Thu. May 23rd, 2024


Dogwood Festival Gets Underway Thursday And Continues Through This Weekend

Tradition continues in the lake area with the 72nd Annual Dogwood Festival officially starting later today with a carnival from 5:00-10:00 on the Camdenton middle school parking lot.

Chamber Director KC Cloke says if you can’t make the carnival today and tonight, don’t sweat it because it’s not going anywhere real soon…“It will also being happening on Friday from 5 until 10…and on Saturday, we’ll have the Carnival at 11AM…..so right after the Parade, and that will stay open until 10PM Saturday evening as well.”

A full listing of the activities for the Dogwood Festival can be found below:


LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO – As sure as the coming of spring at the Lake of the Ozarks is the annual Dogwood Festival in Camdenton, which takes place April 20-23, 2023.

As the longest running springtime event at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Dogwood Festival in Camdenton celebrates it’s 72nd year the weekend of April 20-23 throughout the city of Camdenton.

The festival typically coincides with the peak season of the blooming of Missouri’s state tree, the Flowering Dogwood, and brings in around 10,000 people from around the Midwest to enjoy the colorful scenery and the different activities and events that take place over the weekend.

The 2023 Dogwood Festival gets underway the evening of Thursday, April 20 with the opening of the carnival area, located at the Camdenton Middle School. Throughout the weekend, there will be additional activities at the middle school, such as live musical entertainment, dance performances and a variety of food and craft vendors.

Other highlights of the Dogwood Festival include a pancake breakfast, garage sales, the Dogwood Festival parade, dinner theater productions and more live music on the Main Stage in downtown Camdenton. Additionally, on Saturday, April 22, festival organizers are offering Young Eagles Flights at the Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport, where children from 8 to 17 years of age can learn about aviation and fly for free in a small airplane with the pilots from the Lake Aviation Center.

For more information on the 2023 Dogwood Festival, including a schedule of activities, locations of events and complete list of booths and vendors, visit the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce’s website at http//www.CamdentonChamber.com.

Reporter Mike Anthony