As the seasons transition from winter to spring, you’ll see the return of several of Chattanooga’s favorite events. March plays host to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, musical performances, and races for great causes. Here’s what you can look forward to this month.
With show-stopping songs and dancing, CHICAGO is a Tony award-winning musical you do not want to miss – especially as it celebrates its 25th anniversary! The universal tale of fame and fortune features numbers including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 2, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.
Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Weekend
Athletes and spectators alike are eagerly anticipating Erlanger’s Chattanooga Marathon Weekend. There will be five events: the marathon, half marathon, team relay, Chattanooga 5K, and kids’ fun run, with each event showcasing the natural beauty of the Scenic City. An expo at the First Horizon Pavilion and other fun activities are also in the works.
AmuseUm: Full STEAM Ahead
Creative Discovery Museum’s annual fundraiser is a nod to the Gilded Age with “Full STEAM Ahead.” Guests will experience Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in the 19th century with plenty of entertainment and activities in store. The $125 general admission ticket also gets you a decadent meal, themed cocktail, and a DJ and dancing to end the night. The $175 VIP ticket gets you early access and special features.
Chattanooga FC vs. One Knoxville FC
Catch the Chattanooga Football Club in action in this preseason matchup against One Knoxville FC. Chattahooligans will be gathering for the 3 p.m. game at Finley Stadium, with gates to open at least one hour before kickoff. The Chattanooga FC will begin their regular season in early April. Annual passes are available now.
String Theory at the Hunter
On March 7, the Hunter Museum of American Art will welcome violinist Jennifer Frautschi, cellist Zlatomir Fung, and pianist and artistic director Gloria Chien for an unforgettable concert experience. The 6:30 p.m. performance – the second-to-last concert in String Theory’s 14th season – will feature pieces from Shaporin, Gliere, Boulanger, and Schumann. Arrive early for the pre-concert bar at 5 p.m. and “Art Connections in the Hunter Galleries” at 5:30 p.m.
There may not be a pot of gold at Market at the Commons’ Mystical March, but you’re sure to leave with treasure. This art and farmers market will be showcasing beautiful hand-crafted products from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collegedale Commons. Admission is free to the public.
Shamrock City at Rock City
March 11-12, 18-19
Find the luck of the Irish at Rock City, where the High Falls flows green every March in celebration of Shamrock City. This premier St. Patrick’s Day event, in its 14th year, features Irish food, specialty beer, pop-up Irish dancing performances, and more. This event has been consistently selected as a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society.
The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is planning an opera-centric program with works from Bizet, Berlioz, Verdi, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. Conducted by the Metropolitan Opera’s own Pierre Vallet, this is a must-see performance for any opera enthusiast. It all takes place at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The National Black Market
Celebrate Black businesses at the First Horizon Pavilion at The National Black Market! From noon until 6 p.m., there will be food trucks, vendors, games, raffles, installations, live music, and more. This event is free to the public.
Save Water, Drink Wine
Crabtree Farms’ Save Water, Drink Wine (and Beer!) is back for an evening celebrating stewardship of our local watersheds. The 5:30 p.m. event will feature global wines and local beers as well as food, silent and live auctions, and music by the Mountain Cove Band. Attendees will also get to meet the people committed to improving our area waterways. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door.
Join the fight against colon cancer by registering for the Rump Run – an annual event that supports the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation. The closed course for this timed 5K and one-mile fun walk is located at Enterprise South Nature Park. The 5K begins at 9 a.m., with an awards ceremony to follow at 10 a.m. A Kids’ Zone will also be set up beginning at 8 a.m.
Strides of March
For nearly three decades, Chattanooga has come together for the annual Strides of March to celebrate the strides made toward ending the HIV epidemic. Funds raised from the event will help provide holistic care for those with HIV, hepatitis C, and other STIs in our community. Strides of March is presented by Cempa Community Care.