Festivals and Events

The Events of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

That was the mantra of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) when a category F-2 tornado hit Dunwoody in the wee hours of April 9, 1998, displacing more than 1500 families and downing more than 100,000 trees.

Though DPT was a young organization, the group stepped to the forefront of recovery within days of the storm and formed the “Replant the Dunwoody Forest” initiative through its 501(c)(3) status. The group secured grants, held fundraisers, created a landscaping plan to prevent erosion issues and held educational seminars toward the replanting efforts. Proceeds allowed for the replanting of hundreds of mature hardwoods as well as more than 25,000 seedlings in common areas and private properties throughout Dunwoody.

Fundraisers during the rebuilding years following the tornado included a 5K/Fun Run and a small-scale carnival event with ring toss and balloon pop games, pony rides and a petting zoo on the lawn of the Cheek-Spruill House. In 2000, the event was moved to Brook Run Park, and was later expanded to the event we now know as Lemonade Days, to include the full-scale carnival rides and food, Battle of Bands, Dunwoody Idol and more!

Lemonade Days    Visit the Lemonade Days Website

A must-attend event for Dunwoody families!  Lemonade Days is a 5-day festival, complete with more than 20 rides, a midway of games and prizes and all the best in carnival-style food. A fundraiser for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, Lemonade Days is held annually, the 3rd week in April in the Brook Run Park. Proceeds benefit the on-going preservation efforts of the organization. The proceeds from Lemonade Days go to continue our efforts in the rehabilitation of the Donaldson-Bannister House and Farm.

Apple Cider Days   Visit the Apple Cider Days Website

A sister-event to Lemonade Days, Apple Cider Days is held each October. This event also features carnival rides, games and food. All proceeds benefit the preservation efforts of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust.