In full bloom: what to do at the 2019 Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival

Who knew a garden club could turn into a four-day festival?

Take a deep breath. You can almost smell them, can’t you?

Yes, we’re talking about the dogwood trees and azalea bushes in Charleston, Missouri.

The 51st Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival kicks off on Thursday, April 11.

What to see and do at the Dogwood-Azalea Festival

There’s a little something for everyone young and old.

There’s a parade, home tours, and a petting zoo.

Of course, the most beautiful part of the entire festival is all the flowering trees and bushes!

You can take a carriage ride tour of the trail on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday also features a candlelight tour of the entire trail. It’s truly breathtaking.

The carnival which features rides, games and all the carnival food you can handle will be open starting Friday night.

Here’s the daily schedule:
*indicates a ticketed event; tickets available at the Charleston Chamber of Commerce

  • Thursday, April 11
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Plant Sale
    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Hearnes Museum
    • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Historical Society Tour* & Quilt Show
    • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | St. Henry Catholic Church Tour
  • Friday, April 12
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Plant Sale
    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Hearnes Museum
    • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Historical Society Tour* & Quilt Show
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Southside Luncheon*
    • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Rolwing Park
    • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Private Homes Tours* & St. Henry Catholic Church Tour
    • 5 p.m – 10 p.m. | Carnival*
  • Saturday, April 13
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Arts & Crafts Bazaar and the Petting Zoo & Pig Races at Rolwing Park
    • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Historical Society Tour* & Quilt Show
    • 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Carnival*
    • 11 a.m. | Dogwood-Azalea Festival Parade
    • 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Carriage Rides*
    • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Private Homes Tours*
    • 1 p.m. -5 p.m. | Musical entertainment at Rolwing Park
    • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Professor Farquar & Polecat Annie at Rolwing Park
    • 4 p.m. | Dog show at Rolwing Park
    • 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Ice Cream Social* at the Masonic Lodge
    • DUSK | Candlelight Tour on the Dogwood-Azalea Trail
  • Sunday, April 14
    • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Petting Zoo & Pig Races at Rolwing Park
    • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Rolwing Park
    • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Carnival*
    • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Musical Entertainment at Rolwing Park & Historical Society Tour*
    • 1:30 p.m. | 5K Race

All of the Historical Society Tours will begin at the Mississippi County Historical Society and cost just $5 per person.

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