ATLANTE – Spring bloom at the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival:
The last time the Atlanta Dogwood Festival took over Piedmont Park, the famous dogwood trees weren’t in bloom. Indeed, last year the festival was moved to August due to the ongoing pandemic. But for the festival’s 86th year, organizers have returned it to the season it was created to celebrate.
The 86th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park Friday through Sunday, continuing a tradition that dates back to 1936, making it the city’s oldest festival and the nation’s third-oldest fine arts festival. . The three-day event fills the park with a vibrant artist market (featuring over 250 hand-selected artists), live music and entertainment, and family-friendly activities; there’s plenty of food available throughout the festival, of course, and even a 5k run (the Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K) on Saturday morning.
One of the main attractions of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is always the Atlanta High School Art Exhibit, which features incredible artwork created by local high school students. A panel of professional judges selects the exhibits, choosing from hundreds of submissions. And on Saturday, teams of high school artists will compete (or should we say pencil-to-pencil) in the Art Throwdown, a timed art competition.
Festival organizers are asking attendees to donate $5, which they also asked for last year due to the financial hit of the pandemic. For more information on the 86th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival and to donate online, click here. And click on the video player in this article to watch our morning preview of this year’s big event!
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