Cherry Blossom Festival
March 21-30, downtown Macon. For a list of all events and activities, visit www.cherryblossom.com or turn to page 29 for daily events.
St. Patricks Arts and Crafts Festival
9 a.m-6 p.m. March 22, Bicentennial Plaza and Market on Madison, Dublin. Live entertainment and music; concessions available. www.dublinstpatricks.com.
Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29-30, Mulberry Street, downtown Macon. Hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. Free. www.middlegeorgiaart.org.
Festival of Camellias
Through March, Massee Lane Gardens, 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley. Workshops, tours, luncheons and a fashion show. Guests may tour the gardens, porcelain galleries and greenhouse, and attend workshops for the cost of garden admission. For a full schedule of events, visit www.americancamellias.org. 877-422-6355. $5 adults, $4 seniors, free for children under 12 and American Camellia Society Members.
Tunes & Balloons Cherry Blossom Festival Finale
4-9 p.m. April 5, Middle Georgia State College, 100 College Station Drive. Live entertainment by the sunDollars, hot air balloon glow and rides, botanical garden tours, food and beverage vendors and fireworks at dusk. No pets allowed. $5 entry; balloon rides $5-$10; free parking. www.cherryblossom.com.
Perry Dogwood Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 12; noon-5 p.m. April 13, Perry. Arts and crafts show, an official DockDog competition, hot air balloon rally, entertainment by the Swingin Medallions, pageants, dog shows, Art in the Armory, kick-off party, 5k and one-mile fun run, flapjack fundraiser, Rotary Club fishing tournament, Echoes of Evergreen, Go Fish kids fishing derby, artisan demonstrations and ventriloquist Cliff Patton. Arts and crafts vendor applications now being accepted; email email@example.com or call 478-987-1234. www.perrydogwoodfestival.com.
Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival
9 a.m. April 12, Dauset Trails, 360 Mount Vernon Church Road, Jackson. Music begins at 11 a.m. and includes the Packway Handle Band, Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass and Colly Station. Food and drink for sale. Plant vendors, outdoor groups and more. Free. www.dausettrails.com.
Preview event; 6-8 p.m. April 25, the Painted Door Art Gallery, 1752 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins; featuring live jazz music from Otis Hicks, refreshments and a sneak peak of theart exhibition, 99 Bottles of Art on the Wall. Proceeds to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia. 1-6 p.m. April 26, behind the new Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center, Warner Robins. Educational and artistic exhibits, live music by the Vineyard Band, an interactive childrens area, local food vendors and a cooking contest. The Warner Robins Heritage Society will simultaneously host a walk through time with the re-opening of Mildreds Country Store at the train depot. To participate as a vendor, artist, volunteer or sponsor, contact Jodi Daley, 478-225-7626.
Autism Awareness Festival
8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, Dayspring Presbyterian Church, 1045 U.S. 41, Forsyth. Includes a 5K trail race, fun run, motorcycle ride, live music, food vendors, resource fair, crafts, inflatables and kids games. www.anchorofhopefoundation.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Turkey Creek Festival Farmin in the Park
10 a.m. May 3, Interstate 75, exit 122, Byromville. Arts and crafts, exhibits, games, food and entertainment. www.turkeycreekfestival.com. 478-244-1318. Free.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. The event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art and crafts. 478-757-5233. Free.
The Fall Line Farmers Market on First Fridays
4-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month, First Presbyterian Church, 210 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville. Locally grown seasonal produce, fresh seafood, arts and crafts and more. Held in conjunction with First Friday events sponsored by Milledgeville Mainstreet. 478-452-9394 or email@example.com.
State Farmers Market
8 a.m.-dark daily, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Farmers selling fresh produce, as well as dealers year-round.
Mulberry Street Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mulberry Street. Locally grown and produced vegetables, dairy, meat, desserts and more. Free to attend.
International City Farmers Market
1-6 p.m. Thursday, Watson Boulevard and Maple Street, in front of Perkins Field across from Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins. Featuring Georgia-grown/made foods. Local, seasonal produce, meat, milk and more. 478-225-7626.
