School is back in session for just about everyone, but it still feels like summer to me. The weather this weekend is going to be normal for the season instead of the above average heatwave we have had all summer. That means you should be outdoors, in a pool, river, lake or creek living up the last 37 days of summer 2016. If you are not glued to the Olympics all day (guilty as charged), here are some fun things to do this weekend in Chattanooga.
Gangstagrass at Nightfall
I am not going to lie, when I first went to see Gangstagrass last year at the Dogwood Festival in Knoxville, I was a little skeptical. I mean, rap and bluegrass? Both can be so annoying you want to run as fast as you can away from the source. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how awesome these guys (and girls are). I loved them and so did my teenagers, which is saying a lot. They involved the crowd and their energy was contagious. Tonight you can catch them at Nightfall, as they headline the Friday night block party. Opening band Mendingwall goes on at 7 with Gangstagrass going on at 8. Free with beverages and food for sale. 850 Market Street
Everyone is invited to join this family-friendly, traditional social dancee. No partners are necessary, and you will meet a ton of new friends while learning a new skill. Toe-tapping live music and a great mix of people create a very fun night. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and bring an extra pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society (CTDS) presents its monthly Contra dance open to all, featuring calling by Vicki Herndon with music by Riverdale (Nick Shoemaker & Ed Shoemaker) on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. 4315 Brainerd Road. Admission is $8; $5 for students.
Still Hollow Trail Run
Enterprise Park is the setting for Saturday's Wild Trails Race. Saturday morning, you can hit the wide, soft trails in one of the fastest growing trail races in the Southeast, the Still Hollow Trail Race.Distances include half marathon or 10k, and start in the relatively cool morning (7:30 am). Head out and catch a fast race, see the beautiful park and give a shout out to trail legend Randy Whorton who is the race director. Registration is $50 for the half or $40 for the 10k.
Have a super weekend!