Programs & Events

Art In Public Places Mural Program

To further advance existing creative efforts in downtown Knoxville, we seek to connect artists with additional resources and opportunities to produce murals in the heart of the city. Artists may apply for funding to cover supplies, equipment, and other needs related to the creation of new artworks.

Bazillion Blooms

Purchase Trees Through November 18, 2020

Bazillion Blooms is our annual tree-planting campaign where we sell bare-root dogwood trees to Keep Knoxville Blooming. Dogwood Arts along with corporate and community support has planted more than 11,000 new dogwoods in 11 years.

House & Garden Show 

February 14-16, 2020

The House & Garden Show provides visitors the chance to shop hundreds of retailers and manufacturers exhibiting products, offering services and advice on interior design, home improvement, gardening, and more. Stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens and have the opportunity to talk with the designers.

Synergy Exhibition

The Synergy Exhibition features the work of gifted art students from area schools alongside their teachers and current interns/student teachers at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

A Very Special Arts Festival

A Very Special Arts Festival is a one-day event that celebrates Knox County special education students and the various artistic skills they are learning in the classroom.

Art in Public Places

On Display Through June 2021

A world-class exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures enlivens downtown Knoxville, the McGhee Tyson Airport, Zoo Knoxville, The Muse Children’s Museum, ORNL Federal Credit Union branches, and Jackson Square.

Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens & Camera Sites

April 1-30, 2021

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.

Chalk Walk

April 3, 2021

A day-long street painting festival that turns downtown Knoxville sidewalks into a vast canvas for the region’s most talented professional and youth artists.

Featured Gardens

April 17-18, 2021

Select properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for one weekend only.

Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square

April 23-25, 2021

This spring celebration features a fine art market, live music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids and adults. The Festival is located on bustling Market Square and adjoining Krutch Park set against a canvas of blossoming trees and outdoor sculptures.

Bikes & Blooms

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

Hikes & Blooms

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

Walking Trails

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!

Epiphone Student Guitar Design Contest

Dogwood Arts, the Songbirds Museum, and Songbirds Foundation are proud to announce the 2020 Epiphone Guitar Design Contest. The contest is open to all high school and middle school students living in East Tennessee. Over 15 Guitar designs created by youth artists will be selected for implementation and exhibition at the Songbirds Museum and Dogwood Arts this spring.

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival


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.

Southern Skies Music Festival

May 15, 2021

This one-day music event is curated by The Dirty Guv’nahs and features seven musical acts across two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market, and more.

Regional Art Exhibition

Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established regional artists will be showcased at the Emporium Center Gallery.

Art Walk: First Friday Exhibitions

On the First Friday of each month, downtown galleries and shops unveil new exhibitions and host open houses to promote the arts in our community. Dogwood Arts hosts a different artist or artist collective in our Gallery located at 123 W. Jackson Avenue.