One of Kentucky's Best Festivals is Back!

Spring is an exciting time in ShelbyKY – warmer weather invites people young and old to enjoy the picturesque scenery, sample world-class dining and shopping, and experience the best of what Kentucky has to offer in the Saddlebred Capital of the World. This spring, there is one more reason to be excited: the Dogwood Festival!

The Dogwood Festival of Shelbyville is back and bigger than ever this year! The Dogwood Festival is a community celebration of arts and education and includes over 130 booths, food trucks, and great entertainment hosted at the Shelby County Public Schools central office. This year there will be two stages, one inside Settles Gym and the other in front of the front lawn on Shelbyville's historic Main Street. 

In addition to the planned festival, visitors can visit our vibrant and historic downtown Shelbyville with shops, eateries, and even the Dogwood Art Gallery.  Join us for the third year of the Dogwood Festival hosted by the Shelby County Education Foundation.

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Read more below about all of the wonderful, fun-filled festivities! 

Dogwood Festival

Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM | 1155 W. Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065 

Dogwood FestivalThe revived annual Dogwood Festival offers family-friendly fun with arts & crafts, food, and entertainment. This celebration highlights the importance of arts and education in the ShelbyKY community with over 160 local artists, vendors, and performers. The event is produced by the Shelby County Education Foundation, with presenting sponsors including ShelbyKY Tourism, German American Bank, and ArtSpark Productions. All proceeds fund a scholarship program for future educators and childhood literacy projects in Shelby County. The Dogwood Festival is Saturday, April 22nd, from 10 AM to 6 PM and is held on the front lawn of the Shelby County Public Schools Central Office, 1155 W. Main Street, Shelbyville, KY. 

Shelby County Dogwood Classic

April 20 & 21 at 6 PM and April 22 at 9 AM and 6 PM | Shelby County Fairgrounds

The Shelby County Dogwood Classic Saddlebred horse show is back for a second year! Hosted at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in the Saddlebred Capital of the World, the show promises three days of fun. Click here for a complete schedule.

Dogwood Festival Artisan Showcase

Friday, April 21 from 6 PM to 9 PM | Saturday, April 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Celebrate the art, boutiques, and flavors of Kentucky at the Dogwood Festival Artisan Showcase benefiting the Shelby County Education Foundation. This event brings a variety of artists, boutiques, bakers and food trucks from all over the county to one convenient location. This event takes place Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.