Street party out, pub crawl in for Cherry Blossom Festival

pramati@macon.comFebruary 28, 2014 

The Cherry Blossom Music Festival, styled after a pub crawl, is replacing the traditional street party on the final Saturday of the Cherry Blossom Festival, organizers said Friday.

“This is a new format we’re trying out,” festival spokesman Sean Pritchard said. “We’re doing it because of the bad luck we’ve had with the weather for the past few years.”

The street party has been canceled or moved indoors because of heavy rain over the past few years.

“We’ll also be able to offer more acts,” Pritchard said of the pub crawl, which will begin at 5 p.m. March 29.

Twenty-three music acts will perform across eight venues -- Third Street Park, the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom, the Cox Capitol Theatre, Theatre Macon, The 567 Center for Renewal, Fowl Play, The Crazy Bull and The Wall.

Some of the acts scheduled to perform include Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Stevens Layne, Floco Torres and Futurebirds, among others.

Also Friday, the festival announced that the official 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival pin is now on sale.

The pin allows free admission to certain events and a restaurant discount card at more than 20 Macon restaurants that is good through December.

The pin is good for free admission to six festival events:

• The Big ‘O’ Foundation: Kid’s Camp Concert at the Cox Capitol Theatre, 6 p.m. March 16;

• Pink & Green: St. Patrick’s Day Concert at 7 p.m. at the Cox Capitol Theatre, March 17;

• Patriotic Concert: Porter Auditorium at Wesleyan College, 7:30 p.m. March 25;

• Night of Jazz: Cox Capitol Theatre, 6 p.m. March 26;

• Salute to our Troops: Porter Auditorium at Wesleyan College, 7 p.m. March 27; and

• World of Song: Mercer University’s Children’s Choir at the Grand Opera House, 6 p.m. March 27.

The pins cost $10 and can be purchased online at For more information about the festival, visit

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