The Dogwood Festival kicks off Atlanta’s festival season in April with a large artist market, live music, Disc Dog Southern Nationals tournament, Kid’s Village and more in Piedmont Park. Parking is very limited around the event, making MARTA a great way to avoid the heavy traffic and parking issues around the park.
To make the most of your commute, view these tips for taking MARTA to the Dogwood Festival:
1. Buy Round-Trip Fares Early
The roundtrip fare is $5, which you can purchase at any MARTA rail station. If you don’t already have a Breeze Card, the cost is $2 and the card is reloadable for future use. Paper tickets are also available for $1. It is a good idea to add fares to the card online or in advance of the festival weekend to avoid lines at the Breeze Card machines.
2. Choose from Two MARTA Stations
There are two train stations near the festival: Midtown and Arts Center. Free shuttles will be available at both MARTA stations, otherwise, plan for about a 15-minute walk from either location to the edge of the park. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there’s a lot of walking at the festival once you’re there. If you’re not a fan of crowds, the Arts Center MARTA station is usually the better option of the two. View the 2016 Dogwood Festival map to get oriented. Via the Arts Center station, the 14th Street entrance is closest to MARTA.
3. Park and Ride to Avoid Transfers
The Lindbergh Center MARTA station is the closest station to the festival with free daily parking in multiple parking decks. Be sure to keep your parking ticket with you in order to validate it in the Lindbergh Center station on your return trip. If you don’t want to travel to Lindbergh Center, other stations with free parking that don’t require a train transfer include North Springs, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Doraville, Chamblee, Brookhaven and Lenox. On the south side, College Park, East Point, Lakewood and West End are options.
4. Use Apps
Trains run every 20 minutes on the weekend, sorry! Use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals to plan your commute so you can spend more time at the festival and less time waiting on the train platform. To coordinate your arrival back at MARTA, use Google Maps to view walking time from your current location back to either station and plan accordingly. And don’t bother looking at printed MARTA schedules — there’s usually single tracking on the weekend that shifts train times, making the real-time data best for a stress-free commute.
5. Get Supplies
For any emergency provisions, the Midtown Market is on 10th Street on the way to the park and has snacks, drinks and convenience items. Use the Midtown MARTA station for the shortest walk.