There’s always something to celebrate as the months go by and the seasons change. And there’s no city that knows how to make merry better than McDonough. From sampling the best fare that spring has to offer to welcoming the New Year in unforgettable fashion, our annual events are not to be missed. MARCH NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 3-5, 2017 NASCAR Qualifying Day kicks of the three-day event, which culminates with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. atlantamotorspeedway.com APRIL Taste of Henry Sample taste-sized delicacies from thirty-five local restaurants in this fundraiser for A Friend’s House, Henry County’s home for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. tasteofhenry.org MAY Geranium Festival May 20, 2017 Use the new Geranium Festival app to locate vendors, submit photos, and even find your car as you shop, eat, and have fun in downtown McDonough. geraniumfestival.com Geranium Jam Get ready to rock under the stars at the Geranium Jam, featuring an array of outstanding musical acts. Visitmcdonough.com/events/ geranium-jam JULY Ice Cream Social on the Square July 4 The Mayor emcees this festive annual gathering, complete with free ice cream and a visit by Uncle Sam. Mcdonoughga.org OCTOBER Scarecrow Contest and Showcase on the Square Throughout October Cast your vote for your favorite among more than 100 scarecrows on display in and around historic McDonough Square throughout October—and enter to win cash and prizes. mainstreetmcdonough.com Main Street Fall Festival Hear the announcement of the Scarecrow Contest winners, peruse arts and crafts vendors, and enter the highly anticipated BBQ contest during this popular fall festival. Visitmcdonough.com McDonough Cemetery Tour Select weekend in October Get your face painted and listen to live music after being thoroughly creeped out by the McDonough Arts Council’s cemetery tour. mcdonougharts.net NOVEMBER Merchants Holiday Open House Downtown merchants decorate their shops and offer special discounts during this annual holiday shopping event, held on select Saturdays in November and December. mcdonougharts.net The Grinch on the Square Put a spin on the traditional Santa picture by taking a photo with the Grinch, who visits the Holiday Festival of Arts each year. mcdonougharts.net DECEMBER Santa Saturdays on the Square Saturdays in December before Christmas Mrs. Claus joins Santa for festive photo opps with kids of all ages in McDonough Square. visitmcdonoughga.com City of McDonough Christmas Parade First Saturday in December December 2, 2017 Holiday spirit hits the road after McDonough’s annual tree lighting ceremony, when floats and more roll down Main Street to spread yuletide cheer. mcdonoughga.org Holiday Open House on the Square Downtown merchants decorate their shops and offer special discounts during this annual holiday shopping event, held on select Saturdays in November and December. mcdonougharts.net New Year’s Eve Geranium Drop December 31 Ring in the New Year with the lowering of a 400-pound orb of fake geraniums over the downtown square. visitmcdonoughga.com Capture the essence of the city with the McDonough Re-Taking History Photo Walking Tour, a self-guided journey through the downtown area. Follow a series of stone markers in the sidewalk that bear historic photographs and take your own photos from the exact spots where the original photographers stood. It’s a great way to help McDonough digitize its visual, motion picture, and spoken word history. Plus, look for contests that let you get creative with your new images. Learn more at retakinghistory.com. Discover more about the town’s haunted history with the new McDonough Ghost Tours mobile app, which features a map of haunted locations (complete with descriptions, podcasts, and videos), an EVP recorder feature, and more tools to fuel your ghost hunt.
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