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Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival

Annual Arts Celebration in April as the Dogwoods Bloom

© Becky Linhardt 2010

 Think Spring!  The beauty of the dogwood tree blossoms is usually at peak about in mid-April but the festivities extend through the whole month of April – and beyond.  About 95% of the Dogwood Arts Festival activities are free.

  What’s Special

The Dogwood Trees

Peak time for blossoms is usually the second and third week in April. Dogwood Trails and Gardens maps can be picked up at the Visitors Center or they can be downloaded from the festivals web site. You can tour by bike, drive, or leave the driving to others by taking a bus tour.

The Arts Focus

The month long festival promotes all of the arts but supporting and showcasing the visual and performing arts of the East Tennessee region.  Don’t miss either the Art Market Gallery or the Emporium Center for Arts & Culture near Market Square.  These galleries exhibit work by East Tennessee’s fine/craft artisans year round.

Art in Public Places

The sculptures that are part of the “Art in Public Places” exhibition can be seen on busy Market Square and in shady pocket parks nearby as well as throughout  the beautifully landscaped World’s Fair Park a few blocks west of Market Square between the Knoxville Convention Center and the Knoxville Museum of Art through October 31, 2010.

First Friday start

Multiple exhibitions open during the Festival’s special First Friday kick-off generates a lot of energy and excitement.

Market Square Arts Fair

Generally the second weekend in April, the Friday-Sunday arts fair is set up on near Market Square, an expansive and inviting public space that has become the focus for gatherings and events in downtown Knoxville. Rimmed by cafes, galleries, and shops, it has come to be a center for outdoor events, the place to meet friends, or take the kids on a sunny day to splash in the water fountain/feature.

Rhythm “N Blooms

Traditional, Americana music fills the air at sites around town on the third weekend

Dogwood Parade

Think small town parade with a few twists.

Bikes and Blooms

One special trail is set aside for a Saturday bike tour and casual cycling.

Rossini Festival

The last weekend of April has historically showcased the Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival.

Fare Free Trolley

Walking is easy but with so much to see and do it’s nice to be able to catch one of the Free Fare Trolleys that circulate throughout downtown and connect to the University of Tennessee campus. 

 Dogwood Arts Festival: 865-637-4561 cq or www.dogwoodarts.com

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