Explore the Public Markets of Chattanooga
April 28, 2016
You can learn a lot about a place by visiting the same places that the locals shop and eat. Though public markets often act as a community hub featuring specialty shops, eateries, local artisans, and regional food vendors, they’ve also grown increasingly popular as tourist attractions as well. From fresh produce and artisan goods to interactive events and live entertainment, there is always something fun happening at Chattanooga’s public markets. On any given Sunday, you’ll find thousands of locals and visitors at the spectacular Chattanooga Market, which has been named one of the top 10 public markets in the country. During the remainder of the week, there are a variety of other markets worth visiting as well. Book your room at our Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast today, and discover the real Chattanooga at our exciting array of public markets available throughout the week.
The Chattanooga Market, which is undeniably the most popular market in the city, is open every Sunday from April through November at the Tennessee First Pavilion. This public market is the region’s largest producer-only market, meaning that all 350+ of the vendors have to be directly involved in the production of food and goods. In total, it represents over 5,000 acres of local farmland, and boasts over 300,000 visitors every year. Not only will you find the freshest and most delicious farm produce and artisan goods available in Chattanooga, but visitors to the market will also enjoy live entertainment and interesting weekly themes, which in the past have included things like Oktoberfest, a Father’s Day Brew & Bluegrass. Upcoming events this year include a Mother’s Day celebration, a Strawberry Festival, and Mountain View Bluegrass, all happening in May.
Though the Sunday Chattanooga Market is by far the most popular for visitors from out of town and locals alike, there are also three other public markets throughout the week that are worth visiting. Of these, the most popular is the Chattanooga River Market on Saturdays. This artists market, located at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, is the perfect place to find local arts, crafts and live music. Other public markets in Chattanooga include the night market at Cambridge Square on Friday Nights during the summer, and the Collegedale Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Visit one of these weekly public markets during your time in Chattanooga, and leave with a true feel for the local flavor of this hip and scenic city. Don’t miss spring in the markets; book your room at our romantic Inn today!