From the stage of the historic Ringgold Depot downtown, the Ringgold Playhouse presents a three-show season of live theater in the heart of the city. The Depot, constructed in 1849, played a critical role in the Civil War. Both the Union and Confederate armies used the site, which is now the city's convention center. The community theater puts on stage classics and contemporary plays in this historic venue. Audition, work backstage, or sit back and enjoy a live performance while supporting hometown arts. The Depot is also home to live concerts, the summer children's movie series, and many free and affordable community events.
Appalachian Celtic Fe
Hosted by the Appalachian Celtic Connection, a local, nonprofit heritage association, the Celtic Festival and Highland Games are a roaring good time for participants and attendees. Honoring the traditions of their ancestors, "New Word clans" of Irish, Welsh, and Scottish descent participate in traditional Celtic athletic competitions, including stone and hammer throwing to welly wanging and sheaf tossing. Each assigned a tent, clans compete for the best heritage display, and the man with the bonniest knees peeking from beneath his kilt also wins a prize. The festival agenda always includes lots of live Celtic music, children's games, and vendors of Celtic arts and crafts.
Hiking and Biking Tra
Whether it is a leisurely stroll, relaxed hike, or a heart-pounding workout, you will find it with one of Ringgold's trails. Stroll the Chickamauga Creek Walk from the outskirts of the commercial district, across Old Federal Bridge to Historic Downtown Ringgold. For a more invigorating hike, set out on the Nature Trail, a one-and-a-half mile stretch along South Chickamauga Creek. This wooded trail, which winds its way through hardwood stands, ends at the Ringgold Gap's waterfall. Do not overlook Elise A. Holmes Nature Park, with its two miles of hiking and walking trails, and just minutes from downtown.