If you’ve never heard of RiverRocks, this is the year for a change. October marks the 6th year of the festival in the Scenic City, and there’s something for everyone whether you plan to participate in an athletic event or spectate, listen to music, or watch a film. If you choose one of the signature athletic events, plan to see amateur and elite athletes facing the challenges of the terrain and each other. Whatever your interest, whatever you put on your schedule, plan to be inspired. This guide to RiverRocks is designed to help you plan your time during one of the best months to live and play in Chattanooga.
3 Sisters Music Festival:
Friday and Saturday / October 2 and 3 / Downtown Chattanooga / 6:00pm and 12:00pm
Voted one of the Top 5 Bluegrass Festivals in the Country according to Great American Country, the 3 Sisters Festival brings 12 acclaimed bluegrass groups to the Scenic City riverfront for two days starting Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm with the "Dismembered Tennesseans" and closing out that first night with "Hot Rize," at 9:30pm. The music on the waterfront continues Saturday, October 3 at high noon with the "Hamilton County Ramblers" and continues through the afternoon, evening, and into the night, wrapping up the highly acclaimed festival with the Travelin’ McCourys at 8:30pm. The best thing about this incredible opportunity to enjoy music, dancing, food, beverages, and the beautiful Chattanooga riverfront? It’s free!
Rock/Creek StumpJump 50K:
Saturday / October 3 / Signal Mountain Middle School / 8:00am
On Saturday morning, October 3rd make your way to Signal Mountain Middle School on Signal Mountain for the 8:00am start of the Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k. As runners from across the country and around the globe toe the start, you can watch and wait at the finish line at the school, hike out to various aid stations throughout the course of the race and watch elite, midpack, and new runners navigate the challenges this burly trail race dishes out. You can also stay at the school and wait for your runner to return. Bring a camp chair, buy a burger from the high school cross country team, enjoy the vendor fair and spectacle of the event from close to your car. Get ready to be impressed and inspired!