Top 16 Chattanooga Spring Break Activities & Events For 2019

Taking a Chattanooga spring break getaway? Or looking for the best events and festivals happening this spring in Chattanooga?

Lucky for you, we’ve got full rundown!

Chattanooga in March, April and May will feature a plethora of exciting things to do for all ages, including a food truck festival, kid-friendly extravaganzas, and several seasonal events.

Find the top Chattanooga spring break events and activities for 2019 below!

Things to Do in Chattanooga in March

Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon

When: Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3

Where: Finley Stadium

Grab your running shoes or cheer on the thousands of runners that will meet for the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon. The weekend is packed with the 26 mile marathon, a half marathon, team relay, 5k and a kid’s fun run. For more information, contact (423) 424-4453.

ZOOperhero Day

When: Saturday, March 2; 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Chattanooga Zoo

Meet and greet some of your favorite superheroes at Chattanooga Zoo’s ZOOperhero Day! Starting at 10 am, guests will be able to meet some of earth’s mightiest heroes. There will also be several educational talks and animal enrichment chats scheduled throughout the day. And take half-off regular zoo admission when you arrive in your favorite superhero attire!

Spring Break Safari

When: March 9 through April 7

Where: Various locations

For nearly an entire month, Chattanooga will become a destination for exploration and fun for kids. Several attractions across the River City will participate in this enriching festival including hands-on activities at Songbirds, Rock City, and the Chattanooga Zoo, just to name a few! Become a rock star at Songbirds, a zookeeper at the Chattanooga Zoo, or a rock climber at High Point Climbing & Fitness. There will also be several scavenger hunts around the city that families can participate in. You won’t want to miss this thrilling experience! For more information about Spring Break Safari Chattanooga, contact (423) 756-8687.

a group of shamrocks

Shamrock City

When: March 9, 10, 16 & 17; 8:30 am to 5 pm

Where: Rock City

The 12th Annual Shamrock City will be taking over Rock City with live Irish music, delicious food, dance performances, costumed characters, and more! Rock City will be throwing this St. Patrick’s Day shindig for two weekends and includes tons of family fun. Roaming pipers, a sheep encounter, caricatures, and special food and drink specials will be available each weekend. Admission is $26.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids ages 3 - 12. Call (706) 820-2531 for more details.

Chattanooga FanFest

When: Saturday, March 30; Starts at 9 am

Where: Finley Stadium & the First Tennessee Pavilion

Football season is one day closer with the close of spring practices and the Chattanooga FanFest at Finley Stadium and the First Tennessee Pavilion. Celebrate Chattanooga Mocs football during this day-long event. The event will include a wing cook-off, the Mocs 5k Fun Run, and the free Kids Clinic held by UTC football players and coaches.

Things to do in Chattanooga in April

4 Bridges Art Festival

When: Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion

The 4 Bridges Art Festival has evolved into a renowned art show for professional artists since its inception 19 years ago and has continued to captivate audiences through several art mediums including photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and painting. This year’s weekend-long festival will showcase the talents of 130 artists from across the country. Admission is free to the public. Contact (423) 265-4282 for more information.

Spamalot at Tivoli Theatre

When: April 16 through April 18; Various showtimes

Where: Tivoli Theatre

Based off of the comedy classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot will have a three-day run at the Tivoli Theatre. This laugh-out-loud theatrical performance is a can’t miss for any theater buff or anyone looking for laughs. Tickets start at $37/person. Call (423) 757-5580 for more information and to get your tickets.


When: April 19 through April 21; 10 am - 5 pm

Where: Rock City

Celebrate and welcome spring with this fun outdoor event at Rock City. This weekend-long celebration will include tons of activities and excitement for all ages, including birds of prey shows, educational demonstrations, craft projects, and special dining options. The area will also be in full bloom with colorful flowers and plants in the gardens. Admission is $26.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 3 through 12.

people shopping for produce at the chattanooga market

Chattanooga Market Opening Weekend

When: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion
The Chattanooga Market will kick off the 2019 season at 10 am Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Don’t miss out on local merchants offering select goods, crafts, gifts, jewelry, and apparel. The market will also have live music, food trucks, and much more. Admission is free to the public.


When: Saturday, April 27; 6 pm to 10 pm

Where: The Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Enjoy delicious dishes while supporting a great cause at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for this year’s HullaBOWLoo. Several local restaurants will be serving up signature dishes from 6 pm to 10 pm. There will also be live music from the Michel Jons Band, activities, and a live auction. Admission is $100 per person and tickets are limited. For more info, contact (423) 622-1800.

Things to Do in Chattanooga in May

19th Annual Bunny Hop

When: Friday, May 3; 6 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion

Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet, festivities, kids activities, and more while supporting the Chambliss Center for Children during this year’s 19th Annual Bunny Hop. The evening will include a silent auction, a dinner buffet, and tons of activities for children including a balloon artist, bunny petting station, a kid-friendly buffet, a magician, and much more. Call (423) 698-2456 for more details.

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Gran Fondo Hincapie-Chattanooga

When: Saturday, May 4

Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center

If you’re looking to stay in shape this spring break the Gran Fondo Hincapie is an excellent place to start. The Gran Fondo Hincapie is a one day bycicling event that includes three scenic rides. The rides range from 15 miles to 80 miles. All routes begin at the center of downtown Chattanooga and take riders through breathtaking views of the surrounding Chattanooga area. If long-distance bycicling isn’t your thing then spend the day at Grand Fondo Hincapie’s Family Festival which will include festivities, live music, free food, and much more in downtown Chattanooga. For more details and registration, call (866) 359-4796.

CSO Ensembles and Strings

When: Sunday, May 5

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion

Head to the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, May 5 for a special performance by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Local schools and ensemble groups will be performing throughout the day at the market. While you shop for local crafts and goods, listen to some of the area’s best local music. Admission is free.

blooming white mountain laurel flower

Southern Blooms Festival

When: May 11, 12, 18 & 19; 10 am - 5 pm

Where: Rock City

Spring is in full bloom at Rock City during the Southern Blooms Festival. The Southern Blooms Festival is a celebration to honor the legacy of the original Rock City gardener Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. Celebrating for two weekends, the festival will hold educational talks, tours, workshops, and demonstrations for all ages. The gardens will also be vibrant with beautiful bouquets of flowers and plants including Native Azaleas and Mountain Laurel. Admission is $26.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Call (706) 820-2531 for more information.

Day Out With Thomas

When: May 11, 12, 18 & 19

Where: Tennessee Valley Railroad

Kids will love this special event highlighting the big blue engine himself, Thomas the Train! Families will have the chance to take a ride with Thomas, as well as several fun-themed activities. Throughout the day, families can participate in crafts, storytelling, and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Train rides will run from 9 am to 6 pm. Tickets start at $21 for for ages 2 and up. For more info, call (423) 894-8028.

Street Food Festival

When: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion

Get your grub on at the 2019 Street Food Festival at the Chattanooga Market at the First Tennessee Pavilion. For two days, guests will celebrate and enjoy the tastes of local cuisine. There’s something for every appetite at this foodie event. Just make sure you come hungry! Admission is free.

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Pete DiMaio