Cherry Blossom Festival

5 Things You Need to Know About the International Cherry Blossom Festival

Although this year's International Cherry Blossom Festival has past and the blooms have fallen, check out the information below to get prepared for next year's festival:

1. When do the cherry blossoms bloom?

This popular question has a different answer each year. The average peak bloom period is typically the third week of March and lasts roughly 10 days. The peak bloom this year occurred during our Cherry Blossom Festival which was held March 19-April 4.

2. Where can you see the cherry blossoms?                                    

Luckily for Macon, our Cherry Blossom trees are located throughout the city. High concentrations of Cherry Blossom trees can be found near the neighborhoods surrounding Wesleyan College. These roads are Northside Drive, Oxford Road, Ingleside Avenue and Pierce Avenue. We also have plenty of Cherry Blossom trees in our historic downtown and in Central City Park, the hub of many Cherry Blossom Festival activities. Click here for the best places to see these breathtaking trees.

3. What time of day should you visit?

There is no bad time to visit the cherry blossoms. Any time you get to see them is time well spent. Viewing the trees during the day shows off the beautiful pale pink of the blossoms. The glow of the trees in the night is a sight to see.

4. What International Cherry Blossom Festival events are going on?

Family-friendly activities, exciting events and concerts occur throughout the festival. Here are just a handful of the major events that happened this year:

Central City Park Food. International Food plus your favorite "Fair Food." The best food in town for 10 days is at the park.

Pink on Pink Parade presented by Geico. The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of the Festival's premier events. There is no better way to spend a springtime Sunday afternoon.

Third Street Park Festivities presented by APCU. Come celebrate a theme every day during the 3rd Street Park Festivities and enjoy free ice cream, donuts, and more!

45th Annual Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival. A weekend filled with every crafty treasure you could ever want, come shop the hundreds of artistic vendors' booths.

Music Festival: In concert-crawl style, a variety of venues host musical performances, and Festival participants can venue-hop and listen to their favorite bands.

For a complete list of activities, please visit the International Cherry Blossom's website at

5. How else can I experience the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon?

The International Cherry Blossom Festival sweeps the entire city. You can barely travel anywhere in Macon in March and April without seeing the festival's influence. Be on the lookout for restaurants serving up Cherry Blossom-themed menu items, view the painted cherry blossoms on cars and on Macon's store-fronts, and gaze at the Cherry Blossom trees in Macon's neighborhoods.


Make sure you check back with us next year for more International Cherry Blossom Festival updates!