Piedmont Park in spring. Photo by Kimie Yates, @kimieyates
Guide to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival
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 sign of spring that brings together lovers of art, food and entertainment for one big blooming weekend at Piedmont Park. Enjoy a variety of artwork at the Artist Market and music from two stages.
Dogs join Dogwoods at the 83rd Dogwood Festival. Artists, food vendors and talented dogs take over Piedmont Park. Pro tips: head to the stages - the bands are always fantastic. If you are bringing little ones, buy a ride wristband ahead of time to save $3..• • Info on these great pics:. (1) Francis & Hype, 📷 @atlantadiscdogs • (2) Commemorative Dogwood + new railing, 📷 @brrogers, also creator of the railing • (3) @dogwoodfestival
Youngsters will find plenty to do in the Kids Village and will especially love watching dogs catch flying discs. Admission is free.
Additional Attractions in Atlanta
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.
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, 404-876-5859
Northwest of Atlanta, you'll find unique shopping, history and museums in Marietta. Take in a show at one of Marietta's two theaters, or just enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned town square.
Where to Eat and Stay
Taste the fluffy biscuits that are part of the Flying Biscuit Café’s “non-stop” breakfast menu at its Midtown location near Piedmont Park. Stay at the refurbished Artmore Hotel, a 1924 Spanish-style building with a charming courtyard that’s near Atlanta’s Midtown arts and cultural attractions.
Flying Biscuit Café: 1001 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-8887
Artmore Hotel: 1302 W. Peachtree St. NW, 404-876-6100, 800-548-5631
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. Even in the spring, it can get hot outside.
- 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.
- Unless your furry friend is competing in the Disc Dog event or is a service animal, you'll have to leave your pets at home.