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THEATRE: Met Opera Live “Idomeneo” (The Douglass Theatre) 12:55 p.m. 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., $24 adults, $20 seniors and students. metopera.org/hdlive. 478-742-2000.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Third Street Park Festivities 11:30-1:30 p.m. all week long. Come enjoy free Coca- Cola and Krispy Kreme refreshments from Cherry Blossom Festival sponsors while supplies last. Multiple entertainers and a special theme each day set the mood for light-hearted fun, while horse-drawn carriage rides (Presented by SCANA Energy) take you back in time for an adventure-filled afternoon.
SPORTS: Macon Mayhem vs. Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Puck drops at 7:30 PM. Tickets $13 and up. Ticketmaster.com
FESTIVAL: Cotton Avenue Revival Festival A celebration of the historic Cotton Avenue district in Macon’s historic downtown. The Festival will include a full line-up of performances by talented musicians and dancers, historic walking tours, tours of Cotton Avenue’s beautiful churches and more! The Festival is free and open to the public. COMMUNITY: Paws in the Park Dog Show (Sandy Beach Park at Lake Tobosofkee) noon - 4 p.m. dogs strut their stuff on our runway from a fun dog show. We are also partnering with Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare and local rescue groups in Middle Georgia for an adoption drive. Lots of loving adoptable dogs will be on site ready for a new home.Join us after the show for a group dog swim!
Sunday 26 CULTURAL EVENT: The Legendary Shaoin Warriors (The Grand Opera House) 6 p.m. Representing over a thousand years of Chinese martial arts culture, legendary Shaolin Warriors is a wildly popular theatrical experience performed by masters of Kung Fu. This is a treat for the entire family and sanctioned Cherry Blossom event! Tickets $39.50 and up. TheGrandMacon.com CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: 35th Annual Parade 4-5:30 p.m. The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of the Festival’s premier events. Fantastic floats, marching bands, military units, costumed performers, international dignitaries, and more combine to transform an already beautiful historic downtown into a dazzling showpiece. Performers and entertainers dazzle audiences of all ages, so bring your family and experience the magnificent Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. MUSIC: Svyati Duo (Vineville United Methodist Church) 4 p.m. Free concert Presented by Music and the Arts at Vineville. 2045 Vineville Ave.
Tuesday 28 CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Downton Abbey Tea (Federated Garden Club / Neel Reid House) A Downton Abbey merchandise store will be open and vintage era clothing will be on display. Hats, gloves and attire from the era is optional but highly encouraged!Call 478-742-0921 for reservations. $12 per adult. CONCERT: United States Air Force Concert Band (The Grand Opera House) 7-9 p.m. The United States Air Force Band is the premier musical organization of the Air Force. The excellence demonstrated by the Band’s Airmen musicians is a reflection of the excellence carried out 24 hours a day by Airmen stationed around the globe. To reserve your seat call 478-3015470. FREE CONCERT!
Thursday 30 CONCERT: Sunset Jazz (Coleman Hill) 6-8 p.m. Come enjoy live Jazz music provided by the Jazz Association of Macon. Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Free event. CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon (Anderson Conference Center) 11 a.m. Don’t miss this posh annual favorite of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The fashion show features the emerging trends of spring. Enjoy lunch served by Edgar’s while we rock the runway with celebrity guest models, local Macon fashionistas, Cherry Blossom royalty, and many more surprises coordinated by Mark Ballard. $40/person. Reservations required, (478) 301-5470.
Saturday 1 FESTIVAL: Cherry Blossom Street Party Featuring George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Mavis Staples, Chuck Leavell and the Randall Bramblett Band, JD McPhereson and Molly & Me. Gates open: 3:00 pm. $20 advanced $25 day of event. Purchase tickets online or day of at gates. Rain or shine event. Folding/Camping chairs are permitted. George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes. Mavis Staples is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years. CherryBlossom.com CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Pink Pancake Breakfast (Central City Park) 7am-10:30. Adults: $5 / 5 and under: $2 per person. Come enjoy delicious pink pancakes served up by the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department! All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: Mulberry Street Art Festival and Food Truck Frenzy Free 10-6 p.m. the Middle Georgia Art Association presents the oldest arts & crafts festival in Middle Georgia. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of vendors from across the country congregate on Mulberry Street to celebrate this exciting festival! Also Sunday, April 2.
Thursday 6 COMMUNITY: Yappy Hour (Macon Dog Park) 6 p.m. Every first Thursday of the month. Bring your pups for a great time at the Dog Park....Music, Giveaways and More!
Friday 7 MOVIES: Screening of John Waynes “Stagecoach” (Grand Opera House) 7:30 p.m. 1939 A group of
people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. $5 general admission. Full bar and light concession available. COMMUNITY: First Friday Open Make Night (Spark Macon) Free 6-9 p.m. Ever wondered what SparkMacon is all about or wanted to make something new by collaborating with the community or using state-ofthe-art tools and equipment? Join us for our version of an open house, complete with free food and drinks. The space will be filled with members showing off all the amenities of SparkMacon and providing a place for you to create.
Saturday 8 COMMUNITY: Magnolia Soap Box Derby 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A continuation of Macon’s longstanding tradition of Soap Box Racing, which goes all the way back to the 1930s! three types of races: Professional (the super-fast ones), Shadetree (communally built cars, not necessarily speed-focused), and as of 2015, the Gravity Racing Challenge (for High School Students). So come on down and cheer on your friends, enjoy some food and music, and watch some soap box cars go really, really fast. For more information contact magnoliaderby.com.
Ongoing TOURS Rock Candy Tours Rock Candy Tours offers Macon music history walking tours every Friday and Saturday plus a variety of private tour opportunities. The Free Birds & Night Owls tour begins at The Rookery at 543 Cherry St. and ends at Grant’s Lounge at 576 Poplar St. where guests of the tour are allowed free entrance to the club to enjoy a drink, see Grant’s Lounge’s renowned Wall of Fame, and potentially great live music. The cost of this tour is $10.00 per person and guests are allowed to carry open containers in approved cups purchased from one of downtown Macon’s many restaurants or clubs. For reservations call 478.955.5997. Ocmulgee Lantern Light Tour March 24-April 2. Held yearly during Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival, Ocmulgee National Monument hosts the Lantern Light Tours. Tour the Museum
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