If you notice a lot of tall people walking around town this weekend, have no fear, they are rowers! The second largest regatta on the planet is held this weekend on the Tennessee River! The weather is not supposed to be great, but you can still catch some of the action. There are so many music options this weekend as well, so if outdoors and boats aren't your thing, you can be indoors and warm. Here are your best bets for a very fun Chattanooga weekend.
Ben Folds and yMusic
There is something wonderful about Ben Folds. He is always growing and changing, creating a new style of music with every passing year. This new incarnation is chamber music and cool. If you loved him with the Ben Folds Five, this is something new and interesting, accompanied by celebrated New York City-based chamber ensemble, yMusic. Check him out tonight at the Tivoli Theater at 8:00. Tickets are available online or at the box office.
Head of the Hooch
Over 10,000 seats and thousands of spectators make this the second largest regatta in the world, the Head of the Hooch. Rowers from all over the country and the world ranging from club to high school, collegiate and master rowers all converge on the Tennessee River for two days. This is one of the coolest events to watch, mostly because it is so beautiful. The course of a 5k against the clock which starts at the dam and finishes in front of Ross's Landing. The world's longest boat, the Stamfli Express, comprised of 24 rowers, will be rowing both Saturday and Sunday as well. Parking can be a bear, so plan on parking near Big River or the Rock Creek parking garage. The best viewing is from the Walnut Street Bridge or along the Tennessee Riverwalk. Races begin at 7:30 am and go until 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. The schedule and team info can be found online
Hunter Museum Trunk Sale
This Saturday, you can check a few names off your gift list by heading to the Hunter Museum's Local Maker's Trunk Show. Held at the Hunter Museum Store, you can peruse local artisans' art and enjoy light refreshments. While you are there, take a tour of one of the best museum's in the country or enjoy the view of the Head of the Hooch from above (one of the best views in town). Trunk show is 11-3pm. More info online.
If you like old country music, you will love Jason Isbell. Hailing from Alabama and formally of the Drive By Truckers, Jason is setting the Nashville music scene on it's ear. This is not pop music, this is soul driven country. Playing the Tivoli Theater this Sunday (the Tivoli is rocking this weekend!), Jason is debuting his new album. Tickets are available online tonight, but I suspect the show will sell out.
Have a wonderful weekend, the weather is getting ready to get cooler and be more "autumnal" here in Chattanooga and fall camping, hiking and mountain biking are going to be the very best things you can do.