The City of Conyers is proud to present the 33rd Annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival on March 22 and 23, 2014 at the Georgia International Horse Park (Rain or Shine). The Cherry Blossom Festival originated as a way to encourage cultural understanding and friendship through international music, dance, games, food and crafts. The festival offers multiple stages for continuous entertainment, over 300 booths consisting of arts and crafts vendors, various children's activities and civic and nonprofit organizations. The Horse Park is very excited that the 2012 Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival was selected as a Top 20 Event during the month of March by the Southeast Tourism Society! The hours of the festival are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. There is a $5.00 charge for one day parking or an $8.00 parking pass is an option to attend both days of the festival. There is no admission fee. No pets please! We hope you have a Pinktastic Day!
The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival would like to say "Thank You" to the businesses that make this community event possible.
Click here to view the 2014 Sponsors.
- Join the Pink Out! Wear the cherry blossom colors (pink and green) or decorate your stroller or wagon to be a part of the 2014 Pink Out. Judges will be roaming the festival plaza in search of the best outfits, decorated strollers and wagons. If you get "pinked" during the festival by a judge, you have won a prize!
- Shop in the pink! Wearing your festival colors, shop among hundreds of art and craft exhibitors showcasing unique handmade goods. 300 artist booths line the festival plaza selling items such as jewelry, toys, clothing, accessories, furniture, yard art, bath products, pet supplies and much more.
- Win Blossom Bucks to spend among the art and craft exhibitors! Share your favorite recipe that includes cherries or a Japanese flare. If your recipe is selected to be shared on the Georgia International Horse Park's Facebook page, you win $20 in Blossom Bucks. Learn more below!
- Experience Japanese culture during one of the cultural performances on the main stage.
- What better way to experience different cultures and traditions than with your taste buds! The festival's food courts offer a variety of international treats and your festival favorites such as funnel cakes, Italian ice, hamburgers and hot dogs.
- Play in the large, interactive children's area filled with moonwalks, rockwalls, obstacle courses and much more.
- Enjoy the local culture during one of the live band or dance group performances on one of the festival's stages.
- Go on a Scavenger Hunt to win a fun festival prize! Search high and low for colorful blossoms hidden among the art and craft booths. If you find a blossom, gently pick the blossom and return it to the information booth to receive your prize.
- Kids of all ages will enjoy the Atlanta Puppet Show, brought to you by YP-the new way to do.
- Catch the high-flying action of the Ultimate Air Dog Show presented by Ingles and the Rockdale/Newton Citizen.
- Celebrate the cherry blossom season all month long by attending one of the auxiliary events prior to the festival.
Join the 3rd Annual Pink Out!
Show your Cherry Blossom Festival pride by wearing the festival colors. Secret judges will be roaming the plaza looking for the best dressed individuals or best decorated strollers and wagons. If you get "Pinked," you win a Cherry Blossom Festival Prize Pack!
Download Your Festival Map!
Click on the image of the festival map to download your very own copy. The map will help you navigate among the many art and craft booths, festival stages, food courts, children's area and other attractions.
|Cook It! Share It! Win It!
Submit your favorite recipe that includes cherries or a Japanese flare for your chance to win Blossom Bucks. Email your recipe along with name, address, phone number and email address via the link below. Pictures are also welcomed! If your recipe is selected to be shared on the Georgia International Horse Park's Facebook page during the month of March, you will receive $20 in Blossom Bucks to spend on arts and crafts during the event. Deadline to submit is March 10, 2014.
Click Here to email your recipe now!
|See Cultural Performances!
The Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival is filled with cultural performances from various countries. You don't want to miss the excitement as Japanese Swordsmanship of Gwinnett (JSoG) demonstrates the martial arts of Shinkendo, Toyama-Ryu & Bo-Jutsu, including fast-paced kumitachi (sparring)!
You can also witness the beauty and elegance of traditional Japanese dance performed by Kinuyoshinobu-Kai. Experience traditional German folk music performed by Atlanta Sangerkreis, plus many more.
Click here for the 2014 Entertainment Schedule
Blossom Buck Bag Give-A-Way!
Be one of the first 100 guests on Saturday or Sunday to visit the Festival T-shirt merchandise booth to receive a Georgia International Horse Park shopping bag. A few lucky winners will find $20 in Blossom Bucks hidden in their bags. Blossom Bucks can be used to purchase items from the art and craft exhibitors. Get here early for your chance to win!
|Cherry Blossom goes Mobile!
