Held Oct. 20-27 and presented by The Company Lab, Startup Week Chattanooga will feature more than 100 events that highlight the city’s growing startup scene. Most SWC events are free and open to the public, while others require pre-registration and an admission fee. View the schedule at www.colab.co/startupweekcha. Special events include:
-- Mini Maker Faire (more below)
-- Will This Float?
-- Spirit of Innovation Awards
-- Idea Leap Grant Pitch Night
-- Chattanooga Startup Awards
-- Gig City Elixir
Throughout SWC, participants will explore topics like co-founding with a significant other, the basics of cybersecurity, pathways to capital, filmmaking and word-of-mouth marketing. A variety of social events such as a ping pong tournament, a parade, an egg drop challenge and live music will also occur.
Mini Maker Faire
More than 50 artists, inventors and creators have been selected to showcase their work and provide interactive experiences for the public at the fourth annual Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire. The free event will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library.
Interactive experiences will include mold making, origami, arcade games, button making, electrical circuit tinkering, fabric collage crafting, edible chocolate flower making and more. Commercial exhibitors will feature pottery, handmade clothing, plaster molds and ceramics, tea and conservation art. Information: www.chattanooga.makerfaire.com.
Kickin’ It with Dad
First Things First will host Kickin’ It with Dad, a day of recreational soccer, on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Highland Park Commons Soccer Fields. Purchase tickets at FirstThings.org. Information: www.FirstThings.org or 423 267-5383.
Barnett & Company Cantata Series
The Chattanooga Bach Choir will continue the 2018-19 Barnett & Company Cantata Series on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 663 Douglas St. Information about the hour-long program can be found at www.chattanoogabachchoir.org.
Fireside: Randy Steele Concert
Bluegrass musician Randy Steele will perform Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the City of Chattanooga’s Greenway Farm Park. The stage is located on the porch of the Sniteman Log Cabin behind the gardens at the park. Outdoor Chattanooga is hosting the free concert. Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union is the sponsor. Information: www.randysteelemusic.com.
Miller Park musical chairs
Moxy Chattanooga, River City Company, The Tomorrow Building and the Innovation District will host a grown-up match of musical chairs on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in Miller Park. Up to 100 adults, ages 18 and older, can participate. The winner will receive a complimentary one-night stay at the Moxy Chattanooga along with a $25 gift card to use toward food and beverage at the Moxy. The second and third place winners will receive a $50 and $25 gift card respectively to use toward a hotel stay or food and beverage at the Moxy.
Online pre-registration is open and suggested for anyone who would like to play. Check in for pre-registered participants will take place from 6-6:30 p.m. Unclaimed spots will be given to walk ups between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. The game will start at 7 p.m. Pre-register at www.millerparkplaza.com.
Second annual Eggfest
Elder’s Ace Hardware will host Tennessee’s second annual Scenic City EggFest on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The net proceeds will benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
Visitors can expect to sample smoked barbecue, grilled pizza and baked desserts and enjoy live music from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of cooking classes will be offered throughout the day from Aaron Hoffman of Hoff Sauce, Kevin Ward of 441 South in Canton, Georgia, Tim Hernquist of Pizza Porta in Atlanta and Chris Grove of Nibble Me This in Knoxville.
Elder’s will allow community members to showcase their own grilling techniques on a Big Green Egg by signing up to cook at the EggFest. Buy tickets and sign up teams at www.eldershardware.com/eggfest. Elder’s Ace Hardware will be selling the demo eggs at discount prices.
Equal Opportunity Day breakfast
The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga will present its 36th annual Equal Opportunity Day breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Janet Marie Stovall, UPS’s executive communications manager and speechwriter, will be this year’s keynote speaker. To purchase a table or to be a sponsor, call 423 756-1762 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the event will support the Urban League’s programs. Information: www.ulchatt.net/page-18105
A night to honor Israel
Christians United for Israel, along with churches in North Georgia, North Alabama and Southeast Tennessee, are inviting the community to “A Night to Honor Israel” on Thursday, Nov. 1 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold, Georgia. The event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend.
Erick Stakelbeck, the director of the Christians United for Israel’s CUFI Watchman Project and host of “The Watchman” program on TBN, will speak. Musical group Adams Voice will perform.
A complimentary reception will follow the event. All people are welcome regardless of religion or denomination. Information: https://www.cufi.org/event/ringgold/
Gallery Hop 2018
On Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 11 a.m., Gallery Hop 2018 will invite the public to visit and support local art galleries and artists’ studios. Coordinated by a collective of arts professionals, Gallery Hop will feature exhibits, art demonstrations, interactive activities, music and culinary tasting.
Participating art galleries and studios will include: Arts Build, Association for Visual Arts, Brent Sanders Studios, Cress Gallery of Art, Gallery 1401, Gannon Art Center, Hart Gallery TN, iGNiS Glass Gallery & Studio, In-Town Gallery, Miki Boni, The Plum Nelly Shop and Gallery, River Gallery, Scenic City Clay Arts, Sculpture Fields, Tempus Galleryand Vision Art Stained Glass Studio. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924877190938926/
Sculptures in the Sky
Sculpture Fields is partnering with River City Kites, Chattanooga Presents River Rocks and Gallery Hop for Sculptures in the Sky, a free event taking place Saturday, Nov. 3 from noon-6 p.m. at 1800 Polk St. In addition to colossal kites, stunt kites and Rokkaku battle kites, the event will feature food trucks and a beer tent.
Kids will be able to race parachute-like kites in what fliers call Running with the Bols. Visitors also will be able to make their own kites for free. Information: www.sculpturefields.org/upcoming-events, email@example.com, or 423 266-7288.
WTCI to host annual family day event
WTCI will host its annual Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1-4 p.m. at 7540 Bonnyshire Dr. The free event will feature green screen activities, storybook reading, a petting zoo, tours of a Chattanooga Fire Department fire engine, face painting, games, activities and more.
Photo opportunities will be available for children with Clifford, Curious George and Super Why! Guests are invited to bring a gently-used book to benefit HCDE schools and a canned good item or new socks to support Chattanooga Community Kitchen. Information: https://www.chattanoogafun.com/event/family-day-at-wtci/9512/
Grateful Gobbler Walk
Registration is open for the 19th annual Grateful Gobbler Walk, taking place Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at Coolidge Park. Teams and individuals can register to walk, volunteer or donate at www.gratefulgobblerwalk.org. The proceeds will benefit the Maclellan Shelter for Families, which features 13 units with 64 beds. Information: https://www.gratefulgobblerwalk.org/