Calling All Marketplace Vendors
The sixth season of the Milledgeville Marketplace Farmers Market will open 4 p.m. April 21. Milledgeville Main Street has revised the application and guidelines, now available via Facebook and in the Main Street Office. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can call Deana, 478-414-4014, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Market on Madison
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday from April-October, 314 W. Madison St., Dublin. Tara Bradshaw, Main Street Dublin, 478-272-2560 or email@example.com.
One Voice Quartet
6 p.m. March 22, Central Baptist Church, 415 Griffin Ave., Eastman. 478-781-6147.
The Rain Rec Night
7-9 p.m. every Friday, 111 Market St., Warner Robins. Billiards, board games, ping pong. Bring board games or electronic games and an appetizer to share. Under 16 must be accompanied by parent. An expanded ministry of the Rain Church, 478-953-7246. www.therainchurch.com.
MUSIC AND VARIETY
Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley and Alan Rhody
7:30 p.m. March 21, Juliette Opry, 443 McCrackin St., Juliette. Contact Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for reservations. www.acousticproductions.com. $20 advance, $22 at door.
Blake Eason Fan Night
6 p.m. March 21, Rigbys Entertainment Complex, 2001 Karl Drive, Warner Robins. The hip-hop artist will meet and greet fans, premiere a music video and more. 478-287-6465.
8 p.m. March 22, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With Cory Branan. $20. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
8 p.m. March 24, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy. $20. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
Jars of Clay
8 p.m. March 25, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With Rictor. $25 general admission in advance; $30 general admission day of; $45 VIP admission. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
Let the Good Times Roll!
7 p.m. April 2, the Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Celebrate Middle Georgia with music by the Middle Georgia Concert Band. Admission: one food canned good. www.cherryblossom.com.
Lee Roy Parnell
8 p.m. April 5, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With Adam Hood. $25 general admission; $38 table seating. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
The Claire Lynch Band
7:30 p.m. April 11, Juliette Opry, 443 McCrackin St., Juliette. Contact Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or email@example.com, for reservations. www.acousticproductions.com. $22 advance, $25 at door.
7:30 p.m. April 17, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Special guests Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay. $25-$37. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
9 p.m. April 18, Big Daddys House of Pool, 1705 Shurling Drive. Featuring Trey Teem Band, Ronnie Pittman, Matt Pippin, Kelly Ballard and hosted by comedian Jennifer Rutherford. Admission is $10 plus two canned goods. All food items donated to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. 478-319-3115.
Jimmy Halls Birthday Bash
8 p.m. April 26, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Featuring Jimmy Hall and Friends and Lil Als Soul Funk Revival. $20 general admission in advance; $25 general admission day of; $35 VIP admission. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
Ladies of Color Talent and Fashion Show
6-8 p.m. May 3, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $10 adults, $5 children. 478-742-2000.
Bill Cosby: Far From Finished
7 p.m. May 11, City Auditorium, 415 First St. Tickets can be purchased at the Macon Coliseum Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. www.maconcentreplex.com. $32-$75.
The Helen Highwater String Band
7:30 p.m. May 16, Juliette Opry, 443 McCrackin St., Juliette. Contact Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for reservations. www.acousticproductions.com. $20 advance, $22 at door.
Ray Wylie Hubbard and Dale Watson
May 24, Cox Capitol Theater, 382 Second St. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $20-$30.
Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives
June 5, Cox Capitol Theater, 382 Second St. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $35-$55.
The Snyder Family Band
7:30 p.m. June 13, Juliette Opry, 443 McCrackin St., Juliette. Contact Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or email@example.com, for reservations. www.acousticproductions.com. $15.
Poetic Peace Open Mic Nights
7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Midtown Key Club, 435 Third St. Open mic for poets, musicians, singers, comedians, lyrical emcees and more. Hosted by Y-O with DJ Ron. 478-719-2054. $5.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Holiday Inn, 3953 River Place Drive. Guided practica for beginners. 478-742-9367. Free.
