Friday Five: Chattanooga's Best Events 11/11 - 11/18

Posted by Anna Varnell on Friday, November 11th, 2022 at 12:03pm.


Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, November 11th to Friday, November 18th.

Thursday, November 17th

Gratefull: 6th annual city-wide potluck

When: 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Chattanooga African American Museum, 200 E Martin Luther King Blvd
Cost: Free

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be celebrated on just one day. On November 17th, head over to the Bessie Smith Cultural Center & Chattanooga African American Museum and share a meal with our community. Gratefull, formally known as One Table, is a city wide potluck with no fees, expectations, or agenda. It is simply a Thanksgiving meal simply shared by the community. This is the 6th year for this event and what better way to celebrate being thankful than with our local community. There is a small change to this year due to COVID precautions as they will not be offering an opportunity for people to bring pre-made food items to share. Instead for those who wish to make a contribution to those in need, you are welcome to bring supplies for the Maclellan Family Shelter. Bins will be provided for you to drop off items including: nonperishable food, coffee supplies, disposable plates & silverware, hygienic supplies including toothpaste and diapers, and laundry supplies. To reserve your spot or to learn more about the event, click here.

November 17th-20th

Chattanooga Fashion Expo

When: 10am-4pm
Where: Hunter Art Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave
Cost: $0-$350

The fashion industry in Chattanooga has had so much potential, but not many ways to share within our community. That is until Shanna Forrestall, an experienced producer and event planner that is passionate about providing building career opportunities for creative artists of all types, relocated to Chattanooga. Last year’s Chattanooga Fashion Expo was a success and this year will only be better! Drawing emerging and established professionals from Chattanooga, Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, New Orleans, LA, the expo “creates high quality fashion industry education, networking, mentorship, showcase and competition opportunities and creates a career “runway” to launch emerging and established regional creatives to larger key markets and greater success.” To grab your ticket and check out the full schedule for this 3 day event, head over to their website.

Saturday, November 12th

Touch-A-Truck 2022

When: 9am-1pm
Where: Warner Park, 1100 McCallie Ave
Cost: $5-$20

Touch-a-Truck Chattanooga is a family-friendly, hands-on event that offers opportunities for children to explore, climb, and touch trucks of all kinds, including emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery, and other equipment. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build our community. Learning will come alive when children connect these gigantic vehicles to our Tennessee economy and possible careers like farming, manufacturing, construction, and public service. Quiet hour will be from 9AM-10AM for those who are more sensitive to noise and flashing lights. To grab your ticket, click here!

Sunday, November 13th

Beard Contest presented by The Chattanooga Market

When: 10am-4pm
Where: First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd
Cost: Free

Calling all those celebrating “No shave November” or those who really celebrate with an eye-catching beard year round! The Chattanooga Market along with Moccasin Bend Soap & Beard, we’ll be holding an entertaining contest to get your beard some well-deserved attention. You can choose to dress your beard or show up in its everyday glory! Contests include Most Festive Decorated, Most Likely to Succeed, Best Groomed, Longest, & Coolest Mustache. The competition starts at 1:30pm. As always, you can shop The Chattanooga Market from local artists and vendors before and after the competition. Be sure to let them know you’re coming by clicking here!

November 12th-13th

2022 Chattanooga Art Fest

When: 10am-5pm
Where: Coolidge Park, 150 River St.
Cost: Free

Splash Festivals is hosting a special new event in Tennessee. What started in Georgia has grown to a larger community and is ready to expand to the Chattanooga area. The Chattanooga Art Fest, November 12 & 13, will take place in picturesque Coolidge Park, along the Tennessee River. Artists from around the Southeast and beyond will join us for this two-day festival, where crowds are guaranteed an enjoyable time viewing the colorful and whimsical exhibits from artisans and makers! Shoppers are sure to get a head start on holiday buying from the creative crafters who will be showcasing their original and handmade items. For a sneak peak of what this event has to offer, click here!

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