The Dogwood Festival takes place in Piedmont Park each April and features a large artist market, live music, disc dog competition and children’s area. It’s one of the oldest and most attended festivals in Atlanta — the first festival took place in 1936 after a city-wide planting of Dogwood trees.
There are two MARTA stations near the Dogwood Festival: Midtown and Arts Center on the red/gold rail lines (view area map). Festival shuttles will be available at both stations or see below for walking directions and other commute options.
From Arts Center
From the Arts Center station, follow the signs to the West Peachtree Street exit and turn left on West Peachtree. At 14th Street turn left and walk about three blocks to reach the park (you can also use 15th Street for part of the walk, but it is hillier). The 14th Street entrance will get you closer to the sports fields and the lake, where most of the artist market and the Kids Village sets up. Plan for a 15-minute walk.
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). This route is closest to the meadow on 10th Street, the location of the disc dog competition and rides. Walking time is about 10 minutes to the edge of the park and approximately 10 more to the meadow.
The Beltline Eastside Trail connects with Piedmont Park, and is accessible via Ansley Mall behind Publix, Virginia Highland along Ponce de Leon Place, next to the Kroger on Ponce, Old Fourth Ward Park and Inman Park via Elizabeth or Irwin Street if you live nearby or want to park and bike or walk the trail.
Three buses travel to the festival if you don’t want to walk. All depart from the Midtown MARTA station. It is free to ride the bus if you are transferring from the train. Choose from:
- Bus 36 goes down 10th Street and to Virginia Highland and Emory
- Bus 109 also goes down 10th Street and then south on Monroe Drive
- Bus 27 has a stop just outside the 14th Street park entrance and then travels on to the Botanical Garden
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