Dogwood Festival
The 76th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be held April 20 – 22 at Piedmont Park. Virtually every type of art is represented at the festival, along with live music, a kid’s village with entertainment and activities and the Eco-Village with demonstrations and exhibitors. And there will be plenty of food available, too, including funnel cakes, gyros, crab cakes, onion rings, kettle corn and much more. Also returning this year is the International Village with cultural performances from around the globe and “edutainment” booths. La Fête, an evening ticketed party held on Friday, April 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., will launch the International Village. If you need more food, the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion will be open Saturday and Sunday. The Pavilion pairs fare from top local restaurants with wines and beers in a comfortable, private setting. Tickets to Friends of Dogwood can be purchased in advance at dogwood.org. Musical acts scheduled to perform include 3052 Dub Collective, Charlie Wayne Watson, Arena Sound, and a special concert by legendary Roberta Flack on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.. Dog Lovers can check out the Disc Dog Exhibition in the meadow on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking will be limited in the Sage Deck and there will no parking allowed in the surrounding neighborhoods, so take MARTA to the Midtown station, walk or bike. Absolutely no pets will be allowed in the park during the festival except for those involved in the Disc Dog event.

Sweetwater 420 Festival
Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company will host the annual SweetWater 420 Fest April 20 – 22 at Candler Park. This year’s event will once again be three days to accommodate more bands, comedy acts and more time to drink beer. Scheduled to perform over the weekend: Maceo Parker, Perpetual Groove, Donna the Buffalo, The Mickey Hart Band featuring Dave Schools, Soulive, Anders Osborne, The Lee Boys, Floodwood featuring Members of Moe, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Sol Driven Train, Cadillac Jones, Smokey’s Farmland Band, Cherry Royale, Like a Locamotive and the Music Matters Rock you Kids Band. The Relapse Comedy Tent will feature stand-up comedians and improv groups from local theater companies, while kids will have their own area with activities and entertainment. The Artist’s Market will feature local artists and crafters selling and exhibiting everything from jewelry to handmade toys and candles. The annual SweetWater 5K Race to benefit the Chandler Park Neighborhood Association will be held on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. To register, visit candlerpark.org/420 For more information about the festival, visit sweetwater420fest.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.