Moon River Festival: 10 Quick Tips from a Local
If you're coming to Chattanooga for the first time to check out the Moon River Festival there are a few things you're going to want to know. These are my 10 quick pro tips. Basically, I'm answering all the questions I would be asking if I wasn't a local Chattanooga downtown dweller. There are TONS of cool spots in town, but everything on this list is within walking distance of the park. Enjoy!
Before we dive in, I suggest getting in the mood with a good playlist. Like this one.
Let’s talk logistics.
1. Park across the river from Coolidge and walk the Walnut Street bridge. There’s no sense in sugar coating the parking situation on the North side of the river. It’s just bad. So, park in one of the may lots on the Riverfront and take a nice little stroll across one of Chattanooga’s most iconic landmarks.
2. Utilize the Bike Chattanooga bike share program to get to the park. The bikes are located at stations all across town and are easy to rent. A free bike valet is available upon arrival near the Outdoor Chattanooga building, located underneath the Walnut Street Bridge.
What are we eating?
Of course, there will be festival food, but reentry is permitted so you might as well check out the local staples near the park!
3. Get a sandwich from River Street Deli. Don’t ask me questions. Just do it.
5. Get 1/2 sushi at Totto on Sunday. Every Sunday all the house specialty rolls are half-off. It’s a great deal. They open at 5:00 and close at 9:30, so this is a dinner situation for sure.
6. Beast & Barrel has a top-notch Happy Hour. From 3 to 6 every day there is a special menu with daily cocktail and food deals.
But really though, what are we drinking?
7. Get a beer at the Heaven & Ale Brewery. I suggest a nice pint of Love Supreme. It’s a cool local brewery within walking distance of the park.
8. If you’re trying to turn your festival experience all the way up, get a frozen beverage at The Big Chill. Many would consider this spot to be a Chattanooga staple. If it’s a cold boozy slushy you’re craving - they’ll deliver.
Are we getting a souvenir?
9. Pick up something unique and possibly Chattanooga centric at Blue Skies. Located directly beside the park and accessible from Frazier Avenue as well as River Street this shop is full of cool stuff.
10. Buy the perfect piece of handmade jewelry at Homegrown Silver and Stone. I buy the majority of my jewelry from local makers, and this spot is a great hub to shop from several different vendors. It’s also located right next door to Blue Skies, so you can keep your shopping situation simple.
I hope you find this little tip list helpful! If you're local, comment below with your favorite spots in town!