Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival
With over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees, Macon becomes the pinkest city in the world when the trees are in full bloom. With average peak bloom period happening the second week of March and lasting about 10 days, there is plenty to see and do during this beautiful time in Macon. The 2018 International Cherry Blossom Festival is happening March 16 - 25. The 2019 International Cherry Blossom Festival is happening March 22 - 31.
The Yoshino cherry trees have been a city staple for many years. Reaching peak bloom for only 10 days, it seems that the blossom leave as quickly as they arrive. Why is Macon home to so many of these amazing trees? It all started in 1949 when Macon native William A. Fickling discovered a unique and unrecognized tree blossoming in his yard. Later discovering it was a Yoshino cherry tree, Fickling and his family freely distributed the tree throughout the city. Nearly 40 years later, Carolyn Crayton, another Macon native, created the Cherry Blossom Festival as a way to celebrate the principles of “love, beauty, and international friendship.” To learn more about the Festival's history, click here.
Beginning in 1982, the Cherry Blossom Festival is deeply rooted in the city. The 10-day festival includes over 30 events celebrating the cherry trees. From March 15 - 24, Macon will be buzzing with activity. Take a 2-hour Cherry Blossom Riding Trail Tour and see the areas most densely populated with trees. Head to Central City Park for the Amusement Ride Midway where you can ride the traditional carnival rides, see live acts, and dine on delicious food. Attend the free annual parade that includes local marching band, military units, and more. Celebrate Easter with an Easter Egg Hunt that includes eggs being dropped from a helicopter for your kids to enjoy. Dance the night away to live music at the Street Party. Shop from hundreds of vendors from across the country at the Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival. While you’re there dine on food from gourmet food trucks at the Food Truck Frenzy. End the 10-day long celebration with a tethered hot air balloon ride at the Grand Finale Glow and fireworks at Central City Park.
Cherry Blossom Riding Trail Tour
While you're in town for the festival, stop by Visit Macon to take the Cherry Blossom Riding Trail Tour. View southern mansions, streets lined with cherry trees, and pink bows galore along this meandering route through the historic district of downtown, mid-town and north Macon residential areas! This 2-hour tour will highlight the areas in Macon most densely populated with cherry trees like the Ingleside area, Wesleyan Woods neighborhood, & Riverside Drive.
Dates.....March 15 - 24
Times....10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. daily
Price....$16.50 (Adults) $12.50 (Student) $8.50 (5 & Under)