In addition to our full calendar of seasonal events, enjoy these special activities in the gardens throughout the year.
September 10 – 17, 2021
Homeschool students are especially welcomed to Rock City during our annual homeschool days. IT’S SIMPLE! Just bring a letter of intent, attendance record or Homeschool ID card to our ticket desks, then you and your family members are off to enjoy a day of educational opportunities, adventure, and play!!
Saturdays & Sundays in October
Let’s Oompah! This premiere Fall Event includes live German music, German food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, and fun for the whole family! Join the fun at Rock City for the 15th annual Rocktoberfest as we celebrate our German heritage and honor our founder, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter!
November 6-7, 2021
Discount days for scouts in uniform and accompanying adults to visit Rock City!
Previous Seasonal Activities:
MLK Jr Weekend
January 16 – 18, 2021
- Make plans to visit Rock City to view our vignette and our art installation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Tickets to Rock City are timed – reserve your visit!
- Cafe 7 will be offering counter service from 11am – 4pm daily serving sandwiches, craft beer, hot cocoa, and Dr. King’s favorite dessert Pecan Pie.
February 11 – 15, 2021
Weekday Package ~ $44 ~ Valid February 11 & 12, 2021
Holiday Weekend Package ~ $49 ~ Valid February 13 – 15, 2021
Package includes tickets to Rock City, sparkling cider or wine from Cafe 7*, souvenir photo and fudge.
*Cafe 7 is open from 11am – 4pm. Photographer available 10am – 4pm.
March 13- 14 & 20-21, 2021
Visit Rock City for Chattanooga’s premier St. Patrick’s Day event featuring Irish food, specialty beer from Chattanooga Brewing Company, pop-up Irish dancing performances, Suffolk sheep, a miniature Scottish Highland Cow, and fun for the whole family! You can even see the High Falls flowing green!
ShamROCK Supper ‘N Show
March 13- 14 & 20-21, 2021
New for 2021 during Shamrock City: An Exclusive Irish Concert at the Pavilion: The ShamROCK Supper ‘N Show is an add-on experience that will include an exclusive Irish menu and Irish Band performance.
*This is an add-on experience during Shamrock City, not included with regular admission.
Spring Break Safari
March 5 – April 11, 2021
Be a RockQuest Adventurer!
In partnership with the Chattanooga Tourism Company, Rock City is participating in this year’s Spring Break Safari.
At Rock City, be a RockQuest Adventurer and fall in love with geology, featuring a special Geode Crush activity high atop Lookout Mountain!
April 17-18 & 24-25, 2021
Join us at Rock City Gardens during this naturally fun outdoor premier event…learn how to use recycled materials for an innovative and fun make-and-take project, be mesmerized when Vines and Trees come to life with methodical movement, and see how Art and Nature enhance each other all while enjoying the great outdoors with your family during Earthdayz!
Enchanted Mother’s Day Tea
May 9, 2021 – SOLD OUT!
Treat Mom to an elegant tea with soaring views at historic Grandview on Lookout Mountain. Savor items like Blueberry Scones and Lemon Bars, finger sandwiches, and our signature Citrus Blush Punch. Purchase includes timed entry to Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival and a keepsake plant.
Southern Blooms Festival
May 8-9 & 15-16, 2021
Celebrate spring with Rock City as the gardens burst into bloom. Discover mischievous fairies in Gnome Valley and see a living fountain character! Purchase plants from Frieda’s Flower Sale or relax near Lover’s Leap with the soothing sounds of harp music and a specialty Southern Bloom butterfly pea tea from Café 7.
Summer Music Weekends
Memorial Day Weekends: 5/28-5/31
Daily 4th of July Week: 7/2-7/11
Labor Day Weekend: 9/3-9/6
Enjoy some of the best toe-tapping old time bluegrass and a mix of modern folk country music; combines with a Seven States view during Summer Music Weekends…featuring the music of Matt Downer-Old Time Traveler, Highbeams, Amber Carrington, and Tarryn Aimee Smith. Spend a summer day at Rock City Gardens, enjoy a fresh-squeezed lemonade, plan to dine at Cafe 7 (serving southern cuisine with a modern twist) AND check out the Rock City Birds of Prey raptor show in the Critter Classroom.