Local area events for this year

WAYS TO ENJOY SUMTER COUNTY THIS SPRING & SUMMER:


Americus

  • Stop by the Visitor Center for a copy of the Historic Homes Driving Tour
  • Order take-out from any of our local restaurants and have a picnic at Rees Park
  • Explore two historic cemeteries
  • Visit the place where Charles Lindbergh took his first solo flight
  • Play disc or footgolf at Americus KOA
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Windsor Hotel or Rylander Theatre
  • Shop Saturday morning at Lenny’s Market (Farmers Market)

Plains

  • Pick up a homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream cone from Bobby Salter’s Plain Peanuts
  • Shop in the beautiful antique & boutique shops on Main Street
  • Pick up take-out and have a picnic at the Plains Visitor Center
  • Explore Jimmy Carter National Historical Park grounds
  • Walk the streets where a former president lives!

Andersonville

  • Explore Pioneer Farm and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum
  • Grab take-out and head to Andersonville National Historic Site for a picnic
  • Shop the local antique shops and grab some ice cream
  • Visit the national cemetery and grounds of the former POW camp

Leslie/DeSoto/Cobb

  • Explore the towns and stop by the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
  • Take the boat out to Lake Blackshear and relax on the water
  • Take a drive down the winding roads through beautiful pecan orchards
  • Head to SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear and take a ride on the train!

SEPTEMBER

3
First Friday Americus – Back 2 School Bash
5 PM-8 PM
The theme for this month is “Back 2 School Bash.” For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-441, Ext. 235.

3
The Malpass Brothers – Americus
8 PM
The Friends of the Rylander Theatre present these amazing musicians at the beautiful venue in downtown Americus. For tickets or other information on this Friday night show, contact the box office at 229-931-0001 Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit Rylander.org.

4
Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM-3 PM
The Civil War Village of Andersonville will have the first of its upcoming “Storefront Sales” beginning the first Saturday of each month. Andersonville Antiques will be open with merchandise placed outside its store on Main Street. Other stores, including Nancy’s Treasure Chest and Easterlin Country Store and Easterlin Antiques, also will have special sales on the street. The event is the first of what will become storefront sales the first Saturday of each month, including on Oct. 2 during the Andersonville Encampment weekend.
For more information, call Jeanette at 229-894-3243, or the Andersonville Welcome Center at 229-924-2558.

4
SAM Shortline ride – Murder Mystery Dinner Train
5:30 PM
Take a ride aboard the SAM Shortline from Americus to Plains for this always-favorite murder mystery thriller. The train departs from the Jackson Street Depot in Americus at 5:30 p.m. Call 229-276-0755 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
For information on pricing, including the delicious meal.

4
Historic Cemetery Tour – Americus
2 PM
The Americus Visitor Center will offer its next hourlong HISTORIC CEMETERY TOUR, weather depending. Join us at Oak Grove at 2 p.m. on Saturday for this walking tour to learn about some of Americus’ most notable residents. Wear comfortable shoes! Tickets are $10 per adult.
For more information, call the Americus Visitor Center daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 229-928-6059. Tickets preferably should be purchased on the day of the tour. The tour starts promptly at 2 p.m. by the flag pole on Rees Street.

11
SAM Shortline ride – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline train rides, call 229-276-0755.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Andersonville
1 PM
Andersonville National Historic Site will observe National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day as Bill Arcuri, a former Vietnam War prisoner, will deliver a talk on his experiences. The Friday program will be held at the rostrum in the National Cemetery. The program also will be presented through Facebook live with captioning included. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

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American POW/MIA experience programs – Andersonville
11 AM, 1 PM
Andersonville National Historic Site park staff will present programs on the American POW/MIA experience at two different hours. The 11 a.m. Saturday talk will cover the prisoner of war experience from the American Revolution through World War I. The 1 p.m. Saturday talk will discuss the prisoner of war experience from World War II through the present. Both programs will be held in the National Cemetery. Visitors wishing to attend the program should meet at the Stalag XVII-B Monument. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

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SAM Shortline ride – Plains Express
10 AM
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline train rides, call 229-276-0755.

