Schedule of Events - Charleston, Missouri's, 56th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival


We believe this listing of events to be accurate.  However, each event is subject to change until confirmed by the hosting organization.

Please check this web page regularly for the most up to date scheduling information.

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Tourism welcomes you to the 56th annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival!  The Chamber wishes you and your family the best of times in Charleston this April, and we thank you for coming.  While you are here we invite you to visit the merchants in our community.


45th Annual 5 K Race, Youth & Toddler Race

REGISTER ONLINE for the 2024 45th Annual 5K Race!

Photo of the start of the 5K Race

Race our beautiful, scenic route in the oldest foot-racing event in southeast Missouri on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Youth & Toddler Race begins at 1:30 p.m.  Check-in opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 1:30 p.m.  High quality T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by March 30th.  Jackson L. Burke and Corse Cup to first male and female, respectively, with 63834 address.  Bill Bullard Trophy to the youngest 5k finisher.  Trophies to overall male and female finishers, awards to top 3 in each 5K age group.

USATF Certified Course MO20001DG. 

Course Records: 

Male 14:33  (set by Chris Bunyan – 1986)
Female 16:47  (set by Vivian Sinou – 1988)

$500 Cash Prize to an individual who breaks the course record for their sex.

Start/Finish Location: 

Junior Study Club Scout Cabin
Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park
1100 block of East Cypress Street

For further information:



Pre-registration $20 (+ $2.20 SignUp Fee) through Race Day.  Race Day registration is $20.  High quality t-shirt guaranteed if registered by March 30th.

Use this link to REGISTER ONLINE for the 2024 45th Annual 5K Race!

Use this link to DOWNLOAD A PAPER REGISTRATION FORM for the 2024 45th Annual 5K Race!

The DA5k Race team is excited to announce we have partnered with CHARM (Charleston Revitalization Movement) starting with the 2024 DA5k Race!  This partnership will enhance our ability to reinvest race revenue back into the local community!

Visit the DA5K Run Team on Facebook!

Visit CHARM on Facebook!

View Historic 5K Race Individual Times!

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Arts & Crafts Bazaar

Photo of the Arts & Crafts Bazaar

Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park will be filled with arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment.

Park events run Friday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park
1100 block of East Commercial Street

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Candlelight Tour

Image of Dogwood-Azalea After Dark logo.

For years we've seen the description of the amazing candlelight tour here on this page.  Starting in this new decade of 2020, though, you won't find it on this page anymore.

The logo shown here represents a new part of the Dogwood-Azalea weekend festivities known as Dogwood-Azalea After Dark!  Here's a link to view our new after dark activity page!

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Photo of the Carnival Rides

Bring the children and enjoy all of the rides and games!  The carnival runs on Thursday and Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


800 East Marshall Street

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Miss Dogwood Azalea Pageant

Our 2023 Dogwood-Azalea Queen

Photo of our 2023 Dogwood-Azalea Queen
Photograph courtesy of Miss Dogwood Azalea Pageant

Miss Brie LaFont of Oxford, Mississippi
Miss Dogwood Azalea 2023

Miss Dogwood Azalea Pageant
is excited to announce the NEWEST addition,
the "Tiny + Little Dogwood Azalea" Divisions (ages 1 to 2),
and the introduction of the FIRST EVER Boys divisions!!

We are also providing a standard of eligibility to promote a competitive, but fair pageant to our contestants.

Use the image below as a link to the Miss Dogwood Azalea Pageant registration form.

Image of our 2024 Dogwood Azalea Queen Pageant information flyer.  Pageant will be held Saturday April 13, 2024 at Newnam Auditorium at Charleston High School.  For questions contact pageant coordinator at 636.235.1152 or

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Car Show

Car Show Flyer Image

This Car Show is sponsored by First Assembly of God Church and Charleston High School Robotics Club.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Admission:  Free


Gordon Galemore Memorial Park
Along the Beautiful Dogwood-Azalea Trail
700 block of East Cypress Street

Select the flyer image to download the registration form!

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Dog Show

Certainly, no proper Dogwood-Azalea Festival would be complete without an official Dogwood-Azalea Dog Show!

What is Fido's finest feature?  You'll find out as Blue Ribbons are awarded to each family pet.

Admission:  Free

Be there Saturday at 4:00 p.m. to witness the most entertaining canine competition to be found anywhere between Poplar Bluff and Paducah!


On the Tennis Courts
Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park

This Dogwood-Azalea Dog Show is sponsored by Purina!

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Warren E. Hearnes Museum

Museum photo of Missouri Governor Warren E. Hearnes and wife Betty.

View items and memorabilia from Charleston's native son Missouri Governor Warren E. Hearnes' 22 year tenure in elected office Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Free Admission


109 South Main Street

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Joseph Hunter Moore Home (Mississippi County Historical Society)

Photo of the Moore Home

Built in 1899, the Historical Society's Moore Home is a lovely three story home furnished with pieces authentic to the period.  In 1977 the generous heirs of Joe and Carrie Moore gifted this beautiful Victorian country home to the benefit of the Society.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seventeen room house contains seven fireplaces, and is fully furnished including the original dining room furniture and gas chandelier.

Learn more by visiting the Society's web site.

