Thursday, April 24, 2014 · 11:27 a.m.

Mainx24 Guide No. 2: Let's get weird


Mainx24 is this weekend, and the schedule of events is jam-packed with something for everyone.

The free event celebrating Chattanooga’s Main Street has become one of the most popular community events in the city. It features 24 hours of fun, entertainment, shopping and revelry beginning Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 a.m. and lasting an entire 24-hour stretch into Sunday.

Click here for a complete schedule and more information. will attempt to break down the variety of activities into three digestible thematic guides throughout the week.

These guides are by no means comprehensive. However, they should prove useful as a starting point for the uninitiated.

This second guide will focus on some of the weirder, more off-the-wall events taking place at Mainx24. Tomorrow, we’ll highlight music.

Click here for part one, featuring the essential events of Mainx24. 

Whole pig roast
We don’t know much about this portion of Mainx24 with the exception of two things: There will be a pig, and said pig will be roasted, presumably spit-style on a rotisserie. Once the pig is roasted, we can only assume people will then be invited to eat the pig. The roast will take place in the parking lot of Enzo’s. We are told that from the bounty of the pig will spring "internationally inspired flavors and plates." Again, this is an actual roast of an entire pig and not a comedy roast à la the Friars Club.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1501 Long St.
How much: Tastings offered

Bad art contest
The Association for Visual Arts is installing an exhibit of the worst possible art curated during Mainx24. Then, they’ll burn it all over a fire. Want to participate? Know a terrible artist? AVA is taking submissions leading up to Saturday’s event. Art can be dropped off through Dec. 6 at 30 Frazier Ave. Click here for hours. Alternatively, you could just bring the art to Mainx24. The burn takes place at 7 p.m.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, art displayed from 1-5 p.m. and burned at 7 p.m.
Where: 400 E. Main St.
How much: Free

Jenga All the Way
Do you remember how lonely and ashamed you felt as a kid when you pulled the wrong block from the bottom and the Jenga tower toppled over and crashed to the ground? The tears! Relive those memories with an outdoor game of Jenga in the Center on Main parking lot. Jenga was created by the devious mind of Leslie Scott and marketed by both Parker Brothers and Hasbro. Players take turns removing a block from a tower and balancing it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 320 E. Main St.
How much: Free

Midnight in Paris
The second annual Midnight in Paris costume party extraordinaire invites guests to experience Paris in the 1920s at Townsend Atelier. Modeled after the Woody Allen film of the same name, the event will feature a giant Eiffel Tower, creperie run by Toulouse Lautrec and Friends, festive music, portrait sketches for bargain prices, drawing, sculpture demonstrations and "starving artists" selling their work. Prizes will be offered for the best costumes. 

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: 201 W. Main St.
How much: $10

Southside Divas Review
Chuck’s is the longest-established alternative bar in Chattanooga and the location of the Southside Divas Review Saturday, which is part of the closing festivities of Mainx24. This alternative drag show is designed to be humorous and satirical. This 21-and-up show invites you to dance and drink the night away. After that, who knows?

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: 27 W. Main St.
How much: Free

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