August 2022 Events + News
Outdoor Chattanooga's newsletter highlights the awesome outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga that will connect you to the outdoors and inspire you to come out and play with us!
Outdoor Chattanooga Programs and Events
Chattanooga Paddlefest
August 27 | 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
We are so stoked to introduce Outdoor Chattanooga's inaugural Chattanooga Paddlefest this August. The Chattanooga Paddlefest is an organized recreational people-powered paddle event to celebrate Chattanooga as a cohort and river town of the Tennessee RiverLine partnership.

The Tennessee RiverLine, North America's next great regional trail system, flows through Chattanooga's vibrant downtown. This event provides a unique opportunity to paddle a 5.4 mile stretch of the Tennessee River, from Tennessee Riverpark to Ross' Landing and welcomes kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards to participate. Coordination with local rental companies provides additional opportunity to participate or bring your own paddle craft. Shuttles are provided to assist with parking logistics prior to the event start. Stick around afterwards for Riverfront Nights! Local food and drinks starts at 6:00; the music starts , and more!

The shuttle for the event will start at 11:00am and run until 1:00pm. We will paddle the river from 1:30pm until approximately 5:30pm. Click here for more details on the event and to reserve a boat!

Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions.
Email or call (423) 643-6888
Rapid Learning
Every Wednesday
First Session: 6pm-7pm
Second Session: 7pm-8pm

The summer has flown by and we are already into the last month of our summer Rapid Learning sessions! It has been a fantastic summer of paddling and we are excited to finish with a bang. Join us every Wednesday this August to learn all things whitewater. This program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills needed to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. From your first Rapid Learning skills development class to your first class III run, Outdoor Chattanooga's certified instructors will be right beside you offering instruction and encouragement. Start by attending our weekly Rapid Learning skills classes to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm lake waters at Chester Frost State Park.
The classes are offered every Wednesday through August. Each week, there are two separate sessions. The first session goes from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and the second session is 7:00pm - 8:00pm. No reservations are required for either session and your first session is free! After that, you can pay $10 per session or sign up for an annual membership. Individual memberships are $75 for individuals or $125 for a family. The membership includes unlimited Rapid Learning sessions as well as discounts on our river trips.
After August, we will take a brief break from Rapid Learning classes. Starting in November, we begin our indoor pool classes at Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center.
Outdoor Chattanooga provides equipment that you can borrow or you can bring your own equipment. All you will need to bring is athletic clothes, water shoes, and some stoke to learn about whitewater kayaking!
Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions! Email or call (423) 643-6888
Learn to Ride a Bike
July 11 | 4 PM & 6 PM
Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique! With this simple and effective technique, most students are pedaling within an hour and off riding in no time.

Students will learn the ABC quick check, proper bicycle and helmet fit, safety checks, how gears and brakes work, balancing, starting and stopping, pedaling, the different types of bicycles, rules for sidewalks, greenway and neighborhood riding, roadway signage, hand signaling and more!

These free classes are offered every 2nd Monday of the month thanks to a partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga, the City of Chattanooga and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga as a way to give back to the community and create new, confident riders!

Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions! Email or call (423) 643-6888

Classes are an hour and a half with a maximum of 5 people for quality instruction. If the class is full, we recommend joining the waitlist as space often becomes available. Bikes and helmets are available to borrow, or you may bring your own. Reservations required in advance. Recommended for ages 5+
Introduction to Mountain Biking
July 13
Fundamentals: 8:30 - 10:30am
Trail: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

With fall just around the corner we are getting excited for mountain biking in the cool weather. We are offering two mountain biking clinics on Saturday, July 13th: A Level 1 Fundamentals clinic and a Level 2 Trail clinic. Join us for one or both clinics!

Level 1: Fundamentals
The first will be our Level 1: Fundamentals clinic from 8:30am - 10:30am. The Level 1 course is designed for the complete novice or for those who wish to practice and reinforce skills in a controlled setting. The 2 hour course utilizes an open field with small features to prepare you for riding on single-track trails. Our PIMBA certified instructor will teach you using a format that can be structured to your pace and individual learning style. The level 1 course is appropriate for anyone over the age of 10 who already knows how to confidently ride a bike. Online reservations are required in advance and the cost is $10 per person. 
Level 2: Trail
The second is a Trail clinic from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. The Level 2 clinic is designed to take your mountain biking to the next level! This course will take the foundational skills taught in the level 1 class as well as additional instruction to get you on single-track trails with confidence. The 4-hour long class utilizes various Chattanooga area trails to introduce new riders to the awesome single-track riding available in our community. This course is open to anyone over the age of 10 who already knows how to confidently ride a bike. The level 1 course is recommended prior to level 2 participation but is not required. Online reservations are required in advance and the cost is $25 per person.

