Q: Where is Rhythm N’ Blooms held?
A: Rhythm N’ Blooms is held at various locations along Jackson Avenue in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday and Saturday and at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum on Sunday!

Here’s a handy-dandy Jackson Avenue venue map for you of the venue locations!

Q: What are the prices for festival passes? Where can I purchase one?
A: Weekend-long Festival passes are $60 and Day passes [available for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday] are $30.  Passes are available here or on-site at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Central Street, at the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage, or in The Village.  If you’ve purchased your tickets, you can retrieve your wristband at the will-call tent at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Central Street.

Q: What does each kind of pass include?
A: Weekend-long Festival Pass: Entry to all venues throughout the weekend.
Friday Day Pass: Entry to all venues on Friday.
Saturday Day Pass: Entry to all shows on Saturday.
Sunday Day Pass: Entry to all shows on Sunday.

Q: Can I purchase a VIP package?
A: Yes, but online only.  A limited quantity is available for $125!  All VIP’s will receive:

  • 3-day Festival pass
  • VIP check-in
  • VIP welcome reception [Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage from 5-7pm on Friday, April 4]
  • Artist meet-’n-greet’s [Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage from 5-7pm on Friday, April 4; Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage from 2-3pm on Saturday, April 5; and after every set Sunday, April 6 at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum]
  • Reserved VIP seating at the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage
  • Reserved VIP seating at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum
  • Access to RnB VIP lounge [Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum only]
  • Three (3) beverage tickets
  • VIP bathroom facilities [Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage and Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum only]
  • VIP parking [Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum only]
  • Rhythm N’ Blooms t-shirt
  • Commemorative Rhythm N’ Blooms poster by Status Serigraph

Q: Are passes required for children?
A: Children age 6 and under will be admitted free of charge.  All children 7 and over will require a festival pass.

Q: Can I purchase weekend-long and day passes on site?
A: Yes, as long as passes remain!  You may purchase passes on Friday and Saturday at the Rhythm N’ Blooms Info Booth on Jackson Avenue or on Sunday at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.  Keep in mind that quantities are limited.  Buy early!

Q: Is there free parking?
A: Yes.  There is ample free parking in downtown Knoxville for the shows on Friday and Saturday.  Parking garages are free after 8pm Friday and all day Saturday.

On Sunday, the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum grounds open at Noon.  There is no parking on-site at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.  You can park at Garage B at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum or head towards Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum and follow the directional signs leading you to Rhythm N’ Blooms general parking.  Once you are parked, starting at Noon, there will be free trolleys taking you to the venue.  Please note that there will be ample bike parking on site Sunday at the Knoxville Botanical Garden, so please visit the Garden the lean, green way!

Sunday’s parking map is available here :: KBGA parking map!

Also, Rhythm N’ Blooms trolleys will be running throughout the weekend to take you from venue to venue! <Rhythm N’ Blooms Friday & Saturday Parking & Trolley Route [click here] || Rhythm N’ Blooms Sunday Parking & Trolley Route [click here]>

**There is NO parking at the Knoxville Botanical Garden, unless you are a VIP Weekend Pass holder**

Q: What is Musician’s Corner?
A: Rhythm ‘N Blooms will again include an educational element this year with Musician’s Corner on Saturday, April 5 from 1:00pm-8:15pm.  Musician’s Corner is free, open to the public, and will include workshops and artists’ conversations.  Spend some time visiting Boyd’s Jig and Reel and participate in our featured workshops such as songwriting and voice technique and style.  You’ll also be able to gain insight to some of our performing musicians’ accounts and views about their experiences as well as contemporary subjects regarding the musical world.  *Workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis

Workshop Schedule:
1:00pm – 2:00pm Carrie Rodriguez | Fiddle Workshop
2:15pm – 3:15pm Dom Flemons | Rhythm Workshop
3:30pm – 4:30pm Langhorne Slim, Cruz Contreras, David Mayfield, and Shonna Tucker, moderated by Steve Wildsmith | Songwriting Workshop
4:45pm – 5:45pm Knoxville Entrepreneur Center presents “Building a Business in the New Music Industry” | Music Business Workshop
6:00pm – 7:00pm Ben Sollee | Cello Workshop
7:15pm – 8:15pm Mutlu | Vocal Workshop