Tour the Moore Home and Museum

Tours are available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission:  $5.00


403 North Main Street

PLEASE NOTE:  The Historical Society Home will be closed on Sunday.

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Private Home Tours

Photo of a lovely Charleston home
The Forrest Home
203 East Cypress Street

Tour special private homes Friday and Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Included are the The Forrest Home at 203 East Cypress Street and the Tatum Home at 205 East Marshall Street.

Photo of a lovely Charleston home
The Tatum Home
205 East Marshall Street

Admission:  $15.00 (Price includes the Moore Home listed above and the two private homes!)

Tickets are available at the Charleston Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office downtown, or at the Moore Home.

Please Note:
The two private homes pictured here will be open this season.

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Dogwood-Azalea Parade

Photo of a mother and child watching the Dogwood-Azalea Parade
Photograph courtesy of Justin Drinkwater

The Dogwood-Azalea Parade is one of the largest in the area!  Find your viewing place downtown or along Commercial Street Saturday morning before the 11:00 a.m. start time.

The Parade begins at City Hall.  It will process southward on Main Street to Commercial Street then turn to march eastward on Commercial Street - all the way to the Bazaar at Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park!

Photo of a clown handing two young boys some candy during the Dogwood-Azalea Parade
Photograph courtesy of Warren Hearnes II


Please register by Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 5:00 p.m., to save your place in the parade!

We encourage and appreciate your creative involvement!

USE THIS LINK to access the Dogwood-Azalea Parade Registration Form!

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Musical Entertainment

Enjoy the sweet sound of music in the park on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On the Sound Stage at Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park

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Phillip's Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and Swine Races

Photo of some pigs racing around a fenced oval track

Young and old alike will enjoy the petting zoo!  Watch the swine races, and cheer on your favorite to win!

Open Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Across the Street South of Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park

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Plant Sale

Photo of the Garden Club Plant Sale
Image courtesy of Molly French Garden Club.

Since 1952, the Molly French Garden Club has been supplying area gardeners with azalea varieties hardy to the region.  The sale will be held Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ...OR... until sold out!


Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library
Corner of Main and Marshall at the stoplight

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St. Henry Church Tour

Pen and ink image of St. Henry Church.
Image courtesy of St. Henry Parish.

St. Henry Parish has occupied its property along Court Street since 1873.  The Parish began construction of the current Romanesque edifice in 1905, replacing a frame structure that had existed earlier.  Archbishop John J. Glennon dedicated the church on June 4, 1907.

Of particular interest are the beautifully life-like stained glass windows, created by the Jacoby Art Glass Company of St. Louis, which were installed circa 1910.  Three new bells, cast by Struckstede and Brothers of St. Louis, were positioned in the bell tower during the summer of 1924.  A two-manual pipe organ, built by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois, was installed in 1936 framing the rose window of St. Cecilia.

In 2022 the parish remodeled the interior of the church.  You are invited to come have a good look at the beautiful new interior.

Learn more by visiting St. Henry's web site.

Admission is free.  You may leave a love offering if you choose.

Time:  Thursday and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


St. Henry Catholic Church
304 East Court Street

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Quilt Show (and a Book Sale!)

Photo of fantastic quilts on display

Quilt Show

A beautiful selection of hand-stitched quilts will be on display at the Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library.  Come see what true needlework craftsmanship, symmetry, and enduring beauty are all about!

The Quilt Show runs Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Book Sale

Have a little book worm in you?  Truth is, books make wonderful companions!  Come hunt your favorite author or genre in this year's sale selections.  You are sure to find great books here at the library.  Help us make room for new adventures!  Prices start as low as 50 cents per book.

Books will be on sale Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where's all this?

Location:  Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library, 105 East Marshall Street

Admission:  Free

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Southside Luncheon

Image of Southside Baptist Church luncheon flyer.
Image courtesy of Southside Baptist Church.

Southside Baptist Church will offer a hearty luncheon on Thursday and Friday. 

Serving Thursday and Friday between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Southside Baptist Church, 902 School Street (right behind Charleston Middle School off South Main Street via Tom Brown Street)

Price:  $10.00 per person

Tickets are available ahead of time from the church or the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office, or you may pay at the door when you arrive.  Bon appétit!

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A Taste of the Festival and Citizens Bank Food Courts

In addition to our wonderful food vendors to be found at the Arts and Crafts Bazaar in Dr. E. Charles Rolwing Park, visitors will find two additional and convenient food courts; each featuring unique and tasty fare.

From crab legs to funnel cakes, ice cream to tacos, loaded potatoes to gyros, these official Dogwood-Azalea Festival food vendors are sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

This small hand-selected group of food vendors will offer tasty fare for those wanting something different or something after hours.  Yummy!

Thursday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. until ???

One Location:  At the corner of Third Street and Commercial Street - Citizens Bank Lawn

Another Location:  At the intersection of Thorn (10th) Street and Marshall Street

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Carriage Rides

Photo of a horse pulling a carriage with the top up.
Image by Hileman's Horse & Carriage.

We're sorry, but the carriage rides are cancelled for this year.

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Photographs courtesy of The Enterprise-Courier except where otherwise noted.

Last page modification:  April 12, 2024 10:00:57 CDT