Click here for more information and to sign up!
Coolidge Park Fun Day
Coolidge Park
August 12 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
We were so happy to see everyone show up and play all day during our inaugural Coolidge Park Fun Day in July! We will be hosting one more Fun Day this summer so let's make it a great one! The goal of these fun-filled days is to bring friends and families together in our city's wonderful Coolidge Park by providing exciting, family-friendly activities throughout the course of the day.

We will utilize the excellent resources already available in the park to provide climbing, paddling, yard games, and more. Our experienced staff will provide all gear necessary and instruction for each activity. No experience or reservations are required; just join us in the park to spend a day celebrating the wonderful outdoor recreation our city has to offer.

Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions.
Email or call (423) 643-6888
Sale Creek Kayaking
Sale Creek
August 19 & 26 | 8:30am - 11:30am
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour on Sale Creek, near the confluence of the Tennessee River about 45 minutes north of Chattanooga. Enjoy a leisurely paced paddle along the creek in search of wildlife such as bald eagles, migrant shorebirds, herons as well as seasonal wildflower blooms along the shorelines. Cost is $45 and the tour is appropriate for anyone ages 14 and up. Click here to register!
Community Events
Riverfront Nights
Saturdays at 7pm in August
Riverfront Nights is returning to Ross's Landing again this year! This free concert series occurs every Saturday in August. Bring the whole family to enjoy excellent lineups of performers each week. The shows will begin at 7:00pm and continue until 10:00pm, giving viewers the opportunity to enjoy the music under the stars. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on site each week to offer local food and drinks. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own coolers and snacks.

Ross's Landing, Downtown Chattanooga
Every Saturday in July from 7:00 - 10:00pm
National Park Service Birthday
Thursday, August 25th
Mark your calendar for August 25th; the National Park Service is turning 106!

On June 30th, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act of Congress granting inalienable protections to the Yosemite Valley as a place of public use, resort and recreation. Over the next 50 years, similar protections would follow at other natural points of interest across the country including Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Zion, Acadia, and more. This culminated in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service! Today, the National Park Service is comprised of 430 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas throughout the United States.

The National Park Service is celebrating its birthday both online and in the parks this year.

Click here for a list of the National Park Service social media channels where you can find virtual ways to connect with national parks across the country!

Click here for the an NPS Events calendar that is full of things to do on the 25th!
Buskers Festival
First Horizon
Sunday, August 21 | 11am - 4pm
Have you been to check out the Chattanooga Market this summer? If not, the Buskers Festival might be the perfect chance to swing by and see what it's all about! On Sunday, August 21st, the Chattanooga Market will become a platform for street performers of all kinds: musicians, dance acts, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians, artists, you name it! They'll be performing the entertainment in various nooks and crannies throughout the Market; tips are much appreciated! Don't miss this cultural and entertaining experience appropriate for the whole family. And, of course, the standard offerings of the Chattanooga Market will still be available.


First Horizon Pavilion

Date and Time:
Sunday, August 21st | 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Upcoming Events
August Calendar
1: Chattanooga Grotto Meeting
3: Rapid Learning
6: Downtown Kayak Adventure
6-7: Lula Lake Open Gate Days
8: Learn to Ride a Bike
9: TVCC Club Meeting
10: Rapid Learning
11: Full Moon Kayak Tour
12: Coolidge Park Fun Day
12: TRGT Kayak Tour with h20life
13: Intro to Mountain Biking: Fundamentals
13: Intro to Mountain Biking: Trails
14: Rapid Learning Whitewater River Trip
16: Adult Archery
16: Learn to Belay
17: Rapid Learning
18: TRGT Sunset Kayak Tour
20: NPS Battlefield Bike Tour
22: Adaptive Cycling
23: Adult Archery
23: Learn to Belay
24: Rapid Learning
25: National Park Service Birthday
27: Chattanooga Paddlefest
30: Adult Archery
30: Learn to Belay
31: Last Outdoor Rapid Learning of the Year!
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