The Dogwood Arts Festival Returns In-Person This Spring!

Festival Organizers Plan for New Event Setup in World’s Fair Park

Following a year of virtual events, the Dogwood Arts Festival is set to return IN-PERSON to World’s Fair Park April 23rd – 25th! Festival organizers have been working closely with the City of Knoxville and following Knox County Health Department guidelines to bring this important springtime event back to downtown while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone involved.

The festival will move to the beautifully redesigned Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park and will feature 75 art vendors working in mixed media, pottery, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and more. The Dogwood Arts Festival provides an important opportunity for professional artists to sell their work––an opportunity that was sorely missed last year.

“The experience you get at the Dogwood Arts Festival is completely different from purchasing artwork online or at a store,” says Dogwood Arts Program Manager, Kate Creason, “here you have the opportunity to actually meet the artist, learn more about their process, and gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the work.”

The event will also feature live music from local favorites on two small stages, take-home art activities for kids, and a concession area with food vendors, beer, wine, and cocktails provided by Sugarlands Distilling Company.

Greater in size than two football fields, the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park provides ample space for attendees and vendors to safely social distance. There is a strict capacity limit and guests will be required to reserve a free ticket online prior to the event. Tickets are available in two-hour increments and there will be a designated period on Friday morning for elderly and immunocompromised attendees. Ticket reservations are available via Eventbrite.

Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 12 and must remain on unless guests are seated in the concession area. Staff, volunteers, and artists will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day before entering the event.

Not able to join us at World’s Fair Park? A directory of participating artists will be available online at following the event.

The Dogwood Arts Festival is sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union, Home Federal Bank, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Grayson Auto Group, the East Tennessee Foundation, and the Pilot Company, the Downtown Knoxville Alliance and Visit Knoxville. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.