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This weekend's Cherry Blossom Festival highlights

Friday, March 26

Sea Lion Splash

11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. shows, 8 p.m. playtime, Miller Lite Central City Park. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau and State Bank.

Founders Day Celebration and Third Street Park Festivities

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Third Street Park, downtown. Celebration honoring William A. Fickling Sr. and Carolyn Crayton including free cake provided by Wal-Mart served at 11:30 a.m. Free Pet Dairy’s Cherries and Cream Ice Cream, Coca-Cola, live music and carriage rides. Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union.

Cherry Blossom Organ Concert

Noon, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Pipe organ concert by Jamie Shiell of Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta. (478) 745-8601. Free.

Jack Owens Sings Johnny Mercer

2 p.m. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. At 92, crooner Jack Owens is known as “Georgia’s Oldest Voice.” He will perform a selection of Johnny Mercer songs inside the main exhibit hall. Regular admission applies: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $3.50 kids 4-17.

Party with a Purpose Featuring Big Daddy Weave presented by Ingram Entities

7 p.m. Southside Baptist Church, Warner Robins. Contemporary Christian concert by nationally known recording artist Big Daddy Weave. Supporting sponsors The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Wellness, Spa Medical/Vein Specialists of the South, Cheddars, Elite Realtors-Anisa Driggers, Raffield Tire Master, Southside Baptist Church, Stroud and Co. Tickets can be purchased at www.cherryblossom.com. $10 general admission.

“Defending the Caveman”

7:30 p.m. Grand Opera House. Mercer Ticket Sales, (478) 301-5470. $39.50.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-10 p.m. today-Sunday, 1207 Emery Highway. (478) 752-8257. One-mile walk along the lantern light trail. Ranger-led tours at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Self-guided tours 7:30-10 p.m. $5 adult; free for children 12 and under.

Nightly Concert

8-11 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Miller Lite Central City Park. Featuring Motown artists NSP. Free. Presented by Pizza Hut.

Pretty in Pink Theme Party

9 p.m.-2 a.m. The SoChi Gallery, 534 Second St. Cocktail party, cash bar. Attire: Retro ’80s.

Tiffany in Concert

10 p.m. Club Synergy, 425 Cherry St. After the performance there will hold a Tiffany look-alike contest for cash and Tiffany will pick the winner. 755-9383. $10 cash or $11 credit card advance; $15 at door.

Saturday, March 27

Pink Pancake Breakfast

7:30-10:30 a.m. Food Tent, Miller Lite Central City Park. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $5 per plate, free parking. Presented by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

14th annual Mustang and Classic Ford Show

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (8-10 a.m. registration), Miller Lite Central City Park. Rain date, March 28. (478) 390-2986. $25 day of show, $20 before March 20, free for spectators. Presented by Flag City Mustang Club.

Beds, Baths and Blossoms Tour of Homes

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour restored downtown living spaces. Tickets can be purchased at www.cherryblossom.com or by calling Mercer Ticket Sales, (478) 301-5470. $20 per person.

International Food Fair

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Third Street Park. Unique cuisine from all over the world. Held in conjunction with the Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival. Presented by Mellow Mushroom of Macon.

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Macon’s oldest and finest outdoor arts and crafts show with about 200 vendors. (478) 744-9557. Free. Presented by the Middle Georgia Art Association.

Paws for a Cause

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring agility training demos, obedience 101, micro-chipping, and on-site pet adoption. Rain date, March 28. Free. Presented by FURever Friends.

Sea Lion Splash

11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. shows, 8 p.m. playtime, Miller Lite Central City Park. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau and State Bank.

“Defending the Caveman”

3 p.m. Grand Opera House. The longest-running solo play in Broadway history. Without taking sides, this comedy explores the ongoing battle for understanding between the sexes. Mercer Ticket Sales, (478) 301-5470. $39.50.

Street Party

5-11 p.m. Cherry Street, downtown. Party on the pavement with Keith Anderson, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Eden’s Edge and Molly Stevens on the South stage; and Midnight Star and Cupid, and Arthur “Bo” Ponder on the North stage. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.cherryblossom.com or by calling Mercer Ticket Sales, (478) 301-5470. $12 in advance or $15 at the gate, general admission. Presented by Budweiser and Hooters.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-10 p.m. today-Sunday, 1207 Emery Highway. (478) 752-8257. One-mile walk along the lantern light trail. Ranger-led tours at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Self-guided tours 7:30-10 p.m. $5 adult; free for children 12 and under.

Nightly Concert

8-11 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Miller Lite Central City Park. Featuring Bee Gees tribute band Stayin’ Alive. Free. Presented by Pizza Hut.

Sunday, March 28

Rev. Jimmy Waters’ Interdenominational Worship Service

9 a.m. Third Street Park. Free.

