CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25

CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25 FRIDAY, MARCH 16 THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. CENTRAL CITY PARK OPENING CEREMONY Noon-1:00 pm Central City Park International, state, and local dignitaries celebrate 36 years of Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival as they conduct the ribbon-cutting to open 2018. For more information visit www. cherryblossom.com. FREE WITH PARK ADMISSION!

BRIDGE DINNER NEW EVENT! Presented by Centerstate Bank Supported by Service Master, Spa Medical, Sassy Wine, Constangy Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, Infinity Network Solutions, The Telegraph, Macon Magazine and Cumulus 7:00-10:00 pm Mercer University Pedestrian Bridge Tickets are $65 per person.

Enjoy the Festival’s newest premiere event on Mercer University’s phenomenal Pedestrian Bridge. Revel in an exquisite harvest-table dining experience catered by The Perfect Pear and savor the moment with Sassy Wines.

LATIN POP REVOLUTION Event produced by Macon Pops 7:30 pm 105 Mercer University Drive Executive Table $540 Premium Table $440 General admission is $24 Students and faculty from any school with ID are $14 Ticketing is through Mercer Tickets Sales 478-301-5470 Featuring the music of Tito Puente, and Sergio Mendes, to Miami Sound Machine, JLo, Christina Aguilera, and more! Come dance the night away at this high energy event. Es muy caliente! For more information contact Steve Moretti at 478-301-5470 or visit www.maconpops.com. TEA GARDEN PARTY Presented by the Macon Arts Alliance 5:00-8:00 pm 486 First Street, Macon, GA 31201 Celebrate spring at the Macon Arts Gallery.

Join us for a special reception featuring botanicals, blown glass and ceramics by Jeffrey Whittle, Melissa Harshman, Devon Cole, Kelly Robertson, Mary Frances Burt, Frances de La Rosa and Leslie Miller. FREE!

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CELLI Presented by Library Ballroom 7:00 pm 652 Mulberry Street Tickets are $15.00 The Library Ballroom is excited to welcome Celli on March 16! Celli consists of four classicallytrained cellists pushing the boundaries of traditional cello music. They enjoy performing the intricacies of classical music but are just as likely to be found playing rock and pop songs. The night will begin with a Violin Duo consisting of McDuffie Center for Strings students: Dustin Wilkes-Kim and Charissa Leung. This unique ensemble of talented musicians is not to be missed. For more information contact Kaylee Pruitt at 478-957-7728.

COUNTRY NIGHT FEATURING ZAC BROWN TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park America’s # 1 Zac Brown Tribute Band, 20 RIDE, is American Country /Folk music at it’s fi nest. The fi rst tribute of its kind is taking audiences by storm. As Zac Brown’s tour manager, Paul Chanon, said, “I had to do a double take the fi rst time I saw him. I thought it was really Zac.” Comprised of good ol’ boys from upstate Carolina, these guys know how to entertain. With insane work ethic like the real Zac Brown Band, they have a unique ability to include everyone in their show.

Aft er being together for years in a cover band, their experience performing as a group shows. Great harmonies and tight musicianship make 20 RIDE perfect for outdoor festivals, cool rehearsal dinner parties, killer clubs, rockin’ pool parties or anywhere people love to have fun.

FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! SATURDAY, MARCH 17 - Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! AWARD-WINNING PINK PANCAKE BREAKFAST Presented by Macon-Bibb County Fire Department 7:00-10:30 am Central City Park-United Building $5 per person/ 5 and under-$2 per person Come enjoy delicious pink pancakes served up by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department! This event received a 2017 International Festivals and Events Association Gold Pinnacle Award. All proceeds benefi t the American Cancer Society. For more information call 478-751-9180. MACON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB SPECIAL EVENT STATION Presented by Macon Amateur Radio Club 10:00 am-4:00 pm 486 First Street Licensed amateur radio operators from the Macon Amateur Radio Club will set up a shortwave station at the corner of MLK and Poplar Street.

They will attempt to contact other amateurs across the US and Canada and promote Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Visitors are welcome to stop by and observe. FREE!

THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more!

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MACON OPEN AIR MARKET Presented by Macon Open Air Market, LLC 10:00 am-3:00 pm 543 Plum Street Come visit the ever expanding alfresco market in downtown Macon! Our market will feature over 60 makers, farmers, artisans, and food trucks bringing their locally handmade or homegrown goods to Downtown Macon. We will also have a full food truck court, a Market Merch Tent, a Paw Pal area for your furry friends, and a face painting booth for the kids.

