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About Summer Music Weekends

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  • Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey show at Summer Music Weekends
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Rock City's Summer Music Festival

Enjoy some of the best toe-tapping old time blue grass and a mix of modern and folk country music combined with a Seven States View during Summer Music Weekends... featuring the music of Matt Downer-Old Time Traveler, Highbeams, Amber Carrington, Ben Durham and AM Radio. Come enjoy a summer day at Rock City Gardens, enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, plan to dine at Cafe 7 - serving southern cuisine with a modern twist AND check out the Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey shows in the Critter Classroom.

This year's Summer Music Weekends festival features even more bands and activities for you to enjoy, so be sure to get in on all the fun!

Hours and Pricing

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

8:30am – 7:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays plus the week of July 4th (July 1 - 10)

  Adult Child (ages 3-12)
Summer Music Weekends Premiere Event Pricing $22.95 $12.95
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*Most event activities included with admission

2016 Summer Concerts

2016 Summer Concerts

This year's Summer Music Weekends concert line-up has expanded to include exciting, toe-tapping country and bluegrass acts!

Concerts held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. See below for specific performer dates.

Matt Downer - Old Time Traveler
Old Time Music on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

The Old Time Traveler, Matt Downer, has been playing old time music in the TN Valley since 2005. Matt has earned a reputation for his high energy brand of traditional music, kicking new life into old tunes. Downer rotates through on fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals and a typical performance might feature anything from wild, red-hot fiddle tunes, to traditional ballads and novelty songs. Journey back to the roots of early Southern string band music with the Old Time Travelers and remember why folks still call them "the good old days."

Amber Carrington
Country Music on select Fridays

Amber Carrington is an American country music artist currently living in Nashville, TN. She most recently performed the Grand Ole Opry for a third time. She is an ASCP songwriter and hard at work recording her first EP with all original material. She is very excited to share this new music with her globe spanning fan base. She gained her initial fame as a semi-finalist on Season 4 of NBC's "The Voice". Her natural voice, style and ease with country music challenged iconic Voice coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Levine's intuition to stretch this country girl's imagination and possibilities with her powerhouse voice and talent took Amber's voice into uncharted territory landing her in the top 10 of the iTunes charts and locked her in one of "The Voice's" top 5 performers.

Ben Durham
Folk and Blues Music on select Fridays

Ben Durham, a singer, songwriter, born and bred in Chattanooga has been developing his craft for the past 8 years. Classically taught at Chattanooga State, where he learned the structure and theory of songwriting and performing. His influences include the blues styling of Howling Wolf and Robert Johnson as well as the folk styling of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. His writing style is flavored with elements of country and Americana. He is currently working on finishing his EP, which will be released this summer and performed for the first time here at Rock City. Ben Durham is a passionate musician and writer, who is constantly looking for new inspiration and ways to develop his voice. 

Folk and Country Music on select dates


Three brothers with true passion for music. Adam and Ian Pendlington have been as close as brothers can be since birth. Bass player Stephen Quinn completed the trio just before graduating high school. The band coined the term "adventure rock" for themselves from their love of venturing into the unknown. They became known for their passionate, high energy live performances, tight harmonies, and feel good music. They finally solidified their local fan base with the release of their first full length album in May 2013. 

AM Radio
Folk, Southern Rock, Country Music and other on select dates

Abes (AKA Abrey Anna) and M (AKA Mala Patterson) are AM Radio. They perform a wide variety of crowd-pleasing music - Folk, Southern Rock, Modern and Classic Country, Blues, Rock, Pop, Bluegrass, Soul, Old-Time, Originals and a little bit of everything else. They play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, lap dulcimer, piano, frailing banjo, cat paws (wooden spoons), resophonic guitar, scrub board and even a cup! They look forward to performing their "Seven States Salute" - medley that highlights the seven beautiful states you can see from Rock City's Lover's Leap. 

Festival Activities

Festival Activities

What to Do: 

Summer Music Weekends now includes even more fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Event activities are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Walking in Frieda's Footsteps Tour

Fridays - Sundays
9:00am, 3:00pm, 6:30 pm

Step back in time and See Rock City through the eyes of our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, on this special guided tour of the gardens. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis and limited to 12 guests in each tour.

Tours meet on the main Ticket Plaza beside the ticket desk.

Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Shows

Fridays - Sundays
11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm

Come see hawks and other raptors soar with an educational show by Wings to Soar.

WRSC Radio with Interactive Kid's Station

On air daily from 9:00am - 7:00pm

The All American Music Lovers host this 1930s era radio show featuring special guest appearances by our musical entertainment. Other special guests will include park guests throughout the day. Children will be invited to come up on stage and sing along to some classic tunes and join in the fun!

WSRC RADIO will broadcast LIVE from the WSRC RADIO Stage near Invitation on the VIP Trail.

Meet Rocky the Elf and the All American Music Lovers!

Fridays - Sundays
Intermittently throughout the day, 10:15am - 5:30pm on the Cliff Terrace Porch and throughout the gardens. 

Create magical memories with your family and capture a photo with Rocky the Elf, Rock City's loveable mascot, and the All American Music Lovers, Rock City's own crazy bunch of 1930s, summer time, Americana, music loving characters. 

What to Eat:

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Nothing says summer like fresh squeezed lemonade. Purchase your souvenir, refillable cup for $9.99 and get refills in the park for $1.59. 

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Enjoy the taste of summer with our fresh from the garden, grilled corn on the cob! 11am to 7pm next to Prospector's Point. 

Ice Cold Beer

Quench your thirst with an ice cold beer! On Tap at Cafe 7 and Prospector's Point. 

Cafe 7

Enjoy lunch at Cafe 7! The full service dining terraces at Lover's Leap are the perfect place to take in the 7 states view while feasting on delicious southern cuisine. Seating available daily 11am - 4pm (Sun-Thur) and 11am - 7pm (Fri & Sat). 

Summer Music Weekends Blackberry Blush Wine

The Georgia Winery is offering a limited release, sweet, blackberry blush wine custom labeled for Summer Music Weekends. Available only at the Georgia Winery Tasting Room at Rock City. 10am - 5pm on the Marketplaza. 

What's Bloomin'


What's Bloomin'

In the summer, check out all of our summer annuals blooming all summer long. We also have Becky Shasta Daisies, Limelight Hydrangeas, Deep Rose Sunpatiens, Petunias, Black-Eyed Susans, and Purple Heart plants blooming in our gardens. 

Partners & Sponsors

Community Partner

Rock City is proud to support the Lula Lake Land Trust during our Summer Music Weekends series. 

Lula Lake Land Trust preserves natural and historic landscapes through conservation, education, and low impact recreation. The Lula Lake Land Trust seeks to create a network of conservation properties within the watershed that will ensure protection and enhancement of local water quality, protect areas which maintain contiguous forest cover and scenic views, provide opportunities for research and education programs and designate areas suitable for public access, use and enjoyment.