84th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Announces New Dates August 7th-9th

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Monday, March 30th, 2020

After having to postpone this spring’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, festival organizers are excited to announce the annual event will move forward this year, just a few months later than usual. The 84th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is now scheduled to take place in Piedmont Park from Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9.
The festival will be joined by the already-scheduled World Diversity & Inclusion Festival and 5K in the park for the August outdoor celebration, bringing a stronger, larger audience to both events.
“We are thrilled to have found a new date to continue the annual tradition of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival,” says Brian Hill, festival executive director. “We appreciate the efforts by the City of Atlanta administration, as well as the openness of the World Diversity & Inclusion Festival, in working with us to find an alternative to cancelling this year’s event.  We look forward to being able to bring a much-needed celebration to our city and continue the beloved tradition of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.”
While citizens in Atlanta and the world are still pulling together to practice social distancing and sheltering in place, festival organizers are optimistic that the August date offers enough time for healing from the coronavirus outbreak. The safety of festival attendees, artists, vendors and participants is a top priority, and festival organizers will continue to work closely with the City of Atlanta to monitor the coronavirus situation in the months leading up to the outdoor event.
“The Atlanta Dogwood Festival has celebrated the blooming of the dogwood trees since 1936,” says Hill. “This year, we’ll get the chance to see dogwoods in a new season – flush with green leaves that offer plenty of shade!”
Each year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival welcomes 200,000+ attendees to Piedmont Park to enjoy the three-day, outdoor arts festival and support the arts in Atlanta.  Especially in this challenging time, the festival will provide a needed boost to nearby neighborhood businesses. Fine art, live entertainment and family activities have made the festival a longtime local favorite event.  
“Plan to come out with friends and family to celebrate with us,” says Hill.