First Dogwood Festival – 4/13 – Join Us in the Park!

Dogwood Festival

Our Guitar Shed Sunday Teen Band is excited to play the main stage at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival this Saturday. The band has been working hard to put together a special set of music led by their instructor, Sean McMorris. Stick around after the show to catch Parker Smith and the Bandwith featuring several Guitar Shed teachers.

We have five different teen bands at Guitar Shed. Specifically, we have 2 ‘tween bands’ and 3 ‘teen bands.’ The Tween Bands consists of an Americana Band and a Rock Band, and the Teen Bands are all Rock Bands. All five groups are led by different instructors, and they will be playing together for our first Summer Shindig on 5/18 at Lake Claire Land Trust. Doors open at 5 pm for this event, and music will start at 6 pm.

With the opening of our additional studio space, Studio A, earlier this year, we have been able to offer more bands and ensembles. These bands are a great way for students to get used to playing with their peers and rehearsing in a top-of-the-line studio setting. By providing students with customized instruction in a professional, laid-back environment, we aim to prepare students for gigging in the real world. Our bands build their way up from performing mini-sets of 2-3 songs, to eventually performing a full set of music. In this case, the Sunday Teen Band will perform an entire 45 minute set.

The Dogwood Festival has a rich history in Atlanta, and here is a brief overview of the first festival…

On April 19, 1936, Atlanta invites the world to attend her first Dogwood Festival. Walter Rich, president of ADF and founder of Rich’s department store, seeks to make Atlanta internationally known for the blooming of the dogwood trees during the week-long event. Trees are planted in all parts of Atlanta under the sponsorship of the garden clubs and public spirited citizens interested in the beautification of the city. Pageants, parades and carnivals sponsored by the Junior League, along with performances by the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Symphony, and choruses from local colleges, are featured.


The Coca-Cola Main Stage features music in a variety of genres for three tune-filled days. The International Stage programming features hundreds of performers representing Atlanta’s global communities, this year appearing on the Main Stage. With entertainment ranging from dancing to singing and several additional varieties, the International Stage programming celebrates Atlanta’s diversity.

Performers and times are subject to change.

Reminder NO outside food or beverages may be brought into Piedmont Park during the festival. Thanks for your cooperation.

Here is some information from the Dogwood Festival’s website about parking and getting there!

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA

We always encourage attendees to take MARTA to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, but this year, it’s more important than ever! Give your MARTA Breeze Card a workout!

The Atlanta Police Department will be heavily enforcing all illegal parking around Piedmont Park the weekend of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Residential Parking fines have substantially increased and vehicles parked within tow zones will be impounded. We encourage everyone to utilize MARTA or park in authorized parking lots in the area.

The easiest way to get to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is by taking MARTA to the Arts Center or Midtown station.

Public Parking Lots

22 14th St NW – parking garage (entrance on 13th St)

22 14th St NW Suite C – parking garage (entrance on Spring St & 13th St)

1138 Peachtree St NE – surface lot

674 Spring St NW – surface lot

80 13th St NE – surface lot

887 Peachtree St NE – surface lot

800 Peachtree St NE – surface lot

860 Peachtree St NE – parking garage

855 Peachtree St NE – parking garage


Please leave your dog at home!

Due to a city ordinance, no dogs (other than service dogs) will be allowed in Piedmont Park during the festival.

No Smoking in the Park!

There is a City of Atlanta ban on smoking in outdoor parks and recreational facilities including Piedmont Park where the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is located. This means no tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco will be permitted.


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🎨 At its core, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is an arts festival, and the juried Artist Market welcomes 250+ fine artists from throughout the country each spring. Selected from more than 1,000 entries, participating artists working in metal, oil, mixed media, photography, sculpture and more bring their best new work to the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, nationally, one of the first in the annual art festival season.

☀️ Among this year’s booths, you’ll find fine artists working in a variety of mediums, styles and price ranges. Take your time, peruse and enjoy this opportunity to browse, talk with the artists, admire their creativity and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art.