With spring comes the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. If you missed it this year, then now is the time to start planning for next year. Here’s what you need to know before you go:
The Dogwood Festival is an Atlanta tradition, held in Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta. The festival takes place in mid April and features artists from around the country, music, carnival rides and games for kids, and great food.
Prepare for the Weather
Check the weather before you go, since this time of the year it can be iffy. Prepare for windy, hot, rainy, or cold. But always wear comfortable walking shoes! With hundreds of booths, this festival takes up the whole park, and you’re going to want to see it all. This year, we had a perfectly sunny spring day.
Prepare for Crowds
You know a festival is good when it’s been going for over 8 decades, so be ready to fight some crowds. Start early if you really want to beat the most of the crowd. Very early. You could even take Friday off work and go when the festival opens at noon. We opted for Sunday at 11 am, and it was already crowded but the pathways were still walkable. But by 2 pm we were getting a little tired of all the people, and we had seen all that we could see, so it was time to go.
Since this is Atlanta, prepare for traffic. Parking in the event-designated garages can run a little pricey, but they do have shuttles that’ll pick you up and drop you off at the park gates so you don’t have to walk or fight the traffic yourself, and that’s really worth it.
Prepare to Spend
More than 260 artists showed up for this year’s festival. That’s 260 artists with painting, glass, clay, wood, mixed media, photographs, sculptures, blown glass, and crafts that you’re going to want to deck out your home with. Add that to all the food trucks, carnival treats, and drinks you’re going to buy, and your wallet is going to be begging you to go home.
Other Things to Prepare For
- Bring cash. A lot of places take cards nowadays, but if they don’t, you don’t want to have to pay ATM fees.
- Pets aren’t allowed, so leave the dogs to the dogwoods. But you can see the ones competing in the Disc Dogs competition.
- Check out the Dogwood Festival website for more information.
What’s your favorite spring festival? Let me know in the comments!