ATLANTA — When the Atlanta Dogwood Festival opens for its 83rd year this spring, the city’s residents and visitors will once again have the opportunity to enjoy three days of fine art and live entertainment while delighting in the delicate blooms of the dogwood tree.
Hosted by the festival’s nonprofit organization and held in Piedmont Park, this annual event regularly attracts 200,000+ attendees during its three days of offerings. With more than eight decades of history, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the city’s largest and longest-running fine arts festival, and it’s the third oldest in the country.
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a fine arts festival and so much more. Each year, hundreds of thousands of attendees head to Piedmont Park to enjoy this annual springtime tradition just as they have for nearly a century. Entrance is free!
WHEN & WHERE
83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park – Charles Allen Dr. and 10th Street, Atlanta
Friday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14, 2019
Featuring the top 260 artists selected from more than 1,000 entries each year, the juried, fine art Artist Market at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival welcomes art lovers to peruse and purchase. Because the festival is one of the first events of the art festival season, artists display their newest and best work straight from their studios
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers a variety of live entertainment throughout the weekend. From big-name bands on the Main Stage to local dance troupes on the International Stage, there is always something exciting to see and hear at the festival.
Following a course through the beautiful and historic Midtown neighborhood, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K grows in popularity each year. The Saturday morning race ends with an OJ & bubbly toast in Piedmont Park after which runners can stay and enjoy the festival.
In addition to welcoming hundreds of performers to the International Stage each year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival features edutainment booths hosted by local consulates and organizations representing the many global communities that call Atlanta home. This important festival initiative works to bridge nations and grow intercultural awareness and understanding.
HIGH SCHOOL ART
While the Artist Market welcomes hundreds of professional artists, the festival supports young artists with the award-winning Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE). Offering Atlanta-area high school students the chance to take part in a real artist competition, the AHSAE receives more than 700 submissions from which a panel of judges selects the top works to exhibit in the park’s Community Center during the festival.
Sponsored and supported by the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the AHSAE provides prizes and scholarships for top submissions. During the festival, teams of high school artists are also invited to participate in the Art Throwdown, a live, timed art competition that takes place on the lawn in front of the Community Center.
Under the spacious VIP Tent overlooking the Main Stage, the festival presents ticketed culinary events that provide guests with flavors of the South from local restaurants and chefs, as well as comfortable seating, private bathrooms, a dedicated bar and a great view of the live music performances. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night VIP events and for Saturday and Sunday afternoon tasting events go on sale in early 2019.
KIDS & FAMILIES
Making sure that all ages are entertained, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has two areas for kids to enjoy: the Kids Village, featuring hands-on activities for younger attendees, and the Midway, including a variety of rides for all ages and inflatables for toddlers. Festival opening day kicks off with Family Friday when attendees can purchase wristbands for unlimited ride access and discounts on food and beverages.
A festival staple for more than two decades, the onsite disc dog competition hosted by The Greater Atlanta Dog & Disc Club amazes onlookers with the feats of super talented canines. This USDDN World Finals Qualifier has grown to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the world today and definitely a favorite with festival attendees.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL
The city’s longest-running festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing the annual springtime celebration of arts and entertainment. The Society of American Travel Writers named the Atlanta Dogwood Festival as one of the Top 10 Spring Festivals in 2012 and Sunshine Artist magazine named the festival the 8th best in the country in 2017. The Art Fair Sourcebook ranked the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in its list of Top 25 Fine Art Festivals in the country for 2013. The festival has also earned significant recognition for the overwhelming success of its Green Festival Initiative, which in 2011, 2012 and 2013 received a Gold Award for Best Festival Environmental Program from the International Festivals & Events Association.
The 83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place April 12 – 14, 2019 in Piedmont Park. www.dogwood.org
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