FREE! RIDE IN MOTORCYCLE EXHIBIT Presented by Tobesofkee Recreation Area Noon-2:30 pm The 16th annual “Ride in Motorcycle” Exhibit. Typically over 100 motorcycles enter the park around noon on Saturday the 17th and park on exhibit lawn for people to view. The show is sponsored by ABATE of Georgia, Georgia’s only Motorcyclist’s Rights Organization. Contact Paul Kerr at 770-490-2330 for more information.

SHAMROCK ‘N’ RIDE BURGER TRI Presented By Bike Walk Macon 12:30-4:00 pm Tattnall Square Park: 1155 College Street Are you prepared for Macon’s most grueling bike competition that ever existed? Grab your gaudiest green gear and get ready to burn rubber and fi ll your belly this Saint Patrick’s Day with Bike Walk Macon. It is our pleasure, nay, it is our HONOR to present the fi rst annual ShamRock ‘n’ Ride Burger Tri. If you love bikes, burgers, booze, music, fun, or all of the above this event is for you! The challenge will kick off at Tattnall Square Park. For more information visit shamrocknride.eventbrite.com or call 478-335-1236.

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COTTON AVENUE REVIVAL FESTIVAL Presented by Cotton Avenue Coalition 12:30-7:00 pm Cotton Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 Celebrate the rich legacy and revitalization of downtown Macon’s historic black business district during the Cotton Avenue Revival Festival! Join us on Forsyth Street in front of H&H to enjoy live music and learn more about the history of this downtown area. This area once boasted a hotel, Masonic hall, drugstore, funeral home, clubs and many other thriving African American businesses and institutions.This event is free and open to the public. Visit cottonavenuecoalition.org for a full schedule.

FREE!

CHERRY BLOSSOM BED RACE Presented by Walthall Oil Company Supported by WGXA, Cumulus, and The Telegraph Time Clock presented by Infinity Network Solutions 1:00-2:00 pm Cherry and Third Street Macon, GA Chuckle if you will, but these speed machines are serious! The Bed Race is open to anyone who wants to get in on the fun and excitement of old fashioned bed racing. FREE! FIREFIGHTER COMPETITION Presented by Macon-Bibb County Fire Department 2:00-3:00 pm Cherry Street Macon, GA 31201 Watch the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department put all their skills to the test in this annual competition! For more information visit www.cherryblossom.com.

FREE!

ART SLAM Presented by Middle Georgia State Alumni Association 2:30-5:30 pm 567 on 1st Street Witness art being created! Art SLAm will feature 6 artists representing Middle Georgia State University. They will have 2 hours to create an original art piece that adheres to the theme “St. Patrick’s Day + Cherry Blossom”. Drop-in and enjoy music and light refreshments while watching the creative process. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact Tyler Horne at 478-747-9793 or tyler.horne@mga.edu. FREE!

CHERRY BLOSSOM EMERALD BALL Presented by Georgia Power, ICB Construction Group, and Georgia Farm Bureau Supported by Myers McRae & Jones, Cork LLP, PMC Building Materials, Vein Specialist of the South, Carolyn McAfee, The Telegraph, WGXA, Macon Magazine and The Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages 7:00-11:00 pm Macon City Auditorium Reservations required; Individual tickets available Ticket prices are $75 for an individual or $600 for a table Black Tie Optional Join us at the Macon City Auditorium for a glamorous tribute to Ireland.

Experience traditional Irish music and dance through the art form of Riverdance. An evening featuring dining and dancing is the perfect way to celebrate 36 years of Macon Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival! POP NIGHT FEATURING MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park The “Ultimate King of Pop Live Experience” is the incredible celebration of the most widely beloved entertainer and profoundly influential artist of all-time. According to Bobby, “When the glove goes on, it is time to perform,” and he feels as though he is the “real” Michael Jackson.

Now that the King of Pop is no longer with us, Bobby and The Ultimate King of Pop Live Experience continue to honor Michael Jackson by giving fans an opportunity to experience the King of Pop Legacy through their performances. Bobby promises to always keep MJ’s legacy alive! FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! Watch the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department put all their skills

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18 CHERRY BLOSSOM WORSHIP SERVICE Presented by Riverside United Methodist Church 10:30-11:30 am 735 Pierce Avenue Macon, GA 31204 Join as we celebrate love, beauty, and international friendship by worshiping and enjoying fellowship with our community. THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. PURE BARRE POP UP IN THE PARK Presented by Pure Barre Macon 1:00 PM 155 College Street, Tatnall Square Park Experience the nation’s leading barre workout at a free pop-up class in the park! Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body.

Each class is designed to lift your seat, tone your thighs, arms and abs, and burn fat. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water and must be 18 or older (or 16 with a legal guardian present). Learn more at purebarre.com/ga-macon or call 478-757-8561. Find Pure Barre Macon on Facebook and Instagram. FREE!

