The cold days of winter are finally coming to an end and flowers of spring are beginning to bloom. Each year, the city of Macon celebrates the arrival of spring with a jam-packed schedule of events to highlight the beauty of the season and the blooming of Macon's Yoshino Cherry trees.

This weekend marks the official kickoff of Macon's 33rd Annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival includes 10 days of shopping, animal shows, carnival rides, nightly concerts and much more. Events kick off tonight and are a great way to enjoy some fun in the sun with family and friends.


Friday, March 20

Art in the Park: New Forms of the Southeast
Tattnall Square Park

This show features sculptures by seven artists throughout the park. This event is funded by the Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant and will feature the work of Preston Poe, a sound and visual artist.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tour Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours
Ocmulgee National Monument

Choose from guided half-hour tours or self guided tours through this historic monument. Take a walk through one of the city's oldest landmarks along the lantern lit trail. Cost is $5 for ages 13 and up.

Saturday, March 21

Pink Pancake Breakfast
Central City Park
Come and enjoy pancakes served up in the Festival's signature color by Macon-Bibb County firefighters. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Cost is $5.

Cherry Blossom Festival Bed Race Cherry Blossom Festival Bed Race
Cherry St.

Cheer as teams from all over the middle-Georgia area race their beds down the street. Categories include most original bed design, funniest bed and fastest bed. Admission is free to all spectators and sure to be a great time for all.

Sunday, March 22

Traditional Lantern Lighting
Third Street Park
Watch as festival dignitaries carry on tradition and light the ceremonial Cherry Blossom lantern.

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Pink on Pink Parade
Enjoy marching bands, amazing floats and performers at this pinked out affair.
Presented by GEICO, this premier event is sure to enamor audiences of all ages. Free for spectators.



The Cherry Blossom Festival has been a Macon staple for decades. For more information about this celebration and events, click here.


Writer: India Turner, Macon-Bibb County CVB Marketing Intern