The Dansville Dogwood Festival
The Dansville Dogwood Festival is an annual event that is as anticipated as the famous NYS Festival of Balloons. The Festival has been an integral part of the Dansville community since the 1960s. The festival continues to be the longest running community event of its kind in our local area. Over the years, events have come and gone but one constant remains the same, the level of community involvement.
The festival always takes place the week following Mother's Day. It begins on that Monday and runs through the following Sunday. A parade featuring local bands, fire departments, and other floats marches down Main Street to Babcock Park at 5 p.m. on the Saturday of the week. This event is often so highly attended that spectators set up their seats early that morning to ensure they have the location they most desire.
Other festival highlights include the 5K Dogwood Festival Walk and Run, an annual craft show, chicken barbecue, a carnival and more. Local community organizations, the Dansville Central School and other community members assist in organizing events in participation of the annual festival.
The 2016 Dogwood Festival: 50 Years - Then & Now
This year's festival is from Monday, May 9th to Sunday, May 15th. Many of the annual events will continue this year, including a variety of local sporting events, the Dansville Public Library's book sale, 5K run and the parade. Please check out the printable schedule available for download on this page. Also be sure to check out our Facebook page, Discover Dansville, for updates and event reminders as well as photo galleries of this year's various events!
To download this year's schedule of events, click on the schedule to the right.
The Dogwood Festival Photo Gallery
To view our Dogwood Festival Photo Gallery, please click here.
The Dogwood Festival In the News
"Dansville's 46th Annual Dogwood Festival and Firefighters Parade"
On May 19, Senator Cathy Young stopped by Dansville's 46th annual Dogwood Festival and Firefighters Parade.
Jul 12, 2012
"Dogwood Festival Attracts Outstanding Turnout"
A sunny day Saturday allowed for a busy Main Street in Dansville for the second-to-last day of the 46th annual Dogwood Festival.
May 20, 2012
"Highlights from This Year's Carnival and Parade."
Fri May 25 2012
"Perkinsville F.D. Earns Grand Marshal Trophy"
It’s hard to believe the 46th annual Dogwood festival has come and gone already. The week-long celebration culminated with its annual parade, in which several area marching bands, classic cars and tractors, plus several organizations flaunted their floats down Dansville’s Main Street. Among the highlights was the area fire departments proudly marching to vie for a grand marshal trophy.
Thu May 24 2012
"Dansville Dogwood Festival Calendar"
For the 46th Annual Dogwood Festival, organizers adopted the theme, “Gardenscapes Through the Eyes of our Youth” to coincide with the 51 metal sculptures made by Genesee Valley Educational Partnerships metal trades students.
Thu May 17 2012
"Dansville Dogwood Festival Programs Slated May 14-20"
The festival this year is full of fun all week long, beginning May 14 and running through May 20.
May 14 2012
"Joseph ‘Jerry' Rauber, Driving Force Behind Dansville Balloon Festival, Dies"
Joseph G. “Jerry” Rauber, the former Retail Division chairman of the Dansville Area Chamber of Commerce who was instrumental in obtaining state recognition for the hot air balloon festival now known as the New York State Festival of Balloons, died Wednesday at the Bath Veterans Administration Healthcare Facility in Bath. He was 79.
Thu Feb 9 2012
"2011 Dansville Dogwood Festival"
The 45th annual Dogwood Festival had another successful year albeit under threatening skies. Here are some highlights of the event.
Mon May 16 2011
"DAHS Presents Slide Show on the American Kitchen"
The Dansville Area Historical Society is sponsoring the program, “From Lug pole to Microwave,” a history of the American kitchen.
Thu May 5 2011
"Dogwood Festival Planned"
The 45th annual Dansville Dogwood Festival will be staged May 9–15, 2011. The festival continues to be the longest running community event of its kind in the area. Sponsorship of events throughout the week typically involves 22–26 local and area organizations. Selected by the festival committee as the theme for me 2011 festival is “Look To The Future.”
Thu May 5 2011
"Dansville Pilots Take Part in Parade March With Fly Over"
The Dogwood Festival Parade began Saturday, May 15 with a flyover of airplanes from the Dansville Pilots Association. Favorable weather made the flight of planes and gliders possible this year.
Thu Jun 10 2010
"2010 Dogwood Carnival Fun"
Area folks enjoyed the rides, food and fun of the 2010 Dogwood Festival Carnival at Babcock Park.
Wed May 19 2010
"Dogwood Fest Concert Friday Features Wickedly Talented Local Musicians"
Dansville’s annual Dogwood Festival concert/picnic-in-the-park will be held Friday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Williams Park gazebo, corner of Washington and Red Jacket streets.
Thu May 13 2010
"Castle Documentary Debut Will Be Screened During Dogwood Fest"
It’s been more than a year in the making, but producers Al Jamison and Richard Derwald have their documentary about Dansville’s Castle-on-the-Hill ready for public viewing.
Thu May 13 2010
"44th Annual Dogwood Festival Schedule of Events"
Band Concert – presented by Dansville Elementary School Band in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m.
Fri May 7 2010