Baseball, soccer, kayaks, bluebirds and a parade on Chattanooga-area leisure schedule

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / A male Eastern Thrush sits on a power line in East Brainerd.

Mother’s Day celebrations, the timely return of the parade for Armed Forces Day, and the opening of Lake Winnepesaukah are among the entertainment calendar for this weekend.

* Lookouts Baseball: The weather has postponed opening day, so Thursday’s game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and Rocket City Trash Pandas will be a double header from 5:15 p.m. The gates open at 4.30 p.m. One ticket is good for both games. Weather permitting, the home series will continue at 7.15pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2.15pm on Sundays. Special offers include specialty drinks for a thirsty Thursday, fireworks after the game on Friday and the used car night on Saturday. Adult tickets start at $ 9. Buy from

* Chattanooga’s Armed Forces Day Parade returns to its May schedule after being postponed to October last year. The military salute with JROTC units, vehicles and service members from all branches of the military, as well as civic and volunteer organizations, begins on Friday at 10:30 am and heads north from ML King Boulevard on Market Street. Congressman Mark Green, representing Tennessee’s 7th district, will be the keynote speaker at the post-parade lunch, a ticketed event at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Green is a West Point graduate, doctor, businessman, and combat veteran whose most memorable mission was the capture of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein. Buy place cards at

* “Figaro in a nutshell”: The Chattanooga State Community College is offering a free virtual concert until Friday with favorite scenes, arias, duets and refrains from Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro”. Performers include the Chattanooga State Concert Choir, the Faculty of Music and guest artists. Watch at

* The Blooms, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is held in downtown Sweetwater, Tennessee this weekend, featuring arts and crafts, a kids’ zone, a Saturday BBQ competition, and multiple stage music. The opening times are Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Further information is available at

* The Thomas the Tank Engine Celebration, which includes rides on a full-size replica of the picture book train, will be in full swing on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. You’ll take a day off for Mother’s Day (Missionary Ridge Local rides only run) and then return for the final weekend of rides and family activities May 15-16. Tickets are $ 24. Buy from

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Markus Naglestad of Chattanooga Football Club scores his team’s third goal in the first half in a win over the LA Force in April.

* Bluebird Trail: The Tri-State Bluebird Society, a new chapter for the Tennessee Bluebird Society, will open its first Bluebird Trail in Red Bank on Saturday. Members meet from 11 am to 12 pm in the Upper Pavilion of White Oak Park, 2 E. Midvale Ave. The data collected will be used to track the health of bluebird populations at the national level. A tour of the trail will follow. Learn more at

* Guided kayaking tours on historic Lookout Creek are offered on Saturday at 9:00 am by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and National Park partners. The two-hour excursions teach paddlers (14 years and older) about the rich Civil War history associated with the region. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide all equipment. Reservations are required over

* Chattanooga FC Football: Chattanooga Football Club will play Michigan Stars Football Club on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Reserved seating starts at $ 7. Learn more at

* Struggle Jennings, a country rapper whose origins include country stars Jessi Colter (grandmother) and Waylon Jennings (stepfather), will perform at The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. Brianna Harness on Saturday. Tickets are $ 25. Buy from

* Mother’s Day Tea is served Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Marsh House Museum, 308 N. Main St. in LaFayette, Georgia. Tea includes a tour of the museum, which is decorated for spring, tea, and cookies, and a visit to the Welcome Center across the street, where the Northwest Georgia Arts Guild is hosting a “Six by Six” art exhibit. Entry is limited. Masks are required except when eating. Tickets are $ 20 for two. Call 706-638-5187 for reservation information.

* Lake Winnepesaukah, located at 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville, will open the “dry side” of the amusement park this weekend. The opening times are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. Until the adjoining SoakYa water park opens on May 29, tickets are $ 29 per person (discounts for youngest and oldest visitors). Learn more at

* Rock City’s Southern Blooms Festival, a celebration of the abundant flora at Lookout Mountain (1400 Patten Road), will take place over the next two weekends, May 8-9 and May 15-16. Activities include fairies in Gnome Valley, a “living well,” harp music, and a sale of plants. Fairy Garden Workshops start at 2pm for a separate fee. Admission is $ 27 adults, $ 15 children 3-12. Buy time-controlled tickets

* Chattanooga Market is planning a Mother’s Day celebration with gift ideas, fresh flowers, and local lunch options from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Admission is free. Learn more at

* Funkey Munkey Mother’s Day Market: K&S Southern Hospitality Events continues its Crafts exhibit at Northgate Mall in Hixson for Mother’s Day through Sunday. Learn more at

* Northshore Karass Performing Arts Series is taking a break from making music to showcase a range of films by local directors at the Chattanooga Theater Center, 400 River St. The final screenings in the two-week presentation are Monday with “Ultimate World” by director Nathaniel Hendricks and Tuesday with “Prelude: Fratres” by Charlie Edholm, “Days Counted” by Chandler Gibson and “Counterpole” by Emily Steele. The demonstrations start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Reserve tickets at

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.