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Friday Five: Chattanooga's Best Events 10/19-10/26

Posted by Mary Beth Torgerson on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 11:38am.

Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, October 19 to Friday, October 26. 

October 19-21 and 25-28

Theatre Centre Presents "The Last Five Years”

When: Specific times available on the website
Where: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street 
Cost: $23-30

The Last Five Years deconstructs the life of a relationship while turning the conventional formula for a musical about love upside down. Told almost entirely in song and featuring tour-de-force performances, this intimate two-person show is like nothing you've seen before. Written by Tony Award-winning lyricist Jason Robert Brown, the show follows two 20-something New Yorkers who meet, fall in love, marry and divorce over the span of five years. Reinventing the familiar formula of the musical love story, "The Last Five Years" has an unconventional structure, with the story told from both perspectives but moving gracefully in opposite directions. The man, Jamie, an up-and-coming novelist, tells their story chronologically, starting with their first infatuation and following through to their ultimate breakup. The woman, struggling actress Cathy, relates their story in reverse, starting with the end of the marriage and moving backwards until their first meeting. It is only in the middle of the show that Jamie and Cathy come together, at their wedding. With the story told almost entirely through song, the music – mostly solos – is alternately humorous and heartfelt. Rated R for adult situations. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Every Friday through November 16

Food Truck Fridays: Culture Fest

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Where: Miller Park, 900 Market St. 
Cost: Free

Come experience the rich cultural diversity of Chattanooga through arts, food, dance and live music during your lunch hour! With a newly opened park, there will also be a new slate of events and programs to be found in Downtown Chattanooga's Miller Park. In addition to the Rolling J's, Chatterbox, Clumpies and Go Gyro Go food trucks and cart that will be located on Market Street right beside Miller Park, each Friday will feature a different arts and cultural organization concluded by a local vendor fair to build community in the new public space.

Wednesday, October 24

Full Moon Night Hike 

When: 7-9 p.m.
Where: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Cost: Free

Explore the trails of Stringer's Ridge Park by foot after dark and under the light of the full moon on a free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Registration for this hike is required and when you pre-register, the meeting location and other details will be sent. Approximately 3 miles round-trip, this leisurely paced hike will lead up to an overlook in hopes to get the best view of the full moon rising over the Scenic city's nighttime skyline and shimmering lights. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather and bring their own water and a headlamp. Appropriate for ages 10 and up when accompanied by an adult. Hike will last approximately 1.5 hours. For more information or to register, call 423-643-6888. 

Thursday, October 25

Nerd Nite Halloween: The Philosophies of Fear

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m
Where: Barley Chattanooga, 235 E M L King Blvd
Cost: Free

What makes us afraid? And what makes us behave the way we do when we're afraid? Enjoy a special spooky Nerd Nite Halloween featuring Ethan Mills, assistant professor of philosophy at UTC, and his presentation, "Why Do Horror Fans Like to Be Scared?: On the Philosophy of Horror" and Devori Kimbro, lecturer in English at UTC and her presentation, "The Devil's Marks: The Politics of Witch-Hunting in Early Modern England.” 

Thursday, October 25

Fireside-Outdoor Concert Series

When: 7-9 p.m.
Where: Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road
Cost: Free 

This free, family-friendly outdoor music series hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga gathers around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park. All ages are invited to come out to unplug and enjoy an autumn evening in the park. Bring your blankets and chairs, marshmallow roasting stick and a picnic supper; then sit back and enjoy live music in a rustic outdoor setting. The stage is located on the porch of the Sniteman Log Cabin behind the gardens at Greenway Farm Park.

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