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Nightfall Concert Series

Hands down one of the best social events for locals and visitors alike. Catch some of America’s best-known live bands (even before they become famous). Or, just socialize with your neighbors every Friday night May thru September in Miller Plaza. Don't miss this year's soon-to-be-famous line-up! Admission is free.

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RiverRocks

RiverRocks is a family-friendly outdoors event featuring rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, rowing, cycling, off-road biking, hiking and hang gliding for both expert and novice competitors as well as casual participants of all ages. The 10-day October event also features entertainment such as live music, hot air balloons, skydivers, river cruises and more.

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Wine Over Water

Wine Over Water hosts more than 100 wineries exhibiting their creations among food vendors on the Walnut Street Bridge overlooking the Tennessee River. A great Saturday evening in October for hanging out with friends and sampling fine wines – and it all benefits Cornerstones for Historic Preservation.

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3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

Hear the best bluegrass in the world without ever leaving the Chattanooga area. World-class performers hit the riverfront for two days each October, sponsored by local Bluegrass lover Fletcher Bright. Bring a chair or blanket, plop down and soak in the music. Admission is free.

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Head of Hooch

The Head of the Hooch is the second largest regatta in the country. Watch 1,500+ crews race down the Tennessee River, hear the energy from the high school, college and masters rowing teams and the booming voices of the coxswains as they speed past the finish line in Downtown Chattanooga, TN. Held each November on the Riverfront.

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Pops on the River

Celebrate July 4th with a patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO). Pops on the River concludes with a patriotic fireworks finale over the Tennessee River. Grab a blanket, a cooler and the kids and plop down in Coolidge Park for an evening of great music and fun. Admission is free.

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Riverbend Festival

The Riverbend Festival is an award-winning nine-day music festival that takes place on the Riverfront each June. Boasting five stages and world-class entertainment ranging from classic rock, to country, urban and bluegrass and plenty of food and activities, Riverbend has something for everyone – including the largest fireworks display of the year.

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Riverfront Nights

Featuring a wide variety of musical acts Saturday nights in July and August, bring a chair and the family to Ross’ Landing for this free concert series.

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Southern Brewer's Festival

There's one thing thirsty Chattanoogans like better than anything else – cold beer. And not just the super market variety, but the handcrafted nectar of micro brews from all around the South. Check out more than 100 of them one special Saturday in August on the Riverfront at this annual benefit.

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4 Bridges Art Festival

Chattanoogans support the arts in very tangible ways, and festival participants have spread the word to practicing artists across the country. As a result, more than 700 artists apply to participate in the 4 Bridges Art Festival, but only 150 artists are selected to exhibit their painting, glasswork, jewelry, textiles, sculpture and more each April.

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Armed Forces Day Parade

Presented by the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council and Hamilton County, Chattanooga’s Armed Forces Day Parade is the longest-running celebration of its kind in the nation. Held annually on the first Friday in May with free admission, the parade travels up Market Street in a procession featuring JROTC units, military vehicles, bands and patriotic businesses and organizations.

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Chattabrewga

Chattabrewga is Chattanooga's premier special-release and rare-beer festival held every year in May. Be prepared for an exceptional craft beer experience with unlimited tastings.

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Chattanooga Market

From the art and music to the locally grown organic produce and tasty food and groceries – it’s all home grown. The Chattanooga Market is great way to spend your Sunday afternoon seeing friends and stocking up on weekly provisions. Held at the First Tennessee Pavilion from April until December each year. Check out their Oktoberfest held in October. Admission is free.

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Bessie Smith Strut

Dedicated to the Jazz and Blues history of The Big 9, The Bessie Smith Strut occurs the Monday night of Riverbend along E MLK Boulevard. Highlighting Chattanooga’s storied musical past, The Strut is a night of music, food and fun supporting The Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

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Main X24

Mainx24 is a 24-hour long festival celebrating Main Street and the surrounding Southside, held every December since 2007. Mainx24 features programming all day long, from parades to music project has been a way to celebrate and showcase the burgeoning Southside. Mainx24 is organized completely by residents, merchants, and friends of the Southside community.

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Main Street Farmers Market

Main Street Farmers Market provides Chattanooga with a weekly supply of healthy, tasty and fresh foods grown in the Chattanooga region. This market is producer only and farmer ran with only seasonal and delicious items. This market located at the corner of West Main and Chestnut Streets runs every Wednesday: 4-6p.m. (4-5p.m. in the winter).

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