‘Tis the spring festival season and none is more colorful than the 80th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival sprawling throughout Piedmont Park Friday, April 8-Sunday, April 10. Smart weekend fest-goers will plan ahead and buy tickets to the Backyard Barbecue & Brews VIP Experience going on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10 from 1-5 p.m. Ticketholders can hang out in the cordoned “Backyard” area commanding excellent Main Stage views and a spacious tent with lots of picnic-style seating. “Backyard” perks frame an afternoon of beer and wine tastings as well as barbecue and picnic fare from Atlanta’s favorite restaurants – including mouthwatering ‘cue from Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead. More good stuff: activities such as cornhole and always appreciated convenient, private bathrooms. Additionally, Platinum VIP Experience ticketholders will receive four drink tickets for beer, wine or cocktails. Saturday VIP tickets are already sold out, and the others are sure to follow suit for the popular party and refreshment zone. Buy tickets here ASAP, $30-$50 each. Children 12 and under enter free of charge.