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Aerial of fall foliage in Eastern Tennessee
Fall Foliage in Eastern Tennessee © Evan Barron

4½ Things to Do in Chattanooga This Weekend (Nov 16, 2018)

Each week, we bring you four unique, can’t-miss weekend events in Chattanooga, and one “half-event” located just a short drive of the city.

Fall is trying her damndest to hang on this year. Our Instagram feed is lit up with foliage pics and we’re loving every minute of it!

That means “winter is coming” (I swear we’ve heard that somewhere …). Soon, farmer’s markets and all the other warm weather outdoor goings-on that we take for granted will once again shutter their doors for the year. That’s all the more reason to get outdoors this weekend!

Playing chess with Death
Playing Chess with Death at Hutton & Smith Brewing

Beer + Chess @ Hutton & Smith Brewing Co

431 E M L King Blvd #120 / Chattanooga
Every Thursday @ 5 pm / 21+ welcome

Beer. Chess. Beer and chess. It’s a match made in heaven because … well, frankly, beer goes with everything. Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. kicks off the weekend early every Thursday with a few healthy rounds of craft-beer-fueled chess matches. Bring your own set if you’ve got one. Or don’t and challenge someone who does — your call.


Ice on the Landing: Opening Day

1400 Market Street / Chattanooga (at the Choo Choo)
Friday Nov 16, 2018 @ 11am – 11pm
$10 adults / $8 children (skates included)

The annual Ice on the Landing is back for 2018. Does that mean it’s officially unofficially winter? The 120’x40’ open-air skating rink offers the fun and nostalgia of outdoor ice skating surrounded by gas lanterns, fountains and holiday grandeur at the Southside’s iconic landmark, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens. It’s a great cold weather outing for families, couples, or solo skaters looking to impress strangers with their Salchow.

Man holding sign at Gratefull Chattanooga
Gratefull Chattanooga © Our Ampersand Photography

Gratefull (formerly One Table)

200-block of Martin Luther King Boulevard (in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center)
Monday Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:30am / Free to the public

The former One Table event — rebranded for 2018 as Gratefull — is Chattanooga’s annual city-wide Thanksgiving potluck. Every year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, an entire block of MLK Boulevard shuts down for Chattanoogans to come together and share a meal in the middle of the street at one long table. It’s a one-of-a-kind social event that’s become so popular, it’s rapidly spreading to other cities throughout the country. It started in 2014 with a crowd of 700 and has grown steadily since with this year’s event expected to at least double that number.

Crowds at Chattanooga Market
Chattanooga Market

The (Last) Chattanooga Market of 2018

First Tennessee Pavilion / 1801 Carter Street / Chattanooga
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 @ 11am – 4pm
Free admission

The Chattanooga Market is the region’s largest producer-only marketplace. This Sunday will be the last installment of 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and support your local farmers, artisans, and crafters in the process.

Group of hikers studying a map
Learn Backcountry Navigation at REI’s Outdoor School

Learn Backcountry Navigation with REI

5051 Gann Store Road / Hixson (at Greenway Farms)
Saturday Nov 17, 2018 @ 11am – 5pm
$60 members / $80 non-members

In case you need a good excuse to take a walk in the woods this weekend … hit up REI’s excellent outdoor school. This weekend’s Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass class is a great way to (re)introduce yourself or your kids to basic navigation skills. Explore the 180 acres of green space at Greenway Farms in Hixson. Bring your dog if you like.

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