The Annual 47th Dogwood Festival will be from April 29 – May 2.

Orleans Chamber of Commerce says there will be carnival rides, games, children’s activities, arts and crafts, a hometown parade, food, live entertainment and hopefully the Historic Congress Square will be surrounded by dogwoods in full-bloom.


Admission is free.

The event is recognized as one of Midwest Living Magazine’s “Top Five Flowering Festivals”.

The dogwood tree is the trademark of Orleans, the Dogwood Capital of Indiana, as “Operation Dogwood,” was launched in the mid-1960s with a goal of having hundreds of the trees planted along roadways, the historic town park square and in yards. The annual Dogwood Festival celebrates the town’s beautiful Dogwood blossoms each spring.

Orleans turns 200 years old in 2015 (1815-2015). This milestone will be celebrated with special events throughout the year, so mark your calendars and plan to be a part of the year-long birthday Bicentennial Celebration.

The Orleans Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.