Each April, Atlanta’s Piedmont Park welcomes the warm weather with live music, art displays, and delicious food for the whole family to enjoy. This year, the 83rd annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will run from April 12–14.
A distinguished history
Dating all the way back to 1936, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has been celebrated by generations of Atlantans. The Festival has certainly changed over the years, and it looks a whole lot different than it did when it debuted 83 years ago.
In the 70s, art became the cornerstone of the festival, with different attractions like hot air balloon races and a regatta keeping attendees entertained all weekend long. A decade later, music took over the scene, and the Festival ran between eight day and the full month, depending on the year. In the 90s and 2000s, the festival was popular, but struggled to find a distinguished home and brand until it returned to its roots in Piedmont Park in 2009. Now, with nearly 60 corporate sponsors and media partners, the festival has solidified itself as an integral part of Atlanta’s beloved culture.
Art & Music
Each year, festivalgoers look forward to the vast collection of art and constant live music performances. This year’s will have over 250 local artists’ work on display, offering a wide variety of pieces for purchase. Oil paintings, jewelry, photography, and glass and ceramics are just a few of the categories from year’s past.
From Friday afternoons to Sunday evenings, there will be no shortage of live music ringing throughout the park. The festival features two different stages: one Main Stage with musicians from all around the area, and an International Stage highlighting music from around the world.
The fun doesn’t end with admiring great artists and musicians. Friday, April 12 is Family Friday at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Enjoy unlimited access to rides and inflatables, with options for all ages, as well as discounted food and drinks from 2–9 p.m.
On Saturday morning, a 5K takes runners through Atlanta’s historic Midtown, with a refreshing mimosa waiting for each runner upon completion. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Atlanta’s top restaurants and craft breweries will be in attendance to give samples of their most sought after food and drink options. Tickets to this event give you access to a day of food and beer tasting all in one place.
No matter what you’re looking for, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is sure to be a weekend to remember with friends and family. This year, kick off the spring weather right, and make the most of Atlanta’s most esteemed outdoor festival.
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