FAQs

 Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE FESTIVAL DATES?

Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 31, 2019.

HOW MANY CHERRY TREES ARE IN MACON?

There are 300,000 – 350,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees in Macon, Georgia, which gives us the Congressional Record of the Cherry Blossom Capital of the world.

WHEN DO THE TREES BLOOM?

As with all things Mother Nature, she is difficult to predict. But, Mr. Fickling has provided a guide for when to expect the blooms.

  • If we have a moderate winter followed by a moderate spring, then they will peak around the 23rd, and this is the most common weather pattern for Macon over my lifetime.
  • If winter is cold followed by a cold spring, we can expect a late bloom.
  • If the winter is cold, followed by a warm spring, then we expect an early bloom.
  • If winter is mild followed by a cold spring then we can expect a late bloom.
  • If the winter is mild followed by a mild spring, then we can expect an irregular/late bloom as we saw this past year.

HOW DO I PURCHASE A CHERRY TREE?

Yoshino Cherry Trees will be sold at Central City Park in the Round Building daily during the Festival. For more information, call Pam Carswell, President and CEO of the Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Commission, at 478-330-7054.

WHERE IS THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL GIFT SHOP LOCATED?

The Cherry Blossom gift shop is located at Central City Park’s Round Building, located at 115 Willie Smokie Glover Rd, Macon, GA 31201.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A PIN?

You can purchase a 2019 Pin from the Gift Shop at Central City Park during the Festival or from select Robins Financial Credit Union locations. For other locations to purchase the pin, please visit www.cherryblossom.com.

WHERE ARE THE 2 CENTRAL CITY PARK ENTRANCES?

There are two convenient entrances:

  1. Round Building entrance
  2. Willie Smokie Glover Road entrance

$5/person; Children 10 and under FREE!

WHERE DO I PARK WHEN VISITING CENTRAL CITY PARK?

On a first-come, first serve, limited basis, there are 2 free parking lots within Central City Park– United Building parking lot and Luther Williams Field parking lot. We also provide 3 Free Park & Walk locations near Central City Park. Two parking lots are located along Walnut Street. One lot is also located along 7th Street. Please look for directional signage and pink flags noting our Free Park & Walk locations. We also offer overflow parking at an additional Free Park & Walk Location on New Street and Riverside Drive (843 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31210).

Handicap parking is located inside Central City Park. Please enter the Festival at Willie Smokie Glover Drive and turn into the United Building parking lot on your right. You will see signs noting handicap parking spaces inside this parking lot.

CAN I BRING FOOD AND DRINKS INTO CENTRAL CITY PARK?

Outside food and drinks are not allowed in Central City Park. Coolers are also prohibited from the Park. Concessions are sold within the Park.

CAN I BRING MY DOG OR PET TO CENTRAL CITY PARK AND/OR TUNES AND BALLOONS?

Dogs and pets are not allowed at Central City Park or Tunes and Balloons.  Service animals are allowed.