Friday Five: Chattanooga's Best Events 7/24-7/31

Posted by Nathan Torgerson on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 1:07pm.

Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga events, happening locally from Friday, July 24 through Friday, July 31.

Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25

Free Shakespeare Summer Series "The Tempest”

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge, TN 37412
Cost: Free

For its third summer, Back Alley Productions will bring a free performance of a Shakespearean classic to Chattanooga. This year’s show, “The Tempest” features Prospero, an ousted duke of former political power, who seeks revenge against the conspirators who overthrew him. But his vendetta is complicated by the mercy of his daughter Miranda who has fallen in love with one of the shipwrecked nobles. The show runs 2.5 hours including intermission. All shows are free and open to the public. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs and umbrellas (in case of rain). For more information, visit call 706-621-2870.


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Rock City Gardens’ Summer Music Weekends

Where: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
Cost: $12.95 - $22.95

Enjoy some old time, bluegrass and country music at the beautiful Rock City Gardens on Lookout Mountain during Summer Music Weekends. The event, held Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day on Fridays-Sundays and holidays (May 22-September 7), features the music of Tarryn Aimee Smith, Highbeams, Taylor Kress and the Old Time Travelers. For more information, visit


Saturday, July 25  and Sunday, July 26

7th Annual SHE Expo

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37401
Cost: $5

This two-day female focused event features more than 150 vendor booths with everything from free health screenings to food samples to the latest fashions. Don’t miss the celebrity appearances by Leigh Anne Tuohy, inspirational subject of the popular book turned film, The Blind Side, and Tabatha Coffey, star of the hit Bravo TV show Tabatha Takes Over.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Sunday, July 26

Global Instagram Meet hosted by Like a Local

When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Park, 200 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Cost: Free

Chattanooga is participating in Global Instameet Day on July 26 with its own meet-up for those interested in photography or just meeting and networking with locals in the Chattanooga area. This instameet, a photo walk organized through Instagram, is hosted by local Instagram favorite Like a Local. After the event, attendees can post their photos under a common hashtag and connect with each other through their Instagram accounts. The event will feature prizes, networking and an after-party. For more information, follow Like a Local on Instagram.


Monday, July 27

Monday Night Vintage Swing Dance

When: 7 p.m. intermediate lesson (one beginner lesson required); 7:45 p.m. beginner lesson; dancing from 8:30-10 p.m.
Where: Clearspring Yoga, 105 North Market Street, Suite 113, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Cost: $7, $5 with student ID

Ready to dance the night away? Whether you’re new to swing dancing or an old pro, come out on Monday nights to enjoy dancing and good company. The lessons begin at 7 p.m. with an intermediate class, followed by a beginner lesson at 7:45 p.m. and then open social dancing from 8:30-10 p.m. For more information, visit

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