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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2019

Photo Credit: Courtesy Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2019


The Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The first Dogwood Festival took place April 19, 1936. The founder of Rich's department store, Walter Rich, was the visionary behind the week-long event.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival Postcard From 1936 (400)

Largely due to the popularity of the festival, the Dogwood Tree is connected to the City of Atlanta in a similar way that the Cherry Blossom is identified with Washington DC. The Dogwood grows mainly in the Southeast US, the Atlantic Seaboard and the MidWest.

Is the Dogwood Worthy of Its Own Festival?

Creative Loafing's Jeff Slate asks residents:

Street Talk 2009
Street Talk 2009

Ric: "Definitely. When something can bring attention to nature, it’s a good thing. And they are beautiful, they’re beautiful trees. They’re kind of like the cherry blossoms in Japan. They only come a certain time of year, so you might as well enjoy them. The white blossom is different and really stands out in the midst of everyday green, pink and yellow. I’m not a botanist, but a beautiful flower is a beautiful flower. I’m new to Georgia and I’ve never seen a dogwood until I came here. It is a gorgeous tree and flower."

Street Talk 2009
Street Talk 2009

Gina: If there was an impressive display of them at Piedmont Park, then yes. But I’m from D.C, and the cherry blossoms are always so breathtaking and beautiful. The park here is lacking dogwood trees. It’s kind of silly to name it the Dogwood Festival when you only have five dogwood trees. In D.C. people go to see the cherry blossoms. It’s impressive. There are cherry blossoms! But here, call it a spring festival or something, so you don’t have any expectations of seeing beautiful dogwoods. Or plant some more dogwood trees.

Street Talk 2009
Street Talk 2009

Rosalyn: Yes. It’s a initial sign of spring. It’s symbolic of Christianity. It was the tree that was used for Jesus to be nailed to the cross, and the flower heavily resembles the cross. My parents and grandparents would always show them to us and explained to us what they meant. It’s the first tree I learned about. There’s a lot of sentimental value, especially for this area because it's the Bible Belt. The white is a symbol of purity. Most people, if they know their history, know what the dogwood symbolizes. And when you see them, they are just so beautiful.


2019 Atlanta Dogwood Festival Events By Day

Friday April 12, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Arts Agenda, Community, Community::Festivals/Events
Featuring: Cinnamon DeniseLarry Griffith BandAtlanta Soul PowerThe Jake Bartley BandJacob Bryant
For all Atlanta Dogwood Festival Events


This year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates its 83r...
Free [click here for more]
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Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Arts Agenda, Community, Community::Festivals/Events
Featuring: Blood on the HarpBJ WilbanksJessica MeuseWren & The WravensThe Wesley Pruitt BandStone Senate
For all Atlanta Dogwood Festival Events


This year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates its 83r...
Free [click here for more]
CL RECOMMENDS
Sunday April 14, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Arts Agenda, Community, Community::Festivals/Events
Featuring: Clay ShelburnChequered BluePREACHERVAN (The Georgia Flood)
For all Atlanta Dogwood Festival Events


This year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival celebrates its 83r...
Free [click here for more]
CL RECOMMENDS

Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2018 Video

News About the Dogwood Festival

Events for Friday, April 12, 2019 - Day One

Friday April 12, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Arts Agenda, Arts Agenda::Visual Arts, Community::Festivals/Events
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival includes one of the largest and most diverse juried arts festivals in t...
Free [click here for more]
Friday April 12, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park Cost: $20-$25 for Wristbands
Community::Family, Community::Festivals/Events
The 83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival hosts Family Friday, welcoming families and offering the un...
$20-$25 for Wristbands [click here for more]
Friday April 12, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Cinnamon Denise
Join Cinnamon Denise on the Main Stage at the Dogwood Festival
Free [click here for more]

Friday April 12, 2019 04:15 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Larry Griffith Band
Join the Larry Griffith Band on the main stage for a Friday afternoon concert.
Free [click here for more]
Friday April 12, 2019 05:30 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Atlanta Soul Power
Join Atlanta Soul Power at the Main Stage of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival for a James Brown Tribute.
Free [click here for more]
Friday April 12, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: The Jake Bartley Band
See the The Jake Bartley Band at the main stage at the Dogwood Festival
Free [click here for more]
Friday April 12, 2019 09:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Jacob Bryant
Join Jacob Bryant at the main stage of the Dogwood Festival.
Free [click here for more]


Events for Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Day Two

Saturday April 13, 2019 08:00 am EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Community::Sports and Health
To celebrate its favorite season, the 83rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival welcomes runners and walk...
$15-$35 [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Arts Agenda, Arts Agenda::Visual Arts, Community::Festivals/Events
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival includes one of the largest and most diverse juried arts festivals in t...
Free [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 12:30 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Wren & The Wravens
See Wren & The Wravens on the Main Stage.
Free [click here for more]

Saturday April 13, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Food and Drink, Food and Drink::Beer Events, Food and Drink::Food Festivals and Events
Backyard Bites & Brews is a ticketed tasting event held during the festival. At this all-inclusive e...
$30-$60 [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Blood on the Harp
See Blood on the Harp on the Main Stage at the Dogwood Festival
Free [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: BJ Wilbanks
See BJ Wilbanks on the Main Stage
Free [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: The Wesley Pruitt Band
See the The Wesley Pruitt Band on the Main Stage.
Free [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Jessica Meuse
See Jessica Meuse on the Main Stage at the Dogwood Festival.
Free [click here for more]
Saturday April 13, 2019 09:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Stone Senate
See Stone Senate on the Main Stage at the Dogwood Festival.
Free [click here for more]

