Dogwood Festival in Atlanta's Piedmont Park

The 2023 Dogwood Festival will be held in Atlanta's Piedmont Park April 14-16, 2023.

Guide to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

You know spring has arrived when the dogwoods start to bloom. In Atlanta, that's cause for celebration. This year, the city's oldest outdoor event, the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park April 12-14, 2024.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia

What started in 1936 as a way to put Atlanta on the map, thanks to the beautification efforts of garden clubs and community-minded people, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is now an eagerly awaited event that brings together lovers of art, food and entertainment for one big weekend at Piedmont Park.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is requested. Enjoy a variety of artwork at the Artist Market and live music throughout the weekend. Youngsters will find plenty to do in the Kids Village from arts and crafts projects to inflatables, and kids of all ages will love the amusement park rides (tickets required).

Attendees who would like VIP access can buy tickets to Party in the Park, which offers a perfect view of the Coca-Cola Main Stage, a private bar, beer and wine tastings, private bathrooms and more. Guests can customize their Party in the Park experience with several ticket levels.

Visit the festival's website for complete details.

Additional Attractions in Atlanta

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden

While you're at the festival, stroll next door to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where something's always blooming indoors and out. You can't miss the orchid collection, but you'll have to look closely to see wildlife – frogs, geckos, birds – in the Tropical Rotunda.

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Where to Eat and Stay

Politan Row at Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta
Politan Row at Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta. Photo by Melissa McAlpine, @discoveratlanta

Taste an eclectic mix of cuisines at Colony Square’s elegant Politan Row food hall, complete with a hidden cocktail lounge and curated tasting experience that raises the bar of communal dining — think ponzu tuna bowls, chutney-topped pizzas and oxtail street tacos.

Stay at the refurbished Hotel Clermont, which was built in 1924 and is now a stylish boutique property. It has a rooftop bar, French restaurant, and a casual cafe.

Find more recommendations in the Guide to Atlanta.

Cyclists in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia
Cyclists in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland

Tips from locals

  • Take MARTA, Atlanta's transportation system, to get to the Dogwood Festival. Otherwise, you might spend a lot of time looking for a place to park.
  • Arrive early to avoid the crowds and get a chance to see things first.
  • Stay hydrated. Spring in Georgia can be hot and humid.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you'll be walking a lot.
  • Bring cash with you. Even though there are ATMs at the festival, it never hurts to have cash on hand.
  • No pets, outside food/beverage or tobacco products are permitted in the park during the festival.
Published: February 2024
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