The Atlanta Dogwood Festival, in Piedmont Park (every year in April), celebrates the city’s iconic native dogwood trees and their beautiful spring blooms. The free annual event draws crowds of 200,000 or more every year.
The musical entertainment leans towards bluegrass and country, with a bit of rock and soul in the mix. The art competition highlights local a variety of paintings, sculpture, jewelry and photography. The event features a juried Fine Artist Market, Backyard Barbecue and Brews (tickets required) on Saturday and Sunday, a Kids Village decked out with huge inflatables, arts & crafts, classic rides and face painting, plus the usual festival food (funnel cakes, kettle corn, gyros), wine, live entertainment and more.
Friday is Family Day with special entertainment for kids. Families can enjoy unlimited ride wristbands good for all rides and inflatables. You’ll also find discounts with select food and beverage vendors with the wristband.
WHAT: Atlanta Dogwood Festival — admission is free.
WHEN: Every year in April. Follow the link above to the official event website for updated info.
WHERE: Piedmont Park, located near Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street.
GETTING THERE: The two closest MARTA stations to the festival are the Midtown and Arts Center stations on the red/gold rail lines. Take the shuttle from MARTA Arts Center Station, MARTA Midtown Station or from the Campanile Deck (bus stop is across the street).
PARKING: If you’re driving, here are three good parking options.
- Campanile Parking Deck at 1155 Juniper Street.
- Sage Parking Facility operated by the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
- Campanile Parking Deck at 1155 Juniper Street (behind 14th St Playhouse, one block from the park.)