What to see when the Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival blooms

Live life in full bloom at the 51st Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.

The Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival will bloom for its 51st year starting on April 11, 2019.
It is famous for its six mile dogwood and azalea bloom trail.
In fact, the festival has been named as one of the best ways to say "see ya" to winter.
Here are the top five things you should see while you're in town.

Dogwood Azalea Festival

The Flowers

Everyone is invited to tour the 6-mile Dogwood-Azalea Trail when Charleston glows with the beauty of magnificent dogwoods and azaleas at peak bloom.  The dogwoods and azaleas are the stars of this festival. In fact, they’ve actually been the highlight of this town since before 1968. That’s when a group of women spawned a planting movement.

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The Food

Everyone seems to have at least one reason to visit the food vendors at the Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival. One resident claims the potato skins at the festival are some of the best around. The shish kabobs are also supposed to be delicious.

The Parade

The Dogwood-Azalea Parade is one of the largest in the area!  Find your viewing place downtown or along Commercial Street Saturday morning before the 11:00 a.m. start time.

The Parade begins at City Hall.  It will move southward on Main Street to Commercial Street then turn to march eastward on Commercial Street – all the way to the Bazaar at Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park!

Candlelight Tour

When day turns to dusk on Saturday night, make sure you head towards the Dogwood-Azalea Trail. The sidewalks will beautifully glow with white luminarias. Think a spring version of a Christmas display. Walk or drive this candlelight tour.

Plant Sale

Since 1952, the Molly French Garden Club has been supplying area gardeners with azalea varieties hardy to the region. You can take your pick of the plants from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

And that's not all.
The four-day festival includes home tours, an old-fashioned ice cream social, art show, carriage rides, and more!
CLICK HERE to plan your visit.