Cherry Blossom Festival Calendar

March 21, 2014 

Friday, March 28

Steeple Chase and Blossoms Tour

9 a.m.-noon, Central City Park (departure), Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Travel through historic Macon for exciting stops at six houses of worship. Learn the history and experience the beauty of each. Advance reservations recommended. $18.

Founder’s Day

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Terminal Station. Free ice cream and refreshments while supplies last. Live entertainment. The events will honor the founders of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Free.

Animal Show: Road Kill Live with Jason Clark/Southeastern Reptile Rescue

Noon, 4 p.m., 7 p.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. This live animal show presented by Snakes R Us features tortoises, possums and more. Free.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon-12:30 p.m., Mulberry Street United Methodist, 719 Mulberry St. Enjoy 30-minute recitals by talented local organists. Free.

Museum of Arts and Sciences Live Animal Show

12:30-1 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Meet the animals from the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Free.

Spring Spirit Stroll Tours

6 p.m., Historic Riverside Cemetery, 1301 Riverside Drive. Stroll back in time with a one-hour guided walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes. $10.

120/80 Vocal Band (Randy Newton)

6-7:30 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Oldies and classic country. Free.

Bingo

7 p.m., the American Legion, 5530 Thomaston Road. $10 per card of six games.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-9 p.m., 1207 Emery Highway. Guided and self-guided tours that are one mile round-trip. $5.

“Dream of the Cherry Blossoms”

7:30 p.m., Fickling Hall, Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Ave. Music by the Mercer University Percussion Ensemble with special guests from the Central High School Percussion Ensemble. Free.

Fantasia in Concert

8 p.m., Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St. Hear the third season “American Idol” winner in concert. $57-$67.

Midnight Riders

8-11 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Allman Brothers Band tribute artist. Free.

Conner Christian Concert

8 p.m., the Crazy Bull, 473 Second St. Southern Gothic rock ’n’ roll. $5.

Saturday, March 29

Pink Pancake Breakfast

7-10 a.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Presented by the Macon-Bibb Fire Department. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $5.

18th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Mustang and All Ford Car Show

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Drive in your own Ford or just admire those on display. Free.

Macon Mud Run

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Road. The challenging 5K and 7K course is filled with challenging obstacles and tons of mud to slide around in. Races for al ages, individuals and teams. $15-$75.

Family Financial Wellness Fair

10 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center, Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Ave. This community fair will provide access to information to aid your financial well being. Free.

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mulberry Street. The city’s oldest outdoor arts and crafts show features more than 200 vendors. Free.

Kids CherryDazzle

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

Paws for a Cause

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Local pet adoption agencies are on hand with pet information, products for sale and plenty of furry friends to adopt. Free.

Animal Show: Road Kill Live with Jason Clark/Southeastern Reptile Rescue

Noon, 4 p.m., 7 p.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. This live animal show presented by Snakes R Us features tortoises, possums and more. Free.

Museum of Arts and Sciences Live Animal Show

12:30-1 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Meet the animals from the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Free.

Motorcycle Exhibit

12:30-3:30 p.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Cruise in on two wheels and check out other rides. Free.

All-American Lumberjack Show

3 p.m., Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. The show features traditional lumberjack skills such as log rolling, plus log carving, axe throwing, hot saw racing and more. $12.

Fort Hawkins Cherry Blossom Open House

Noon-4 p.m., Maynard Street at Emery Highway. Tours of the three-story Blockhouse Replica at Macon’s birthplace and 200-year-old American frontier fort. Free.

Food Truck Frenzy

Noon-7 p.m., Third Street at Mulberry Street. Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest trends in culinary culture. Free.

Cherry Blossom Music Festival

5 p.m., various locations in downtown Macon. In pub-crawl style, a variety of venues host many performers. Hop from one to the other and enjoy hours of live music. $10 for one venue; $15 all access in advance; $20 all access day of.

Spring Spirit Stroll Tours

6 p.m., Historic Riverside Cemetery, 1301 Riverside Drive. Stroll back in time with a one-hour guided walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes. $10.

Prince Neo

6:30-8 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. R&B and neo soul music. Free.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-9 p.m., 1207 Emery Highway. Guided and self-guided tours that are one mile round-trip. $5.

Departure

8:30-11 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Journey tribute artist. Free.

Sunday, March 30

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mulberry Street. The city’s oldest outdoor arts and crafts show features more than 200 vendors. Free.

Closing Worship Service

11 a.m., Steward Chapel AME Church, 887 Forsyth St. The festival’s annual closing worship service. Free.

Food Truck Frenzy

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Third Street at Mulberry Street. Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest trends in culinary culture. Free.

Bluegrass Music

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Free.

Animal Show: Road Kill Live with Jason Clark/Southeastern Reptile Rescue

Noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. This live animal show presented by Snakes R Us features tortoises, possums and more. Free.

Fort Hawkins Cherry Blossom Open House

Noon-4 p.m., Maynard Street at Emery Highway. Tours of the three-story Blockhouse Replica at Macon’s birthplace and 200-year-old American frontier fort. Free.

Hey Kid! Concert

3 p.m., Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Central City Park, Willie Smokey Glover Drive. Music for kids, by kids. Free.

Party on the Green

5 p.m., on the lawn at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Pack a picnic, enjoy live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors. Free.

Spring Spirit Stroll Tours

6 p.m., Historic Riverside Cemetery, 1301 Riverside Drive. Stroll back in time with a one-hour guided walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes. $10.

Cherry Blossom Chamber Players: “It’s Instrumental”

6 p.m., Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Ave. An eclectic program by brass and percussion groups from Mercer University. Free.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-9 p.m., 1207 Emery Highway. Guided and self-guided tours that are one mile round-trip. $5.

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