Back for our 22nd year, the Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival showcases the best in fine arts in southwestern Michigan. This year we welcome Nicole Krauss who has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of America's most important novelists." Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin is sure to follow the great tradition of Dogwood-hosted storytellers with his unique "Silly-Putty" voice and hilarious stories. Certainly not an evening to miss!
Also returning is the Downtown Art Walk, a week-long juried art competition that is showcased in downtown merchant windows! It truly gives new meaning to "window shopping." Plus the annual kids day musical event "Klassics for Kids" is a great way to educate those youngsters in your family.
And do not forget the annual Youth Fine Arts night highlighting the sights and sounds of our local students, along with the presentation of the Dogwood Festival scholarship to a deserving student to help further their education. And be sure to not miss out on the our new unique (and free) art event, interestingly titled "Caught in the Act." For a look at our entire weeks worth of events check out our festival schedule here.
Due to great demand, folk music icon Arlo Guthrie returns to the Dogwood Festival, Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dowagiac Middle School Performing Arts Center.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth, "Here Comes the Kid" is a salute to Woody Guthrie’s legacy, music, and immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. This performance will be the last of this particular tour and, thus, your last chance to witness Guthrie performing Guthrie. Don't miss this opportunity to witness this unique, musically significant event!
Tickets can be ordered now online by going to our secure ticket order page here.
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"I cannot conceive how any city can describe itself as major if it does not provide its citizens with experiences in the arts.” — James A. Michener
Dogwood trees that grace the gardens, parks, and woods throughout Cass County surround several of the sculptures. The Dogwood Festival, named for this gift of nature, strives to bring the beauty of the ﬁne arts to the area, and its Visual Arts Committee has successfully brought together donors and sculptors to create a lasting display of beautiful artwork for the Dowagiac area.
Learn more about these 15 works of art by downloading our "Sculptures in the City" guide. This guide detials each individual piece and includes a map showing where each sculpture is located.
When you visit our city for festival events be sure to visit these stunning pieces!
How does it work? Register and submit your photographs to win various prizes. When the voting period begins, view the entries and vote for your favorites. Share the contest site with family and friends and encourage them to play and vote.
Enter your submissions and vote for your favorites by visiting the official contest website here. The deadline for submissions is April 21, with online voting running until May 5.
After careful consideration we are proud to announce that the festival's online ticket ordering will be handled via PayPal.
Not only is PayPal a very secure system, but we're also able to allocate electronically the exact number of tickets available per event. That will help our purchasers know if a particular event or a seating section of an event is sold out immediately.
For those who are not regular users of PayPal you can elect to set up a permanent account with PayPal, or just purchase one time by using your credit card, just as you have been able to do in the past with our own secure ordering system.
If you have questions or concerns about this new ordering system feel free to either call or email us.
You can access our new ticket order page here or by clicking the "Reserve Tickets" menu button at the top of this page.