Things to Do in Chattanooga: January

As we kick off 2024, Chattanooga beckons you with vibrant events to start the new year. From the Whiskey Run to the Lookout Wild Film Festival, there’s something to match every resolution.  Each event is a celebration of community and the diverse tapestry of our city. Whether braving a cold plunge or dressing up for a gala, get ready to immerse yourself in Chattanooga’s lively January offerings.

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The Whiskey Run

January 1

Kickstart your year with Chattanooga’s 5th Annual Whiskey Run. Choose from a half-marathon, 10K, or 5K and join the community for an exhilarating race. Whether you run or walk, the fun doesn’t end at the finish line – celebrate your achievement with great company and, of course, whiskey!

Freeze Your Half Off

January 6

Embrace the chill at the Freeze Your Half Off event. This is no ordinary race – join the 10th-anniversary celebration of this unique run along the scenic Tennessee River. Start and finish is at the lodge of the Red Clay State Historic Area, Cleveland. Choose from a race or walk, and don’t forget to check out the special medals for those participating in multiple Riverpark races.

Lookout Wild Film Festival 2023

January 11-14

Celebrate your love for outdoor adventure and conservation films at the Lookout Wild Film Festival. This four-day event at the Walker Theatre is a perfect blend of local and international films that will inspire your adventurous spirit.

Tennessee Running Tour – Trail of Tears

January 13

Step back in time with the historic Trail of Tears race. This challenging 7-mile course, rich in history and organized by passionate community members, takes you through scenic landscapes and historical sites. Perfect for both runners and walkers who love a touch of history with their exercise.

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Wauhatchie BoulderFest 2023

January 13

Join the climbing community at the Wauhatchie BoulderFest 2024 for a day of outdoor fun and competition. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner, this event at Rockmont Park offers something for everyone, with music, food, and an incredible view of the Tennessee River.

Polar Plunge Fun Run

January 20

Start your year with a splash at Lula Lake Land Trust’s Polar Plunge and Fun Run. This unique event invites you to run through the beautiful nature preserve and take a daring leap into Lula Lake. It’s a day of fun, community, and a bit of bravery, all for a good cause.

Pink! Gala

January 27

In its 19th year, the Pink! Gala is the CHI Memorial Foundation’s signature black-tie event. Tyler and Brittany Carman and Beaumont and Jabo Covert will co-chair the 2024 event at the Chattanooga Convention Center with the theme “Under the Tuscan Sun.” All proceeds from Pink! stay within the community to support the mission of the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial.

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