Scan the QR Code or Click Here to download the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival's free mobile app. Have all the event information you need on your mobile device. The app features festival highlights, entertainment schedule, exhibitor listing, and more.
Get Your Pink On All Month Long! Conyers celebrates the cherry blossom season with activities throughout the entire month leading up to the festival.
Click here to view the entire Calendar of Events
Learn more about Cherry Blossom Festival activities throughout the entire month of March. Great community events and organizations host festivities such as the Cherry Blossom Festival Pageant, Walk with Angels, Cherry Blossom Croquet Tournament, and the Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament. Celebrate the cherry blossom season all month long!
Get "Pinked" During the Month of March!
Keep a look out for pink t-shirts during the month of March in Conyers. If you find one of these pink Conyers Cherry Blossom t-shirts, you just got "Pinked!" You get to keep the t-shirt and post your "Pinked" status on your own social media pages. Let all your friends and family know that you just got "Pinked" in Conyers! These t-shirts can be found in stores, restaurants, parks and other public places in Conyers. They love hiding in funny places.
As you make plans to have a Positively Pink day at the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, extend your stay to enjoy all that Conyers has to offer. Click on the links below to explore various activities and attractions. Watch the excitement of a horse show, play golf, shop in Olde Town, visit the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial Park or experience the beauty of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
Olde Town Conyers
Atlanta Spring Classic Horse Show
Cherokee Run Golf Club
Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial
Recreational Activities at the Georgia International Horse Park
Places to Stay
The deadline for exhibitor, food vendor and entertainment applications is December 30, 2013. There is no deadline for Corporate booths and sponsorships! Applications are now available for the 2014 Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival. Simply click on the links below to download and print your copy. If you have questions regarding how to apply to be a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival, contact the Georgia International Horse Park, 770-860-4190. Sponsors or commercial exhibitors wishing to be a part of the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival should contact JRM Management Services, Inc. Call or email JRM Management today!
Sponsorship or Commercial Exhibitors:
JRM Management Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 777
Kennesaw, GA 30156
If you would like to be part of the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, contact the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606!
Each year the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival relies on the time, commitment, and hard work of volunteers to plan our celebration in the months preceding March, and to handle the many demands during the festival. Volunteers may assist with distributing flyers, vendor set-up and load-out, information booth, contests, and collecting parking fees, to name just a few volunteer tasks. Volunteering for this annual event is a great way to give back to the community and have fun at the same time!
Directions to the Festival
From Atlanta, take I-20 East to Conyers Exit 82 (GA Hwy 138). Turn left and travel 3.8 miles. Turn right on Centennial Olympic Parkway and follow to the festival.
An alternative route to the Park is via Salem Road (Exit 84) off Interstate 20. Take Exit 84 and travel North approximately 1 mile. At Gees Mill Road, turn right and the Georgia International Horse Park Gate A is 2.5 miles on the right. To continue to the main gate (Gate C), continue past Gate A and turn right at the stop sign onto Centennial Olympic Parkway. The main entrance will be on your right.
Fun Facts About Cherry Blossoms:
Japanese cherry blossom trees do not actually produce cherries.
There are over 200 varieties of cherry blossom trees in Japan, although the most popular is the Yoshino.
Flower viewing, or hanami, has been enjoyed in Japan from as early as 300AD.
The 100 yen coin (about $1), has a cherry blossom etched on its back.
Cherry blossoms are omens of good fortune, particularly if they fall in your hair or drink, and they are also symbols of love, affection and spring time.
While in America apples and fall symbolize the start of a new school year, in Japan cherry blossoms cover teachers' bulletin boards, welcoming new students in April.
Fun Facts About Japan:
The entire country of Japan is about the same size as the state of California.
The average commute for a worker in Tokyo is 2 hours, one-way.
The Japanese language uses 3 different alphabets, with over 2000 common symbols.
The staple food in the Japanese diet is white, sticky rice. Because it sticks together so well, it is quite easy to eat with chopsticks, unlike its American long-grain counterpart. (Japanese people would use a spoon with American rice).
Japanese people take off their shoes and change into slippers when entering many buildings, including: private residences, schools, doctors' offices, temples, hotels, traditional restaurants and bars, and even many tourist sites.
The most popular holiday in Japan is New Years, celebrated on the same day as the US, but with special traditional food, family time, and shrine visits.