The Dogwood Festival takes place in Piedmont Park each April near the Midtown and Arts Center MARTA stations. Enjoy a large artist market, live music, disc dog competition and children’s area at this historic event — the first festival took place in 1936 after a city-wide planting of Dogwood trees.
Festival shuttles are usually available at both stations or see below for walking directions and other commute options.
From Arts Center
Exit at the Arts Center for the easiest walk to the festival’s artist market. Walking time is about 15 minutes.
- Follow the signs to the West Peachtree Street exit
- Turn left on West Peachtree Street
- At 14th Street turn left and walk about three blocks to reach the park
The Midtown MARTA station is closer to the festival’s midway rides and can also be used for the Disc Dogs, which like the rides, are in the park’s meadow. It’s about a 20-minute walk to reach the rides.
From the Midtown MARTA station main exit, turn right on 10th Street to reach the park (or turn left on 10th Street from the Federal Reserve exit).
The Beltline Eastside Trail connects with Piedmont Park, and is accessible via Ansley Mall behind Publix, at the end of Virginia and Greenwood Avenues in Virginia Highland, Ponce City Market, Old Fourth Ward Park and Inman Park via Elizabeth Street, Irwin Street and Edgewood Avenue if you live nearby or want to park and bike or walk the trail.
Tip: It’s about a 30-minute walk from the Elizabeth Street BeltLine entrance to the edge of the park and 20 minutes from the Ansley Mall access point.
Two buses travel to the festival if you don’t want to walk. Both depart from the Midtown MARTA station. It is free to ride the bus if you are transferring from the train or connect with the bus in your neighborhood if you live along the route. Choose from:
- Bus 36 (10th Street, Virginia Avenue, N. Highland, N. Decatur with end point in downtown Decatur)
- Bus 27 has a stop just outside the 14th Street park entrance near the artist market and then travels up Piedmont Avenue to Monroe Drive and along Cheshire Bridge Road