Macon GA International Cherry Blossom Festival (2018)

Spring is in the air which for middle Georgia means it is nearly time for the annual Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival.  The 10-day extravaganza is scheduled for March 16th – March 25th, and with hundreds of events planned, promises something for everyone.

A few of the featured events and venues sure to draw a large crowd include a parade, fashion show, gourmet food trucks, various concerts, and a street party. Other events such as plays/musicals, pink pancake breakfast, pet training, classic car show, and a golf tournament abound.

Since its humble beginnings in 1982, the Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival has grown into one of the 100 largest annual events in North America, earning the city the title “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World“.  Put it on your calendar…you do not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy southern culture in a beautiful setting.

Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival Details

When: Friday, March 16th – Sunday, March 25th

Time: 8:30am – 5pm

Location: Cherry Blossom Festival Headquarters, 794 Cherry Street, Macon GA

Contact: (478) 330-7050

Central City Park Details

When: Friday, March 24th – Sunday, April 2nd

Time: 10am – 10pm

Location: 115 Willie Smokie Glover Drive Macon, GA


  • Day of Event – $5 per person
  • Children Under 10 – Free

Gate & Amusement Specials:

  • Weekdays: Free Admission from 12pm – 1pm
  • Friday, March 16th: $20 Unlimited Rides with $5 Gate Admission
  • Monday, March 19th: $10 Unlimited Rides with Free Gate Admission
  • Monday – Friday, March 19th-23rd: $20 Unlimited Rides with $5 Gate Admission
  • Saturdays & Sundays, March 17th-18th and March 24th-25th: $25 Unlimited Rides with $5 Gate Admission

On Saturdays, March 17th and March 24th, tickets must be purchased by 3pm for discount. 

On Monday, March 19th, Military Day, all Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Military, Department Of Defense Civilian Employees and immediate family admitted free with military ID.

Amusement Rides:

  • Balloon Wheel
  • Black Forest
  • Bumblebees
  • Bumper Cars
  • Catterpillar
  • Circus Train
  • Clown House
  • Cuda
  • Cyclops
  • Flying Elephants
  • Kite Flyer
  • Lolly Swing
  • Mantis
  • Merry Go Round
  • Mixer
  • Pirate
  • Rocking Tugboat
  • Seattle Wheel
  • Super Slide
  • Tea Cups
  • Tilt-a-Whirl
  • Wild Jungle
  • X-Factor
  • Zoogvogel Swing Tower

Parking: Free Everyday

Cherry Blossom Festival Featured Events

Friday, March 16th: Central City Park Opening Ceremony 

Ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-start the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Location: Central City Park, 115 Willie Smokie Glover Drive, Macon GA


  • Day of Event – $5 per person
  • Children Under 10 – Free


Friday, March 16th: Bridge Dinner

The Festival’s newest premiere event with a harvest-table dining experience by The Perfect Pear and Sassy Wines.

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Location: Mercer University Pedestrian Bridge

Admission:$65 per Person, SOLD OUT


Saturday, March 17th: Bed Race

You won’t want to miss the zany entries, all vying for the “fastest bed” title. Teams of five members will participate in a bed race with only one member on the bed and the four others pushing. Team creativity and themes are greatly encouraged.

2018 Contestants:

  • Centerville Fire Department
  • Coliseum Medical Centers
  • Coliseum Northside Hospital
  • iStroll Macon
  • Kellstrom Defense
  • Macon Bibb Fire Department
  • Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office
  • Mattress Firm
  • Regency Hospital of Central Georgia – Select Medical
  • The Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Walthall Oil Company


  • Dream Team Award – Fastest Team
  • Sleep Walkers Award – Slowest Team
  • Drift Off Award – Biggest Wipe Out
  • Best in Bed Award – Best Bed Design

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Location: Cherry Street at Third Street, Macon GA



Saturday, March 17th: Emerald Ball 

An evening of dining and dancing to celebrate 36 years of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm, 7pm – 11pm

Location: Macon City Auditorium, 415 1st Street, Macon GA


  • Individual – $75
  • Table – $600

Reservations required and black tie optional.


Sunday, March 18th: Cherry Blossom Worship Service

The Cherry Blossom Worship Service will have worship and fellowship to celebrate love and international friendship within the community.

Time: 10:30am – 12pm

Location: Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Avenue, Macon GA

Admission: Free


Sunday, March 18th: 36th Annual Parade

The 36th Annual Parade strolling the historic downtown with floats, marching bands, performers, military units, and more!

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm   

Location: Cherry Street at Third Street, Macon GA

Admission: Free

Parade will be held rain or shine and cancelled only in the event of lightening present.


