Forget Paris – Atlanta, Georgia is beautiful in the spring. The Southern destination is also home to one of the country's oldest fine arts festivals which celebrates its 75th anniversary in April this year under the blooming of the city's most beautiful trees.
The Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival takes place in Atlanta's beautiful Piedmont Park on April 15, 16 and 17. Festival attendance is free, although a few of the areas are ticketed. The festival offers enough fun for the entire weekend, and local hotels are on-board with special room rates in celebration of the festival's diamond anniversary.
The 2011 Atlanta Dogwood Festival Artist Market welcomes fine artists from throughout the country and features all types of art from oil painting to jewelry to sculpture and textiles. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE) is held in the Community Center at the park.
The Festival’s International Village – with the International Stage, edutainment booths, decorated mobile art golf carts and a Friday night La Fete – celebrates the city's diverse international communities.
Each year, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers entertainment throughout the weekend including two live music stages, a popular live disc dog show, theater productions and kid-friendly street performances.
The "Friends of Dogwood Pavilion" is a ticketed event that has become a popular feature of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and pairs fare from top local restaurants with wines and beers in a comfortable, private setting.
Designed just for the younger festival visitors, the Kid's Village has become an Atlanta Dogwood Festival favorite for families.
For more information about top events in Georgia take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Georgia.
For more information on the Atlanta Dogwood Festival visit http://www.dogwood.org