Events in Macon for March 23-29


Liz Fabian

A Helen Taft cherry tree recently planted in Carolyn Crayton Park displays pinker blossoms than the Yoshinos prominent in Macon.

The city is packed with events this week as the Cherry Blossom Festival wraps up (pink pancakes!) and we have our regularly slammed social calendar kicking in (On the Table!) Remember social butterflies to hydrate, to wear sensible shoes and not to miss Yacht Rock at Carolyn Crayton Park. 

Thursday, March 23

Yacht Rock Review at Carolyn Crayton Park

Cover song masters,Yacht Rock Review play Cherry Blossom on Thursday night with a free concert. The band specializes in original and covered music that can best be described as 70s soft rock. Yacht Rock Review draws huge crowds so it’s a good idea to stake out your spot at Carolyn Crayton Park early.

8-10 p.m.; Free with $10 admission to Carolyn Crayton Park; 150 Willie Smokie Glover Drive, 31201;

Friday, March 24

Ocmulgee Lantern Light Tours

Annually during the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park offers evening walking tours by lantern light. Luminaries dot the path from the Visitors Center to the Great Temple Mound. As a part of the tour, there are interpretive talks at the bridge, the Earth Lodge, Trading Post and Great Temple Mound. The tours last one hour with the final stop being the top of the Great Temple Mound where downtown Macon can be seen in all its Cherry Blossom majesty. Tours run every 10 minutes from 7 p.m. and will be conducted rain or shine.

7 p.m.; $6 tickets available at; 207 Emery Highway, 31217; (478) 752-8257;

Saturday, March 25

Macon-Bibb Fire Department Pink Pancake Breakfast at Luther Williams Stadium 

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department and the Macon Bacon come together to cook up the pinkest pancakes you’ve ever seen. This family-fun event offers all-you-can-eat pink pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. 

7-10:30 a.m.; $7 adults, $3 for children 5 and under; Luther Williams Stadium; Willie SMokie Glover Drive, 31201;

Sunday, March 26

Festival Finale featuring The Macon Pops at Carolyn Crayton Park

And just like that, the 41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close, but not before a great send off by The Macon Pops. There will also be fireworks, food vendors and $10 tethered balloon rides. 

4-8 p.m. for tethered balloon rides, 6:30 p.m. The Macon Pops take the stage and 8:30 p.m. for fireworks; $10 admission to Carolyn Crayton Park; Concert and fireworks are free, $10 for balloon rides; 150 Willie Smokie Glover Drive, 31201;

Monday, March 27

On The Table: Fun Things to do in Macon at NewTown Macon

On The Table is a city-wide event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. This event, which runs from the 27-31, attempts to bring diverse communities together around tables located throughout Macon to discuss specific topics. NewTown Macon is sponsoring a table with the conversation topic of “Fun things to do in Macon.” According to Hailie Poppell, digital content manager for NewTown, attendees will discuss what events they attend downtown, what events they would like to see and how they find out about events. The On The Table website has a complete listing of the times, locations and topics of all of the tables in Macon. 

4-5 p.m.; Free; 555 Poplar St., 31201; (478) 722-9909;

Tuesday, March 28

Macon Film Guild & Georgia Music Foundation Present: “Northside Tavern” at the Douglass Theatre

The documentary, “Northside Tavern” is a love letter to the legendary Atlanta blues club of the same name. The film features interviews with the owner, the club’s devotees and the local musicians who made the club mythic. At 6 p.m., one hour prior to the film screening, there will be a complimentary reception catered by Grow restaurant in the annex adjacent to the Douglass Theatre. In addition, there will be a Q&A session with the film’s director Hal Jacobs after the screening.

6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening; General Admission $5; 355 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., 31201; (478) 742-2000;

Wednesday, March 29 

“Reclaiming The Native South” Humanities Panel at the Arts Complex Theatre of Middle Georgia State University

With swelling support to make the Ocmulgee Mounds Georgia’s first National Park, fresh attention is being paid to the indigenous history of the Mounds. The featured panelist of this four member panel who all specialize in the Native American South is Tracie Revis, the director of advocacy, Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative. Revis, former chief of staff for the principal of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has been a major player in the National Park movement. 

4:30 p.m.; Free: Arts Complex Theatre at Middle Georgia State University; 100 University Parkway, 31206; (478) 471-2700;