattanooga’s Walker Theater on Saturday night. The mandolin virtuoso is considered the “father of newgrass” (a bluegrass revolution) and the “King of Telluride” sharing the spotlight with contemporaries Belá Fleck, Lyle Lovett and more. He is a joy to watch perform and he’ll probably be wearing a Lookouts jersey. Watch him perform “Girl From the North Country” below.

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m.
Where: 399 McCallie Ave.
How much: $35

Tennessee Whiskey Festival
The Tennessee Whiskey Festival will be held at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo for the first time on Saturday. Organizers created the festival “to showcase the state’s craft spirits and the people who produce them.” A benefit for the Hart Gallery, the festival combines craft whiskey tastings, live music and a judged wing competition featuring local restaurants. The festival will include over 40 whiskey tasting booths, featuring not only Tennessee whiskeys but bourbons, ryes and whiskeys from around the world. Tickets are here. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 6-11 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $25 and up

Hot Rod Auto Show at Chattanooga Market
Live music, hot rods and more highlight an afternoon at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday. The annual Hot Rod Auto Show features local A-bones, classic Corvettes, Highboys and Woodies. The music is also a highlight of Sunday’s market. The talented Amber Fults and Eric Jordan will perform. As always, the market will have fresh produce, local product and art from vendors.

When: Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
How much: Free