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Macon’s oldest and finest outdoor arts and crafts show with about 200 vendors. (478) 744-9557. Free. Presented by the Middle Georgia Art Association.

International Food Fair

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Third Street Park. Unique cuisine from all over the world. Held in conjunction with the Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival. Presented by Mellow Mushroom of Macon.

Closing Worship Service

11 a.m. New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Free.

Blue Grass

11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Miller Lite Central City Park. Free.

Sea Lion Splash

Noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. shows, Miller Lite Central City Park. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau and State Bank.

Sidewalk Chalk

1 p.m. Third Street Park. Chalk to draw with for children of all ages underneath a beautiful canopy of cherry blossoms. Free. Presented by Atlantic Southern Bank.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir

4 p.m. Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave. (478) 745-331. Free.

Grand Finale presented by Capitol City Bank and Direct South Inc.

5 p.m. Wesleyan College. Fireworks, children’s activities and live entertainment. Bring picnics. Supporting sponsor Butler Automotive Group. Free.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-10 p.m. today-Sunday, 1207 Emery Highway. (478) 752-8257. One-mile walk along the lantern light trail. Ranger-led tours at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Self-guided tours 7:30-10 p.m. $5 adult; free for children 12 and under.

TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

Cherry Blossom Riding Tours

1 p.m. departure March 19-20 and March 22-27 (no Sunday tours). Guided tours showcasing Yoshino cherry trees and historic landmarks. Departs from Miller Lite Central City Park. Arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. (478) 751-7415. $12 per person.

Around Town Tours: Museum District Tour

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Pre-packaged admission into downtown museums. Includes the Tubman African American Museum, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Music Hall of Fame. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase or until all attractions have been visited. Relax and ride the trolley for an additional fee. Tickets sold at the Macon-Bibb County Visitors & Convention Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. (478) 743-3401. $18 adult, $8.50 youth.

Around Town Tours: Historic Homes Tour

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Pre-packaged admission into historic downtown house museums. Includes National Historic Landmark Hay House, Sidney Lanier Cottage and Cannonball House. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase or until all attractions have been visited. Relax and ride the trolley for an additional fee. Tickets sold at the Macon-Bibb County Visitors & Convention Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. (478) 743-3401. $17 adult, $9 youth.

Around Town Tours: Combination Tour

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Includes all the attractions listed above in Museum District and Historic Homes Tour. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase or until all attractions have been visited. Relax and ride the trolley for an additional fee. Tickets sold at the Macon-Bibb County Visitors & Convention Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. (478) 743-3401. $32 adult, $16.50 youth

Hay House

10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19-28 (last tour at 3:30 p.m.), 934 Georgia Ave. Visitors will enjoy 30-minute tours of the circa 1855-59 Italian Renaissance Revival mansion owned and operated by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Special behind-the-scenes tours offered 9:30 a.m. March 20 and March 27, 5:30 p.m. March 22, and 12:30 p.m. March 28. This hour-and-half tour includes all seven levels of the house and the cupola, focusing on technology and the workings of the house. Reservations required for special tour. (478) 742-8155. Daily tours from $5, children under 6 free. Behind-the-scenes tours for ages 8 and up only, $20 per person.

Cannonball House

10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19-20 and March 22-27, by appointment only on March 21 and March 28, 856 Mulberry St. Tour of the Cannonball House struck by a Union Army shell during the Civil War. Also see the unique two-story kitchen and servant’s quarters. (478) 745-2862. $6 adults, $5 seniors and military, $2 students, $4 for groups of 15 or more, free for children under 6. Special event March 27; call for information.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 301 Cherry St. (478) 752-1585. $8 adults; $6 seniors, military and students; $3.50 for 17 and under; and free for children under 4. Group rates for 10 or more.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. “Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words” on display. Jack Owens, “The Oldest Voice in Georgia,” performs songs by Johnny Mercer at 2 p.m. March 22, 24 and 26 inside the main exhibit hall. (478) 751-3334. www.georgiamusic.org. $8 adults; $6 seniors; $3.50 kids 4-17.

Museum of Arts and Sciences

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 4182 Forsyth Road. Specialty exhibits and daily planetarium shows at 4 p.m., and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (478) 477-3232. $8 adults; $6 seniors 62 and older; $5 ages 12-17 and students; $4 ages 2-11; and free for children under 2.

Tubman African American Museum

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 340 Walnut St. (478) 743-8544. $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children.

Historic Douglass Theatre

355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (478) 742-2000.

Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (478) 926-6870. Free admission.

Georgia Children’s Museum

10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (478) 755-9539. www.georgiachildrensmuseum.com.

Woodruff House Tour

10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19-20 and March 22-27, 988 Bond St. Antebellum mansion and Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging Exhibit courtesy of the Middle Georgia Chapter of Ikebana International. $5 per person at the door.

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