Events & Exhibits


First Friday: Open Mic Night

August 3, 2018: Dogwood Arts is excited to host a First Friday Open Mic Night showcasing Knoxville’s budding musical talent from 6:00-8:30pm on Friday, August 3rd. Our doors will be propped wide open on with attentive ears and an open microphone. For anyone who can work up the courage, a stage awaits.

First Friday: Art Slam

September 7, 2018: Art Slam, a live art competition, will take place in Strong Alley from 5:30-8:30pm! Artists will create one-of-a-kind paintings that are auctioned to benefit Strong Alley’s urban mural program. 12 talented artists will be selected to participate in Art Slam. $600 in awards will be given to participating artists!

First Friday: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Maquette Exhibition

October 5, 2018: Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the creation, awareness and understanding of sculpture nationwide, brings its conference to Knoxville, TN. October 4th – 7th. 

Dogwood Art DeTour

November 3, 2018: When it comes to art, the creative process can be just as interesting as the finished product. Dogwood Art DeTour provides an intimate look into local artists’ working studios. Visitors are invited to watch as the artists produce some of East Tennessee’s most spectacular works of art.

Bazilion Blooms

December 1, 2018: Through our Bazillion Blooms community-wide tree-planting program, Dogwood Arts along with corporate and community support has planted more than 9,600 new dogwoods in 9 years.


Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show 40th Anniversary

February 1-3, 2019:  Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with more than 119,000 square feet of gardening inspiration, interior design advice, shopping, and so much more.

Synergy: Student Art Exhibition

March 5-22, 2019: Knoxville’s next generation of artists is on display, featuring the work of gifted art students from area schools at Clayton Center for the Arts.

Synergy: East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition

March 5-22, 2019: In its fourth year, this is an exhibit promoting the work of East Tennessee’s finest K-12 art teachers and current art interns/student teachers from public schools, private schools and academies located at Clayton Center for the Arts.

A Very Special Arts Festival

March 27, 2019: Celebrating the artistic endeavors of Knox County school-aged students having diverse abilities.

Art in Public Places

April 2019 – March 2020: A world-class exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures enlivens downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, and Oak Ridge.

Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens & Camera Sites

April 1 – April 30, 2019: Explore the natural beauty of our region along more than 80 miles of trails as you enjoy a walk, bike or drive on the iconic Dogwood Trails throughout the Knoxville area. The Fountain City Trail is the featured trail in 2017.

Chalk Walk

April 6, 2019: A day-long street painting festival that turns downtown Knoxville sidewalks into a vast canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists.

Dogwood Arts Featured Gardens

April 13 & 14, 2019: Select properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for a short time only.

Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square

April 26-28, 2019: Formerly known as Market Square Art Fair, several blocks of downtown Knoxville become a dynamic street festival encompassing high-quality visual, performing, and children’s arts.

Bikes & Blooms

April, 2019:  Experience the Dogwood trails the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of an organized ride.

Hikes & Blooms

April, 2019: Produced along with Covenant Health, these interpretive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora about unique locations.

Walking Trails

April & May, 2019: Focusing on the idea of stepping out into our community, the trails are at least one-mile in length and folks are encouraged to walk, run, or bike these trails. Walk, run or bike these trails to earn miles towards the Covenant Health Dogwood Patch!

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival

May 17-19, 2019: Set against the historic backdrop of Knoxville’s Old City, this three-day festival spotlights performances from the most exciting emerging acts in American roots music – encompassing blues, country, jazz, rock, indie, and everything in between. Pass required.

Regional Art Exhibition

June 7-30, 2019: Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established regional artists will be showcased at the Dogwood Arts Gallery.