Macon Festivals & Shows

Macon Festivals & ShowsMacon is a city that isn't afraid to show off its southern hospitality. The inviting atmosphere of the area is a fitting backdrop against which the genuinely hospitable demeanor of the locals shines through. That upbeat, welcoming feeling also creates a kind of celebratory mood that always seems to be quite prevalent. It gets elevated to a higher level anytime one of Macon's many festivals or annual events shows up on the calendar. These are the yearly happenings that celebrate the city's culture, music, and various aspects of its heritage and draw in countless revelers who are always more than ready to enjoy all the trappings of a good party.

International Cherry Blossom Festival
A great time brightly booms every year at Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival, held every March. This is a city-wide celebration that lasts 10 days and brings together several popular activities for the whole family to enjoy. There are arts and crafts, hot air balloons, live music, special exhibits and lots more. And, fittingly, it all happens against the backdrop of more 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees!

Phone: (478) 743-8544
Web: www.cherryblossom.com

Tubman Pan African Festival
The African American influence in Macon is unmistakable. The various artistic, social and cultural contributions are celebrated to great effect at the Tubman Pan African Festival that is held every Spring. This annual confab focuses on the all-important themes of peace, love, unity and hope. Sights, sounds and tastes of the culture are everywhere! In addition to several tables of delicious food, enjoy seeing some beautiful arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, films, dancers and more as you groove to the Caribbean steel drums as well as the accomplished reggae bands who perform throughout the event.

Phone: (478) 743-8544
Web: www.tubmanmuseum.com

Bragg Jam
Fans of live music always make plans to be a part of the annual Bragg Jam held every last weekend in July. This is a memorial event to Macon brothers Braxx and Tate Bragg and the festival extends over two days that are packed with some incredible live music. These cool concerts feature some of the best local, regional and national acts. In addition to the live music, Bragg Jam attendees will enjoy children's events, arts and crafts, and the highly popular Ocmulgee Adventure Race. Proceeds from this event go to aid the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.

Phone: (478) 722-9909
Web: www.braggjam.org

The Nutcracker
The arrival of Christmas brings with it many traditions. Trimming the tree, singing carols, buying presents and attending parties are all part of the fun. But another longstanding tradition at the end of the year is to attend the performance of The Nutcracker. This breathtaking presentation combines Tchaikovsky's magical score with stunning scenery and a graceful ballet. Make sure to get your tickets early, as this performance regularly sells out.

Phone: (478) 301-5470
Web: www.midganutcracker.org

Spirits in October
Add a chilling thrill to your Halloween activities by experiencing Spirits in October. This is a popular one hour guided tour conducted at twilight from October 21st through the 30th. Your guides and various participants are costumed actors, which only adds to the ghoulish fun. Their theatrical touch helps bring to life some of the most interesting characters who are buried in historic Riverside Cemetery.

Phone: (478) 752-8257
Web: www.riversidecemeteryconservancy.org


Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
The fact that Native Americans were here before America became America says plenty about their historical significance. Their contribution, culture and stories are all rightfully celebrated at the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration held every September. Music, arts, crafts, booths and games are all part of this very entertaining and educational festival. There is much to learn and experience as the gathering is held at the 12,000-year old Ocmulgee National Monument.

Phone: (478) 752-8257
Web: www.nps.gov