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2011 Dogwood Arts Festival Calendar of Events

For more than half a century, the Dogwood Arts Festival has celebrated the natural and cultural beauty of East Tennessee. For the entire month of April, Dogwood Arts Festival will feature a vibrant mix of blooming gardens and trails, visual arts, crafts, theater, dance, music, film, and literary arts.

Art in Public Places Knoxville
April 1, 2011-March 16, 2012: A world-class exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures enlivens downtown Knoxville.

Student Art Exhibition
April 1-30: Knoxville’s next generation of artists is on display, featuring the work of gifted art students from area schools. Emporium Center for the Arts – 100 South Gay Street

Indoor Sculpture Exhibition: Nexus
April 1-21: A beautiful exhibition of smaller-scale sculptures from all genres and materials. Emporium Center for the Arts – 100 South Gay Street

Rhythm N’ Blooms
April 1-3: Experience East Tennessee’s historical and present role in Americana music with performances by a who’s who of locally and nationally-renowned musicians. Pass required.

Dogwood Art DeTours
April 2-3: Artists studio trails take you behind the scenes of local artists’ creative processes and into their working studios.

Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens, and Camera Sites
April 6-24: Explore over 60 miles of trails, open gardens, camera sites, and historic homes as you enjoy a walk, bike ride, or drive. Loudon Lake is the 2011 featured trail.

Bikes & Blooms
April 9-10: Experience the Dogwood trails the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of an organized or self-guided ride.

Market Square Art Fair
April 15-17: Downtown Knoxville is transformed into a lively street fair with high-quality arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, entertainment, and festive food.

Diva Luncheon
April 19: A celebratory luncheon featuring a wearable art fashion show and sale at The Foundry. Ticket required.

A Very Special Arts Festival
April 28: An inspiring celebration where children with mental and physical challenges celebrate the arts at West High School.

Dogwood Parade
April 29: A celebration of art, nature, and community moves down Gay Street with bands, floats, giant helium balloons, and performing arts groups.

Dogwood Mile

April 29: Walk, jog, or sprint through the streets of downtown Knoxville in this family-friendly race. Ticket required.

Chalk Walk
April 30: Downtown sidewalks become the canvas for professional and student artists during this street painting festival.

Art Source
Opening May 6: The talents of Knox County Schools’ art instructors take the spotlight at this exhibition. UT Downtown Gallery – 106 South Gay Street

Most of the Festival’s wide range of arts events, performances, and exhibitions are offered to the public free of charge. Without the support of community volunteers, patrons, corporate, and media partners, a festival of this magnitude would not be possible!

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help fund arts education in our schools, promote the visual and performing arts, and to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of our region. For more information, a complete Festival Calendar of Events, and ticket information, visit or call (865) 637-4561.

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