Feature image courtesy of Metal Makers

Looking for ways to get creative, get active, or just plain get out of your house? A new hobby is a great way to start. Let us direct you to your next obsession with our list of 25 ways to find your next hobby.  

A novel idea– Connect with book lovers at The Book and Cover, hosting monthly book clubs for every genre in a space designed to snuggle up with a good book. 

Start two-stepping– Throw on your boots, and get ready to scoot at The 107. Every Friday is Country Night with line dancing classes, live music, and drink specials. 

Go all in– Every night of the week the No Limit Pub Poker Tour plays free games around town with no drink minimums or cover charges. 

Stretch and breathe– Start the search for inner calm with a free yoga class with La Luna Alchemy Yoga at River Market

Keep on rolling– Join an adults-only late skate party with Moonlight Rollers.  

Get outdoorsy– Beginner and family-friendly classes by Outdoor Chattanooga activities include biking, kayaking, skateboarding, and hiking.

Photos Courtesy of Metal Makers, The Book & Cover, and The Chattanooga Public Library

Strike a chord– Grab an instrument from the Chattanooga Public Library Noise Closet and start shredding. Guitars, keyboards, bass, and electric drums are available to borrow. 

Birds of a feather club togetherThe Chattanooga Birding Club provides an interactive map of bird sightings, ways to support conservation efforts, and monthly meetings to connect with fellow birders. 

Put those useless facts to work– Experts in sports, pop culture, history and random factoids can flex their skills at a local live trivia game.

Step back in timeChattanooga Vintage Dancers fully immerse in dance styles ranging from waltz to swing with dance classes, costuming, and social events.

Open up– Learn how to structure and share your personal experiences with StoryCorps whose mission is to preserve stories, start conversations, and bring communities together. 

Let the sparks fly– Learn the art of welding and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art at Metal Makers

 Photos Courtesy of Joli Jardin and Crabtree Farms

Pick a team– Whether you’re a pro or a newbie Chattanooga Sports League has a team for you. Sports include pickle ball, basketball, ultimate frisbee and so much more. 

Spin a yarnThe Chattanooga Yarncrafters are a crafting group offering classes and meet-ups for every skill level.
Get your kicks– Learn self defense, get a good workout, and relieve stress at Premier Martial Arts. 

Don’t get it twisted– Explore the circus arts in silks, acrobatic arts, and Cyr wheel at Chattanooga Ariels.

Written in the stars– Want to learn more about the cosmos? The Barnard Astronomical Society hosts monthly star parties at Cloudland canyon. 

Capture the moment– Join professional photographer Nicole Manning of Show me a Smile Photography to learn camera basics, composition, and how to capture natural light. 

X marks the spot– Go hiking to hunt for geocaches and leave treasures for others to discover. 

Photos Courtesy of Crabtree Farms, Chattanooga School of Language, and Chattanooga Vintage Dancers

Whip it real good– Brush up on cooking skills, or try a whole new culinary experience in The Sweet & Savory Classroom

Drop a verse– For more than 20 years Rhyme N Chatt has provided writing workshops, open mic nights, and a safe space to share poetry. 

Can you dig it?– Flex that green thumb! Learn how to identify and prepare edible herbs and flowers, care for pollinators, and so much more at Crabtree Farms

Get dramatic– Take acting classes or audition for a local theater production at Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Arrange something beautiful– Learn how to create beautiful fresh flower bouquets at ​​Joli Jardin Flower Shop

Change the conversation– Take a class or join a free immersive language social to practice judgment-free with native speakers and other newbies at the Chattanooga School of Language