Q: What’s up with the Epiphone guitars that Knox County art students decorated that will be around all weekend?
Dogwood Arts partnered with 15 local Knox County high schools to create our second annual Rhythm N’ Blooms Guitar Design Contest!  Each participating school hosted an internal competition to design a Les Paul electric guitar donated by Epiphone.  A winning design from each school was chosen and will be on display and up for auction during Rhythm N’ Blooms, taking place April 4-5 at The Village and April 6 at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum. The guitars will be up for auction on all days of the festival from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, and bidding is open to the general public! All proceeds will benefit Dogwood Arts.

Q: Where can I purchase Rhythm N’ Blooms artist merchandise on-site and get artist autographs?
A: The artist merchandise tent and Sharpie autograph areas will be set up along Jackson Avenue in The Village on Friday April 4th, 5pm – midnight; Saturday April 5th, 12p – midnight, and at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Sunday April 6th, 12p – 10pm.   At these locations, Status Serigraph will be on-site selling the official 2014 commemorative Rhythm N’ Blooms poster.

Q: What is The Village?
A: Located in the parking lot across from The Standard, we’ll have entertainment for the whole family [thanks to River Sports Outfitters!], ranging from slack lines and climbing walls – to artist merchandise and buskers, not to mention our artful guitar auction, vendors, food trucks, beer and wine, and moonshine cocktails!

Q: Can I reserve seats to select shows?
A: No.  VIP’s will have a reserved seating area at the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage and Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.  All other seating is general admission and therefore first come, first seated.  Please be aware that while every effort will be made to accommodate large audiences, some venues will have to limit attendance due to capacity restraints.

Q: Is there a rain policy?
A: Rhythm N’ Blooms happens rain or shine! All venues are indoors except for all shows at the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage and all shows Sunday at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.  Due to festival seating, some venues will fill to capacity but may have availability outside of covered areas.

Q: Where can I stay?
A: The Official Hotel of the Dogwood Arts Festival is the Crowne Plaza.  For a complete list of area lodging and info, please visit www.visitknoxville.com

Q: Should I bring my own seats?
A: Indoor venues will provide seats, but we advise you to bring a blanket and/or low-rise chairs to the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage and Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.  Please refrain from bring large outdoor chairs at this venue, as we want everyone to be able to see all the great performers on stage!

Q: Can I bring pets?
A: Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed at any indoor venue Friday or Saturday.  Pets on leashes are permitted at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum on Sunday.  Please be sure to pick up after them!

Q: What is the smoking policy?
A: With the exception of Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage [outdoor], all concert areas are non-smoking.

Q: Are coolers allowed?
A: You’re welcome to bring picnics to the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum, but no outside alcohol is allowed.

Q: Can I ride my bike?
A: Yes! There will be bike racks set up at the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage and The Village on Friday and Saturday and at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum on Sunday.

If you’re a bike enthusiast, please make note to attend Sollee’s Sunday Cruise!  Ben Sollee will be leading a group bike “commute” from Market Square to the festival site at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum (via the Knox County Parks & Rec Greenway system) on Sunday, April 6.  Meet at Market Square at 11am and the ride will start at 11:30am. You’ll get to the garden in time to stake your claim on some prime lawn space and enjoy all of the beautiful music [including Ben's performance later that afternoon]!

Q: Are there places to eat at festival venues?
A: There are a number of restaurants around downtown for any size budget.  For a list of downtown Knoxville eateries, please see visitknoxville.com.  We will also have four food trucks at The Village and four food trucks at the Jackson Aveue Viaduct Stage, along with beverages, on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be seven food trucks and a few drink vendors set up at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum on Sunday.

Q: How can I volunteer?
A: Visit volunteer.dogwoodarts.com to upload your online volunteer application!


Information will be updated frequently, so check back here, but if you have further questions or you feel information is missing, please email info@dogwoodarts.com or give us a call at [865] 637.4561.  Thanks – see you in April!