Macon Shag Club
6:45 p.m. shag lessons, 7:30 p.m. dancing, Thursday, Holiday Inn Macon North, 3953 River Place Drive. 478-960-3450. Free.
8 p.m. Friday, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Featuring the Dixie Pride Band. 478-784-1454. Public welcome. $7.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 658, 4864 Harrison Road. Band: Winchester. Singles welcome. 478-474-3663. $7.
Pairs and Spares Square Dance
6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, except holidays, North Macon Park Recreation Center, Wimbish Road. Caller: Lee Dixon. 478-757-2912. Free.
Western Square Dancers of Macon Square Dance Club
6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, except fourth Thursday, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Caller: Bob Shiver. Cuer: Jack Raye. 478-935-8364. Free.
North Macon Square Dancers Dance
6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 815 N. Macon Park Drive. 478-471-1560.
Bleckley County Jamboree
7 p.m. Friday, Oak Grove Community Center, Ga. 126, Cochran. Classic country and gospel music, featuring Josh Lucas and Friends. 478-230-3380. Free.
Hollonville Opry House
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ga. 362, Hollonville. 770-228-4832 or www.hollonvilleopry.com. Free; operated on donations.
Juliette Opry House
5:30 p.m. every first Saturday; front porch local bluegrass jam; 7 p.m. open mic stage show; 8 p.m. headliner stage show; Ga. 87, Juliette. Call 478-335-3895 for tickets or buy online at www.acousticproductions.com. $17.
Ole Clinton Opry
5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. This week: 5:15 p.m. Tommy and Friends, 6:45 p.m. Still Crusin, 8:45 p.m. The Generals. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.
4-9 p.m. Saturday; south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 4:30 p.m. House Band, 6 p.m. Jewell Knight and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Ray Knighton and Wanelle Collins with Phoenix Band. Also open 6 p.m. Monday, House Band practice, 7 p.m. open stage, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. 478-328-0678 or powersvilleopry.com. Free.
Wagon House Opry
6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6 p.m. Klassic Kountry, 9 p.m. Mark Hall Band. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.
Macon Film Guild
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. April 13: Inside Llewyn Davis. May 11: Gloria. Special documentary presentation: 7:30 p.m. April 22: Medora. 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $5.
Tiger Spring Fest
2-6 p.m. March 29, Turner Woods Elementary School, 144 Willie Fluellen Drive, Gray. Activities for all ages, silent and live auctions, fun run at 3 p.m. Concessions available. Amy Haddock, 478-986-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraiser
6-9:30 p.m. March 29, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Benefits families of children with sickle cell disease. Hosted by the Cedric Sickle Cell Support Group 4 Kids. 478-318-7145. www.cscsupportgroup4kids.org. Free.
Peach Blossom Bike Ride
7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. start, March 29, Byron United Methodist Church, 103 W. Heritage St., Byron. Includes six-, 15-, 31- and 62-mile options. www.byronunitedmethodist.com or email@example.com.
Gently Used Purse Sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 336 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins. Hosted by the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Ladies Guild. 478-922-1418. Prices start at $5.
Spring Ladies Night Out
7 p.m. April 10, Shirley Hills Baptist Church, 615 Corder Road, Warner Robins. Benefits Covenant Care Services. Featuring Toni Henson Slade in concert; desserts will follow. Tickets must be purchased by April 7 at LifeWay Christian Store and My Fathers Place Pizza, Warner Robins; Gottwals Books, Warner Robins, Macon, Byron and Perry; Covenant Care Services, Macon; or at www.covenantcareadoptions.com. 478-747-4445. $20.
Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble
April 11, Healy Point Country Club, 293 River North Blvd. Benefits the Museum of Aviation. Four-person scramble includes a noon lunch at the clubhouse, greens fee, riding cart, range balls, golf shirt and an evening birthday celebration buffet. Golfers have a choice of an 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. tee times. To register, call the Museum of Aviation Foundation, 478-923-6600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
March for Babies
April 12. 8 a.m. registration, Round Building, Central City Park; 9:30 a.m. walk, Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. Benefits the March of Dimes. Includes a picnic lunch and activities for children. www.marchforbabies.org. 478-775-0578.
