The beloved Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta's official kick-off to Spring and the city’s longest-running festival, returns to Piedmont Park, Friday through Sunday, April 10-12. Presented by PNC Bank, the festival welcomes artists and visitors to a three-day weekend of live music, international performances, gourmet and festival fare, midway rides and games, the popular disc dog competition and more under the always anticipated blooming dogwood trees.

Music is an essential feature of the festival.  See your favorites on the Coca-Cola Main Stage then head over to the Lake Clara Meer dock and check out the International Stage. When you get hungry, follow the enticing festival food aromas of funnel cakes, onion rings, kettle corn, and more!

On April 19, 1936, Atlanta invites the world to attend her first Dogwood Festival. Walter Rich, president of ADF and founder of Rich's department store, seeks to make Atlanta internationally known for the blooming of the dogwood trees during the week-long event. Trees are planted in all parts of Atlanta under the sponsorship of the garden clubs and public spirited citizens interested in the beautification of the city. Pageants, parades and carnivals sponsored by the Junior League, along with performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Symphony, and choruses from local colleges.

Show up hungry to the Backyard Barbecue & Brews on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. This ticketed event, held in a spacious tent overlooking the Main Stage, Backyard Barbecue & Brews showcases local craft beers, wine, barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city’s favorite restaurants and chefs. You’ll also find picnic-style seating, activities like corn hole and access to private bathrooms. 

Matt Simpson will be playing "Ask The Beer Sommelier" Matt will be onsite during Backyard Barbecue & Brews sharing information about the craft beer industry, the brewing process, food and beer pairing, serving temperatures, styles and more! Look for Matt's table under the The Beer Sommelier banner and his Beer Aid banner all day, so come on by, before you start drinking!

What to do at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival?

5K RUN Festival attendees will now have a chance to run off that funnel cake by hitting the pavement at the first-ever Atlanta Dogwood Festival 5K. Held Saturday, April 11, 2015, the run will include the 5K and a 1-mile Fun Run.

ECO-VILLAGE The festival recycles all cooking oil, requires vendors to use only compostable serving ware and hosts the Eco-Village where guests can meet “green” companies, learn about taking Eco-friendly practices home and find out about the latest green developments.

YOUTH ART The Atlanta Dogwood Festival gives high school artists an opportunity to compete, exhibit their work and earn prizes such as scholarships and art supplies. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition is a juried competition and exhibit drawing upwards of 700 entries each year.

KIDS & RIDES The much-visited Kids Zone is situated in the Mayor’s Grove close to the children’s playground and a variety of rides can be found in the Piedmont Park Meadow. Children and adults can spend hours having fun, jumping on the inflatables, riding the merry-go-round, or something more adventurous.

FAMILY FRIDAY In 2015, the festival will offer families a special package for a night on the town by putting together a deal with ride tickets and discounts.

DISC DOGS A festival favorite, the disc dog competition takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The competing canines amaze and astound as they literally fly through the air. (Other than competing dogs, no pets are allowed in the park during the festival, per a City of Atlanta ordinance.)

THE GREAT CHAIR HACK Saturday, April 11 from 1pm to 5pm, MODA and IDSA present an afternoon of “chair hacking” at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

During the Atlanta Dogwood Festival ...

SLEEP. DINE. All UNDER ONE ROOF.  At the W Midtown Atlanta. Rest up for tomorrow, or grab a nap before an evening out.  Whatever inspires you, find it here. Cozy up for a chat in our Living Room or delight in classic and modern twists on New South favorites at TRACE, Midtown's farm-to-table dining experience. Work out in FIT, our state-of-the-art fitness center, or cool things off in WET®, our outdoor pool. When it comes time to wind down, visit the luxurious Bliss® Spa.  Also let the pet pal you love travel in style with you at W Atlanta Midtown.

And when the sun sets, free your inner night owl at some of Atlanta's chicest clubs, including Rande Gerber's Whiskey Park, which is at home inside the W Atlanta - Midtown Hotel.

BED AND BREAKFAST The Shellmont Inn an award-winning bed and breakfast, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1891, offers all the luxurious amenities found in an upscale boutique hotel. Located on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown Atlanta’s theater, restaurant and cultural district, this crowning jewel is an urban oasis just steps from Atlanta’s Midtown Mile and bustling Peachtree Street.

THE FOX THEATRE See the Blue Man Group at The Fabulous Fox . Blue Man Group’s critically acclaimed show has been called “visually stunning,” “wildly inventive,” and “hysterically funny.” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group’s show is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. This unique theatrical experience is like nothing else.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Two great musicians together — Ax and Mozart! One of the world’s most sought-after soloists, Emanuel Ax, playsMozart’s effervescent 14th PianoConcerto, written not for himself as were most of his concertos, but for his favorite student. Lionel Bringuier conducts two brooding pieces from the German Romantics — the Overture to Weber’s opera Der Freischütz, about a marksman who has to earn his love in spite of a deal with the Devil, and Schumann’s triumphant Fourth Symphony.


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Click below to download the 78th Annual Dogwood 2014 Festival Guide. This guide will assist in planning your 2015 festival itinerary.

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