Monday, April 08, 2013

The Dogwood Arts Festival returns in 2013

The Dogwood Arts Festival has been a Knoxville tradition for more than 50 years. What began as a few Dogwood Trails soon gave rise to an month-long event that is unlike any other in East Tennessee. Famous  names who have appeared at the Dogwood Arts Festival have included Bob Hope and Elvis Presley.

The big names helped draw crowds who appreciate the beauty of the city. Now over a quarter-million visitors flock to Knoxville for the month-long festival. Don't worry about the crowds though. There is plenty of room for you to enjoy Dogwood Arts Festival events like...


April 1-30, 2013 - Walking Trails
From 4th and Gill downtown to the Turkey Creek Greenway in West Knoxville, locals and tourists alike can enjoy the great outdoors. There is at least one in any area of the city and some parts of town have several. The link above opens in a new window. All you have to do is click the link and choose your trail.

April 12 - Dogwood after Dark
Do you see the big tent in the parking lot on Union Avenue? It's between Gay Street & Krutch Park. No, not yet? You will. If you like edible art, food, wine and artistic music, then this is your place. Tickets are $75 each and may be ordered online. Here's the full scoop.

April 12-14 - Market Square Art Fair
This is one of my favorite parts of the Dogwood Arts Festival. A good portion of downtown around Market Square Mall becoming a thriving street fair. There are arts and crafts, three stages worth of non-stop entertainment plus a culinary ats demo and a tasting area. I almost forgot to mention the wine tasting, children's area and juried artwork. It's free, it's fun and the parking is free. Here's the 411.

Then there are the Bikes & Blooms and the Dogwood Art DeTour taking place on April 20-21, 2013 and the bus tours on the Dogwood Trails. Each of these offer more unique ways to take in the festival. Click any of the links above to go to a page with more information.

There are lots more activities at the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville. I've mentioned my favorite so now it's your turn. What do you like best? Give a shoutout in the comments section below.

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