Piedmont Park in spring. Photo by Kimie Yates, @kimieyates
Photo by Kimie Yates, @kimieyates

Piedmont Park in spring. Photo by Kimie Yates, @kimieyates

Guide to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

You know spring has arrived when the dogwoods start to bloom. In Atlanta that’s cause for celebration with the city’s oldest outdoor event, the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April.

Piedmont Park in Atlanta in spring
Piedmont Park in Atlanta in spring

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.

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

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.
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



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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

Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta
Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta

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.
Published: January 2020