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Things to Do in Chattanooga: August

Hello, Chattanooga! Get ready for an action-packed, fun-filled August. From musicals and music festivals to comic expos and culinary showdowns, we’ve got your August calendar covered. Clear your schedule because you don’t want to miss these fantastic events around town.

Bursting with Laughter: 'Something Rotten' Musical

August 3

First on the agenda is a comedic spectacle that will have you rolling in the aisles. Brace yourself for ‘Something Rotten,’ a musical at the Chattanooga Theatre Center on August 3. It’s a delightful fusion of 16th century Shakespeare and 21st-century Broadway. Watch the tale of two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom. Join them on a zany quest to create the world’s first musical. Suitable for everyone aged 13 and up, this show promises a night of laughter and entertainment. Grab your tickets priced between $25.00 and $30.00.

Starry Music Nights: Riverfront Nights Music Festival

August 5, 12, 19, and 26

Next, get ready to shake a leg under the stars at Riverfront Nights. Held on August 5, 12, 19, and 26, these FREE concerts at Ross’s Landing showcase some of the area’s  talented artists. Savor a diverse range of food and beverages while enjoying live music from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Get the scoop on the line-up and more details here.

Bartender handing out a margarita at the Margarita Festival event this August in Chattanoga

The Great Margarita Showdown: Margarita Festival

August 5

Then, prepare for a fiesta at the fourth annual Chattanooga Margarita Festival on August 5. Be the judge of who serves the best margarita in the city as 20 of the best restaurants shake up their signature concoctions. Enjoy live music, a photo booth, and delicious food while you cast your vote. Grab your tickets for $44 here.

Grammy Magic: Tim Nichols at McLemore

August 10

On August 10, immerse yourself in an evening of country music storytelling with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Tim Nichols. Known for his hits for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and more, Nichols promises a memorable night at McLemore Club. Enjoy a meal at The Creag before the show. Dress accordingly, as temperatures at McLemore can be ten degrees lower than the surrounding area, even in the summer. Tickets are $55, grab yours today!

Family fun Day with River City Company. Photo Courtesy of River City Company

Family Thrills: Family Fun Day

August 12

On August 12, get ready to kick off the school year with Family Fun Day featuring a special children entrepreneur market on the Chattanooga Green. There will also be free kite building, art making, crafts, coloring, and music, but in addition, over 40 children with ages ranging from 5- 16 will be representing a wide variety of their very own businesses.  And guess what? It’s a FREE event

A Pop Culture Extravaganza: FarleyCon

August 12, 13

Your mid-August treat comes in the form of the ultimate pop culture celebration. FarleyCon Pop Culture & Comic Book Expo, held on August 12 and 13, promises a jam-packed weekend of comics, toys, cosplay, special guests, and more. Get your tickets for $20.

Streets of Talent: Buskers Festival at the Chattanooga Market

August 13

August 13 From 11 AM until 4 PM, The Chattanooga Market is turning up the heat with street-style performers – think mellow musicians. Swing by the First Horizon Pavilion, for delicious treats from food and artisan vendors. And hey, don’t forget to grab your share of the season’s prime produce while you can! So, gear up Chattanooga, and bring tip money for those buskers. It’ll be a sensational Sunday at the Buskers Festival!

Sip and Paint: Create & Sip at the Hunter Museum

August 17

Unleash your inner artist on August 17 at the Create & Sip: Painted And Collaged Landscapes event at the Hunter Museum. Get inspired by landscape paintings, and create your own masterpiece while sipping on a glass of wine. Find out more, and secure your spot.

Rockin’ Tribute: The Black Jacket Symphony

August 19

On August 19, join The Black Jacket Symphony for a tribute to Queen’s A Night at the Opera. The show begins with the multi-platinum-selling album performed note-for-note, sound-for-sound, followed by a full set of Queen’s greatest hits. Make your way to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, and book your tickets priced between $40 and $60.

Ruby Falls

Blast from the Past: Big Hair Affair

August 26

Finally, wrap up your month with a throwback to the 80s and 90s at the third annual Big Hair Affair on August 26. Dance the night away at The Walden Club and relive the past while supporting the Chattanooga Kidney Foundation. Grab your tickets for $65.

So, there you have it! A jam-packed month of events that cater to every taste. Mark these dates in your calendar, and gear up for a fantastic August in Chattanooga. Enjoy! And hey – If you have an event, be sure to share it with us in our events calendar.

Chattanooga Choo Choo conductor holding balloons under Chattanooga marquee.

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