Paint the Knights 5K Fun Run
7:30 a.m. April 12, Middle Georgia State Colleges Cochran campus. Open to everyone. A project of the Student Government Association and Student Life. Runners will be blasted with a safe and eco-friendly combo of dyes during the race. Benefits Cochran/Bleckley Communities in Schools. firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-934-3152. $10 students who live on campus, $15 for all other students and kids, $20 for everyone else.
7 p.m. April 25, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. To Benefit Caring Solutions Pregnancy Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Coliseum Box Office. www.friendsofcaringsolutions.com. $25 in the stands, $45 on the floor; $10 student discount for tickets purchased at the box office. There will be a Meet and Greet at 6 p.m.; passes available by contacting Melanie@caringsolutionspc.com, 478-755-1343. $500 Partner Pass for two guests; $1,000 Group Pass for up to six guests; event tickets must be purchased separately.
Dragon Boat Races
April 26, Sandy Beach, Lake Tobesofkee. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. Register teams of 10 paddlers at www.dragonboats.kintera.org or call 478-745-3984 for more information.
Macon Writers Group
2-4 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Membership in the group is open and free, and writing of every sort is accepted. Must have a love for the written word and a willingness to share your writing and to give constructive criticism and encouragement to other members of the group. For more information, email email@example.com.
Miss Ga. South Pageant
July 12, Adel. Open to girls ages 0-26 from across the South. Contestants ages 0-15 will compete in beauty and outfit of choice; $95. Contestants ages 15-26 will compete in interview, swimsuit and evening gown; $150. Deadline to enter is July 1. Applications now being accepted; email missGAsouth@hotmail.com or visit michellesformalwear.net and click on upcoming pageants. Darrell Williams, 912-381-7070.
Dublin Speedway races
7 p.m. practice, 8 p.m. racing, March 21-22, Dublin-441 Speedway, Dublin. Featuring the American Dirt Crate Late Models. East Dublin Night at the Races will also be March 22. www.441speedway.com. Justin, 912-690-2599, or Willis, 478-697-1223. Grandstands admission: $10 Friday, $15 Saturday; pit admission: $25 Friday, $30 Saturday.
Dublin Lawnmower Pull
2 p.m. March 22, Southern Pines Ag and Expo Arena, 575 Southern Pines Road, Dublin. Modified garden tractors pulling a weighted sled for distance. Ken Underwood, 478-697-6379. $5; free for ages 4 and younger.
Spring Events at the Rock Ranch
5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. Farm Market and Gifts Grand Opening: March 22, pick up fresh produce and the ranch will be open for folks to play; $10 includes all standard attractions and the zip lines will be open. Spring-a-ding-ding: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 1-25; train, pony rides, paddle boats pedal carts and more; $10 per person. Easter Eggstravaganza: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12, 40,000 prize and candy filled Easter eggs and photos with the Easter Bunny, free; concessions and rides available to purchase. Strawberry Festival: April 26, pick your own or buy freshly picked berries. Mothers Day Tea: May 10, assorted teas, savory tea sandwiches and delicate tea pastries; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-647-6374 to make a reservation; $27.99 adults, $12.99 children (12 and under). www.therockranch.com. 706-647-6374.
High Falls State Park
76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. High Falls Historic Walk: 10 a.m. Saturdays through March 29; take a one-mile hike and learn the history of High Falls; $5. On the Trail to Great Writing: 10-11:30 a.m. March 22; local author Anne B. Jones tells how journaling can improve your life; $10. All events meet at the park office. A $5 per car parking fee also is required. 478-993-3053.
Village Green Community Garden Dedication and Neighborhood Cleanup
9 a.m.-noon April 5, 6020 Bloomfield Road. Part of the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival Community Outreach Week. Free. www.cherryblossom.com.
