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Bessie’s Halloween Bash

October 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Bessie’s Halloween Bash will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 12:00pm-5:00pm on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center
🎃 Admission to this event is completely FREE.
🍬 Wear your Halloween costume and Trick or Treat around our lawn with local nonprofit and community organizations! Each booth will have educational and fun activities for kids!
🦇 Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music and a DJ on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Stage on our Terrace!
👻 “Touch a Truck” and meet Chattanooga and Hamilton County personnel who protect, serve, and maintain our community. Kids will have the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles as well as large trucks that help to maintain our community.
🌭 There will be food and snacks for purchase!


Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E M L King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN
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(423) 266-8658
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