Most International Cherry Blossom Festival events are easy on the wallet, but if a few dollars is still too much for you, many of the things to do in Macon, Georgia, are free.
Here are some of the best bets coming up March 16-25, 2018, that cost nothing.
1. Free ice cream
One of the things that you can usually count on costing money at any festival is the food. That’s the one thing that about always comes with a price. But not so at Third Street Park. Each weekday from 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. March 19-23, visitors can get cherry ice cream, Coke and pink donuts for free. You can even get a free ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
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2. Free Easter egg hunt
Not only is this event free, but it's also unique. Middle Georgia State University’s School of Aviation will drop thousands of eggs filled with toys and candy from the sky in a helicopter. The hunt is open to children ages 2-10, while kids of all ages enjoy inflatable bounce houses, games, a giant foam pit and food vendors on site. Picnic and lawn chairs are welcome. It's from 2-4 p.m. March 24 at Middle Georgia State.
3. Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival
Well, this could cost a lot if you decide to buy something, or several things, but it doesn’t cost anything to look, and there’s a lot of look at. The Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival takes place 10 a.m-6 p.m. March 24 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25, on Mulberry Street.
4. The Balloon Glow
The Grand Finale Glow will be held 4-8 p.m. March 25 at Wesleyan College. It's free, including entertainment from Michelle Marshall, a Tina Turner tribute artist. Although there is vending on site, attendees are invited to bring their own snacks and drinks in a cooler. There is a $10 charge if you want to take a ride in a hot air balloon.
5. Free fireworks
If there’s one thing that the whole family can enjoy, it’s a good fireworks show. The traditional ending of the festival is the Grand Finale, which this year is moving from Wesleyan College to Central City Park on March 25 starting at 10 p.m. It's free to view from outside of the park.