LANTERN LIGHTING Presented by Wesleyan College 3:00-3:30 pm Third Street Park Macon, GA 31201 Join Festival dignitaries for this special Cherry Blossom Festival tradition as they light the ceremonial lantern in Third Street Park. FREE! CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE Presented by GEICO Supported by 41 NBC, The Telegraph, and Que Pasa 4:00-5:30 pm Cherry Street and Mulberry Street, Macon, GA The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of the Festival’s premier events. An awe-inspiring F-15 Flyover from Robins Air Force Base will begin the 2018 Parade. Be amazed by the world-famous, majestic Express Clydesdales as they strut through the streets of downtown Macon.

Fantastic floats, marching bands, military units, costumed performers, international dignitaries, and more combine to transform an already beautiful historic downtown into a dazzling showpiece. Performers and entertainers astound audiences of all ages, so bring your family and experience the magnificent Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. For more information visit cherryblossom.com. FREE!

SOUL NIGHT FEATURING A TRIBUTE TO OTIS REDDING Central City Park Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Somewhere on the musical map, where the twang of Classic Country meets the grit of Southern Soul, Hank Wonder marks a detour down a sonic stretch of unpaved road. The Boston-based trio of Annie Bartlett (fiddle and viola), Darren Buck (vocals), and Michael Loria (guitar) first came together in 2013, and have since craft ed their very own soulful blend of Americana: equal parts down home and gussied up. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!

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MONDAY, MARCH 19 THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.

HEROES DAY Presented by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Aviation Foundation, 21st Century Partnership, Planters First Bank, and The Georgia VECTR Center Park Hours: 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park FREE! admission to all Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Military Members, Department Of Defense Civilian Employees, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders, and their immediate family, with ID. Pay-one-price discount with Military or DOD ID, for $10 unlimited midway rides!

THIRD STREET PARK FESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union and Lighthouse Nursing Agency Supported by Coca-Cola, Kroger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Felicia’s Cake Factory, The Telegraph, WGXA, and Cumulus 11:30 am-1:30 pm Third Street Park Macon, GA Don’t miss the exciting Third Street Park festivities happening every day during the weekdays of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Multiple entertainers and a special theme each day set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon. FREE DONUTS, COKE, AND CARRIAGE RIDES!

CHERRY BLOSSOM ORGAN CONCERT Presented by Mulberry Street United Methodist Church & the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Noon 719 Mulberry Street Macon, GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2018 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series! Recitals are offered daily, March 19th-23rd, at 12 o’clock noon, and admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes in length, performed by a stellar roster of spectacular organ recitalists. For more information please contact Pat Crowe at 478-745-8601. FREE!

ORGAN AND BRASS CONCERT Presented by Riverside United Methodist Church 7:30 pm 735 Pierce Ave Colony IV Brass Quintet and the American Guild of Organists join forces in this traditional Cherry Blossom event that spotlights the sound of brass instruments, Riverside United Methodist’s Schantz pipe organ, and the glorious combination of both.

For more information contact Gail Pollock at 478-746-9688. CLASSIC ROCK NIGHT FEATURING BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park From the heart of the Jersey Shore, “Backstreets” was the first band in the world to do a unique tribute to a LIVE performer. There are now an estimated 200,000 tribute bands following their lead and performing all over the world. Nearly 6,000 performances later and now named the BSTREETBAND, they are still the hardest working tribute band in the circuit with 175+ shows per year throughout the country.

FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20 THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 2-4 for more information. THIRD STREET PARK FESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union and Lighthouse Nursing Agency Supported by Coca-Cola, Kroger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Felicia’s Cake Factory, The Telegraph, WGXA, and Cumulus 11:30 am-1:30 pm Third Street, Macon, GA Don’t miss the exciting Third Street Park festivities happening every day during the weekdays of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Multiple entertainers and a special theme each day set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon. FREE DONUTS, COKE, AND CARRIAGE RIDES!

CHERRY BLOSSOM ORGAN CONCERT Presented by Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Noon 719 Mulberry Street Macon, GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2018 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series! Recitals are offered daily, March 19th-23rd, at 12 o’clock noon, and admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes in length, performed by a stellar roster of spectacular organ recitalists.For more information please contact Pat Crowe at 478-745-8601. FREE!

CHERRY BLOSSOM TEA Presented by The Mentors Project 3:00 pm 195 Holt Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 The Mentors Project hosts the Cherry Blossom Tea at the historic American Red Cross on Holt Avenue as a free event for our guests from our community and from around the world.

