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.
Friday / October 23 / Downtown Chattanooga / 7:00am
This weekend’s events begin early Friday morning, October 23rd with the start of the Ragnar Relay. The Ragnar is an overnight adventure race where teams of either 12 or 6 people band together and run roughly 200-miles, relay-style from Point A to Point B. (In this case, it’s Chattanooga to Nashville, roughly 196-miles up and over Monteagle Mountain.) Spectators will have the chance to cheer the relay members as they leave Coolidge Park and traverse the hills and valleys of southeastern Tennessee, enjoying the fall foliage as they make their (long) way to the finish line at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville. They’ll finish by 8:00pm Saturday evening.
Saturday / October 24 / Ross’s Landing / 8:00am
Before Ragnar Relay runners finish their day in Nashville, Chattanooga will host the ChattaJack31 flat water paddling endurance event of the year on Saturday, October 24. Watch 300 paddlers on boards and boats leave in a mass start and see them finish 31 miles later on the other side of the Tennessee River Gorge at Hales Bar Marina in Nickajack Lake.
Saturday / October 24 / Coolidge Park / 4:00pm
No matter what you chose to spectate earlier in the month, the perfect way to end this month-long outdoor celebration is to head over to Coolidge Park for the RiverRocks Finale at 4:00 pm on Saturday evening. There will be live music from a number of talented acts, plenty of food from local food trucks, and lots of fun activities including acro yoga, slack lining, and volleyball. It's perfect for the whole family. If you can only make it to one RiverRocks event this month, this might be the one to choose!