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Atlanta Dogwood Festival: Features 200 Artists, the US Dog Southern Nationals & Kids’ Village

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The weekend of April 13th – 15th will mark the 71st year of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Atlanta annually celebrates the beautiful Dogwood Tree that goes on display throughout the city in the spring. When in bloom, the dogwood tree has beautiful clusters of small white flowers and can be found throughout the city of Atlanta.

According to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival’s site, “On April 19, 1936, Atlanta invited the world to attend her first Dogwood Festival…The Dogwood tree is native to this area and trees were planted in all parts of Atlanta under the sponsorship of the garden clubs and spirited citizens interested in the beautification of the city.”

Since it’s beginning, the festival has grown into a 3-day event featuring music, food, a kid’s village, canine competition, and the ever-popular Artist Market. Held in midtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, the festival has been very dog friendly in the past. Many families enjoyed bringing their pooches to socialize and spend the afternoon in the park. However, after problems began to arise, the City of Atlanta has decided the park will no longer allow dogs during the festival due to the increase in attendance.

One of the highlights of the festival, the Artist Market, continues to thrive. This year over 200 artists are expected to display their work, including: paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass blown pieces as well as other handmade pieces. The Dogwood Festival is definitely not a typical Arts and Crafts fair and has always been a great place to find just the right piece.

The US Disc Dog Southern Nationals presented by Frontline and Heartgard will begin on Friday, featuring Frisbee dogs at their finest. There will also be several freestyle demonstrations. This event is always a family favorite so be sure to bring the kids.

The Dogwood Festival is a non-profit organization and also tries to support other local non-profit groups. Among the many groups available to give out information will be Trees Atlanta. This organization is committed to improving urban environments and will offer a dogwood seedling to those patrons donating $3.00. Other organizations will include: Gift for a Child, Refugee Family Services and Special Olympics Georgia.

The Artist Market and the Kids Village will kickoff the festivities on Friday, April 13th. The Disc Dog events will also start on Friday at noon, 2:00 and 4:00 PM. The music stages will also open up that day on two different stages at 4:00 PM. On Saturday, events kickoff at 10:00 AM and noon on Sunday. It should be a beautiful site with area dogwoods already in bloom.

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