Don’t miss the Dazzling Dahlias Festival this weekend in Highlands

Highlands Historical Society’s 11th Annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival will be held this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 11-12 throughout the Town of Highlands.

The Bascom will host Highlands Historical Society’s Dazzling Dahlia Show from 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. The public is invited to view the incredible, irresistible dahlia in its many different varietals.

The Laurel Garden Club’s submission , X Marks the Spot, from last year’s Dazzling Dahlia Festival. Read more HERE.

Individual blooms, and stunning arrangements of dahlias are judged and awarded accordingly by Garden Club of America judges. Growers may bring their entries to the Bascom from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Cost is $20 for up to 8 blooms to enter. The 2-day dahlia festival will have dazzling dahlias and mixed floral vignettes installed all over Highlands.

Explore Highlands along the “Dahlia Trail” with stunning dahlia and native plant vignettes at historical locations and local businesses. Discover Highlands history, learn about the plateau’s stunning natural environment, and admire the astounding talent of local floral enthusiasts.

Dahlia Trail Map throughout Highlands.

A walking and driving map of dahlia installations will be available at the visitor’s center, the Bascom, Highlands Historical Village, and Kelsey-Hutchinson Founder’s Park.

There are 2 divisions of displays, competition and display.

A panel of secret judges will award the competition division prizes based on design, story, execution, and dahlias. The public may vote for their favorites by following the QR code and going to, (or click HERE).

Judges and people’s choice winners will be announced at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday at KHFP right before the band Full Circle takes the stage at 6 p.m. for the Saturday’s on Pine concert series.

Winners will have their ribbons for viewing on Sunday.

From left are Dazzling Dahlia Festival co-chairs Lisa Daily and Kim Daugherty celebrating a successful Dazzling Dahlia Festival at the awards ceremony last year at KHFP in Highlands.

There will be self-guided scavenger hunts for children of all ages, Highlands Biological Foundation and Highlands Cashiers Land Trust will have surprises in the park.

Highlands Historical Village will have flower arrangements for sale, and docent guided tours of the Prince house & Highlands Historical museum. Both the dahlia festival and show are free, and are outdoors, socially distanced events.

The Dahlia Festival is sponsored by the Highlands Historical Society, at 524 N. 4th St. Any donations are appreciated and go to supporting the HHV and HHS programs.

For information on how to enter your vignette in the 2-day Dahlia Festival, or more info on the individual bloom show at the Bascom on Sept. 11, click HERE.

Both the Dahlia Festival and the Dahlia Show are free and are outdoors socially distanced events. Any donations will go to support the Highlands Historical Village at 524 N 4th St. Highlands.

Article courtesy of the Highlands Historical Society
Photos by Plateau Daily News

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