This is a no cost event for the guests, sponsored by the Mentors Project so that proteges can showcase their leadership and social skills and hosted by the Red Cross. For more information call 478-954-4346. FREE! 90’S NIGHT FEATURING BON JOVI TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park Slippery When Wet–The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute was formed in 2003 by Jason Morey after answering many inquiries of, “Are you Jon Bon Jovi?” Most notably, comedian Dave Chappelle invited Jason backstage following one of his comedy shows thinking that he was the New Jersey rock icon.

It was then that Jason knew he had to take advantage of the resemblance. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 2-4 for more information. THE ART OF IKEBANA AND LOCAL POTTERY Presented by Macon Arts Alliance 10:30 am-12:00 pm 486 First Street $25 per person. Seating is limited to 40 guest Enjoy light refreshments in the Macon Arts Gallery and watch a live fl oral demonstration by Donna Scott to learn more about the elegant Japanese art form of Ikebana. Steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature, Ikebana arrangements are living things where nature and humanity are brought together.

For more information please contact 478-743-6940.

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THIRD STREET PARK FESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union and Lighthouse Nursing Agency Supported by Coca-Cola, Kroger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Felicia’s Cake Factory, The Telegraph, WGXA, and Cumulus 11:30 am-1:30 pm Third Street, Macon, GA Don’t miss the exciting Third Street Park festivities happening every day during the weekdays of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Multiple entertainers and a special theme each day set the mood for lighthearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon. FREE DONUTS, COKE, AND CARRIAGE RIDES! LET’S DO LUNCH Presented by Urbane: Young Professionals Network of Central Georgia 11:30 am-1:00 pm 430 3rd Street, Macon, GA 31201 Let’s Do Lunch is a pop up lunch series designed for young professionals living and working in Downtown Macon.

The purpose of the event series is to meet, network, and engage with other young professionals while contributing to the economic development of Macon. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tonja Khabir at 404-804-3207.

CHERRY BLOSSOM ORGAN CONCERTS Presented by Mulberry Street United Methodist Church & the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Noon 719 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2018 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series! Recitals are off ered daily, March 19th-23rd, at 12 o’clock noon, and admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes in length, performed by a stellar roster of spectacular organ recitalists.For more information please contact Pat Crowe at 478-745-8601. FREE!

80’S NIGHT FEATURING JOURNEY TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park In their 10th year together, DEPARTURE is the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation.

DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound, and feel of the original 80’s rock super-group. All five DEPARTURE band members are from the original line-up and have been together since the very beginning. These veteran musicians love what they do and have developed an amazing on-stage chemistry and pride themselves on giving their audience an incredible, high-energy, qualitative stage show from start to finish. DEPARTURE lead vocalist, Brian Williams duplicates Steve Perry’s on-stage movements and has an amazing singing voice that flawlessly matches his vocal range. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. THIRD STREET PARK FESTIVITIES Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union and Lighthouse Nursing Agency Supported by Coca-Cola, Kroger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Felicia’s Cake Factory, The Telegraph, WGXA, and Cumulus 11:30 am-1:30 pm Third Street, Macon, GA Don’t miss the exciting Third Street Park festivities happening every day during the weekdays of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Multiple entertainers and a special theme each day set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-fi lled afternoon. FREE DONUTS, COKE, AND CARRIAGE RIDES!

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CHERRY BLOSSOM ORGAN CONCERTS Presented by Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Noon 719 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2018 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series! Recitals are offered daily, March 19th-23rd, at 12 o’clock noon, and admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes in length, performed by a stellar roster of spectacular organ recitalists.For more information please contact Pat Crowe at 478-745-8601. FREE!

CHIC SOIRÉE FASHION SHOW Presented by Smith, Brown and Groover Supported by 41 NBC, The Telegraph, Macon Magazine, Cumulus, The 11th Hour, and Spa Medical 7:00-9:00 pm Terminal Station $50 for general admission, $75 for VIP ticket and a swag bag To purchase tickets call 478-330-7050 For the fashionista in you! Don’t miss this years posh favorite of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The fashion show features the emerging trends of spring, with an edge and sophistication. We’ll rock the runway with celebrity guest models, local Macon boutiques, Cherry Blossom royalty, and many more surprises. MASTER GARDENERS SPRING PLANT SALE Presented by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia Noon-5:00 pm 2055 Eisenhower Parkway The Spring Plant Sale kicks off spring planting in Central Georgia. It is a fun, family event sponsored by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, a 501(c) (3) non-profit and UGA Cooperative Extension of Macon-Bibb and Houston County. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your garden or landscape.

Shop Master Gardener grown plants, shrubs, and trees at bargain prices along with gardening advice and research based information.

