Macon GA International Cherry Blossom Festival (2017)

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 24th – April 2nd, 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 24th – Sunday, April 2nd

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:

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 12pm – 9pm
  • Thursday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 10pm

Location: 115 Willie Smokie Glover Drive Macon, GA

Admission:

  • Advance – $3 per person
  • Day of Event – $5 per person
  • Children Under 10 – Free

Gate Specials:

  • Weekdays: Free Admission from 12pm – 1pm
  • Monday, March 27th: Military Day – $10 Unlimited Rides with Military ID

On Monday, March 27th, Military Day, all Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Military, Department Of Defense Civilian Employees and immediate family admitted free with military ID.

Amusement Specials:

  • Sunday, March 26th: Free Rides from 12pm – 1pm
  • Monday, March 27th: Military Day – $10 Rides, Free Admission with Military  ID
  • Monday, March 27th – Thursday, March 30th: Unlimited Rides, $20 per person
  • Wednesday, March 29th: Free Rides from 12pm – 1pm
  • Sunday, April 2nd: Free Rides from 12pm – 1pm

Parking: Free Everyday


Cherry Blossom Festival Featured Events

Tuesday, March 7th: Polar Bear Den

There will be a reading and cherry blossom craft centered around the Victoria Kann book, Pinkalicious: Cherry Blossom with the Cherry Blossom Queen and Princesses. Children are encouraged to wear their pinkest outfit to the event.

Time: 10:30am – 11:45am

Location: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon GA

Admission:$5 per child

 

Tuesday, March 21st: Tea with the Queen and Princesses

Children are encouraged to come dressed in their best fairy tale attire and enjoy tea and a magical story with the Cherry Blossom Queen and Princesses.

Time: 10am

Location: First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 682 Mulberry Street, Macon GA

Admission:$5 per child

 

Friday, March 24th: Gospel Extravaganza

The Gospel Extravaganza will showcase special guests, the Georgia Mass Choir as well as the Aris and Artis, Dazzling Diva’s Inspirational Dancers, and Future Generation.

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Willingham Hall at Mercer University, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon GA

Admission:$10 in advance, $15 at the door per person

Contact:(478) 246-3285, smartmacon@gmail.com

 

Saturday, March 25th: 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. Awards will be given for the fattest bed and the team with the best theme.

Time: 1pm 

Location: Cherry Street at Third Street, Macon GA

Admission:Free, March 1st Deadline Registration

Contact: Bed Race, (478) 330-7050, cbf.bedrace@gmail.com

 

Saturday, March 25th: Cherry Blossom Gala

An evening of dining and dancing to celebrate 35 years of the Macon Georgia International Cherry Blossom Festival.

Time: 7pm – 11pm  

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

Admission:

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

      Reservations Required

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

 

Sunday, March 26th: 35th Annual Parade

The 35th 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, March 1st Deadline Registration

 

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

Admission:Free

 

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

Admission:Free

 

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

Admission:Free

 

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

Admission:Free

 

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

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

Time:

  • 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

Featuring: 

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

Admission:

  • 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

Featuring:

  • Mother’s Finest
  • Vintage Vixens

Admission: 

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

Contact: (478) 330-7050, sharkins@cherryblossom.com


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, sharkins@cherryblossom.com

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


The Macon GA Cherry Blossom Festival (2017)

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