Saturday, March 25th: Cherry Blossom Gala

The Festival’s newest premiere event with a harvest-table dining experience by The Perfect Pear and Sassy Wines.

Time: 7pm – 11pm  

Location: Middle Georgia State University, 100 University Parkway, Macon GA


  • Individual – $62.50
  • Couple – $125
  • 8 Person Table – $500

      Reservations Required

Contact: Mercer Ticket Sales, (478) 301-5470 


Monday, March 27th – Friday, March 31st: Third Street Park Festivities

Each weekday during the Cherry Blossom Festival there will be exciting adventure-packed festivities at the Third Street Park with special themes each day, free refreshments (while supplies last), and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm  

Location: Third Street Park, Macon GA



Monday, March 27th: Navy Band Southeast

Enjoy the military tribute concert by the Navy Band Southeast at Wesleyan College.

Time: 7pm   

Location: Porter Auditorium at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Rd, Macon GA



Wednesday, March 29th: Finding Favour in Concert

South Georgia based band, Finding Favor performing songs from their new album, REBORN.

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Ave, Macon GA

Admission:$10 per person, Tickets


Thursday, March 30th: Cherry Blossom Fashion Show by Mark Ballard

A fashion show and brunch put on by Mark Ballard featuring the emerging spring fashion trends.

Time: 11am

Location: Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy, Macon GA

Admission:$40 per person, Reservations Required

Contact: Mercer Ticket Sales, (478) 301-5470


Thursday, March 30th: Sunset Jazz Concert 

Live jazz music by the Jazz Association of Macon.

Time: 6pm – 8pm    

Location: Coleman Hill, 285 Spring Street, Macon GA



Thursday, March 30th: Music of Nations

Some of Georgia’s finest musicians performing their Music of Nations concert.

Time: 6:30pm   

Location: Porter Auditorium at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Rd, Macon GA



Saturday, April 1st – Sunday, April 2nd: Food Truck Frenzy

Gourmet food trucks from the South offering delicious culinary trends for purchase.


  • Saturday, April 1st: 10am – 7pm
  • Sunday, April 2nd: 10am – 5pm

Location: Third Street at Mulberry, 301-313 Third Street, Macon GA

Admission: Free


Saturday, April 1st: Street Party

Downtown street party featuring multiple musicians.

Time: 3pm

Location: Cotton Avenue and Poplar Street, 455-473 1st Street, Macon GA


  • Mavis Staples
  • Chuck Leavell & the Randall Bramblett Band
  • JD McPherson
  • Me and Molly


  • Advance- $20 per person
  • Day of Event – $25
  • Tickets


Sunday, April 2nd: The Grand Finale

Afternoon of live music featuring Mother’s Finest and Vintage Vixens to round out the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Time: 4pm 

Location: Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon GA


  • Mother’s Finest
  • Vintage Vixens


  • Free
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides: $10 per person (Age/Weight Restrictions)

Contact: (478) 330-7050,

Cherry Blossom Gift Shop 35th Anniversary Pin

The Macon native, accomplished artist, designer, chef, writer, and TV personality, Mark Ballard, has designed the Cherry Blossom 35th Anniversary Pin based on the theme of “Love, Beauty, and International Friendship.” The bottom leaf of his design represents the span of the festival from its beginning in 1982 and the top leaf represents the progression of the festival til now. The gold 35 imprinted on top of a pink cherry blossom enveloped in a heart represents the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival.

Information on Purchasing the Cherry Blossom Pin:

When: Every Saturday in March, 10am – 5pm

Location: 530 Cherry Street, Travis Jean Building, Macon GA

Cherry Blossom Pin Availability:

  • Cherry Blossom Gift Shop, 53o Cherry Street, Travis Jean Building, Macon GA
  • Area Kroger Locations
  • Robins Financial Credit Union Branches

Cherry Blossom Pin Cost: $5

Cherry Blossom Pin Discount Coupons:

  • Cherry Blossom Festival Gift Shop – 25% Off One Purchase
  • Museum Store at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House – 10% off One Purchase
  • The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame – Free Adult Admission
  • The Museum of Arts and Sciences Macon – $1 off Adult Admission
  • Tubman Museum – $1 off Adult Admission
  • S&S Cafeterias – $1 off Purchase of $7.59 or More
  • Jet Fuel Java & Aviation Gifts at the Museum of Aviation – 10% Off One Purchase
  • Competition Entry for an EZ-GO Golf Cart or $500

Contact: Cherry Blossom Gift Shop – (478) 845-9096,

Come one day or several and enjoy all the Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival has to offer!

The Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival (2018)

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