23
Taste of Sumter – Americus
6 PM-9 PM
Join the crowds at this downtown culinary favorite on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. on Jackson Street. Restaurants from Americus and across Sumter County are expected to be represented. The event returns after last year’s cancellation due to Covid.
For more information, call Haley at Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

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Plains Peanut Festival 2021 – Plains
ALL DAY CANCELED
A fun-filled day awaits visitors and locals alike for one of Sumter County’s longest-running festivals in the hometown of President and Mrs. Carter. Events kick off with a One-Mile Fun Run/5K Road Race. Arts and crafts vendors will fill Maxine Reese Park, and a variety of great foods will be available on Main Street. The 11 a.m. Main Street Parade is a favorite. Entertainment acts and a street dance are on tap, and abbreviated SAM Shortline rides will be offered for a small fee. For more information, call 229-928-4825.  

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SAM Shortline ride – Peanut Festival Express
8:30 AM
Get up early to board the train for a ride to the Plains Peanut Festival in President Carter’s hometown. The train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. Enjoy the day in the historic town of Plains, including all the events going on downtown and in Maxine Reese Park.
For more information, call 229-928-4825.

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SAM Shortline ride – Archery Shuttle Train
12:15 PM, 1:30 PM
Pick up the train in downtown Plains for a short trip to Archery, and see the Carter Boyhood Farm, part of the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park. These two rides are a unique part of the Plains Peanut Festival.
For more information, call 229-276-0755.


OCTOBER

1
Haunted History Tours – Americus
7 PM
The Americus Visitor Center kicks off the first of its 11 scheduled Haunted History Tours on this First Friday night! Tickets are $12. The walking tour is not recommended for small children. Guests will visit the oldest cemetery in Americus; the site of an infamous 1913 hanging; as well as the highlight – the historic Windsor Hotel; among other stops. Space will be limited, so call the Visitor Center at 229-928-6059 early to reserve a spot, and for the complete schedule.

1
First Friday Americus – Flashback Friday
5 PM-8 PM
The theme for this month is “Flashback Friday.” For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

2-3
Andersonville Encampment – Andersonville
Originally known as the Andersonville Historic Fair, this 40-plus year favorite is now known as the Andersonville Encampment. The weekend event is free to American history lovers! Craft vendors will be on site as hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will perform. All the downtown shops in the Civil War Village of Andersonville will be open, as well as the restaurant inside Easterlin Country Store. If you would like to be an arts and crafts vendor, booth rent is free, but you must register. Call 229-924-2558 or email info@andersonvillegeorgia.info for more information.

2
Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM-3 PM
Andersonville Antiques will have its “Storefront Sale,” as usual on the first Saturday of each month. Andersonville Antiques will be open with merchandise placed outside its store on Main Street. Other stores in the Civil War Village, including Nancy’s Treasure Chest and Easterlin Country Store and Easterlin Antiques, also will have special sales. The event coincides with the Andersonville Encampment weekend. For more information, call Jeanette at 229-894-3243, or the Andersonville Welcome Center at 229-924-2558.

23
Women’s Wine & Chocolate Walk – Americus
2 PM – 6 PM
Rescheduled from the original February date due to the pandemic, this popular event returns to downtown Americus for a Saturday in the fall. Visitors can taste a variety of wines, and even delicious chocolate made locally. The festival also will return in February 2022.
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

24
Food Truck Fest – Americus
NOON – 6 PM
More than a dozen vendors from across the region and local favorite Farmhouse BBQ will be set up along Jackson
Street in downtown Americus for this ever-growing festival.
For more information on this Sunday event, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.


NOVEMBER

5
First Friday Americus – Downtown Tailgate
5 PM-8 PM
The theme for this month is “Downtown Tailgate.” For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

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Christmas in the Vineyard – Americus
11 AM-5 PM
Wolf Creek Plantation, at 207 Wolf Creek Drive in Americus, hosts its very first “Christmas in the Vineyard” event, beginning at 9 a.m. Stop by and do some holiday shopping. Santa will be the special guest, so bring the kids and let them tell Santa their wish list early! For more information, call Hannah at 229-924-0091.

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Christmas Open House – Americus
5 PM – 8 PM
Dozens of downtown Americus businesses will be decorated in their holiday finest as the Christmas season officially kicks off. Stores will be open late on this Thursday for guests to get their holiday shopping started early!
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.  

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Happy Thanksgiving!

26-27
Small Business Weekend – Americus
ALL DAY
Come downtown for this Friday-Saturday special following Thanksgiving and shop locally. Most downtown businesses will be offering specials throughout the day. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.


DECEMBER

2
Americus Christmas Parade
7 PM
More than 60 units will fill the streets in downtown Americus for the area’s largest Christmas parade. Celebrities, politicians, local marching bands, unique floats, beauty queens, dancers and other performers will participate. Santa Claus, of course, will be the highlight. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

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Merry Christmas!

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Happy New Year’s Eve  




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