CLASSICAL CONCERT BY INTERNATIONAL PIANIST LOUISE BARFIELD Presented by Little Carnegie of the South 5:00 pm Little Carnegie of the South Tickets: $30. Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. Children must be eight years old and above to attend. Tickets are available at www.littlecarnegieofthesouth.com or at the door. You can also purchase tickets at the Cherry Blossom Gift shop. Louise Barfield, Macon musician and international classical concert pianist, will be featured at Little Carnegie of the South, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Miss Barfield, a Master’s Degree graduate from The Juilliard School in New York City and twice a Fulbright Scholar to Rome, Italy, has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City.

Little Carnegie of the South is a non-profit concert hall and art gallery founded and directed by Louise Barfield. Parking at 1910 Forsyth Street Office Park or corner of Holt Avenue and Forsyth Street. Follow signs or take the shuttle. For more information please call Louise at 478-256-3388.

GEORGIA ON MY MIND 7:00-9:00 pm Presented by Ingram Entities Porter Auditorium at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210 Enjoy an evening of old sweet songs featuring Georgia music from the Middle Georgia Concert Band! More details to come. FREE! CORKS AND CANVAS Presented by The 567 Center for Renewal 7:00-9:30 pm The 567 Center for Renewal Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to sip on and a friend and learn to create an 11 x 14 painting. No painting experience required. An artist will guide you through the steps. $28 includes all materials for the class (except the wine), and the class lasts 2 and 1/2 hours.

Space is limited. To register, call 478-238-6051.

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CHARLIE DANIELS BAND Presented by Macon City Auditorium 7:30 pm Macon City Auditorium: 415 1st Street Tickets are $36, $46 and $56 From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 80, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

For more information call Tyler Gambrell at 478-803-1593 or visit www.maconcentreplex.org.

SOUL/MOTOWN NIGHT NIGHT FEATURING JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola 8:00–10:00 pm Central City Park Atlanta Funk Society is a collection of some of Georgia’s finest musicians. They have played with such notable acts as Oteil Burbridge, Mumford and Sons, Kebbi Williams, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Bernard Purdie - just to name a few! FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! FRIDAY, MARCH 23 MASTER GARDENERS SPRING PLANT SALE Presented by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia 8:00 am-5:00 pm 2055 Eisenhower Parkway The Spring Plant Sale kicks off spring planting in Central Georgia.

It is a fun, family event sponsored by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, a 501(c) (3) non-profit and UGA Cooperative Extension of Macon-Bibb and Houston County. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your garden or landscape. Shop Master Gardener grown plants, shrubs, and trees at bargain prices along with gardening advice and research based information.

THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information. THIRD STREET PARK FESTIVITIES: FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION Presented by Atlanta Postal Credit Union and Lighthouse Nursing Agency Supported by Coca-Cola, Kroger, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Felicia’s Cake Factory, The Telegraph, WGXA, and Cumulus 11:30 am-1:30 pm Third Street, Macon, GA Join us on Founders Day at Third Street Park as we enjoy cupcakes provided by Felicia’s Cake Factory and celebrate the founders of the Cherry Blossom Festival.There will be entertainers and a special theme to set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon.

FREE DONUTS, COKE, AND CARRIAGE RIDES! CHERRY BLOSSOM ORGAN CONCERT Presented by Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Noon 719 Mulberry Street Macon, GA Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the American Guild of Organists are proud to present the 2018 Cherry Blossom Organ Concert Series! Recitals are offered daily, March 19th-23rd, at 12 o’clock noon, and admission is FREE to the public. Each performance lasts 30 minutes in length, performed by a stellar roster of spectacular organ recitalists.For more information please contact Pat Crowe at 478-745-8601.

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COMEDY SHOW Presented by Carlyle Place Supported by 41 NBC and The Telegraph 6:00 pm Anderson Conference Center $40 Per Ticket Make plans to attend this hilarious event hosted by Macon’s Mark Ballard. The event features a roast/toast of the Cherry Blossom Festival Founder, Carolyn Crayton! Dinner and laughter will be served all night. TEA GARDEN PARTY Presented by Macon Arts Alliance 5:00-8:00 pm 486 First Street Celebrate spring at the Macon Arts Gallery. Join us for a special reception featuring botanicals, blown glass and ceramics by Jeffrey Whittle, Melissa Harshman, Devon Cole, Kelly Robertson, Mary Frances Burt, Frances de La Rosa and Leslie Miller.

The event is free and open to the public. FREE! THE ATLANTA WOMEN’S CHORUS & THE ATLANTA GAY MEN’S CHOIR Presented by Voices of Note and Christ Church 7:00 pm 582 Walnut Street, Macon GA Voices of Note and Christ Church present The Atlanta Women’s Chorus & The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus in a concert on Friday, March 23 at 7pm in the Nave of Christ Church. The concert will feature a wide range of Americana music with themes of peace and equality for all. Christ Church is located at 582 Walnut Street on the corner of Walnut and Second in Downtown Macon. For more information contact Jonathan Poe by email at music@christchurchmacon.

com or phone at 478-745-0427. FREE!

AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA Presented by SMART, Inc. (South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology) Supported by the Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages 7:30-9:30 pm Willingham Hall at Mercer University Admission: $15 per person in advance, $20 per person at the door Purchase tickets at the Cherry Blossom Festival Gift Shop Join us for an evening of fellowship hosted by Stellar Award-winning artist, The Rev. Timothy Flemming of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. The evening will also include electrifying performances from Aris and Artist Johnston, Future Generation, inspirational dancers,and the Dazzling Divas of Macon, GA, who are featured on the Lifetime TV hit show “Bring It.” Also performing is Stellar Award winner, LaShun Pace and finalists for the 2017 America’s Got Talent Competition Daynell Daymon & Greater Works, will also dazzle.

For more information call 478-508-8459 or email SMARTMACON@gmail.com.

SOUTHERN ROCK NIGHT FEATURING ALLMAN BROTHERS TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage Presented by Coca-Cola 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park Based out of Music City USA, Nashville’s own Midnight Riders are the premier Allman Brothers tribute band the South has been waiting for. Consisting of seasoned Music Row veterans and studio players, they are the consummate tribute band. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION! SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AWARD-WINNING PINK PANCAKE BREAKFAST Presented by Macon-Bibb County Fire Department 7:00-10:30 am Central City Park - United Building $5 per person/ 5 and under-$2 per person Come enjoy delicious pink pancakes served up by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department! This event received a 2017 International Festivals and Events Association Gold Pinnacle Award.

All proceeds benefi t the American Cancer Society. For more information call 478-751-9180. BIKE THE CITY PINK 7:00-8:30 am Starts at the Tubman Museum The 2nd Annual Bike the City Pink is back. Cycles and Change Macon in partnership with the Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival and Live Healthy Macon-Bibb is bringing back this popular event. Wear your pink and your helmets for this family friendly bike run. The group will meet at the Tubman Museum at 7:00 am. We will have a pit stop at the Pink Pancake Breakfast. How fun is that? For more information contact Charise Stephens at 478-747-7920.

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MASTER GARDENERS SPRING PLANT SALE Presented by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia 8:00 am-3:00 pm 2055 Eisenhower Parkway The Spring Plant Sale kicks off spring planting in Central Georgia. It is a fun, family event sponsored by Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, a 501(c) (3) non-profit and UGA Cooperative Extension of Macon-Bibb and Houston County. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your garden or landscape. Shop Master Gardener grown plants, shrubs, and trees at bargain prices along with gardening advice and research based information.

2018 MEN AND SENIOR MEN CHERRY BLOSSOM GOLF TOURNAMENT Presented by Macon/Bibb Department of Parks and Recreation 8:00 am 3111 Millerfield Road Macon, Georgia/Bowden Golf Course $220 per team to participate Four ball golf tournament for Men and Senior Men (55 and older).

For more information contact Sam Macfie at 478-742-1610. SIDEWALK CHALK ART FESTIVAL Presented by Macon-Bibb County Recreation 9:00 am-2:00 pm 1155 College Street Free to View Artists; $5 for Kid and High School Categories; $10 for College and Professional On Saturday, March 24, 2018 the Macon-Bibb County Community can be a part of the largest public art installation Macon has ever seen during the third annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival at Tattnall Square Park from 9 am-2 pm. This festival is open to artists both tall and small. We have categories for the classically trained and professional artists, community members, college students, high school students, and children ages 7-13.

There will even be a children’s section for those ages 6 and under to get their hands dirty and create a masterpiece. For more information contact Dominique Lewis at 478-6216-281. THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 10-14 for more information.

FOOD TRUCK FRENZY Presented by The Hummingbird Supported by Infinity Network Solutions, State of the Plate Magazine, The Telegraph, and WGXA 10:00 am-7:00 pm Third Street between Cherry and Mulberry Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest trends in culinary culture gather on the last weekend of the Festival to provide Macon with a taste of the food truck mania sweeping the country. Purchase delicious food while enjoying music and on-site beer sales! FREE! MULBERRY STREET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Presented by The Middle Georgia Art Association 10:00 am-6:00 pm Mulberry Street In the Spring, when the cherry blossom trees are blooming and Downtown Macon comes alive - the Middle Georgia Art Association presents the oldest arts & crafts festival in Middle Georgia.

