Chattanooga 2017 Festival Guide

Taking in the firework display at Chattanooga's Pops on the River Festival.
Taking in the firework display at Chattanooga's Pops on the River Festival. Wes Talley
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Chattanooga has many amazing festivals all throughout the year for those who love music, art, wine, beer, and good food. Here are some of the favorite and most popular to plan for in the year ahead.

4 Bridges Art Festival

As spring begins to make its presence in the Scenic City, artists from all over the country make their way to the First Tennessee Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga for the Four Bridges Art Festival (April 21-23) to share their beautiful creations. In 2017, the festival will celebrate its 17th year. Last year it was named one of the “PRIME 50” Fine Art Fairs in the U.S. by Art Fair Sourcebook so you won’t want to miss it. The festival is a fully juried show with more than 700 artists applying each year for 150 spots. The artistic mediums include paintings, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, textiles, sculpture, and much more.

Riverbend Festival

The Riverbend Festival (June 9-17), or simply Riverbend by locals, was started in 1982 and will celebrate its 35th year in 2017. More than 650,000 people attend this eight-day music festival that takes place on five stages in downtown Chattanooga on the banks of the Tennessee River. The festival got its name because of the bend in the Tennessee River visible as you are coming into Chattanooga from the East. Music offerings from nearly 100 artists will include everything from classic rock, to country, urban, and bluegrass with plenty of food and activities ending with one of the largest fireworks displays of the year. Mark your calendars for June 9-17.

Pops on the River

Celebrate Independence Day in the Scenic City with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) on July 3. The CSO’s performance will include a number of patriotic and traditional pieces culminating with a spectacular fireworks display. Pack a picnic basket, blanket, chair—maybe even a swimsuit—and find the perfect spot on the lawn of Coolidge Park located near downtown on Chattanooga’s North Shore. Come early to enjoy this delightful downtown park featuring a restored 100-year-old carousel and interactive play fountain all nestled beside the beautiful Tennessee River. Admission is free.

Southern Brewer's Festival

The Southern Brewer’s Festival (August 26) will celebrate its 23rd year in 2017 and has become a summer tradition in Chattanooga showcasing more than a hundred handcrafted micro brews from all over the South. Enjoy great beer, live music, and food at Ross’s Landing on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

For more than 10 years the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival (October 6-7) has been bringing some of the best bluegrass talent to the Scenic City and bluegrass lovers from all over. Pack a picnic basket, blanket, chair, and find the perfect spot along the Chattanooga Riverfront. Admission is free.

Wine Over Water

For more than 20 years Wine Over Water (October) has become a wine festival that wine lovers don’t want to miss. WOW hosts more than 100 wineries from all over the United States and beyond all set up along the beautiful historic Walnut Street Bridge overlooking the Tennessee River. Throughout the festival some of Chattanooga’s most prestigious chefs offer food demonstrations and samples that pair with the wines. Guests will also enjoy regional musicians playing everything from jazz to bluegrass and many Chattanooga hotels offer special rates for WOW guests.

Originally written for Chattanooga CVB.

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