Events for Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Day Three

Sunday April 14, 2019 10:00 am EDT
Arts Agenda, Arts Agenda::Visual Arts, Community::Festivals/Events
The Atlanta Dogwood Festival includes one of the largest and most diverse juried arts festivals in t...
Free [click here for more]
Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Community::Family, Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
The Community Music Center of Atlanta Showcase features music from the Community based organization ...
Free [click here for more]
Sunday April 14, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Chequered Blue
See Chequered Blue on the Main Stage at the Dogwood Festival.
Free [click here for more]

Sunday April 14, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Food and Drink, Food and Drink::Beer Events, Food and Drink::Food Festivals and Events
Backyard Bites & Brews is a ticketed tasting event held during the festival. At this all-inclusive e...
$30-$60 [click here for more]
Sunday April 14, 2019 03:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: PREACHERVAN (The Georgia Flood)
See PREACHERVAN (The Georgia Flood) on the Main Stage at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
Free [click here for more]
Sunday April 14, 2019 05:00 pm EDT
Community::Festivals/Events, Music Events
Featuring: Clay Shelburn
See Clay Shelburn on the Main Stage for the final performance of the 2019 Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
Free [click here for more]

2019 Festival Map

2019 Atlanta Dogwood Festival Map

Creative Loafing Stories About the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Article

Tuesday April 4, 2017 03:09 pm EDT
The popular festival is back for its 81st year | more...

Article

Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:10 pm EDT
Atlanta party-funk crew Noot d' Noot will perform, along with local psych-surf dudes the Jaguars, Soulphonics & Ruby Velle and the Forty-Fives | more...

Article

Monday April 12, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Fri.-Sun., April 16-18 | more...

Article

Tuesday April 21, 2009 02:15 pm EDT
Despite the temperamental weather forecast, people from all over the Atlanta area traveled into the city to enjoy the festivities of Atlanta's Dogwood Festival on April 18. Perhaps due to its return to a home on the green of Piedmont Park, it drew crazy amount of people who clogged the streets and sidewalks of Midtown. Food, music, and various forms of artwork from dozens of exhibiting artists... | more...

Article

Sunday April 12, 2009 12:22 pm EDT
image-1Ric: Definitely. When something can bring attention to nature, it’s a good thing. And they are beautiful, they’re beautiful trees. They’re kind of like the cherry blossoms in Japan. They only come a certain time of year, so you might as well enjoy them. The white blossom is different and really stands out in the midst of everyday green, pink and yellow. I’m not a... | more...

Article

Wednesday September 10, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Navigating Midtown Restaurant Week | more...

Article

Friday April 4, 2008 03:00 pm EDT

image-1(Photo courtesy Atlanta Dogwood Festival)

The drought has taken a toll on the city's cultural scene, evident in this year's relocation of the ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL from Piedmont Park to Lenox Square. The 72-year-old festival, beginning Fri., APRIL 4, may have a hard time convincing Atlantans to celebrate the arrival of spring at the mall, but if the weather turns dismal, everyone...

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Article

Wednesday April 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Fri., April 4 | more...

Article

Friday February 1, 2008 10:39 pm EST

We don't know how they'll get blooming dogwood trees onto the pavement at Lenox Square Mall, but that's where this year's version of the Dogwood Festival will be held. Organizers made the announcement today that the 72nd annual festival will move to Buckhead from its traditional spot in Piedmont Park, which is off-limits this year because of the drought.

It will be a different kind of...

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Article

Thursday January 31, 2008 11:00 pm EST
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Coverage from the January, 2008 issue of Creative Loafing. | more...

Article

Tuesday January 29, 2008 04:36 pm EST

Organizers of the 72nd annual Dogwood Festival say they may have to move the popular event to Stone Mountain or Lenox Mall this year after they received word from the city on Jan. 11 that Piedmont Park will be off-limits to festivals and events this year because of the drought.

They have looked at a number of possible sites - including Turner Field, Atlantic Station and the Civic Center -...

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Article

Friday January 11, 2008 11:08 pm EST
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Coverage from the January, 2008 issue of Creative Loafing. | more...

Article

Wednesday April 11, 2007 12:04 am EDT
Sat., April 14 | more...

Article

Wednesday April 11, 2007 12:04 am EDT
Everyday answers to oddball questions | more...

Article

Wednesday April 5, 2006 12:04 am EDT
Five acts worth checking out | more...

Article

Thursday April 1, 2004 12:04 am EST
No description provided | more...

Article

Thursday April 1, 2004 12:04 am EST
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Coverage from the April, 2004 issue of Creative Loafing. | more...

Article

Thursday March 25, 2004 12:04 am EST
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Coverage from the March, 2004 issue of Creative Loafing. | more...

Article

Wednesday April 9, 2003 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta Dogwood Festival Coverage from the April, 2003 issue of Creative Loafing. | more...

Article

Wednesday April 10, 2002 12:04 am EDT

Singer/songwriter Caroline Aiken began serving as entertainment coordinator of Atlanta's annual Dogwood Festival in 1993. Since then, she says, "It's gone from kind of a craft show to a full-blown, critically acclaimed event that everyone wants to get into."

When scheduling acts to perform for such a varied crowd, Aiken tries to build on each band's particular energy "so there's an incredible...

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Article

Wednesday April 11, 2001 12:04 am EDT

Steve & Mr. Peepers
Mr. Peepers loves people. I don't like people. There's too many people here. They bother me. Mr. Peepers likes being out, but he doesn't like balloons, the shining balloons. They scare him. I got him a balloon for Valentine's Day and he went nuts. Something to do with invading his air space. I got his wings trimmed. He can fly down. Maybe the balloons can fly higher and...

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