Cherry Blossom Festival calendar of events

March 22, 2013 

Friday

45th Annual Old Book Sale

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Macon Coliseum, 240 Coliseum Drive. Sale of more than 100,000 books to benefit Bibb County libraries and support the literacy effort in the Middle Georgia community. 745-2422. Free. Presented by Friends of the Library.

Third Street Park Festivities

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park. Free ice cream from Kroger and free donuts while supplies last. Live entertainment. Carriage rides. Founder’s Day. Free. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Thirty-minute organ concert. Free.

“G.R.I.T.S. the Musical”

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Based on the book “Friends are Forever” by Deborah Ford. Tickets available at thegrandmacon.com. $41. Presented in partnership with the Grand Opera House.

White Bengal Tigers

3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Central City Park. A live, action-packed big cat show. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau.

Coleman Hill Jazz Concert

6-8 p.m. Coleman Hill, Georgia Avenue at Spring Street. Come early with blankets and picnics ready for a fantastic evening of music overlooking one of the most beautiful views of Macon at night. Featuring the Joey Stuckey Band. Free. Presented by Jones, Cork and Miller and BB&T Bank.

Nightly Concert

7-10 p.m. Coca-Cola Stage, Central City Park. Featuring Big Daddy and Company. Free. Presented by State Bank and Trust.

Saturday

Pink Pancake Breakfast

7-10 a.m. Parkview Pavilion, Central City Park. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $5; free parking. Presented by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Cherry Blossom Road Race

8-11 a.m. Howard Middle School, 6600 Forsyth Road. Run among the cherry blossoms, and bring the kids for the carnival. Race benefits services Wesley Glen Ministries provides to developmentally disabled adults. Register: 471-3711; cherryblossomroadrace.com. $25 for 5k and 10K; $15 for one-mile fun run/walk. Presented by Wesley Glen Ministries.

Cherry Blossom Festival 17th Annual Car Show

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Central City Park. Cherry Blossom Festival Mustang and Ford Car Show. 960-4240. www.freewebs.com/flagcitymc/home.htm. $25 per car entry fee, free for spectators. Presented by Flag City Mustangs.

Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament

8 a.m.-noon, Bowden Golf Course, 311 Millerfield Road. Juniors’ tournament. 256-4101. cityofmacon.net. $25 per person.

45th Annual Old Book Sale

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Macon Coliseum, 240 Coliseum Drive. Sale of more than 100,000 books to benefit Bibb County libraries and support the literacy effort in Middle Georgia. 745-2422. Free. Presented by Friends of the Library.

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mulberry Street, from Second-Third streets. The city’s oldest and finest outdoor arts and crafts show is back with more than 200 vendors. Middlegeorgiaart.org. Free. Presented by the Middle Georgia Art Association.

“Music in Our Schools”

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Macon Mall, 3661 Eisenhower Parkway. Celebrate “Music in Our Schools” Month with a showcase at the mall by Jones County Schools. Free.

Kids CherryDazzle

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Central City Park. Face painting, games, mascots and prizes. For kids of all ages. Free.

Food Truck Frenzy

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Third Street, between Mulberry and Walnut streets. Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest trends in culinary culture. Live entertainment provided by Ernest Rogers. Free admission; on-site beer sales.

PAWS for a Cause

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Central City Park, top of the park. Make good on your promise to your pooch with agility training demos, obedience 101, micro-chipping, vaccine clinic and pet adoptions. Presented by FURever Friends.

White Bengal Tigers

Noon, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Central City Park. A live, action-packed big cat show. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau.

Street Party

5 p.m. Cherry Street Plaza, downtown Macon. Featuring .38 Special, the Dirty Guv’nahs, Atlanta Funk Society and an opening performance from the Wild Feathers. $12 advance; $20 day of show. Presented by Georgia Lottery.

Nightly Concert

6-11 p.m. Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. Featuring Whiskey Bent and Sons-n-Britches. Presented by State Bank and Trust.

Sunday

45th Annual Old Book Sale

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Macon Coliseum, 240 Coliseum Drive. Sale of more than 100,000 books to benefit Bibb County libraries and support the literacy effort in Middle Georgia. All books half price. 745-2422. Free. Presented by Friends of the Library.

The Rev. Jimmy Waters Closing Worship Service

11 a.m. New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 475 Church St. Free.

Food Truck Frenzy

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Third Street, between Mulberry and Walnut streets. Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest trends in culinary culture. Live entertainment provided by Ernest Rogers. Free admission; on-site beer sales.

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mulberry Street, from Second-Third streets. The city’s oldest and finest outdoor arts and crafts show is back with more than 200 vendors. Middlegeorgiaart.org. Free. Presented by the Middle Georgia Art Association.

Concert

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Entertainment Stage, Miller Lite Central City Park. Live bluegrass music. Free. Presented by State Bank and Trust.

White Bengal Tigers

Noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Central City Park. A live, action-packed big cat show. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau.

Pin Grand Prize and Golf Cart Raffle Drawing

5 p.m. Entertainment Stage, Central City Park. You do not have to be present to win.

Grand Finale

5 p.m. Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Fireworks at dusk, children’s activities, food concession and live entertainment from Louise Warren and Gringo Grande. Picnics and blankets are encouraged. Free. Presented by Heritage Bank of the South and Wilson-Bryant HVAC, Cheddar’s Casual Cafe and Starr Electric.

For more event details, visit www.cherryblossom.com.

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