The International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon lures not only visitors, but thousands of residents to celebrate the delicate pink-white blooms of 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees and to welcome spring. The recipient of many awards and recognized as a top event in the Southeast, this ten-day festival delivers fun for every member of the family.
Many festival events are annual traditions. Central City Park downtown is open daily during the festival. Activities include carnival-style rides and games, food & snacks, free evening concerts, and cherry blossom-themed gifts and exhibits. Also downtown, Third Street Park is home to afternoon concerts, free cherries & cream ice cream, and, of course, fantastic displays of cherry trees along the length of the park.
Other popular annual events are tours of some of Macon’s most charming homes and the Cherry Blossom Fashion Show, both of which are see-and-be-seen events during festival week. Kaleidoscope and the International Food Fair bring the world to middle Georgia, honoring the cuisine, culture, and music of different nations. The festival’s Party with a Purpose brings a popular Christian entertainment to Macon while the Diamond Ball delivers an evening of sophistication and style.
For crowd-pleasing fun, festival-goers should try the Bed Race, parade, Tunes & Balloons, and Grand Finale and fireworks event. The nighttime ranger tours of Ocmulgee National Monument gives visitors a chance to learn Native American history and see downtown Macon’s skyline at night.
To learn more about these events, visit the International Cherry Blossom Festival’s website.