Springtime in Atlanta Means It’s Time for the 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival!

City’s Oldest Fine Arts Festival in Piedmont Park April 11 – 13, 2014
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ATLANTA - Dec. 7, 2013 - PRLog -- Atlantans, Southerners, visitors, tourists and hundreds of artists from all over the country look forward to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival each spring. Kicking off the nation’s festival season, this not-to-be-missed weekend features a fine art Artist Market, live music, International Stage performers from around the globe, both gourmet and festival fare, a high school art exhibition, fun rides, a disc dog competition and three days in which to enjoy it all. It’s no wonder the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the city’s favorite springtime tradition!


The 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place in Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta Friday through Sunday, April 11 – 13, 2014. www.dogwood.org


Each year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival features a juried fine art Artist Market with 260 or more artists selected from over a thousand entries. Works included range from painting to jewelry, from fiber arts to sculpture and much more. Perusing the booths that dot the park’s walkways offers plenty of creative inspiration as well as really great shopping.


Since 2010, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has presented an award-winning International Program comprised of an International Stage and the International Village edutainment booths. Welcoming hundreds of performers from the many countries making up Atlanta’s multicultural community, the International Stage provides exciting entertainment, colorful costumes and the chance for spectators to develop a broadened cultural understanding.


In addition to the festival fare located throughout the grounds, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers the ticketed VIP food and drink experience Backyard Barbecue & Brews. Advance tickets will be available at www.dogwood.org or onsite for an additional fee.


Blues, rock, country, R&B – the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has it all! Live music fills the air throughout the entire weekend, and the last two years have welcomed diverse artists like Roberta Flack, Sara Evans, Ken Ford and Von Grey. Music schedule will be available in early 2014.


The Atlanta Dogwood Festival has brought home top honors for its green event program for three years, and each year the festival strives to improve upon this initiative. While recycling all cooking oil and requiring vendors to use only compostable flatware, cups and serving dishes might not be visible to festival visitors, in the Eco-Village, they can meet “green” companies, learn about taking eco-friendly practices home and find out about some really cool green developments like solar-powered cars.


As art programs at schools around the country are dwindling, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival gives high school artists an opportunity to compete, exhibit their work and earn prizes like scholarships and art supplies. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition typically receives 600 or more entries each year from about 60 schools throughout the metro-area and beyond. As with the larger artist market, the works are juried and judged and the top works are displayed at the festival, as well as at art spaces throughout the city leading up to the festival. The high school art exhibit is one more vital way the non-profit festival’s funds are used to benefit the community.


The much-visited Kids Zone is situated in the Mayor’s Grove close to the children’s playground. Families love to attend the Atlanta Dogwood Festival for the interactive activities and making arts & crafts. Another favorite family activity is enjoying the rides in the Piedmont Park Meadow where children can spend hours having fun, jumping on the inflatables, riding the merry-go-round (or something a little scarier).


A festival favorite, the disc dog competition takes place on Saturday and Sunday during the festival each year. The competing canines amaze and astound as they literally fly through the air. All dogs must be pre-registered to get into the act – this is a qualifying event for a world competition! (Other than competing dogs, no pets are allowed in the park during the festival, per a City of Atlanta ordinance.)


As a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival raises funds throughout the year to put on the city’s beloved springtime event. Donations can be taken through the website during any season www.dogwood.org.


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 festival has 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 Programfrom the International Festivals & Events Association. The Society of American Travel Writers named the Atlanta Dogwood Festival (http://www.facebook.com/atlantadogwoodfestival) as one of the Top 10 Spring Festivals in 2012 and Sunshine Artist magazine named the festival the 40th best in the country in 2013. The Art Fair Sourcebook ranked the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in its list of Top 25 Fine Art Festivals in the country for 2013.

The 78th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will take place April 11 – 13, 2014.  The festival offices are located at 887 West Marietta Street, Studio S-105, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival can be reached at 404-817-6642 or visited online at www.dogwood.org.

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