The 80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival, A Feast for the Senses!

One of the country's premier fine arts festivals will return to Atlanta this weekend for its 80th consecutive year. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival will take place in Piedmont Park once more in what promises to be another extravagant cultural experience for all. Hundreds of artists from around the country will put the fruits of their talents on display, including sculptors, painters, photographers, craftsmen and more. Live music and southern cooking will solidify this event as a true feast for the senses. The majority of this event will be free, though there are some ticketed sections.

The Art:

Besides the dogwoods themselves, the Artist Market is undoubtedly the crown attraction at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. The artist market will run each day from the start of the festival until 7pm. Some of the most esteemed artists and art connoisseurs from around the area will judge competitions in both two dimensional and three dimensional art. The Art Market is the third largest art festival in the United States, and the works displayed reflect that. 

The Music:

Two stages will feature musical acts of every genre, both domestic and international, throughout the three day festival. Click here for a full musical lineup. The Friday Night Beach Party will get started at 9:30pm and feature "A1A", the official Jimmy Buffet Tribute show. Wear your best island gear! "Electric Avenue" will get your feet moving on Saturday night with the best 80's pop covers. Two can't miss shows to top off a great day of art and trees.

The Food: 

The Backyard Barbeque and Brews event is ticketed and generally sells out each year. Come grab a taste of all southern food has to offer and enjoy a craft beer while you're at it. The event will take place from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Logistically speaking: 

Schedule  -  
April 8: Noon - 11pm
April 9: 10am - 11pm
April 10: 10am - 6pm
The Artist market will close at 7pm on Friday and Saturday

Festival Map  -  Efficiency is key, especially if you've got kids with you. Orient yourself with the Festival Map.

Getting there - 

Per the festival's website, the Atlanta Police Department will be heavily enforcing all illegal parking around Piedmont Park the weekend of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Residential parking fines have substantially increased and vehicles parked within tow zones will be impounded.

Taking public transportation, such as Marta, is an efficient, safe way to access the festival.

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We're looking forward to one of the best spring weekends of the year in Atlanta. Come check out something different before football season ramps up again!

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