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Atlanta Dogwood Festival

April 15th, 2011

It’s spring and it is time to hit the park.

Atlanta’s Dogwood Festival is now in its 75th year running.

On April 19, 1936, Atlanta invited the world to attend her first Dogwood Festival. Walter Rich, president of ADF and founder of Rich’s department store, seeked to make Atlanta internationally known for the blooming of the dogwood trees during the week-long event. Trees are planted in all parts of Atlanta under the sponsorship of the garden clubs and public spirited citizens interested in the beautification of the city.

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is an arts and crafts festival held each spring at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally held for nine days across two weekends and the weekdays between, it is now held only one weekend during early April, when the native dogwoods are in bloom.

The International Stage at Lake Clara Meer dock showcases tremendous talent from members of many nationalities living in Georgia, both amateur and professional.

Piedmont Park is a 189-acre (0.76 km2) urban park in Atlanta, Georgia, located in Midtown, north of the city center.
Part of the park has a nice view of the Midtown Skyline, as seen in the music video of B.o.B – “I’ll Be In The Sky”.

Dogwood Festival 2011 runs during the weekend of April 15,16 and 17.
Map of the festival can be downloaded here.

1:30 – 2:15 PM – The Odd Trio – Jazz
2:35 – 3:20 PM – 7 Day Fool – Blues
3:40 – 4:30 PM – Swamp Funk Quartet – Funk
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Moon Taxi – Rock
6:30 – 7:30 PM – The Urban Sophisticates – Funk/R&B
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Ken Ford – Jazz/Fusion/R&B

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM – School of Rock – Rock/Kids
12:30 – 1:30 PM – The Indie Revenge – Jazz
2:00 – 3:00 PM – Nahjai Soul – R&B/Soul
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Gasoline Bros. – Southern Rock
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Lefty Williams Band – Blues/Funk
6:30- 7:30 PM – Blair Crimmins & The Hookers – 20s/Rock
8:00 – 9:00 PM – Stokeswood – Electroacoustic/Rock

11:00 AM- 12:45 PM – Community Music Centers of
Atlanta – Jazz Program – Jazz
1:00 – 1:45 PM – Emily Lynch – Americana
2:00 – 2:45 PM – Jackson County Line – Soul/Folk
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Vortex Park – Jazz/Rock
4:00 – 4:45 PM – Nathan Angelo – Pop/Soul

It’s held in a public park, and it’s free entrance.

Plus, there’s no one blocking you if you’d like to stand right in front of the stage or even if you like to dance.
It’s a one big music festival in a big park.

Plus some booze.

And lottery convenience.

There’s plenty of food for the family.

And of course, water.

A walk in the park with awesome scenery.

There’s a whole stretch of Artist Market for arts fans.

Not forgetting some street performers to keep you entertained. Remember the tips! 🙂

Yes, you can show your own arts too.

The 75th Atlanta Dogwood Festival has some special features.
There will be a 9 story classic Seattle Ferris Wheel built in 1963 to give visitors a whole new perspective of Piedmont Park and Midtown, and a fully restored, 1965 vintage carousel for the entire family to enjoy.

Plan your trip, visit Atlanta Dogwood Festival : http://dogwood.org/

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