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Top 10 Events at the 2018 International Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Central City Park

    The whole family will enjoy the fair atmosphere in Macon's Central City Park during the International Cherry Blossom Festival.

This year's International Cherry Blossom Festival in downtown Macon promises days and nights filled with a variety of fun March 16-25, 2018. Here are 10 events you will want to be sure you don't miss:

Cherry Blossom Festival Amusement Ride Midway

For all 10 days of the festival, take a spin on the Tea Cups, race around in Bumper Cars, zoom down the Super Slide and more at Central City Park. Buy ride tickets on site, and check the schedule for ways to save.

Third Street Park Festivities

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides in Macon during the International Cherry Blossom Festival
Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides in Macon during the International Cherry Blossom Festival

Enjoy an atmosphere filled with revelry in Third Street Park on weekdays during the festival. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, free ice cream and giveaways.

Bridge Dinner

On March 16, enjoy a one-of-a-kind, harvest-table dining experience on Mercer University's pedestrian bridge during the festival's newest premiere event. Tickets are $65 and go on sale Feb. 6, 2018.  

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

International Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
International Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

On March 18 at 4 p.m., watch as downtown Macon streets host a parade filled with floats, marching bands, military units, costumed performers, international dignitaries and more.

Cherry Blossom Bed Race

Photo courtesy of International Cherry Blossom Festival
Photo courtesy of International Cherry Blossom Festival

Which wild and wacky ride will reign supreme during their journey down Cherry Street on March 17?

Street Party

International Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party in Macon
International Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party in Macon

Chaka Khan and the Eli Young Band headline this ticketed event March 24. $20 advanced; $25 day of event. Purchase tickets online or the day of the party at the gates. Rain or shine event.

Georgia On My Mind

Middle Georgia Concert Band
Middle Georgia Concert Band

Hear your favorite old sweet songs performed by the Middle Georgia Concert Band at Wesleyan College on March 22.

Food Truck Frenzy

Food trucks and vendors at the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon
Food trucks and vendors at the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon

Sample culinary delights served up by food trucks from around the South March 24-25.

Cherry Blossom Easter Egg Hunt

Keep your eye on the sky March 24 from 2 - 4 p.m. when a helicopter will drop thousands of eggs filled with toys and candy for kids of all ages.

The Grand Finale Glow

Relax in a lawn chair at the end of the festival as you take in the awesome sight of hot air balloons glowing with brilliant color on March 25 at Wesleyan College.

 

See a full list of Cherry Blossom Festival events online, and review these International Cherry Blossom Festival tips from locals.

 

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.