Dogwood Festival

2023 Vestavia Hills Dogwood Festival

The Vestavia Hills Dogwood Festival is the longest running festival in the state! It is comprised of multiple events taking place city-wide, including Wing Ding, Heights Hangout, Dogwood Days, Party in the Park, Battle of the Bands and so much more … there is something for everyone! We want to see you living and loving local in Vestavia Hills! Be sure to like and follow the Dogwood Festival on social media and tag us in your photos!


February Events

11: Pinkies Up Tea Party, Vestavia Hills Methodist Church, 9-11am
This Tea Party is much more than having tea! You will find all sorts of fun activities including face painting/make-up, manicures, crafts, dancing and a sing-a-long! Tickets are $10 per child and may be purchased at https://gofan.co/app/events/837318?schoolId=AL2466. Benefitting the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at UAB.

25: Dogwood Dink Pickleball Tournament, Vestavia Hills Civic Center, 8am-4pm
The Dogwood Dink brings pickleball enthusiasts together for a day of fun and enthusiastic game play! Participants are guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. Early bird registration for Vestavia Hills residents will be available beginning January 9 until February 1; registration will then open to the public and will close Tuesday, February 14. Registration will be online at https://vhrecreation.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs. Don’t have a partner? Don’t worry … We will match you with a suitable partner on the day of the event! For more information, contact Lucinda Harmon (lucindaharmon@gmail.com) or Mary Berryman (mary.berryman@icloud.com). Sponsored by the Vestavia Hills Beautification Board.

March Events

3: Spring Sports Kick-off & Concert, Wald Park, 5-9:30pm
Join Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation as we celebrate all spring rec sports – music, food, games, parade and crafts! Then we’ll mix it up with an outdoor ALL AGES concert! Stay tuned … the performer will be announced soon!

4: VHHS Superhero Fun Run, VHHS, 8am
Fun, music and games, along with some of your favorite Superheroes running, walking or even skipping alongside the kids around Buddy Anderson Field at VHHS, make this a memorable occasion for all. Meet at VHHS football stadium at 8am for an 8:30am start! Ages 1st-5th grade; $20 per participant (includes T-shirt); Register at https://gofan.co/app/events/823965?schoolId=AL2466 no later than February 21, 2023. Benefitting the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at UAB.

4: VHHS Rebel 5K Color Run, VHHS, 9:30am
The annual Rebel Run winds through the neighborhoods near VHHS with color stations along the route. Meet at the VHHS front parking lot at 9:30am for a 10am start! Ages 6th grade-adult; $20 per participant (includes T-shirt); Register at https://gofan.co/app/events/823980?schoolId=AL2466 no later than February 21, 2023. Benefitting the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at UAB.

4: Dog Days at SHAC, Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex, 10am-2pm
Don’t miss Dog Days at SHAC, especially the Flea Market! Bring your fur baby for this day of paw-someness and experience everything Liberty Park has to offer – boutique shopping, spas, multiple restaurants and more!

11: Dogwood Days: Cahaba Heights, The Heights Village, 10am-8pm
Explore everything Cahaba Heights has to offer – boutique shopping, spas, multiple restaurants and more! Register at any participating business to win a huge basket filled with local treats.

16: Live After 5, Vestavia City Center, 5pm
Get ready to party with live music, local vendors and more at the Vestavia City Center! This is a free, family-friendly event for all ages.

18: VHHS RISE Kids Day, VHHS, 9-11am
Featuring Touch-a-Truck and Character Party, this annual event is for the young or young at heart – 80 characters including all your favorite Disney characters and many Superhero friends. This event also features a parking lot full of trucks including emergency vehicles and construction equipment. $15 per child/Adults FREE; Buy your ticket today at https://gofan.co/app/events/823952?schoolId=AL2466. Benefitting the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at UAB.

24: Historical Society Self-Guided Tour BEGINS
Enjoy a self-guided “drive-by” tour of local historical sights. Guide books can be picked up at Vestavia Hills City Hall. Be sure to look for yard signs and historical markers at each location. Signs and markers will be in place through April 30.

26: Spring Break Staycation Begins!
Check the Dogwood Festival website for coupons and offers, then download, print and SAVE $$$!

