Dogwood Arts Festival 2019

Dogwood Arts Festival 2019

You know one of the early Spring things East Tennessee is famous for? More than what we had in mind for the answer to this question, but if you said “those popcorn-looking trees” we have all across east Tennessee, that’s the one we’re looking for! Those famous flora are called Dogwood Trees and they’re the first indicator that Spring has hit or is close to hitting the Smoky Mountains!

For those who want to see them, a driving tour of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and, of course, Cosby, will provide views of them, but if you want to see something major with the Dogwood blooming as its center, you should see the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, TN, a day trip’s distance from Cosby, TN. This festival goes on from April 26th to the 28th for 2019.

From Wikipedia:
“The Dogwood Arts Festival is an annual event in Knoxville, Tennessee, sponsored by Dogwood Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate regional art, culture, and natural beauty.[1] The event is held in April and celebrates the blooming of the dogwood trees. It includes a parade, a house and garden show, and demonstrations of various Appalachian arts and crafts such as quilting, bluegrass music, and doll-making. Many events are held in Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Additionally, driving trails are marked in Knoxville and the surrounding area for people to view the dogwoods in bloom.”

This is a nationwide famous event that has seen Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and Paul Harvey become just some of the names attached to it. Knoxville is a fair drive from our cabin in Cosby, but as you can see from those names and the fact that this festival is over 60 years old, it’s a big enough deal to be worth it.

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