Friday Five: Chattanooga's Best Events 5/17-5/24

Posted by on Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 4:29pm.

Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, May 17 to Friday,  May 24. 

Saturday, May 18 

Pillowcase Factory for Ryan's Case for Smiles

When: Noon to 4 p.m. 
Where: Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut Street 
Cost: Free - $14.95

Share a smile by creating a pillowcase in the Pillowcase Factory! Creative Discovery Museum is partnering with Ryan's Case for Smiles to assemble 100 pillowcases to be donated to the Ryan's Case for Smiles Nashville chapter. Ryan's Case for Smiles gives the pillowcases to children undergoing hospital treatment for serious illnesses. The whimsical pillowcases give children a much needed emotional boost and "help kids feel better to heal better.” Through the process, children and their caregivers will learn about breaking a large project into smaller steps to accomplish a goal as quickly as possible. There is great value in being a small part of a larger project and feeling like one's contribution is important, no matter how small the task may seem! All activities included with price of admission. For more information about the event or how to volunteer, contact Karen Dewhirst at 423-648-6094.

May 18-19

Rock City's Southern Blooms Festival

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Rd
Cost: $14.95 - $26.95

For the 11th year, come see Rock City in all of its spring glory as they honor their original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter during the Southern Blooms Festival and Founder's Day Celebration. Learn about the legacy and heritage of the gardens through tours, demos and festivities. Kids of all ages can enjoy educational flower craft activities and learn what it takes to make a garden grow! Delicious southern food is also available as well as other featured entertainment. For more information, visit

May 18-19

Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Where: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road 
Cost: $17-21

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Tuesday, May 21

The Chattery Presents: Spring Garden Cocktails

When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. 6th St.
Cost: $35

In this cocktail class, guests will be discussing, making and tasting drinks inspired by their spring garden! These drinks are the perfect thing to serve on your patio. Participants will learn the basic skills needed to replicate two tasty drinks at home, a Blueberry Lavender French 75 and a Mint Julep, as well as fun ways to impress your friends and families with homemade ingredients and fun garnishes. Everyone will also learn how to make a shrub (a vinegar based syrup), and take some home! At the end of the class, everyone will leave with recipe cards and instructions. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Thursday, May 23

Sangria on the Bluff

When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. 
Where:Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View
Cost: $30-$1,500

Sangria on the Bluff is a fundraising celebration benefitting La Paz Chattanooga. All proceeds will help La Paz to guide, connect and strengthen Chattanooga's Latino community. This year's Sangria on the Bluff is an exclusive gala event as table sales are limited. For more information, visit

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