April Events

4: Dogwood Luncheon, Vestavia Country Club, 10:30am
Don’t miss this signature spring event! The silent auction will kick off at 10:30am and the luncheon will begin at 11:30am. Heidi Elnora, an Alabama-based female entrepreneur, will serve as this year’s guest speaker. Heidi is a wedding dress designer, inspirational speaker, television personality and industry leader. A graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design, Heidi burst onto the scene as a contestant on the second season of Project Runway and later starred in her own reality show Bride By Design on TLC. In 2006, Heidi launched her namesake designer wedding dress label, which has sold in 30+ stores nationally and internationally, including all Nordstrom wedding suites, and Bergdorf Goodman in the heart of New York City. ​Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance. For ticket information, email dogwoodluncheon@gmail.com.

7: Easter Eggstravaganza, Wald Park, 11am
Visit the baby animal petting zoo, take a picture with the Easter Bunny, make a craft and find a prize egg! This non-competitive, relaxed egg hunt is for children ages 6 and under.

7: Mastering Happy Hour, Vestavia City Center, 2-6:30pm
We will have a TV screen from Backyard Jumbotron playing The Masters Tournament from 2-6:30pm! FREE and family-friendly.

8: Battle of the Bands, Rocky Ridge Business District, 5-9pm
Rocky Ridge Entertainment district will host the 4th annual Battle of the Bands competition at Rocky Ridge Plaza. This live music competition features bands from area middle schools and high schools competing for a total of $2,000 in prize money. Bands are judged on criteria including musicianship, showmanship and creativity. Enjoy food and beverages from nearby restaurants and browse retails shops, all within walking distance.  Bands perform 3-4 song sets and winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event. First place and second place prizes are $750 and $250, respectively.

13: Dogwood Days: Liberty Park, 4-7pm
Explore everything Liberty Park has to offer – boutique shopping, spas, multiple restaurants and more!

15: Vestavia Hills Garden Club Yard Sale, 7am-1pm
Don’t miss out on shopping the treasures that have been donated by members of the Garden Club! Proceeds benefit the Sybil Temple Foundation and will used for continued maintenance of the Temple. Rain date: April 22, 2023

15: VHHS RISE Day, VHHS, 4-10pm
Admission is FREE to this community-wide festival featuring food, games, live music by student bands and a luminary ceremony honoring those who have battled against cancer.

17: Historical Society Presentation: Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills City Hall, 2pm
Join the Vestavia Hills Historical Society for highlights of the history and current community outreach of the oldest established church in the city limits of Vestavia Hills, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, established in 1911. The program will include musical selections by the SMBC Jubilee Singers, a history of the church and a review of current community involvement initiatives.

18: Dogwood Prayer Breakfast, Vestavia Country Club, 7-9am (tentative)
Tickets will sell out quick … get yours today on the Chamber of Commerce website at www.vestaviahills.org. For more information, contact the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce at 205.823.5011.

20: Lunch Bunch & Historical Tour, TBD
More info to come!

21: Concert Series: TBD, Wald Park Grand Lawn, 7pm
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy great music that will have the whole family dancing! All ages are welcome to enjoy this FREE, family-friendly outdoor concert sponsored by the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest!

22: Wing Ding, Vestavia Hills City Hall, 4-7pm
Join Leadership Vestavia Hills for a day of fun competition where we put our local chefs to the test. Visitors will enjoy great chicken wings, live music and a children’s area full of games and activities.

Tickets will be on sale soon with three great options:
– $10 at the gate
– $8 advance purchase
– $5 at the gate with a donation to the LVH Hunger Project

Children 10 & under are FREE! For more information, contact Marty Martin, Wing Ding Challenge Chair – mmartin@blharbert.com.

30: Historical Society Self-Guided Tour CONCLUDES
Enjoy a self-guided “drive-by” tour of local historical sights. Guide books can be picked up at Vestavia Hills City Hall. Be sure to look for yard signs and historical markers at each location. Signs and markers will be in place through April 30.

30: Heights Hangout, The Heights Village, 2-7pm
Enjoy live music, a kid’s zone, pop-up shops, sponsor booths and more. Tickets are $10 at the gate; proceeds benefit the ongoing Beautification of Cahaba Heights through the Cahaba Heights Merchants Association.