Friday Five: Chattanooga's Best Events 10/7 - 10/14

Posted by Anna Varnell on Friday, October 7th, 2022 at 10:03am.

Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, October 7th to Friday October 14th.

Saturday, October 8th

Wine Over Water

When: 5:00-8:00pm
Where: Walnut Street Bridge, 1 Walnut St.
Cost: $125

Picture this – Tasting a variety of amazing wines, delicious food from leading Chattanooga chefs, and five live bands - all while surrounded by Chattanooga’s iconic walking bridge and beautiful downtown, river, and mountain views. If this sounds like a lovely evening, then Wine Over Water is exactly what you’re looking for this weekend. As the primary fundraiser for Preserve Chattanooga, attendance supports its mission to protect and celebrate Chattanooga's architectural heritage. As you’d expect, this event is 21 and over only and IDs will be checked. To grab your ticket before they sell out, click here!


October 8th-9th

Chattanooga Oktoberfest

When: October 8,10am-8pm; October 9,11am-5pm
Where: First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Pavilion
Cost: Free admission. Food, drinks, & gifts for purchase

It’s that time of year for the 21st year of the annual Chattanooga Oktoberfest®. In lieu of the typical Chattanooga market, the Chattanooga Oktoberfest takes over the entire weekend for beer, brats, and bands all inspired by German traditions! Don’t miss the annual Mr. & Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest® Contest too at the front stage Saturday evening. The region’s best family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration is free to all with food, drinks, and gifts for purchase. Grab your lederhosen or dirndl and get ready to get the party going German style! For a full list of bands and Oktoberfest events, head to their website.


October 8th-9th

Prater's Mill

When: October 8, 9:00am-6:00pm; October 9, 9:00am-5:00pm
Where: Prater’s Mill Historic Site, 5845 Highway 2, Dalton, GA
Cost: $10

A long standing southern tradition begins this weekend in Varnell, Georgia! The Prater’s Mill Country Fair has grown into a legendary celebration of Appalachian traditions. Nearly 200 talented artists and craftsmen hand-make their items out of only natural materials. Boasting some of the best Southern food in the county, you won’t be leaving hungry! The fair supports the Prater’s Mill Foundation  dedicated to historic preservation and education. The fair will include food, shopping, demonstrations including blacksmithing, quilting, weaving, caning, woodcarving and more. You can purchase your ticket upon entry as they will be cash only. To get all of the details about the fair, click here!


October 7th-29th

Halloween Eerie Express

When: Departure times are 5:30 & 7:30
Where: Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Rd.
Cost: $25

Calling all families with younger children or those who love Halloween, but hate being scared–ahem… ME! If you’re looking to start the Halloween festivities without the scary, Tennessee Valley Railroad is the perfect place to celebrate. Grab your costumes and the entire family and head out to enjoy the evening with a train ride, storytelling, indoor blacklight mini golf, temporary tattoos, cider, and a walk through the Fun House with each room themed a little differently with special lighting, interesting decorations, and many surprises! The Eerie Express will depart every weekend in October. To reserve your seat, head over to their website by clicking here.


October 7th & 8th

Rabbit Valley Music Festival

When: October 7th, 6:00pm-October 8th,10:00pm
Where: Ringgold Recreational Complex, 406 Cotter St.
Cost: $35-$125

What beautiful weather to enjoy Ringgold’s first ever musical festival featuring classic Americana music in the beautiful downtown area. For two full days, the Rabbit Valley Music Festival will have 2 stages packed with artists for the entire family to enjoy. Artists include The Vegabonds, Madisen Ward, American Restless, Hotel Fiction, and more! The festival will start Friday night at 6:00pm and finish around 10:00pm. All the fun will continue Saturday afternoon from 1:00pm to 10:00pm. Click here to grab your ticket and check out the full lineup for the weekend!


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