Top 5 Free October Events in Chattanooga

There are lots of fun events happening in Chattanooga during October. Here are the top 5 FREE events you won't want to miss.


3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

3 Sisters is one of the top bluegrass festivals in America. It’s also completely free to attend and it’s right here on the river at Ross’s Landing! From September 30 to October 1, you can enjoy an incredible lineup, beautiful weather, and good company. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn and Keller Williams & the Keels are just two of the headliners you won’t want to miss.

WHEN: September 30 – October 1 
WHERE: Ross’s Landing


Startup Week Chattanooga

From October 3-7, come downtown for hundreds of events all day long every day of the week. Startup Week Chattanooga will feature a number of community-led events that highlight our growing startup scene and inspire entrepreneurial thinking. Everyone can learn something and join in on the fun.

WHEN: October 3-7 
WHERE: Downtown and the Innovation District


Oktoberfest at the Chattanooga Market

Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebration. Come by to enjoy German food and live music, four Bier Gartens featuring nearly 100 local and seasonal craft brews, and entertainment for the whole family.

WHEN: Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: First Tennessee Pavilion
DETAILS: Oktoberfest Chattanooga



RiverRocks is a thrilling event that brings world-class and amateur athletes to Chattanooga to compete and enjoy live music. It is free and fun to attend. Come out to watch events ranging from rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, open water swimming, rowing, cycling, off-road biking, paddling and much more.

WHEN: October 1-15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.


Best Town (for)Ever Celebration

Chattanooga has won Outdoor Magazine’s Best Town Ever competition–twice! There’s no doubt about it; Chattanooga has it all. Come out and enjoy the celebration with your friends and family. A street party like no other with three bands and lots of activities for everyone to enjoy.

WHEN: Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: 700 Block of Cherry Street

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