Atlanta Dogwood Festival This Weekend

lapelpinThe 73rd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns to Piedmont Park this weekend, April 17, 18 & 19.

Join the fun at Piedmont Park during this annual weekend celebration of Spring. Usually scheduled for the first or second week in April, this event features a spectacular children’s parade along with an International Village of artists and performers. Art shows are held both days. Activities include arts and crafts exhibits, concerts, competitions, dance demonstrations, and lots of goodies to munch on. After the festival, jump on a bike and take a scenic tour through beautiful Midtown, one of Atlanta’s most diverse neighborhoods. Admission is free.

Special Events

Preview Party
Thursday, April 16: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
For Dogwood lovers who just can’t wait for the festival to start, the Thursday night Preview Party will grant them early access. On Thursday, April 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., guests can get an artist preview, sip cocktails and enjoy the delightful crooning of Michel Innocent. The Preview Party takes place in the Pavilion and are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Open Air Comedy Club – Lake Clara Meer Dock Stage
Friday, April 17: 8:00 PM
Friday is comedy night at the Dogwood Festival’s Open Air Comedy Club at the dock stage on Lake Clara Meer. The fun begins at 8:03 p.m. with a half-hour stand-up comedy show by Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshoppe Graduates, followed by a full hour of improv from Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Guests can enjoy cocktails in the ZonePerfect Art Bar before the show. A limited amount of tickets for comedy night are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Friends of Dogwood – Pavilion
Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19: 1-5 PM
It’s a new tradition at a 73-year-old festival, and the “Friends of Dogwood Pavilion” could be the best way to enjoy the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. This ticketed event that became part of the Dogwood Festival in 2008 will offer a special area on Saturday and Sunday featuring some of the neighborhood’s favorite restaurants combined with specialty beverages. Participating restaurants include South City Kitchen, Babette’s Cafe, 4th & Swift, Genki, Metrotainment Bakery, Fritti, Twisted Taco and others to be announced soon! This ticket includes FREE ADMISSION to the Thursday Night Preview Party!

Saturday Restaurants
Metrotainment Bakery
Babette’s Cafe
Twisted Taco
South City Kitchen Midtown
Wildfire
Eclipse de Luna
Dolce
Geisha
The Nook
Six Feet Under

Wine Companies-
International Society of Africans in WIne (ISAW)
Total WInes
Catamarca Imports
Bacco Fine Wine
Sunday Restaurants-
Metrotainment Bakery
4th and Swift
Twisted Taco
Genki
Nickiemoto’s
Gordon Biersch
Roy’s
Chow Baby

Wine Companies-
International Society of Africans in WIne (ISAW)
Total WInes
Bacco Fine Wine

The Midtown Neighbors’ Association Tour of Homes
This year’s tour features ten homes in eight locations. The Midtown Neighbors’ Association will showcase homes featured on HGTV as well as in home improvement magazines. The homes are located from Myrtle to Peachtree, 5th to 9th streets.

2009 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

MAIN STAGE
Friday, April 17, 2009
5:00 – 6:00 pm    Lindsay Rakers Band
6:30 – 7:30 pm    Golden
8:00 – 9:00 pm    Yacht Rock Revue

Saturday, April 18, 2009
10:45am – 12:00pm    Atlanta Freedom Band
12:30 – 1:15 pm    Daysahead
1:45 – 2:30 pm    4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra
2:45 – 3:30 pm    Stratogeezer  
4:00 – 4:45 pm    Black Top Rockets  
5:15 – 6:00 pm    Young Antiques  
6:30 – 7:15 pm    Connor Christian & Southern Gothic  
7:45 – 9:00 pm    Heather Luttrell

Sunday, April 19, 2009
12:00pm – 3:00pm    National Black Arts Festival presents Gospel
3:30 – 4:15pm    Batata Doce   
4:45 – 5:30pm    Hoots & Hellmouth  
5:45 – 6:30pm    Breeze Kings 

Community and International Stage at Lake Clara Meer Dock
Friday,  April 17th:  start time 8:03 pm  Open Air Comedy Club featuring the Jeff justice Comedy Workshoppe Grads and Dad’s Garage Theater!  Limited tickets may be purchased on the special events page of this website

Saturday, April 18
10:00am – 11:45am    After School All Star Kids – school group
12:00pm – 12:45pm    Ryuku Arts – Festival of Drum dance, Karate Dance
1:00pm – 1:45pm    Royal Scottish Country Dancers
2:00pm – 2:45pm    Village Theatre – Improv Comedy
3:00pm – 3:20pm    Rajen Raval and Nritya Natya Kala Bharti Academy
3:20pm – 3:45pm    Chinese-American Cultural Performing Group; Shufang Zither Studio – GuZheng Music; Lion Dance, Kung Fu Dance, Chinese Violin
4:00pm – 4:45pm    Arjho C. Turner – Blaan Tribe Dance; Faith Ward – Philippine Traditional Songs; Galing Pinoy – Philippine Traditional Songs; Soli Nicolson & Chris Rockett- Philippine songs
5:00pm – 5:45pm    Richard Omar & the Prodigal Sun Band – Caribbean
6:00pm – 6:45pm   SALSAtlanta – Salsa Dancers
7:00pm – 8:30pm    Rouzbeh Hoshmondy, Flamenco Guitar

Sunday, April 19
1:00pm – 1:45pm   Our Kids Atlanta – School Group
2:00pm – 2:20pm    The King O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance
2:30pm – 2:55pm    Atlanta International School Choir
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m    Okinawa Kengin Kai, Taiko group; International Mai no Kai; Drum Dance; Japanese Traditional Dance; Okinawa Sahshin
4:15pm – 4:45pm   Turkish Folk Dance Troupe of Atlanta
5:00pm – 5:15pm    Taiwanese School of Georgia
5:30pm – 6:15pm    Festival de las Americas presents: 24 Horas & Fernada Cornejo
Visit the Drum Tent Saturday and Sunday near the Community Center for Interactive Drumming Sessions

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