Things to Do at Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is this weekend. Here is a preview of things to do.
  • Talented and athletic dogs compete for a prestigious invitation during the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
    Talented and athletic dogs compete for a prestigious invitation during the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
  • Friday is Family Day at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
    Friday is Family Day at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
  • Shop till you drop at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
    Shop till you drop at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

The 80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is this weekend in Piedmont Park. Entrance is free. More than 260 artists from around the country exhibit in 12 categories, including painting, glass, clay, wood and mixed media. In addition, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. Here is your Atlanta Dogwood Festival 2016 preview.

Friday. Family Friday, presented by PNC Bank, welcomes families with unlimited ride wristbands good for all rides and inflatables on Friday only. Wristband wearers will receive discounts with select food and beverage vendors. And there will be special family-friendly entertainment from Alliance Theatre’s Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young at 6 p.m. on the International Stage.

Saturday, 8 a.m. Participate in the Mimosa 5K and celebrate by slurping down an actual mimosa when you cross the finish line.

Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., the Great Chair Hack of 2016. The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) present an afternoon of “chair hacking.” Assemble your own team of two to four people, register with MODA, then head to the Dogwood Festival to modify, rebuild, reconfigure and customize IKEA pieces. Teams will be given an IKEA chair and three hours to make anything but a chair.

Saturday and Sunday, all day. Stop by the International Stage on Lake Clara Meer for performances including Irish, Bulgarian and Mexican dancers and so much more.

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., see the Disc Dog Southern Nationals, one of the most prestigious canine sporting events in the South. This competition is a U.S. Disc Dog Nationals World Finals qualifier. Competitors will vie for four invitations in two divisions to the Disc Dog Finals in Cartersville, Ga., in October.  

Throughout the weekend. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition offers young artists an opportunity to compete, exhibit their work and earn prizes such as scholarships and art supplies. This event is a juried competition drawing upwards of 700 entries each year from which the best 100 works make the festival exhibition.

Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Backyard Barbecue and Brews, a ticketed event, is held in a tent overlooking the main stage. It showcases local craft beers, wine and barbecue and picnic fare from some of the city’s favorite restaurants and chefs. VIP Experience includes food and beer tasting, access to VIP tent, private restroom trailers and seating. Platinum VIP includes four drink tickets for beer, wine or liquor; food and beer tasting, access to VIP tent, private restrooms and seating.

What are you waiting for? Grab your family. Grab your friends. And get going to Piedmont Park.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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