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Each year, one of the biggest — and pinkest — parties in the South is held in The Peach State. The city of Macon, Ga., hosts the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival in March to celebrate the nearly 300,000 Yoshino cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom throughout the city. The festival was established in 1983, and now ranks as one of the top 50 events in the U.S. For 10 days, March 16-25, you can experience the splendor in the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

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Midway rides at the festival
Midway rides at the festival

During the festival, Central City Park in the heart of Macon will come alive and fountains throughout the city even turn pink. There will be a midway lined with extreme thrill rides as well as more tame options suitable for all ages. Expect to see a fun house, tea cups, slides, flying elephants, bumper cars, the Tilt-O-Whirl, and a circus train.

Indulge in a pink pancake breakfast.
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Indulge in a pink pancake breakfast.

All of your favorite fair food will be available, like funnel cakes, caramel apples, cotton candy and kettle corn. On the last weekend of the festival, gourmet food trucks will be serving up unique, delicious creations. You could also indulge in pretty pink pancakes made by the Macon-Bibb Fire Department, on March 17 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for only $5. Kids under under five are $2. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Pageant winners at The Cherry Blossom Festival
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Pageant winners at The Cherry Blossom Festival

Captivating performers will put on fun shows throughout the entire 10 days. Carrie McQueen will dance and juggle while balancing on towering stilts, and the Kids Science Safari will get children involved in several hands on experiences. Also expect to see a laser wielding magician and daredevil, stunt motorcyclists. Macon’s Cherry Blossom pageant queens and princesses also will make appearances.

Cherry Blossom Trees in downtown Macon, Ga.
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Cherry Blossom Trees in downtown Macon, Ga.

Since we’re celebrating the cherry blossom tree, where can you see these pink beauties? Macon is dotted with many of these perfectly pink trees, but Wesleyan Woods, Fickling Farm and downtown Macon are where you’ll see the most color. Yoshino cherry blossom trees can also be purchased at the festival.

The streets of downtown Macon are filled for the festival.
The streets of downtown Macon are filled for the festival.

What to know before you go:

  • 10am to 10pm are the operating hours
  • There’s a $5 entrance fee
  • Kids under 10 are free
  • Free parking and shuttles are available
  • Two parking lots are located along Walnut Street, one lot is also located along 7th Street.
  • Rides are at an additional cost

The International Cherry Blossom Festival
Address: 115 Willie Smokie Glover Dr. Macon, GA 31201

Phone: (478) 330-7050

Website: cherryblossom.com

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