Things To Do In Perry Georgia: Perry Dogwood Festival (2018)

What better way to spend a beautiful middle Georgia spring weekend than at the annual Perry Dogwood Festival.  You can bet, Carroll and Jernigan Streets in downtown Perry GA will be the place to be.  FREE admission on both days too.

Clear your calendar on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th for arts and crafts, contests, food, local entertainment, and a bunch of other fun events.

Some of the featured highlights include:

  • Festival 5k Race
  • Home & Garden Show
  • Fishing Tournament
  • Local Entertainment
  • Hot Air Balloon Rally
  • Kids Rides
  • Miss Dogwood Pageant
  • Cluster Dog Shows

Perry Dogwood Festival

Perry Dogwood Festival Details

When: Saturday, April 14th – Sunday, April 15th


  • Saturday, April 8th: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, April 9th: 12pm – 5pm

Location: Downtown Perry and the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA

The North, South, and West Gates at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter may be closed due to special requirements for certain events. The East Gate is accessible 24 hours.

Contact: Bonnie Giles, Perry Chamber of Commerce, (478) 987-1234

Perry Dogwood Festival Events

Spring Home & Garden Show

Spring home and garden show featuring award-winning garden products and services, as well as free educational activities for children.


  • Friday, April 6th: 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday, April 7th: 9am – 6pm

Location: Georgia National Fairgrounds – McGill Marketplace, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA


  • $5 at the Door
  • Children 12 and Under Free
  • Free Parking

Contact: The Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, (478) 987-2028

Arts and Crafts Show

Arts and crafts show in downtown Perry presented by The Bank of Perry, Georgia Power, and Antique Theatre. The event will host plenty of children activities, food vendors, entertainment, music, and over 100 vendors selling one-of-a-kind pieces.


  • Saturday, April 14th: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, April 15th: 12pm – 5pm

Location: Downtown Perry – Carroll, Ball, and Main Street, Perry GA

Admission: Free

Ultimate Air Dogs Competition

Dog competition hosted by Odoban.


  • Saturday, April 14th: 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, April 15th: 12pm – 5pm

Location: 800 Main Street directly in front of the New Perry Hotel, Perry GA

Admission: Free

Hot Air Balloon Rally

Hot Air Balloon Rally presented by Country Financial, Parrish Construction Group, and Comsouth. This year will showcase a new 100 foot American Bald Eagle as well as sixteen other balloons. Tethered balloon rides will be available weather permitting. There will also be an interactive show center stage covering decades of a variety of musical genres presented by Studio Masterz with 360 degrees of sound.


  • Saturday, April 14th: 5pm – 9pm

Location: Georgia National Fairgrounds – West Gate, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA


  • Admission – $5
  • Tethered Rides – $10
  • Unlimited Kid’s Zone Wristband – $10
  • Children under 6 Years – Free

Hot Air Balloon Flights

For the first time at the festival there will be hot air balloon rides that will range from 45 minutes to one hour in flight time. The entire experience will be 2-3 hours including setup, inflation, flight, deflation, and returning to the launch site.

Time: Friday, April 13th – Sunday, April 15th

Location: Georgia National Fairgrounds – West Gate, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA

Admission: $225 per Person

Contact: American Balloon Rides, Tom Warren, (813) 243-9507

Perry Dogwood Festival Sanctioned Events

2018 Miss Dogwood Pageants

Miss Dogwood Contest presented by the Perry High School Cheerleaders.

Time: Saturday, March 10th: 2pm – 7:30pm

Location: Perry High School Auditorium, 1307 North Avenue, Perry GA


  • Tiny
  • Little
  • Junior
  • Pre-Teen
  • Teen
  • Miss


  • $5 per Person
  • Applicant Fees Vary by Division

Contact:, (478) 952-8278

Pretty in Perry – Dogwood Tree Pageant 

Send your Dogwood Tree pictures to and include the name and address associated with the picture, and the winners will be announced by the Perry Lions Club Facebook.

Time Deadline: Sunday, April 1st


  • Prettiest White Dogwood Tree
  • Prettiest Pink Dogwood Tree


Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows

The Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows is the largest AKC All Breed Dog Show in the Southeast featuring 24 breed clubs and the Hound Group Club. There will also be three tents full of dogs ready for adoption.

Time: Wednesday, April 11th – Sunday, April 15th: 8:30am – 6pm Daily

Event Sign-Ups: 

  • Lure Coursing
  • Carting
  • Eye & Heart Health Clinics
  • Low Cost Microchips
  • CGC
  • CGCA Certification
  • Trick Dog & Puppy Match


  • Varied Fees for Competition
  • Observation and Parking Free


30th Annual Dogwood Festival 5K

A community 5K through one of Perry’s scenic neighborhoods and presented by the Perry High School Cross Country team.

Time: Saturday, April 14th

  • Registration Begins at 7am
  • Race Begins at 8am

Location: Houston County Board of Education – Main Street, Perry GA


  • $25 per Person
  • $20 for Groups of 5 or More
  • $30 on Race Day

Contact: Perry GA Dogwood Festival, (478) 225-7147

Vintage Fashion Show & Tea

A vintage fashion show and tea showcasing Perry’s fashionable ladies and gents with historical biographical introductions.

Time: Saturday, April 14th: 3pm

Location: Perry Arts Center, Perry GA

Advanced Registration (Required): 

  • Pick Up Tea Card at the Perry Historical Museum
  • Or Call (478)224-4442

16th Annual Perry Rotary Club Fishing Tournament

The 16th Annual Perry Rotary Club bass fishing tournament presented by Rotary International and Go Fish Education Center. You may fish any body of water and weigh-in your three largest fish.

Time: Saturday, April 14th

  • Weigh-In: 3:30pm

Location: Go Fish Education Center, 1255 Perry Parkway, Perry GA

Contact: Perry Rotary, (770) 312-0711

6th Annual Go Fish Kids Fishing Derby

The 6th Annual Go Fish Kids Fishing Derby featuring a catch and release at the Go Fish pond.

Time: Sunday, April 15th: 1pm – 5pm

Location: Go Fish Education Center, 1255 Perry Parkway, Perry GA


  • Adults – $7
  • Military and Seniors (65+) – $6
  • Children 3 – 12 Years – $3
  • 2 and Under – Free

Contact: (478) 988-6701

If you enjoyed this Houston County event information, check out the link to find even more local events to peruse and add to your calendar. Have a blessed day! ~Anita ~

The Perry Dogwood Festival

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