Quincy's 2014 Dogwood Festival is ready to go! This years' theme is 'Top of the List,' and activities kick off on April 30.

The annual block parties will take place the evening of Friday, May 2 and the parade starts at 9:30am on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 24th and Maine. Of course Washington Park will again be abuzz with carnival rides, food and plenty of fun as well.

A full schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, April 30

  • 6:30pm Quincy High School Concert Band & Orchestra Banquet Concert, Baldwin Gym

Thursday, May 1

  • 7:00pm Little King and Queen of Dogwood Pageant, Quincy Mall Center Court
  • 7:00pm Quincy Notre Dame High School Spring Choral Concert, QND Gymnasium

Friday, May 2

  • 6:00pm Neighborhood Block Parties, Various Locations. Sponsored by Y101 Radio

Saturday, May 3

  • 8:00 am Bake Sale, Quincy Museum, 1601 Maine Street
  • 8:00-11:00am “Grab and Go” Breakfast at Quincy Junior High, 14h and Maine
  • 8:30am, Breakfast on the Lawn, First Christian Church, 1415 Maine
  • 9:00am-6pm, Amusement rides, food, crafts in Washington Park.
  • 9:30am Parade, 24th and Maine, proceeds west to 6th St. Please bring a canned food item for the “Operation Serve” collection for local pantries.
  • 12:00-3:00pm, Entertainment at Fifth & Hampshire
  • 1:00-4:00pm Pet events, vendors and demonstrations, sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus
  • 5:00-7:00pm, AAUW Annual Spring Fundraiser, Patio Party, 1680 Maine
  • 6:00pm, “Rockin’ Around the Dogwoods” dinner dance, the Elks Club, 311 N. 2nd, sponsored by American Business Women’s Association. Music by Raised on Radio. Dinner at 6; dancing 7-11. Tickets are $25/person and are available at The Elks, Quincy Chamber of Commerce or from any ABWA member. For information, call 217-440-5675.

Sunday, May 4

  • 12:00-4:00pm, Amusement Rides, food, crafts in Washington Park.
  • 1:00-3:00pm, Entertainment, Fifth and Hampshire
  • 1:00-4:00pm Pet events, vendors and demonstrations, sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus
  • 1:00-5:00pm Quincy Preserves Spring, Behind Closed Doors Home Tour Six historic homes featured: 238 S 12th, 1450 Vermont, 1641 Hampshire, 1678 Hampshire, 1680 Maine Call 217-222-3432 for ticket information.
  • 1:00-4:00pm Architectural & History Tour of Quincy Junior High School, 14th and Maine. Tours start every 15 minutes.
  • 2:00-3:30pm, Baccalaureate-Senior Retrospective 2014 Art Show reception, Quincy University, Gray Gallery.
  • 7:00pm Concert For Life, St. James Lutheran Church, 900 S. 17th. Please join us for a wonderful evening of uplifting music with Ralph Fairchild and his family.