Dogwood Weekend

Dogwood Weekend is Back!

We are pleased to announce the return on Dogwood Weekend, with activities hosted by various organizations and businesses.

If you wish to list your event/activity on the weekend calendar, please contact Kenyetta McFall at (217) 222-7980 or

During the weekend, the Quincy Area Chamber is happy to host the annual Dogwood Parade. Thank you to our Major Sponsor for the Dogwood Blessing Health System and our silver sponsor Right to Life. We look forward to this year’s parade!

Below is the schedule for the 2021 Dogwood Weekend, brought to you by various businesses and organizations. Weekend events are subject to change. Check back for continuous updates.

Thursday, April 29

  • TBA p.m. | Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant, Quincy Mall Center Court.

Friday, April 30

  • Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Concerts in the Plaza, First Mid-Illinois Bank Plaza next to St. Boniface Church. Between 6th and 7th on Maine St.
  • Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Newcomer Mingle during Concerts in the Plaza. Welcome all newcomers to the area to enjoy live music, BYO or Food Truck lunch & refreshments.
  • TBA p.m. family-friendly block party at St. James Lutheran Church.

Saturday, May 1

  • 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Quincy Farmer’s Market opens in Washington Park.
  • 9:20 a.m. | Blessing Health System Dogwood Parade, 24th and Maine, proceeds west to 6th St.
  • 10:30 am | Newcomer Dogwood Parade Mingle at Quincy Brewing Company, 110 N 6th St. All newcomers welcome to meet each other and learn more about the Quincy area.

*The schedule is subject to change and will be updated as information is provided.

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.