Every Spring, Macon turns pink as over 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom throughout the city. To celebrate the beautiful blooms, Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival each year. The festival is happening March 18 - 27 and it's going to be more vibrant than ever! Here are three things you need to know about the pinkest party on Earth.
It's one of Macon's most celebrated traditions.
In 1949, Macon native, William A. Fickling found a unique and unrecognized tree blossoming in his yard. He later discovered it was a Yoshino cherry tree and knew its' beauty had to be shared. The Fickling family freely distributed the trees throughout the city. Nearly 40 years later in 1982, another Macon native, Carolyn Crayton created the Cherry Blossom Festival as a way of celebrating the principles of "love, beauty, and international friendship." Despite its humble beginnings, the festival has become one of the Top 20 Events in the South and Top 100 Events in North America. Learn more about the trees and the festival's history here.
It's fun for the entire family.
The 10-day festival includes over 30 events celebrating the cherry trees. See the areas most densely populated with trees on Visit Macon's two-hour Cherry Blossom Riding Trail Tour. Throughout the entire festival, head to Carolyn Crayton Park for traditional carnival rides, live acts, and delicious food. For a truly too cute event, you can watch the Wiener Dog Race on March 19 on Cherry Street. And the much anticipated free annual parade will happen on March 20, featuring fantastic floats, live music by local marching bands, and more.
End the celebration on March 27 with a tethered hot air balloon ride at Middle Georgia State University or head to Carolyn Crayton Park to hear The Grapevine Band as they close the festival with great music.
It's the perfect reason to visit Macon.
Known for its rich history, incredible architecture, vibrant downtown, and soulful heritage, there's plenty to experience outside of the festival while you're here. Explore over 17,000 years of history (yes really!) at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. Tour Hay House, lovingly nicknamed "Palace of the South," and see 18,000 square feet of stunning architecture. Immerse yourself in Macon's musical history, where you'll learn about Southern music's most infamous players. Follow your nose and dine at one of our many local restaurants offering an array of options from burgers, to tacos, to fine dining, and more. Grab a couple of drinks with friends and listen to live music at one of Macon's music venues and bars. Known as the "Festival Capital of Georgia," there are annual events & festivals throughout the year that will have you traveling back to Macon in no time.