International Cherry Blossom Festival, Georgia
The International Cherry Blossom Festival is a 10-day festival held each spring in Macon, Georgia, USA. Originally a peaceful Southern town, Macon's claim to fame came to fruition when a local realtor named William A. Fickling Sr. discovered a Yoshino cherry tree in his backyard in 1949. As Yoshino trees are rare in the South, he didn't determine the tree's species until a trip to Washington, D.C. in 1952. After his return to Macon, he helped plant cherry trees throughout the city, and the rest is history.
Macon is now known as the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World," and the International Cherry Blossom Festival is considered one of the top 50 events in the U.S. This year's festival will take place from March 16th - 25th to coincide with the blossoming of 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees. The easiest way to arrive in time for the festival is by booking a flight from Atlanta to Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN), which is only 10 miles south of downtown Macon.
While events are happening throughout Macon, many are concentrated around Central City Park, which hosts the festival's Opening Ceremony and the Amusement Ride Midway. Other popular events include the Chic Soirée fashion show on March 22, the downtown Street Party on March 24 and the Grand Finale Glow on March 25. Even though many of these festivities are free, tickets must be purchased for several events.
Address: 794 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201