Macon’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is fast approaching. This year the festival runs from March 22-31, and there will be many different events to attend as you admire the beauty of Macon’s blooming cherry trees. Here are five Cherry Blossom Festival events you should know about.
1. “Ice” Skating in the Park
Go show off your best short program performance at Ice Skating in the Park. From March 22-31 there will be a free ice skating rink in Central City Park. The rink is open to all ages and skill levels. Each group will be allowed 30 minutes on the ice from 10 a.m. to 10p.m. For more information on times go to cherryblossom.com.
2. Spring Spirit Stroll
Get a little spooky this spring at the Spring Spirit Stroll. From March 22-31 the Riverside Cemetery will be hosting a guided tour with a few of the “spirits” from Macon’s Cherry Blossom past. There will be live actors along with some of Macon’s most famous gravesites. The tours will take place from 6-8 p.m. with a $10 admission. To purchase tickets go to riversidecemetary.com.
3. Ocmulgee Duck Dash
At this March 16 event, 5,000 ducks will race down the Ocmulgee River at Amerson River Park, and one lucky duck will win $1,000. The event is from 9:30 a.m to noon. Ducks can be adopted from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the race will begin at 11:45 a.m. The race is free, and duck adoptions are $5. The proceeds will go to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor program.
4. Weiner Dog Race
On March 23, Dachshund dogs will be racing down Cherry Street for the title of “Fastest Wiener Dog in Middle Georgia!” There will also be a “Best Dressed” portion of the competition. The free event will take place on Cherry and Third Streets from 11 a.m. to noon.
5. Movie Night
On March 29, Disney Pixar’s “Coco” will be on a large outdoor screen on The Green at Wesleyan College. This event is free, and there will also be other events such as face painting and food trucks starting at 6 p.m. The movie will begin at 8 p.m., so make sure to get there early to grab a good spot.
This year make sure to check out something new or something you have never been to at the Cherry Blossom Festival! Enjoy the spring weather and all the events that the festival has to offer.