• 2018 International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off
Sept 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The headliner this year is Craig Wayne Boyd, Season 7 Winner of "The Voice." Head out out to the International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off for a day filled with food, music and fun. The second Saturday in September marks the date for the festival with the funny name. Listen to live music throughout the day, taste the professional chefs' culinary creation', vote for your favorite and stroll through the marketplace where you will find handmade arts and crafts and locally grown produce. There will also be food vendors and a heritage area to share other parts of Charleston’s story such as Cherokee, Civil War and "Wild River" (the movie) history. A photo contest will be held before the festival and the winners will be announced on stage the day of the festival. Check out the website for information on entering the photo competition. The daylong event also features a family fun field with inflatables, games and a petting zoo. A detailed schedule of events will be available soon. Admission is free but you need to purchase a souvenir spatula in order to participate in the cook-off tasting/voting. Spatulas and Cowpea T-shirts are on sale now at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, and will also be available at the event (while supplies last). Parking is $5. #LetsCowpeaYall #CowpeaCountry
Charleston City Park
136 Cass Street Charleston TN 37310
• Disabled American Veterans Cruise Night
Sept 8, 6-9 p.m.
Take your classic ride out for a night on the town at the DAV Cruise Night at Bradley Square Mall. The gathering point will be at the former K-mart end of the mall.
Bradley Square Mall
200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland TN 37312
• Repticon Chattanooga Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Sept 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chattanooga is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets,
supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise, as well as live animal
seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting,
educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (VIP Entry at 9 a.m.)
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (No VIP Early Entry)
Adults – $10, Children (5-12) – $5, Under 5 – Free
Visit the website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets.
Camp Jordan Arena323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge
• Cherokee Fall Festival
The Cherokee Fall Festival will be at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore, TN.
Step back in time to experience Native American food, arts and crafts
demonstrations, music and dance.
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
576 Highway 360, Vonore TN 37885
• Light the Night
Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.
Light the Night has a dual purpose: 1) to raise awareness in the community about the pervasiveness of the opioid epidemic and 2) to
memorialize those whose lives were cut short by addiction in our area.
Those who have lost loved ones to overdose are welcome to submit
names to be mentioned during a candlelight vigil which will close out
the evening. The evening will include various speakers from the
community, substance abuse providers with information tables, fun
activities for kids, and music.
775 Raider Drive, Cleveland TN 37312
• Niota 7th Annual Fried Green Tomato Festival
Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The city of Niota is hosting its annual celebration for "Everything fried green tomato. " There will be live entertainment, a game truck, food, lots of shopping and so much more. Take your family to a delicious and fun filled day in Niota.
• Ducktown Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival
Celebrate the traditions of the mining community in the Ducktown Basin.
Like much of Appalachia, the extraction industries of timbering and mining shaped the landscape and lives of people in the region. From
1899 to 1975, the Burra Burra mine was an important copper mine. Near the Ducktown Museum, it will be open on the days of the festival.
Ducktown Basin Museum
212 Burra Burra St., Ducktown TN 37326
• Aziz Ansari at the Tivoli
Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
Known for his role a Tom Haverford on the NBC series "Parks and Recreation" and as creator and star of the Netflix series "Master of None," Aziz Ansari takes the stage at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga to deliver his unique brand of stand-up comedy. Tickets are $42.
709 Broad St., Chattanooga TN 37402
• Tennessee Valley Fair
The Tennessee Valley Fair is a nonprofit organization that exists to
celebrate and promote agricultural heritage, family values, and
individual life skills in our community
with an emphasis on youth development activities through exhibits, tours
and the funding of scholarships. The Tennessee Valley Fair showcases
traditions of the past, emphasizes ingenuity in Tennessee through the
products of the present and supports the vision of the future in the
areas of agriculture, trade, and industry. Tickets are Adults $10, Senior Citizens $8, Children 6-11 $7 and Children 5 and younger are free.
Tennessee Valley Fair3301 East Magnolia Avenue,
Knoxville TN 37914
• Railfest Chattanooga
Railfest is Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s celebration of the crucial
role railroads played in the creation and development of the community.
Enjoy local food and craft vendors, as well as educational exhibitors
displaying crafts and industries that were revolutionized or changed by
the advent of trains. Chattanooga – once a village – was transformed
into a booming city by railroads and innovative minds settling the Scenic City. The music played during Railfest represents the folk music traditions that
influenced so many railroad and traveling songs. Everything about
Railfest, from the music, local food vendors and crafting displays to
the regular train schedule and special equipment displays represent a
community built, revolutionized and transformed by railroads. Tickets are $20-$65.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga TN 37421.