They call the International Cherry Blossom Festival “the Pinkest Party on Earth” for good reason. Every March, Macon basks in the glory of more than 300,000 cherry trees that produce more cherry blossoms than any city in the world – Washington, D.C., included. Japan’s consul general even proclaimed Macon the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World”!
This annual festival takes place in mid-March (March 19- April 4 this year) and has won many awards and accolades, including being named a Top 20 Event in the South, and a Top 50 Event in the U.S. Hundreds of people make an annual pilgrimage for both the festivities and the blossoms. Among the Cherry Blossom Festival’s big components are Tunes and Balloons (hot-air balloons fill the sky), Cherry Blossom Riding Tours, the International Food Fair, the Mulberry Street Festival (more than 200 artisans from Georgia and the Southeast), nightly concerts and Lantern Light Tours at the Ocmulgee National Monument. As big as the Cherry Blossom Festival is, it sets the stage for events and attractions that draw visitors to this mid-Georgia city all year.
Check out these other upcoming events:
- Fired Works in April (Georgia’s largest show and sale of functional and sculptural pottery)
- The Pan African Festival at the Tubman African American Museum in April
- Bragg Jam in July (dozens of bands on multiple stages)
- Ocmulgee Indian Celebration at the Ocmulgee National Monument in September (native American dancing, singing, storytelling and crafts).
Even if you’re not in town for a festival, Macon offers you a free activity every night with Lights On Macon, a self-guided tour of the Historic InTown Neighborhood. The route takes you past more than 30 architectural gems, each dramatically illuminated to highlight its antebellum beauty.
Indeed, Macon is one of the great historic cities of the American South. It is home to 5,500 structures on the National Register of Historic Places in 11 historic districts – plus all those cherry trees.