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Upcoming Activities

In addition to our full calendar of seasonal events, enjoy these special activities in the gardens throughout the year.

Valentine’s Day

February 12 – 14, 2022

$45 per couple

Package includes tickets to Rock City, sparkling cider or wine from Cafe 7*, souvenir photo and fudge.

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*Cafe 7 is open from 11am – 4pm. Photographer available 10am – 4pm.

Spring Break Safari

March 11 – April 17, 2022

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 see geology in action, featuring a to-go Growing Crystals Mini Lab Kit, high atop Lookout Mountain!

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Shamrock City

March 12- 13 & 19-20, 2022

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!

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April 16-17 & 23-24, 2022

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!

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Southern Blooms Festival

May 7-8 & 14-15, 2022

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.

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Summer Music Weekends

Memorial Day Weekend: 5/27-5/30
Fridays-Sundays: 6/3-6/26
Daily,  4th of July Week: 7/1-7/10
Fridays-Sundays: 7/15-8/28
Labor Day Weekend: 9/2-9/5

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 several returning artists. 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.

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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!

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Enchanted Garden of Lights

Nightly, November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023 (Closed December 24)

Warm your heart during this nighttime, family tradition as you walk through Rock City Gardens’ winter wonderland. Located a quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, this magical Christmas lights experience is one of Chattanooga’s memorable winter events. Take a stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom, and the Magic Forest comes alive to reveal exciting enchantments!

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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.

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Homeschool Days

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!!

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Scout Days

November 6-7, 2021

Discount days for scouts in uniform and accompanying adults to visit Rock City!

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