Thousands of visitors and hundreds of vendors from across the country congregate on Mulberry Street to celebrate this exciting festival! For more information visit www.middlegeorgiaart.org. FREE! CHERRY BLOSSOM EASTER EGG HUNT Presented by the Cantrell Center and Middle Georgia State University Supported by WGXA, The Cumulus, and The Telegraph 2:00-4:00 pm Middle Georgia State University In partnership with Middle Georgia State University’s School of Aviation, thousands of eggs fi lled with toys and candy will be dropping from the sky in a helicopter! Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy infl atable bouncy houses, games, and food vendors on site.

FREE! Supported by Infinity Network Solutions, State of the Plate Magazine, Presented by the Cantrell Center and Middle Georgia State University thousands of eggs filled with toys and candy will be dropping from the sky

CHERRY BLOSSOM BOXING EVENT Presented by Macon-Bibb United Boxing Club 2:00-5:00 pm Freedom Park Recreation Center: 3301 Roff Avenue $10.00 for Adults Children 5 and under FREE! Come and watch the Cherry Blossom boxing show produced by Macon-Bibb United Boxing Club! For more information call James Hand at 478-751-9248. COPPER JEWELRY WORKSHOP Presented by The 567 Center for Renewal 2:00-4:30 pm 456 1st Street $40 includes all materials. ($32 for members.) Learn to forge copper into jewelry! In this hands-on workshop, Darlene of Freestyle Art & Design will show you how to transform copper into a beautiful piece of custom jewelry for you to take home.

AWARD-WINNING CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL STREET PARTY Presented by Yuengling and YKK Supported by Central Georgia Technical College, Infinity Network Solution, Navicent Health and We Care Heating and Air, The Telegraph, 13WMAZ, The Creek, The 11th Hour, Cumulus, The Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages Partners: Apparel Authority Gates open at 3:00 pm No re-entry after 6:00 pm Downtown Macon on Cotton and Poplar $20 in advance and $25 day of event. Tickets on cherryblossom.com or day of at gates. Rain or shine event.

We’re ready to rock the streets of downtown Macon with incredible performances from David Nail, Booker T. Jones, the Eli Young Band and Chaka Khan. The 2018 Street Party is going to be legendary. INAUGURAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL CELEBRATION GAME Presented by the Georgia Doom 7:00-10:00 pm Macon Coliseum: 200 Coliseum Drive $21-$38 single game ticket price range (Seniors, Military and Students 10% discount with valid ID) This Cherry Blossom Festival sanctioned event is the inaugural game for the team and first game of the season for the Georgia Doom, a professional team based in Macon, GA that plays in the American Arena League (AAL) indoor football league.

Fans and tailgaters are invited and encouraged to come out to be a part of the excitement as the Georgia Doom, one of our country’s newest sports teams, hosts an “all-out” opening game at the Macon Coliseum on March 24 at 7:00 pm versus Atlanta Havoc.. Visit www.GeorgiaDoom.com for the latest news and information about Georgia Doom, Macon’s very own arena football team!

MARGARITAVILLE FEATURING JIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE BAND Entertainment Stage Presented by Coca-Cola 8:00 pm-10:00 pm Central City Park This group of musicians have been playing music together since the early 1980s. It all started in Athens, Georgia where they could play every night in a different club. They have opened shows for Leon Russell, David Allen Coe, John Hartford, Diamond Rio, John Anderson, Lonestar, Greg Morgan and many more. They have performed on concert stages, cruise liners in the Caribbean, honky-tonks in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama and panhandle palaces in Florida.

They have been playing Jimmy Buffett music, mixed with other artist material and originals, for decades. Seasoned with age and a little salt, they continue to perform great salt water music. With so many great Buffett songs in their treasure chest, they can deliver the best of parrot head request as well as the obscure Buffet gems. FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!

Russell, David Allen Coe, John Hartford, Diamond Rio, John Anderson, concert stages, cruise liners in the Caribbean, honky-tonks in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Alabama and panhandle palaces in Florida. material and originals, for decades. Seasoned with age and a little salt,

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 2018 MEN AND SENIOR MEN CHERRY BLOSSOM GOLF TOURNAmENT Presented by Macon/Bibb Department of Parks and Recreation 8:00 am 3111 Millerfield Road, Macon, Georgia/Bowden Golf Course $220 per team to participate FOOD TRUCK FRENZY Presented by The Hummingbird Supported by Infinity Network Solutions, State of the Plate Magazine, The Telegraph, and WGXA 10:00 am-5:00 pm Third Street between Cherry and Mulberry Gourmet food trucks from around the South featuring the latest trends in culinary culture gather on the last weekend of the Festival to provide Macon with a taste of the food truck mania sweeping the country.

