5 Tips for Taking MARTA to the Dogwood Festival

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 limited, making MARTA a great way to avoid 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 Fare Early

It is a good idea to add or purchase MARTA fare before the festival weekend begins to avoid lines. Add fare to your Breeze card online if you already have a fare card, or stop by any rail station to add or buy new fare via the vending machines.

A one-way trip is $2.50 plus the cost of a fare ticket ($1) or reloadable fare card ($2). Each person must have their own fare card or ticket with trips added. Children under 46 inches ride for free with a paying adult (limit two children per paying customer).

2. Go to the Less Crowded MARTA Station

There are two train stations near the festival: Midtown and Arts Center. Most people tend to use the Midtown MARTA station, so get off at Arts Center to avoid some of the crowds. As a bonus, Arts Center is closest to the artist market. View walking directions (walking time about 15 minutes) or hop on the free Dogwood Festival shuttle at the station — follow signs to to buses.

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 (look for machine near fare gates).

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.

3. Use Apps

Trains run every 20 minutes on the weekend, sorry! Use the MARTA on the Go app for real-time train arrivals and any special weekend schedules 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.

4. Consider the BeltLine

The BeltLine Eastside Trail goes to the festival and is a great way to avoid car traffic. You can walk or bike from Ansley Mall (trail access behind the Publix on Piedmont or enter Piedmont Park near Piedmont and Monroe Drive), get on the trail at the end of Greenwood Avenue and St. Charles Avenue in Virginia Highland, park and connect with the trail on Ralph McGill, or use trail access points in Inman Park and on Edgewood Avenue. Need a bike? Relay Bikes are available to rent for short period of time near the trail and you can dock them in several places in/near the park.

Note: E-scooters are not allowed on the BeltLine.

5. Don’t Forget About Buses

If you live in the following neighborhoods, hop on a MARTA bus for an inexpensive ride to the festival. You can pay cash on the bus ($2.50 exact change) if you don’t have a fare card.

  • Virginia Highland (bus 36 on Virginia and N. Highland)
  • Morningside (bus 36 on N. Highland)
  • Emory/Druid Hills (bus 36 on N. Decatur Road)
  • Downtown Decatur (bus 36 at the Decatur Station)
  • Ansley Park (bus 27 on Piedmont and Monroe)
  • Cheshire Bridge/Lindbergh (bus 27)
  • Brookwood/Peachtree Hills (bus 110 on Peachtree)
  • West Midtown (bus 12 via 10th Street NW and Howell Mill)

More Information

MARTA Parking
How to Ride MARTA Trains
Navigating the Midtown Station
Navigating the Arts Center Station