NEW: Dogwood Arts Festival will be live

Source: City of Knoxville

Ready for some good news? 

Spring has officially arrived in Knoxville.

Covid-19 cases have been consistently declining since December, vaccines are becoming more readily available, and everyone in Knoxville over the age of 16 is now eligible to receive the “Fauci Ouchie.” 

With these particulars in place, officials have determined that a unique and defining element of our city will finally return as an in-person event.

The Dogwood Arts Festival will run April 23 – 25 at World’s Fair Park with 75 artists of various stripes along with a veritable cornucopia of food and drink.

Established in 1961, the Dogwood Arts Festival is the most celebrated annual cultural event in Knoxville. 

After a year of virtual-only events, Festival organizers have been working closely with the City of Knoxville and the Knox County Health Department to bring this important springtime event back to downtown while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone involved. 

The Festival will move to the Performance Lawn at the park and will feature almost four score vendors working in mixed media, pottery, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more.  

The event will also feature live music from local musicians on two small stages, take-home art activities for the kids and a concession area with food vendors. 

Best of all (for those 21 years of age or older with healthy livers, anyway) there will be  beer, wine, and cocktails courtesy of Sugarlands Distilling Company. 

According to Festival organizers, the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park is larger than two football fields and provides ample space for attendees and vendors to safely practice social distancing.

There is a strict capacity limit and guests will be required to reserve a free ticket online prior to the event. 

Source: Dogwood Arts Festival

Tickets are available in two-hour increments and there will be a designated period on the 23rd for elderly and immunocompromised attendees.  

Tickets can be reserved at: 

In addition to space for social distancing, the following pandemic protocols will be in place to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading in the community: 

• Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 12 and must remain on throughout the event unless guests are seated in the concession area 
• Temperature checks and COVID-19 symptom screenings will be required for all staff, volunteers, and vendors before each shift 
• Hand washing/sanitizing stations will be available throughout the festival lawn 
• Ground markers will be installed anywhere a line may form to encourage physical distancing 
• Food and beverage service will be confined to a specific area where attendees will be required to sit while eating and drinking 
• High traffic areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized 
• All tents and tables will be separated by a minimum of 6ft on all sides 
• Performers will be at least 12ft from the audience 

Festival organizers request that attendees follow CDC/Health Department recommendations when deciding whether to participate in events. They request that attendees visit their website for updates at: 

The Dogwood Arts Festival is sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union, Home Federal Bank, Visit Knoxville, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Grayson Auto Group, the East Tennessee Foundation, the Pilot Company, and the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. Call (865) 637-4561 for questions or concerns. 

Jennifer Stambaugh can be reached at

Published on April 10, 2021