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Dogwood Arts Festival Named No. 3 ‘Best Art Festival’ in the Country in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2024 Poll

The Dogwood Arts Festival has been voted No. 3 “Best Art Festival” nationwide in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2024 poll. Twenty festivals were nominated by expert panelists. Then, community members voted for the top 10 winners. This year, the Dogwood Arts Festival ranked among some of America’s largest and longest-running art festivals in cities including San Francisco, Greenville, Winter Park, Sante Fe, and more. 

From the very beginning, Dogwood Arts has been a community-driven initiative. We are so thankful to everyone who took the time to vote, earning the Dogwood Arts Festival recognition as one of the nation’s premier art events,” said Sherry Jenkins, Executive Director of Dogwood Arts. “Since 1961, the Dogwood Arts Festival has been one of the most celebrated cultural events in Knoxville — Now, people from across the country will be inspired to visit Knoxville to enjoy our annual springtime event!”

The Dogwood Arts Festival is joined on the Best Art Festival list by a diverse array of events from across the country. The top 10 include:

  1. Artisphere (Greenville, SC)

  2. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original (Ann Arbor, MI)

  3. Dogwood Arts Festival (Knoxville, TN)

  4. Mission Fed ArtWalk (San Diego, CA)

  5. Des Moines Arts Festival (Des Moines, IA)

  6. Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (Santa Fe, NM)

  7. Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA)

  8. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival (Winter Park, FL)

  9. St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival (St. Petersburg, FL)

  10. Art in the High Desert (Bend, Oregon)


The 2024 Dogwood Arts Festival will take place from April 26-28th in World’s Fair Park. The event will feature 100 fine art vendors, live art demonstrations and workshops, a culinary arts tent, over 40 live performances, food vendors, plant and flower sales, blooming beer gardens, a maker market, and free activities for the entire family. 

Dogwood Arts promotes and celebrates our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty with year-round events and programs like Chalk Walk, Featured Gardens, Southern Skies Music & Whiskey Festival, the Historic Dogwood Trails, and many more. 

About USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards: Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site's uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields - and their cities - but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated.

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. For more information on Dogwood Arts, visit or call (865) 637-4561. 

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This recognition is a testament to the outstanding caliber of the Dogwood Arts Festival, showcasing its remarkable ability to captivate and inspire attendees with its diverse array of artistic offerings. Being ranked as the No. 3 'Best Art Festival' in the country by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2024 Poll is a remarkable achievement, highlighting the festival's commitment to excellence and its significant impact on the arts community. Congratulations to the Dogwood Arts Festival team for this well-deserved honor! hill climb racing

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