Celebrate the arrival of spring and enjoy the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, taking place the entire month of April 2012. For more than half a century, this unique festival has celebrated the natural and cultural beauty of East Tennessee, featuring a vibrant mix of blooming gardens and trails, visual arts, crafts, theater, dance, music, film, and literary arts. Residents and visitors immerse themselves in all things Dogwood, including experiencing the 60+ miles of trails featuring some of the most spectacular, well cared for dogwoods of all kinds and colors. The Festival offers a chance to visit and admire beautiful gardens and take part in arts and crafts along with enjoying outdoor concerts and a parade. Below is a list of Dogwood Festival activities to experience. Please note that most of the Festival’s wide range of arts events, performances, and exhibitions are offered to the public free of charge. Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens The Dogwood Trails offer more than 60 miles of beautiful landscapes, flowers and trees for visitors to tour by foot, bike, and car or guided bus tours! These trails and gardens will be open from April 11th until April 30th. Westmoreland is the featured trail of 2012 highlighting gorgeous landscapes, Dogwood trees and beautiful homes in a West Knoxville neighborhood. For trail and garden maps, along with information about the guided bus tours, visit http://www.dogwoodarts.com/trails-and-gardens/. Dogwood After Dark March 29: It’s time to celebrate the Festival! Join us for an evening of fine food, entertainment, and company during this enchanted spring evening at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Ticket required. NEXUS 2012 April 2-14: A beautiful exhibition of smaller-scale sculptures from all genres and materials. U.T. Downtown Gallery – 106 South Gay Street. Art in Public Places Knoxville April 6, 2012-March 8, 2013: A world-class exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures enlivens downtown Knoxville and the McGhee Tyson Airport. Regional Fine Art Exhibition April 6-27: Progressive emerging and professional regional artists exhibit their work in a variety of genres. Emporium Center for the Arts – 100 South Gay Street. Student Art Exhibition April 6-27: Knoxville’s next generation of artists is on display, featuring the work of gifted art students from area schools. Clayton Center for the Arts – 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville 37804. Market Square Art Fair April 13-15: Downtown Knoxville is transformed into a lively street fair with high-quality arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, entertainment, and festive food. Rhythm N’ Bloo
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April 20-22: Experience East Tennessee’s historical and present role in American Roots music with performances by a who’s who of locally and nationally-renowned musicians. Enjoy Amos Lee, Citizen Cope, The Black Lillies, Darrell Scott and many more at the 2012 Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival. This line-up spans from locally-revered and nationally-renowned artists during this “American Roots” weekend event. Day or weekend passes can be purchased online or at the event. Pass required - To purchase a festival pass or see the complete line-up, visit: http://rhythmnbloomsfest.com/ *There have also been hints of pianos being scattered around Knoxville throughout the weekend so keep your eyes out for appearing musicians! Chalk Walk April 21: Downtown sidewalks become the canvas for professional and student artists during this street painting festival. Bring your chalk, get your hands dirty, and have fun creating chalk art or just bring your eyes and be prepared to see unique creations by trained and novice artists alike. All ages and art levels are encouraged to participate in this event. Registration deadline is by April 1st. To register please visit: http://www.dogwoodarts.com/chalk-walk-app/ A Very Special Arts Festival April 24: An inspiring celebration where children with mental and physical challenges celebrate the arts. Dogwood Parade April 27: A celebration of art, nature, and community moves down Gay Street with bands, floats, giant helium balloons, and performing arts groups. Dogwood Mile & Party on the Square April 27: Walk, jog, or sprint through the streets of downtown Knoxville. After party, complete with live music and a Cornhole Tournament, to follow. Registration required. Bikes & Blooms April 28-29: Experience the Dogwood trails the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of an organized or self-guided ride. Dogwood Art DeTour April 28-29: Local artists open their studios and take you behind the scenes of their creative processes. Diva Luncheon May 3: A celebratory luncheon featuring a wearable art fashion show and sale at Knoxville Marriott. Ticket required. Art Source May 4-25: The talents of Knox County Schools’ art instructors take the spotlight at this exhibition. U.T. Downtown Gallery – 106 South Gay Street For more information, including a complete Festival Calendar of Events and ticket information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com. Make sure to enjoy all our city has to offer this April during Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts Festival. Grab your shoes, bike or keys and take in the many views, events, and shows all here in the city for you.