Neel Reid Ramble
5:30 p.m. April 24, Neel House, 730 College St. Hosted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon. Board buses for a narrated tour and learn about the architectural significance of Neel Reid in Macon. Tour a private 1913 Neel Reid home and rose garden. After the ramble, return to the Neel House for a cocktail party. Reservations only, call 478-742-0921. $50.
Hay House Spring Stroll of Macon Gardens and Historic Interiors
May 2-4. Gardens will focus on the Ingleside/Vista neighborhoods, while the interiors tour will be downtown. Garden market: farmers, food and plants. Garden talks: featuring garden designer and historian Kirk Moore and Patrick Wells. Flora brilliance: fresh floral art on the main level at Hay House. www.hayhousemacon.org.
Adult Field Day
May 17, Luther Williams Field, Central City Park. Hosted by Bibb County Parks and Recreation. Events such as dizzy bat relays, egg toss, flip cup and an obstacle course; giveaways, crown competitions and live music. Teams of six. Registration includes T-shirt, lunch buffet, swag bag, admission and drink tickets (for those 21 and older) for the post-field day celebration at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom. Ellen Banas, 478-751-7694 or email@example.com. $150 per team.
Ocmulgee National Monument
Guided Earth Lodge tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. Free. 478-752-8257.
Fort Hawkins Historic Site
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Maynard Street at Emery Highway. Explore the early American frontier fort, Blockhouse Replica and archeological dig site. Free. 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com.
Rock Candy Tours
Free Birds and Night Owls Tour: 9-10:30 p.m. Friday; the Rookery, 543 Cherry St. $10. Reservations required. Intown Rock n Roll Stroll, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the second Saturday of the month. $15. Reservations required. Call 478-955-5997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. for reservations or private tours.
856 Mulberry St. Tours offered 10 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 478-745-5982. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and military; $3 for students with college I.D.
934 Georgia Ave. Tours offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Last tour at 3 p.m. each day. $11 adults; $10 seniors and military; $7 students; free for children under age 6 and members of the Georgia Trust. 478-742-8155.
Neel Reid Tours
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and by special appointment, Federated Garden Clubs of Macon Inc., 730 College St. Guided tours of historic 1910 Joseph Neel House designed by Georgia architect Neel Reid. 478-742-0921. www.fgcmacon.org. $5.
5-8 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, Macon Dog Park, Adams Street. Party with your four-legged best friend. Dog demonstrations, live music and giveaways. Beer and wine for sale. Free. www.collegehillmacon.com.
7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Macon Moose Lodge No. 1455, 2217 Gray Highway. Public welcome. 478-742-5372.
7 p.m. Thursday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Disabled American Veterans No. 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Vann Edwards, 478-784-1454
Rampage Pro Wrestling
2 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month, Johnny Gs, 815 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins. 478-329-8002. www.rampageprowrestling.net. $8 adults, $5 kids, VIP seating available.
6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, WineStyles, 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210. Tuesday: Six wines with light appetizers. $7. Thursday: Eight wines with appetizers. $10. 478-474-9595. www.winestylesmacon.com.
Craft Beer Tasting
6-8 p.m., the first and third Saturday of the month, WineStyles, 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210. Six craft beers with snacks. $7. 478-474-9595. www.winestylesmacon.com.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. bell time, the first, third and fifth Fridays of the month, 1361 Peach Parkway, Fort Valley. All-Star Wrestling Network. 478-397-5734. www.allstarwrestlingnetwork.com. $6.50 admission, discounts to military and students, children 6 and younger free.
3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, plus extra tour at 1 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Free with museum admission, $5-$10. 478-477-3232.
Sky Over Macon
8 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Explore the constellations and planets visible from Middle Georgia, then see a live presentation in the Mark Smith Planetarium. After the show, if the sky is clear, view the night sky through powerful telescopes. Free with museum admission, $5-$10. 478-477-3232. www.masmacon.org.