Live Music at the Pinkest Party on Earth.
Macon is the self-proclaimed pinkest place on Earth each spring when at least 350,000 Yoshino Cherry trees bloom to brilliance, but the 10-day International Cherry Blossom Festival is more than an homage to Macon’s baby-pink petals. Each day of the festival is also packed with live music performances that solidify the city’s long-standing music ties.
From nightly acts in Central City Park and dance parties featuring DJs famous for bringing the house down, to performances showcasing Macon’s beautiful pipe organs and world-renowned classical musicians and ensembles, there’s enough variety to make anyone sing.
Past acts include Mavis Staples and Chaka Khan, as well as numerous cover bands paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Blues Brothers, Prince and more. The Festival’s signature music event, Party in the Park, which takes place at Central City Park, features nationally touring, radio-featured artists, like Drake White. It’s also served as a homecoming concert from Central Georgia’s own artists climbing the charts, including Warner Robins native Travis Denning.
About the Surrounding Geography.
All of Macon-Bibb County gets in on the Cherry Blossom action each spring, but the heart of the festival can be found at Macon’s first public park: Central City.
Central City Park, which stretches along the levee of the Ocmulgee River at the southernmost end of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, is located in Downtown Macon and can be accessed off I-75 and I-16, just over the Otis Redding Bridge. The park features a distinct round building for special events, like the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival and the Fired Works Regional Ceramics Show & Sale. It also has an expansive greenspace with playgrounds, areas for children, large picnic shelters, public grills and its historically registered gazebo bandstand.
Macon’s first public park, Central City is home to Luther Williams Field, the historic, original baseball stadium where Pete Rose got his start and where movies such as “Trouble with the Curve,” “42” and the 1976 movie “Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars,” starring Richard Pryor, were filmed.