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!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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 classically-
trained 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!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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!

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!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-25
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. FREE!
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. FREE!
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 GeorgiaGeorgia State
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Supported by WGXA, The Cumulus, and The Telegraph
2:00-4:00 pm
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in a helicopter! Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend and enjoy
infl atable bouncy houses, games, and food vendors on site. FREE!
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,
                                                                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!
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 speed-
focused), 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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