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As Cherry Blossom Season Appoaches, Don't Sleep on Atlanta's Dogwood Festival

March 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

When spring rolls around it’s clear that those cherry blossoms are the center of attention, as they’re featured in festivals from Washington, DC, to Japan. However, we’ve got to say that there’s other flowering flora that deserves a little attention, so we’d like to put in a plug for the goings on over in Atlanta in just a couple of weeks.

The Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is set to do its thing for the 78th time, and this year it looks like the fun will take place between April 11 and April 13. Most events take place in and around Piedmont Park, and of course the dogwoods will be in full bloom. Art is just one of the many items on display at the festival, as organizers promise sculpture, jewelry, paintings, pottery, and photography.

Sure, the arts and crafts are all fine and dandy, but if the kiddos in your crew need something extra, the festival has them organized as well. There’s all kind of inflatables and bounce houses, and they even set up a rock climbing wall.

To keep things going, there’s plenty of music to be heard as well across both the Main Stage and the International Stage. Blues, country, rock, and folk are all represented, and it sounds like that’s just the beginning.

While not quite a carnival, it might have that feel with all the concession options, as you'll want to bring some cash—and antacid—to enjoy stuff like gyros, crab cakes, onion rings, funnel cakes, and kettle corn. We’re sure that there will be plenty of sweet tea around as well to wash it all down.

Things are free and open to the public, so no one is complaining about the price of admission. However, if you’re looking for something extra, there are a couple of add-ons like the Backyard Barbecue and Brews. For $25, you’ll get a chance to check out and sample local craft beers, wine, and even some moonshine. Of course, plenty of barbecue as well as other delicacies from local restaurants will also be available for your snacking and sampling. Here’s to the dogwoods!

[Photo: jramspott]

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