Purchase delicious food while enjoying music and on-site beer sales! FREE! THE FESTIVAL AT CENTRAL CITY PARK Presented by Coca-Cola and Drew Exposition 10:00 am-10:00 pm Central City Park Exciting shows, concerts, fair food, amusement rides, vendors, exhibits, and more! See pages 2-4 for more information.

MULBERRY STREET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Presented by Middle Georgia Art Association 10:00 am-6:00 pm Mulberry Street In the Spring, when the cherry blossom trees are blooming and Downtown Macon comes alive - the Middle Georgia Art Association presents the oldest arts & crafts festival in Middle Georgia. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of vendors from across the country congregate on Mulberry Street to celebrate this exciting festival! For more information visit www.middlegeorgiaart.org. FREE! ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM TRACK INVITATIONAL Presented by Southwest High 9:00 am-6:00 pm 1210 Shurling Drive Southwest High will be hosting its Annual Cherry Blossom Invitational High School Track Meet.

The meet will be sanctioned by GHSA and will follow the format as such. Field Events will start at 9:00 am. Running events will begin at 1:00 pm. Individual medals and team trophies will be awarded. All times will be digital. Schools may enter the meet on milesplit.com. For more information contact Trent Allen at 478-779-4500 or visit milesplit.com.

GRAND FINALE GLOW Presented by Burgess Pigment, Cox Communications, OdoBan, and James Bates, LLP Supported by One South Bank, Infi nity Network Solution, Edward Jones, Atlanta Gas Light, Coliseum Health System, The Telegraph, 13WMAZ, and Cumulus. Partners: Barefoot Tavern and Tic Toc Room Park and Ride locations: Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Kroger on Forsyth Road with shuttles provided by Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority 4:00-8:00 pm Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31204 Grab a lawn chair and come celebrate the fi nal day of our 36th Cherry Blossom Festival with the return of our balloon glow! Join us for an aft ernoon of family fun with live music featuring Michelle Marshall, Tina Turner tribute artist, as well as tethered hot air balloon rides.

There will be vending on site or you can bring a cooler for snacks and soft drinks. The Fireworks Finale will move to the Festival at Central City Park at 10 pm so that you can enjoy both! For more information visit cherryblossom.com. Weather permitting. FREE!

GRAND FINALE FEATURING THE GRAPEVINE Entertainment Stage presented by Coca-Cola and Miller Lite 8:00-10:00 pm Central City Park Since 1987, The Grapevine has electrified audiences across Georgia, becoming one of the most popular party bands for corporate events, conventions, wedding receptions and other special events. In 2000, The Grapevine received the prestigious Band of the Year, awarded by the Atlanta Society of Entertainers. The celebration of the band’s 20th Anniversary was recently featured in Macon Magazine. Based in Macon, Georgia. but entertaining crowds across the southeast, The Grapevine is the total party experience.

The unbeatable selection of music, The Grapevine horns, the interaction with the crowd. This and so much more brings crowds back time after time. And what is a Grand Finale without fireworks? Make sure you stick around for an exciting fireworks show to end the Festival with a bang! FREE CONCERT WITH PARK ADMISSION!

OTHER EVENTS THURSDAY, APRIL 12 THINK PINK YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Presented by the Think Pink Committee 735 Pierce Avenue Macon, Ga 31204 Your students can shine at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival by participating in the Children’s Art Contest. This year’s theme is “The Pinkest Party on Earth”, and we are very excited to see the amazing artwork created! Trophies/Plaques, Certificates and Pink Ribbons will be given to the top three students in each of the following categories: Kindergarten, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 at a special THINK PINK CELEBRATION PARTY on April 12, 2018. Winners will be notified with details.

Artwork and form must be turned in at each school to be sent by pony mail to Ben Bridges (Bibb County Public Schools), or mailed/delivered to Riverside Methodist Church (Mon.-Thurs.) 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Photography Contest is April 12th at Riverside Methodist Church In the Reception Hall, beginning at 6:00 pm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 MAGNOLIA SOAP BOX DERBY Presented by Magnolia Soap Box Derby 10:00 am-5:00 pm Magnolia Street Macon, GA 31201 Magnolia Soap Box Derby, established in 2009 by a rag-tag group of Maconites and speed enthusiasts, is only a continuation of Macon’s long-standing tradition of Soap Box Racing, which goes all the way back to the 1930s! Every second Saturday in April, we host three types of races: Professional (the super-fast ones), Shadetree (communally built cars, not necessarily speedfocused), and as of 2015, the Gravity Racing Challenge (for High School Students).There will also be a Hot Wheel Steem Zone this year! So come on down and cheer on your friends, enjoy some food and music, and watch some soap box cars go really, really fast.

For more information contact magnoliaderby.com. FREE!

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