Top 20 Things To Do In Chattanooga In April

As spring creeps in and winter begins to fade, the city springs to life with family fun. From kid-friendly festivals to stunning botanical gardens, there are so many wonderful things to do in Chattanooga in April.

white flowers under a pink flowering tree representing April in Chattanooga

Things to Do in Chattanooga in April

Strawberry Picking

Beginning in April, our local u-pick strawberry farms will open for business. In addition to fruit, the farms offer fun extras like kids’ activities, farm stores, and scrumptious fried pies.

These farms make great spring day trips and are awesome spots to get outdoors and soak in the sun.

Easter Events

From adorable bunny photo ops to fun-filled easter festivals and egg hunts, you’ll find all the details right here.

Spring Garden Tours

One of the best places to see a stunning collection of spring flowering trees is the Southern Adventist University Arboretum, which is open to the public.

The Arboretum features 37 miles of walking and biking paths, a cave with underground trails, and gorgeous natural rock walls.

Limited visitors’ parking is available across from Wright Hall.

April Events in Chattanooga

Wild Wonders: A Close Encounter with Native Animals

Fridays in April 2024
Reflection Riding Arboretum, Chattanooga
Suggested Donation of $15 Per Car

Get a closer look at the nature center’s resident animals and learn why these native species are so integral to the ecosystem in East Tennessee.

Rock the Riverfront

April 1-14, 2024 (Weekends Only)
Chattanooga Green
FREE Admission

The month will be filled with fun concerts, vendor markets, food trucks, and more as part of the annual Rock the Riverfront event.


April 1 – 14, 2024
Chattanooga Green
FREE Admission

Loop is a large-scale interactive art installation that features tons of spinning wheels. Each wheel plays a different flipbook animation when you interact with it. This attraction will be open daily.

On weekends you can enjoy additional Rock the Riverfront activities after viewing the art installation.

FREE DIY Lattice Planter

April 6, 2024
Home Depot (All Locations)

All supplies are included for this free event where kids will be using real tools to build a DIY lattice planter. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Chattanooga Outdoor Festival

April 6, 2024
Choo Choo Gardens
FREE Admission

Guests will enjoy a variety of outdoor-themed vendors, a kids’ zone, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and more.

Open Gate Days

April 6 – 7, 2024
Lula Lake Land Trust, Georgia
$16 Per Car

This exclusive natural area is only open to the public on select days throughout the year. The area features over 8 miles of trails, bluff views, and a 120-foot waterfall. Don’t miss your chance to get in while you can.

Chattanooga River Market

April 6 – 27, 2024 (Saturdays only)
TN Aquarium Plaza, Chattanooga
FREE Admission

This open-air market features a wide variety of local craft and food vendors. There will also be live music. After shopping at the market, you can head into the aquarium or explore downtown to extend the fun.

pink and white blooms on a dogwood tree representing April Events in Chattanooga

Family Free Night

April 11, 2024
Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga

Enjoy free admission to this popular local children’s museum.

FREE Makebreak Art Activities

April 13 and 27, 2024
Michales Craft Stores (All Locations)

On the 13th, kids can make a paper flower bouquet collage, which will make a perfect Mother’s Day gift. On the 27th, there will be an opportunity to make friendship bracelets.

All supplies will be included for these events. The store will also hold additional crafting events throughout the month for a small fee.

Chattanooga Burger Week

April 15-21, 2024
Multiple Locations
$7 Burgers

Eat your way through Chattanoog’s burger scene with $7 burgers at all the hottest burger joints in town. Download the app to track the burgers you try and earn raffle entries. Prizes include $500 gift cards and more.

Parent and Child Hibachi Cooking Class

April 20, 2024
Sweet and Savory Classroom
$94 per pair

You and your kiddo will work together to make a delicious Hibachi meal from scratch. The meal will include fried rice, meats, and various sauces. Yum!

Kid Quest Family Fun Expo

April 20, 2024
Camp Jordan, Chattanooga
$14 per person + optional add-ons

General admission to Kid Quest includes access to all the shows. The shows will include animal performers, a Blippi impersonator, popular princesses, magicians, a Jedi training performance, and more.

For an extra fee, you can add on experiences like princess and character meet-and-greets, a superhero obstacle course, a Star Wars experience, and more.

FREE Woodworking Class

April 20, 2024
Lowes (All Locations)

At this class, kids will be using real tools to create an adorable mini garden cart planter that holds a real plant. All the supplies for this project are included at no charge.

Seafood Bash on the River

April 26-28, 2024
Coolidge Park, Chattanooga
FREE Admission

At the Seafood Bash foodies will enjoy a variety of land and seafood trucks, arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ play zone, and a beer and wine garden.

RC Airshow

April 27, 2024
Summit Air Field, Ooltewah
FREE Admission

Kids will be able to fly RC airplanes and enjoy a fun kids’ zone with games and inflatables, all for free. There will also be food and ice cream vendors onsite. Pre-registration is required.

National Cornbread Festival

April 27 – 28, 2024
Downtown South Pittsburg
$10 per person

At this southern cornbread cook-off, visitors will enjoy a variety of tasting experiences, live music, and cornbread-themed activities for kids and adults.

Chattanooga Market Opening Weekend

April 27 – 28, 2024
First Horizon Pavillion, Chattanooga
FREE Admission

This fabulous farmers’ market is a staple in downtown Chattanooga. Shoppers will enjoy a fresh selection of locally grown produce, artisan baked goods, arts and crafts, fresh flowers, food trucks, and live music.

Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in Chattanooga in April? Please send us the details so we can add it to the list.

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