The annual Southside shindig known as MainX24 returns this weekend with, you guessed it, 24 hours of nonstop events, gallery showings, concerts, and plenty of food and drink.
The festivities actually kick–off on Friday night with a VIP party at the CraftWorks office (201 W. Main St.) with plenty of great beer and fun followed by a special celebration with The Folk School of Chattanooga across the street at Enzo's Market. Tickets are $20 per person and all proceeds support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Then on Saturday morning, bright and early at 7:00 a.m. (yes, some folks get an hour-early start, technically making this MainX25), Mean Mug kicks off the festivities with an Open House at the same time as Massage Therapist and Yoga instructor Kelly Mantovani joins Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke for the official ribbon-cutting of the newest businesses on Main Street, the Center for Integrative Medicine and Center MedSpa.
There are then literally more events than we could fit here in print without dedicating about ten pages of pure listings. You can peruse the schedule yourself by visting mainx24.com, but be warned: there is absolutely no way you can do everything you'll want to do without deploying a Harry Potter time-turning.
Even so, some of the stand-out events include a Pancake Breakfast at Chattanooga’s Fire Hall #1 at 8:00 a.m., a Cornhole Tournament at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Chuck's, the Heavyweight Chili Championship from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at OCI, the Adult Big Wheel Championship at 1:00 p.m. at CBL Auto Service on the corner of Main and Broad, the Warehouse Party at 5:00 p.m. at Clydes, featuring music from SoCro, Summer Dregs, and SharkWeek, the Glow Zoom 5K Run and Dance Party starting at 7:00 p.m. on Wilhoit St., a great concert from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Track 29 at 9:00 p.m., and the MainX24 Grand Finale Breakfast on Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. at the H*Art Gallery.