As the dogwoods slowly open their delightful petals to a warming spring, Knoxville bursts into full bloom as well. Across the city, the month of April is packed with events for the Dogwood Arts Festival 2017. The more-than-a-month-long celebration is one of the best things about living in Knoxville. Check out these highlights.
Chalk Walk, April 1
No fooling! The sidewalks of Market Square will come alive with the wildest array of chalk drawings imaginable. Dozens of artists will spend hours on their hands and knees crafting chalk scenes. Walking the rows, you’re likely to see ocean animals, portraits, patterns, and, of course, flowers.
Art in Public Places, April 1
Also kicking off the month of April will be the Art in Public Places. Knoxville cares about its art and wants to support more art that everyone can enjoy on a day-to-day basis. Visiting downtown Knoxville, you’ll see large-scale sculptures that extend the feel of the Dogwood Arts Festival throughout the year. Pieces are also on display at the McGhee Tyson Airport and in Oak Ridge.
Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival, April 7-9
For three days you won’t be able to go anywhere near Knoxville’s Old City without hearing a little bit of music in the air. During the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, over four dozen performers will be taking the stage at every possible venue. Headliners this year include Young the Giant, Gogol Bordello, and Dave Barnes. A wide variety of musicians actively involved in the thriving local music scene will also play.
Featured Open Gardens, April 22-23
Take the time to tour one of the three Open Gardens. Even if you can’t devote quite as much time as these folks to your own garden, you might pick up a few ideas to brighten your own yard. You can see Dr. Alan Solomon’s garden on Riverside Drive, Baxter Gardens on Sam Cooper Road, and Savage Garden on Garden Drive.
Bikes and Blooms, April 29-30
Knoxville is quickly becoming the go-to spot for mountain bikers and other cyclists. Take a ride with Bikes and Blooms and you’ll quickly see why. Both rides are about 8 miles long and will take you through neighborhoods resplendent with spring blooms. Saturday’s ride will head north from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. Sunday’s ride heads south from Suttree Landing Park.
Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square, April 28-30
The culminating event for the Dogwood Arts Festival is the event on Market Square. Over 60 artists will display their work, ranging from exquisite jewelry to painting to mixed media and everything in between. You’ll also find food, demonstrations, and live performances. It’s no wonder that many people consider this event the crowning jewel for Knoxville.