Tennessee Iris Festival Blooms in Dresden

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What began as a community Easter parade in Dresden in 1980 has turned into one of Tennessee’s best-loved small-town festivals. Every spring, Dresden hosts the highly anticipated Tennessee Iris Festival, a weeklong event that paints the town purple.

Iris Garden at Ellington Agricultural Center

Now in its 41st year, the Iris Festival takes place April 25-May 2, 2020. The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at Dresden City Park, and continues throughout the week with a citywide yard sale, bingo games, a baking contest, community gospel sing-along, a golf tournament, an arts and crafts marketplace, a flower show, a barbecue cook-off, a music fest, 5K run, a pet show and more. The festival culminates on the last day with the Tennessee Iris Festival Parade, which features around 100 colorful floats.

Can’t make it to Dresden this year? Check out the Iris Gardens at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville or Primm Springs’ Iris City Gardens any time this spring.

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  1. catherine townson

    March 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    do you sell the irises ?

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