The Nightfall Music Series

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The Guide to Chattanooga’s Nightfall Concert Series: Info on 2024 lineup, parking and nearby bars and restaurants for your perfect night out!

2024 Nightfall Lineup

May 24 Erica Falls & Vintage Soul with opener Jessica Nicole Brown

May 31 Lilly Hiatt with opener The Briars

June 7 John “Papa” Gros with opener Tropic Sol

June 14 Glen David Andrews with opener Bemi Allen

June 21 DK Harrell with opener Skip Cisto Band

June 28 Road to Nightfall Winners

July 5 Giovanni Rodriguez & 12 Manos with opener Lisa Anita Baker

July 12 Huntertones with opener Lillian

July 19 Jax Hollow with opener Jess Goggans

July 26 Prince T, Off The T.O.P.

August 2 TBA After Bonnaroo with opener The Cle Elum

August 9 Parker Millsap with opener The Foothills

August 16 Nick Lutsko & The 100k Band with opener Randy Steele & Cold High Wind

August 23 Joe Hertler & Rain Seekers with opener Confreras

August 30 AJ Lee & Blue Summit with opener The Dismembered Tennesseans

Nightfall Music Series

Chattanooga’s longest-running music festival is a free Friday night event spanning 15 weeks from May to August each year. The blocks surrounding Miller Park and Plaza are closed to traffic and transformed into vibrant spaces filled with local craft vendors, art exhibits, food trucks, and family activities, all while bands energize the Miller Plaza stage – and it’s all free!

Beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase and can be consumed through the entire event area.

The Nightfall concerts take place rain or shine, so no need to worry about weather cancellations. Shade is somewhat limited and Miller Plaza can stay hot until sunset. It’s advisable to bring a hat, sunglasses, and ensure you stay hydrated!

The music starts every Friday night at 7:00 pm with the opening band, followed by the headliner at 8:00 pm.

Beginning in 2024, Nightfall will offer its first ever Happy Hour weekly drink specials for early birds from 5:30-6:30.

New street closures for 2024

Beginning this year road closures for the event will move one block eastward.

MLK Boulevard will be closed from the Miller Park/ Miller Plaza area to the intersection with Lindsay Street. Food and beverage vendors will be in the closed portion of MLK Blvd. Georgia Avenue will be closed on both sides of MLK Blvd.


Reserved motorcycle parking has moved for the 2024 festival. The reserved parking area for motorcycles will be on Georgia Avenue north of the intersection with MLK Boulevard. Police are usually on site to guide you through the barricade/entrance.

Market Street will remain open to vehicle traffic during the events! Motorcycle parking has moved from Market Street to Georgia Avenue, north of the intersection with MLK Blvd.

There is free street parking available all around Miller Park and Miller Plaza after 6:00pm.

There are multiple paid lots within a short walk. The closest paid parking lots are on Market St, Broad St, East MLK Blvd, and Cherry & East 8th St.


Nearby walkable destinations

There are plenty of food and beverage options at Nightfall, but if you’re looking to arrive early or stay out later these locations are just a short walk away.

Community Pie
The Pickle Barrel
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burgers
JJ’s Bohemia
Cherry Street Tavern
Chattanooga Billiard Club
Old Gilman Grill
Unknown Caller
No Hard Feelings
Bless Yer Heart

Who has played Nightfall in the past?

The Nightfall Music Series boasts an impressive roster of former headliners, showcasing a catalog filled with music industry legends. Numerous artists and bands have graced this stage for free, only to return to town later and sell out local venues or skyrocket to music superstar status.

Here are a few artists and bands who have played Nightfall:

  • John Prine (Twice!)
  • The Black Keys
  • Nickel Creek
  • Bela Fleck
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
  • Billy Joe Shaver
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Buddy Guy
  • Chris Thile
  • John Hiatt
  • Derek Trucks Band
  • The Gourds
  • North Mississippi Allstars
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Allison Kruass & Union Station,
  • Dr. Dog, Deer Tick
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Sam Bush Band
  • Robert Earl Keen Band
  • Percy Sledge
  • of Montreal
  • Adrian Belew
  • Lucius
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Doc Watson
  • Andy Frasco & the U.N.

See the complete list of performers by year on the Nightfall website.

Live from Nightfall

Call Me Spinster live from Nightfall in 2022
Ping Rose live from Nightfall in 2023
Ogya live from Nightfall in 2021