Emily’s List of Weekend Activities – October 18, 2019


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — There’s a lot to do in Chattanooga, and in nearby cities this weekend.

If you like blues music, head over to Tracy City this weekend for the three-day Bigfoot Blues Festival.

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It features some of the country’s top blues artists, including Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Shemekia Copeland.

You can also go disc golfing, zip lining, and have plenty of food and drinks to choose from.

The festival is already underway until 11 p.m. on Friday.

It’s from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, and there are also a couple of free shows on Sunday, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Get a head start celebrating Halloween at the Chattanooga Zoo.

They’re hosting their family friendly event, Boo in the Zoo, once again.

Get the kids dressed up in their costumes, while they trick or treat throughout the zoo.

There’s even pony rides and inflatables.

The event is Friday and Saturday nights, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you love bluegrass and hip-hop, you can listen to both at the same time at the Gangstagrass concert on Friday night.

The Emmy-nominated group is performing at the Songbirds South Stage.

The show starts at 9 p.m.

You can also take a spooky train ride on the Halloween Eerie Express this weekend.

The 90-minute journey features storytelling, a tour through the Eerie Fun House, and of course, a bag of treats.

There are two trips that still aren’t sold out yet for Saturday.

One’s at 3:35 p.m., and the other at 7:30 p.m.

Both trips leave from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’