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Welcome to Spring in Chattanooga! 7 Must-Do Activities for April 2024

Spring has sprung in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Lea Team is here to help you make the most of this delightful season! With refreshing temperatures and a calendar packed with exciting events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re a Chattanooga enthusiast or a curious newcomer, we’ve compiled a list of 7 fantastic activities happening this April:

  1. 4 Bridges Art Festival (April 26th-28th): Celebrate the artistic spirit of Chattanooga at the renowned 4 Bridges Art Festival. Held on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, this free event showcases works from over 200 regional artists, offering a diverse selection of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. Enjoy live music, delicious food trucks, and engaging activities for all ages. (Free admission)
  2. Rock City Nights: Flora Luna (Select Nights April 12th-May 25th): Experience the magic of Rock City Gardens in a whole new light with Rock City Nights: Flora Luna. As twilight settles this spring, the gardens transform with lantern displays and lights, creating a whimsical atmosphere for all ages. Explore the unique rock formations bathed in a magical glow, and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Chattanooga at night. (Ticket prices vary, specific dates available online)
  3. Chattanooga Market (Every Sunday, 10am-2pm, starting April 27): Looking for a delightful way to spend your Sundays? Head to the Chattanooga Market, a vibrant hub of local creativity. Held every Sunday at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, this market features fresh produce from regional farms, handcrafted art from local artisans, and a tempting selection of prepared foods from Chattanooga’s restaurants. Stock up on picnic essentials and head to a nearby park for a relaxing afternoon under the spring sunshine. (Bonus: Enjoy live music most Sundays!)
  4. Big 9 Roots Festival (April 9th-10th): Immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage of Chattanooga at the Big 9 Roots Festival at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. This free, two-day event celebrates blues, R&B, gospel, and soul music with live performances from local and regional artists. (Free admission)
  5. Coolidge Park Carousel Rides (Ongoing): Take a nostalgic ride on the historic Dentzel Carousel at Coolidge Park, a Chattanooga landmark since 1896. Enjoy a whimsical journey on hand-carved animals while soaking up the beautiful scenery of the Tennessee River. ($2 per ride)
  6. Chattanooga Seafood Bash (April 27th): Calling all seafood lovers! The Chattanooga Seafood Bash returns to Coolidge Park on April 27th. This popular event features delicious seafood dishes from a variety of restaurants, live music, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Come hungry and ready to savor the bounty of the sea!
  7. IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Triathlon (May 19th): Witness peak athleticism at the IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga Triathlon. Cheer on nearly 3,000 athletes as they conquer a challenging 1.2-mile swim in the Tennessee River, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. Transitions and finishes take place at Ross’s Landing on the downtown riverfront, making it a thrilling event to spectate. (Free to watch)

These are just a few of the many ways to experience the beauty and excitement of spring in Chattanooga.  At Lea Team, we’re passionate about our city and we’re always happy to recommend hidden gems and local favorites.  So, get out there and explore all that Chattanooga has to offer this spring!

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