Dogwood Festival set for May 2 – 5


The annual Dogwood Festival is celebrating its golden anniversary this year with the theme “Party Like It’s 1969: Celebrating 50 Years of Dogwood.” Events between May 2 and 5 include the Blessing Health System/GatesAir Dogwood Parade, Lincoln in the District, a Tom Petty tribute band, and more. The parade is SOLD OUT. Call (217) 222-7980 to be placed on a wait list. Cost is $75 for business entries and $35 for nonprofit entries. Parade participants are encouraged to use the theme in their floats. Three prizes will be given out for the most creative use of the theme: The Mary Lou Kent Theme Award is for the float with the best use of the parade theme. The Governor’s Award goes to a float that’s larger than 10 feet in length and uses the theme, and the Mayor’s Award goes to a float that’s 10 feet in length or shorter and uses the theme. For official parade rules, click here.

The Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant will be on Thursday, May 2, at Quincy Mall. To enter your child(ren), click here for the registration form and rules. 

Quincy is one of the northern-most communities in the nation where Dogwoods can be grown. Following an effort by a local service club in conjunction with the Garden Club, the city boasted of a good number of the beautiful trees and was featured in an article in “Flower and Garden” magazine. Mary Lou Kent, who worked at the Chamber at that time, decided the Chamber should organize a Dogwood Festival to promote Quincy and tourism in the city when those trees were in full bloom. The first Dogwood Festival was in 1969. Mary Lou Kent went on to become a state legislator.

Below is the schedule for the 2019 Dogwood Festival, and it is subject to change. Visit this website for continuous updates.

Thursday, May 2
• 7:00 p.m., Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant, Quincy Mall Center Court.

Friday, May 3
• Noon – 1:15 p.m., Concert in the Plaza, First Mid-Illinois Bank Plaza next to St. Boniface Church
• 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Hope for Horizons, Quincy Country Club, 2410 State St. For more information, visit
• 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. – St. James Lutheran Church Third Annual Block Party, 17th & Jefferson
• 6:00 p.m., Ribbon Cutting to kick off Dogwood, St. James Lutheran Church, 17th & Jefferson
• 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – JWCC Spring Concert, Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium, Quincy campus. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 4
• 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Quincy Farmer’s Market opens in Washington Park.
• 8:30 a.m., Breakfast on the Lawn, First Christian Church, 1415 Maine
• 9:20 a.m. Blessing Health System/GatesAir Dogwood Parade, 24th and Maine, proceeds west to 6th St.
• 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lincoln in the District, Washington Park.
• 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., QUEST Derby Party in the Country, 7007 N. 12th, Quincy. For more information, visit
• 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Free Fallin – Tom Petty Tribute Concert, Morrison Theater, 100 S. 14th St. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the renovation of the Washington Theater. For more information, visit
• 11:00 p.m. – 3:30 a.m., Amateur Night: Cinco de Mayo edition, The Cab – Quincy, 124 N. 5th St. Open to any performer who wants to entertain a crowd. Must be 21 or older. For more information, visit

Sunday, May 5
• Noon – 4:00 p.m., Log Cabins Open House, Quinsippi Island. For more information, visit
• 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.., Mother’s Day Makers: Kids Only Holiday Workshop K-8th Graders, Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey. For more information, visit
• 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.., Mother’s Day Makers: Family Workshop, Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey. For more information, visit