The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back for its 83rd year of art, music, food, and outdoor fun. Did you know this iconic spring event is the third oldest fine arts festival in the country and the longest running festival in Atlanta? The festival opens this Friday, April 12th, at noon, and will continue through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th.
Admission to the festival and the live entertainment is always FREE. Midway rides have an extra charge, and there are various ways to upgrade your experience affordably — details below.
As always, the highlight of the festival is the Artists Market. More than 260 artists from all over the country will exhibit and sell works in 12 categories, including: glass, clay, wood, paintings, photography, sculpture, metal arts, jewelry, leather, and more.
Know before you go
Due to a city ordinance, no dogs (other than service animals) are allowed in Piedmont Park during the festival. PLEASE do not bring your pet and expect an exception.
There is no smoking in Piedmont Park.
You may not bring outside food or drink into the festival, and no coolers are allowed. You can bring lawn chairs, but no tents or umbrellas.
There are porta-potties and ATMs on site.
Atlanta Police will be strictly enforcing parking ordinances around Piedmont Park, so leave the car at home if at all possible! See the section below for details about MARTA, shuttle service, and parking options.
Dogwood Festival hours
- Festival is open noon to 11 p.m.
- Artists Market is open noon to 7 p.m.
- Family Friday (admission charge) is open 2 to 9 p.m.
- Festival is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Artists Market is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Backyard Bites & Brews (ticketed event) 1 to 5 p.m.
- Festival and Artists Market are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Backyard Bites & Brews (ticketed event) 1 to 5 p.m.
New: Get the app
This year, a new app makes it easier to navigate the festival while you’re in Piedmont Park. Just search for “Atlanta Dogwood Festival” in the Apple App store or on Google Play.
The app lets you explore the food, art, and entertainment in greater depth. It includes an interactive map.
Thursday night preview: Locals Only Party in the Meadow
On Thursday, April 11th, from 6 to 10 p.m., you can kick off the festival a day early. Purchase a ticket in advance online, then check in to pick up your wristband when you arrive. The cost is $20, plus a $2.49 fee.
Your wristband gives you unlimited Midway rides, access to the Meadow beer garden, and discounts on food from select vendors — PLUS, you’ll receive a free dogwood sapling!
Tickets are non-refundable and this is a rain-or-shine event.
Family Friday offers Atlanta families a good value on rides and kids’ activities. It takes place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 12th, in the Meadow.
Admission to Family Friday is $20 in advance (plus a $2.49 fee) or $25 on site. You’ll be given a wristband that includes unlimited access to rides and inflatables, and a 20% discount at select food vendors.
If you buy in advance, bring your receipt and pick up your wristband at the ticket booth located at the Charles Allen and 10th Street entrance to the park.
Tickets are non-refundable and this is a rain or shine event.
More kid-friendly events
If you can’t come on Friday, don’t worry — the kiddos will find plenty to do in during the rest of the weekend. Midway rides will be open and the Kids Village, near the park’s central playground, offers interactive games and hands-on art projects.
Mimosa 5K and Kids’ Mini-Mosa
This 5K run is an annual tradition and a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. It starts on Saturday morning, April 13th, at 8 a.m. The route follows midtown streets before ending up back in the park for a mimosa toast.
New this year is a kids’ “Mini-Mosa” run — it’s a .5K for children age eight and under. It will take place in the Meadow at 9 a.m.
$35 per person for Mimosa 5K
$15 per person for children’s “Mini-Mosa” .5K
The registration fee includes a t-shirt and a mimosa (ONLY for participants age 21+).
The registration fee is non-refundable. This is a rain or shine event.
Backyard Bites & Brews
Tickets range from $35 to $50 in advance (plus fees), and $40 to $60 on site if there are any tickets remaining.Kids under 12 get in for free with a ticket-holding adult.
Tickets are not refundable. This is a rain or shine event.
Live entertainment and performances
You can enjoy live music on the Main Stage for FREE. But, as usual, there’s a way to upgrade your experience. For $20 in advance (plus ticketing fees) or $25 on site, you can buy a spot in the VIP tent. This is really a good value, considering your ticket includes:
- Comfortable, upfront seating
- Access to the VIP Tent from 7 to 10 p.m.
- A plated BBQ dinner
- Reduced drink prices
- Private restroom in a nearby trailer
- $20 in advance or $25 door if available
- Ages 7-18 just $10
- Children 6 and Under are FREE with a ticketed adult
Tickets are non-refundable. This is a rain or shine event.
The Main Stage musical performance schedule
- 3:00 p.m. — Cinnamon Denise (R&B)
- 4:15 p.m. — Larry Griffith Band (Blues)
- 5:30 p.m. — Atlanta Soul Power (James Brown tribute)
- 7:00 p.m. — The Jake Bartley Band (Rock)
- 9:00 p.m. — Jacob Bryant (Country / Rock)
- 12:30 p.m. — Wren & the Wravens (Rock)
- 2:00 p.m. — Blood on the Harp (Indie)
- 3:00 p.m. — BJ Wilbanks (Rock / Soul)
- 5:00 p.m. — The Wesley Pruitt Band (Americana)
- 7:00 p.m. — Jessica Meuse (Country)
- 9:00 p.m. — Stone Senate (Southern Rock)
- 11:00 a.m. — Community Music Center of Atlanta Showcase
- 1:00 p.m. — Chequered Blue (Classic rock)
- 3:00 p.m. — Preachervan (Alt-rock)
- 5:00 p.m. — Clay Shelburn (Country)
The International Stage is located on the Lake Clara Meer dock. It highlights the many international communities that make up metro Atlanta, and features both professional and amateur performers from children to adults. Performances include dance, song, martial arts, drumming, and more.
It wouldn’t be the Dogwood Festival without this canine sporting competition! Get the full schedule of demonstrations and events online.
Getting there and parking
If you don’t want to be towed or ticketed, PLEASE don’t park illegally. Your best bet is to leave the car at home and take MARTA to the festival.
MARTA has an excellent, detailed guide with step-by-step walking directions from the rail stations, as well as the bus routes that get you closer to the park. View it online.
It’s an easy 15 to 20 minute walk to Piedmont Park from either Arts Center Station or Midtown Station. Which station you choose to exit at depends on which side of the festival you want to hit up first (Midtown is closer to the Midway rides, while Arts Center is closer to the Artist Market).
You can park your car for FREE at the following rail stations:
- Sandy Springs
- North Springs
- College Point
- East Point
- West End
TIP: Purchase a Breeze Card in advance if you don’t have one. If you do, add a round trip fare online, so you don’t have to wait at a fare machine. Remember, trains run every 20 minutes on the weekend. The MARTA ON THE GO app can put train schedules in your pocket!
You can also take a FREE shuttle from MARTA rail stations to the Dogwood Festival. Catch a shuttle at one of these locations:
- Arts Center Station — the pickup point is at the Bus Depot, 1255 W. Peachtree St. NW
- Midtown Station — the pickup point is on Peachtree Place at the rear of the station
Shuttle buses will drop you off on Piedmont Aveneue between 13th and 14th Streets. You can pick up the shuttle back to MARTA at the same spot, after your festival visit.
The shuttle runs during the following hours:
- Friday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:30 am – 10:30 pm
- Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Biking to the festival
There will be a bike valet on 10th Street near Charles Allen Drive, in the bicycle lane.