Embracing Culture, Diversity and Music From Around the World.
The Tubman Museum is host to the annual Pan African Festival of Georgia. Embracing cultural diversity while celebrating African influence in Central Georgia, the Festival takes place every April and includes live music, dance, drum circles, art, storytelling and the Children’s Village. Live music is featured throughout the festival from local and regional artists and can range from ancient African music to world beats, reggae, rap, soul, R&B, jazz, gospel and more.
Founded by community leader and artist Chi Ezekwueche in 1996, the Festival is one of the Tubman Museum’s signature annual events celebrating the rich cultural impact of the African continent on the world.
The Festival’s Children’s Village features hands-on educational activities and Food Truck Alley features Caribbean, Soul Food and other world cuisine. Local and regional artists and artisans showcase their works and wares, selling everything from unique African Art to handmade soaps. Don’t forget to check out the festival’s film festival, complete with screenings, workshops and a reception where viewers can meet the filmmakers. Another event component is the car, truck and motorcycle show that attracts vehicles (and vehicle enthusiasts) from all over the state and region.
About the Surrounding Geography.
The majority of festival events take place in Macon’s most sprawling and oldest park, Central City Park, which stretches along the levee of the Ocmulgee River at the southernmost end of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.
Located in Downtown Macon, Central City Park 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 historic 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.
Check the festival schedule annually because live music, spoken word performances and the newly added film festival can take place at various venues in Downtown Macon, from the historic Grand Opera House to the cozy community playhouse that is Theatre Macon to Cherry Street Plaza outside of the Tubman Museum.