What began out of despair from severe tornado damage to many of Dunwoody’s neighborhoods in 1998, has grown into a beautiful community celebration. The annual Lemonade Days Festival has truly lived up to its adopted mantra “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Almost a quarter century later, it is now one of the best family events in Atlanta. 


The Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) holds its 24th Annual LEMONADE DAYS FESTIVAL in Brook Run Park April 17-21, 2024. Since the early days as a fundraiser to get relief to those neighborhoods, this five-day festival now brings almost 20,000 community members together around incredible carnival ideas, food and beverage, a petting zoo (cue the pony rides!), and a Dunwoody Idol contest that promotes the homegrown talent among the community. 


   Couple at Lemonade Days   


It’s so woven into the fabric of the Dunwoody community that this year they are spotlighting parents who grew up going to the festival and who now take their children. “If you grew up coming to the festival and now bring your children, you are a Lemonade Days Legacy” says Hope Follmer, 2024 DPT Lemonade Days Festival Director. Stop by the Volunteer Check-In Booth to get your Lemonade Days Legacy Lanyard.


    Lemonade Days Stand


Those parents and kids can snag $20 wristbands for unlimited rides on Family Nights (Wednesday and Thursday) and for $30 (Friday through Sunday). Single tickets may be purchased for $1.25. “I see festival goers of all ages enjoying the rides each year,” says Follmer. But she also enjoys “the excitement and smiles on the faces of children and grandchildren while they enjoy the carnival atmosphere and take in the awesome food, sights and sounds of a beautiful day at the park.”


This family-friendly extravaganza put on by DPT, includes kids in other ways too: Since 2016, the festival t-shirt design each year has been selected by a panel of judges and the 2024 design was selected from 366 entries from the Peachtree Middle School art department. The final design was chosen in the first weeks of March.


      Lemonade Days Tshirt Winner


While Lemonade Days has become one of the most popular events in Dunwoody and one of the highlights of the city's calendar, the Dunwoody Idol Contest Saturday April 21, 2024, at 5pm is the can't-miss event of the festival. 


“Ten singing finalists will compete live, singing with a professional band, and a panel of judges will award the 2024 Dunwoody Idol winner and a runner-up,” shares Follmer. “A crowd favorite will also be chosen by audience vote.”


Follmer adds: “The Dunwoody Idol winner will be awarded a full-service session of professional recording time to produce one finished track, a featured appearance at a young artists musical review to be staged at a local venue in the fall, a spot in the Dunwoody Homeowners July 4th parade and will sing the national anthem at the parade end. In addition, the winner will be invited to return as a featured performer on the 2025 Lemonade Days Festival stage.”


    teenager singing at dunwoody idol contest during lemonade days    


For the third year in a row an Honorary DPT Ms. Lemonade Days Queen will be crowned. And children were not the only festival goers who enjoyed snapping a pic of themselves with the 2023 queen. Find out who it will be this year in person.


Local foodies will love all the concessions at Lemonade Days Festival. “We two new additions Country Skillet and Big Daddy Dane’s BBQ,” says Follmer. Other tasty local vendors include Chick-fil-A, Greek Tavern, MAd Italina and Soul Truckin Good. Sweets treats can be found at Country Cabin Ice Cream Sweets, Repicci's Ice and King of Pop.    


National Cheese Fries Day happens to fall on April 20, 2024, this year too. Don't miss getting your cheese fries that day at Roy’s Royal Dogs. 


Two children smiling and enjoying cheese fries at Dunwoody Lemonade days


If all this family fun wasn’t enough to bring you out, the Lemonade Days Festival is also the only fundraiser of the DPT, which does more than restore historic properties. Profits going to the continued rehabilitation and maintenance of the historic facilities around Dunwoody as well as numerous community events, educational programs for children and adults and Summer Camp FlashBack Dunwoody’s only history camp for kids. Just by enjoying the sunshine, you can give back to the Dunwoody community. 

Lemonade Days Festival Hours of Operation

Wed., April 19, 4pm-10pm

Thurs., April 20, 4pm-10pm

Fri., April 21, 4pm-10pm

Sat., April 22, 10am-10pm

Sun., April 23, 12 noon-6pm


Looking for somewhere to stay for this five-day festival? Check out one of our nine hotels in Dunwoody to stay close to all the action! 

For more information about Lemonade Days .Weather updates will be provided on Twitter @lemonadedays.