Free Things to Do
Macon's central location in Georgia makes all of our activities easily accessible. You can even enjoy many of the city's attractions for free.
Keep Your Eyes on the Skies
Museum of Aviation transports you into the world of the sky. Check out planes and learn about our nation's unique history at the same time. A short drive from downtown Macon, this free museum offers hours of family friendly action.
Explore a Farmers or Crafts Markets
Macon’s hidden gems are our Farmers and Crafts Markets and they provide plenty of opportunities to buy Georgia Grown products. Our Macon State Farmers Market has more than 12 vendors regularly selling fresh produce and 2 nurseries. It’s the only market in the city that is open every day, excluding major holidays. The Mulberry Street Market at Tattnall Square Park is a producer-only farmers market open every Wednesday from 3:30-6:30. What’s cool about the Mulberry Street Market is that it prides itself on making fresh produce available to everyone. The First Saturday Village Market at Mercer Village is the place to shop for fine handcrafted items and fresh Georgia produce. This market is open each first Saturday of the month from 9am to 3pm. At the Wesleyan Market on Wesleyan College’s campus, you can enjoy food, art, music, educational displays, animal adoptions, and demonstrations on pottery or gardening. This outdoor market is held every second Saturday of the month, and the fourth Saturday during summer months.
Go to a Festival
Macon has festivals for every season! Our largest and most well-known festival is the International Cherry Blossom Festival, a 10-day festival that starts the third week of March. Because we boast over 300,000 Yoshino Cherry trees, Macon is known as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Other festivals include the Mulberry Street Arts Festival, Fired Works, the Pan-African Festival, Bragg Jam, Macon Film Festival, and the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration. Because we love to celebrate, we have newer festivals to add to your calendars, including the Make-End Maker Festival and the Georgia Wellness & Fitness Festival.
Discover Ocmulgee National Monument
Ocmulgee is Macon’s #1 tourist destination, and the reason is clear. See the great temple mound, explore North America’s only reconstructed earth lodge, or walk across Civil War battlefields, where 17,000 years of history greet you. What makes visiting the Ocmulgee more special is that the monument’s earth lodge floor turns 1,000 this year! The Ocmulgee National Monument is definitely a must-visit, especially if you’re interested in Native American history and culture, the outdoors and hiking.
Visit One Our of Many Parks
Macon is often referred to as a “City Within a Park.” Our wide avenues helped create this moniker. We have an extensive network of community parks and walking trails that allow visitors and residents to experience Macon’s natural beauty. Tattnall Square Park, Amerson River Park, and Washington Square Park are all free and host events for all ages at various times throughout the year.