Local area events for this year

WAYS TO ENJOY SUMTER COUNTY THIS FALL & WINTER:


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!

JANUARY 2023

1
Happy New Year!

1
Tickets On Sale – Americus
The new year kicks off as tickets for the February Women’s Wine and Chocolate Walk in Americus go on sale. For information, contact the Americus Main Street office, 101 W. Lamar St. downtown, as tickets go fast! The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional information on purchasing tickets, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247, Monday-Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.

14
Glenn Miller Orchestra – Americus
7 PM
Visit the historic Rylander Theatre on Lamar Street in Americus to be amazed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands with its unique jazz band sound. Tickets are $31 and are on sale now.
For more information on the orchestra, call 321-441-9135. For tickets, visit www.rylander.org or call 229-931-0001.

16
MLK Day of Service – Plains
10 AM – NOON
The Jimmy Carter National Historical Park will lead an MLK Day of Service at the Carter Boyhood Farm in the Archery community outside Plains. The event begins at 10 a.m. The National Historical Park in Plains will be open throughout the day. The event at the Boyhood Farm includes applying stain to the new boards on the buildings at the farm.
For more information, contact park guide Kevin Alexander at 229-376-0476.

18
43rd  Annual MLK Convocation – Americus
11 AM
For the 43rd year, Georgia Southwestern State University will host the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation on campus. The event takes place at 11 a.m. in the Storm Dome. The keynote speaker will be Brandon Blue, a GSW alumnus. For more information, call 229-928-4116.

19
Community Volunteer Fair – Americus
11 AM – 1 PM
On the Georgia Southwestern State University campus, Aim is to connect GSW students with meaningful opportunities to serve and make a difference in the local community. The event runs for two hours, beginning at 11 a.m. Interested organizations can contact Jeremy Wicker at Jerermy.Wicker@gsw.edu or call 229-815-1443 for more information.

21
Gold Force Gala – Americus
6 PM-11 PM
The inaugural black-tie fundraiser in support of student scholarships at Georgia Southwestern State University will include a cocktail social, silent auction, dinner, and the 2023 Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony. Main Street Band will present music. You can purchase tickets at www.gsw.edu/events/gold-force-gala or call 229-928-4116 for more information.

24
GSW Chamber Concert Series – Americus
7:30 PM
Georgia Southwestern State University will feature a Dash Duo trumpet performance as part of the 2022-2023 Chamber Concert Series. The Tuesday performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Performance Hall on campus. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults, $12 for concert and $60 for season ticket; GSW faculty and staff, $10 for concert and $50 for season ticket; students, free admission with an ID.
For more information, call 229-931-2204.


FEBRUARY 2023

3
Chili Crawl – Americus
5 PM – 8 PM
For the best-tasting chili in all of Americus and Sumter County, come to downtown Americus on the first Friday night of February to the annual Chili Crawl. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to all participants with culinary skills. The chili cooks must be set up at a downtown establishment. Trophies will be awarded in four categories.
For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

4
Plains, Ga. Paranormal Event – Plains
9 AM
Come to Plains to experience some interesting ghost-hunting fun! The event put on by the Paranormal Society of Savannah and Patrick Welsh begins at 9 a.m. and includes a paranormal investigating Class 101, an actual investigation, and more!
For additional details, call 912-429-3059 or 229-928-4825.

10 – 11
NPHC Alumni Reunion – Americus
The National Pan-Hellenic Council serves as the official coordinating agent of the constituent member Greek letter fraternities and sororities in the furtherance of the program unity on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.
For information on the National Pan-Hellenic Council reunion, contact Chelsea Collins at 229-928-4116, or email her at Chelsea.collins@gsw.edu.

11
Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale – Americus
10 AM-2 PM
There’s no better time to shop for Valentine’s Day than in beautiful downtown Americus. The second Saturday of the month is a perfect time to visit. The four-hour event starts at 10 a.m.
For more information, call Americus Main Street’s office at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

11
SAM Shortline train ride – Valentine’s Day Dinner Train
6 PM
Travel aboard the SAM Shortline for a romantic dinner aboard the moving train to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. The train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear at 6 p.m. Three different seating arrangements are available.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

11
Low Country Boil – Leslie
11 AM – 2 PM
Enjoy a delicious low country boil on this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., with pickup at the Leslie Civic Center building.  Tickets are $15, with a chance to win a door prize. To purchase tickets, contact any member of the Community Men’s Club or call Benjie Johnson at 229-942-1111. Tickets also may be purchased at Leslie City Hall by contacting city clerk Jessie Rees. All proceeds will be used for community projects in the city of Leslie.

18, 25
SAM Shortline train ride – Sumter Explorer
9:30 AM
Enjoy this scenic ride across Sumter County countryside en route to President Carter’s hometown of Plains. The train departs from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear at 9:30 a.m. The train arrives in Americus at 10:45 a.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute stop. The train departs at 12:30 p.m. and arrives in Plains at 1 p.m.
For more information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

18
GSW Preview Day – Americus
Visit the beautiful campus of Georgia Southwestern State University to learn more about the university and take campus tours.
For more information, call Chelsea Collins at 229-928-4116.

18
BBQ, Pucks & Chucks – Americus
The Georgia Southwestern State University Alumni Association hosts this networking event at the Columbus River Dragons hockey game in nearby Columbus with pregame at Smoke BBQ Rooftop. You can register online at www.gsw.edu/alumni/events or call 229-928-4116 for more information.

25
Women’s Wine & Chocolate Walk – Americus
1 PM – 5 PM
Stroll through beautiful downtown Americus with friends and taste more than a dozen Georgia wines paired with delectable Georgia chocolates! Tickets go  on sale at 12 noon on Sunday, Jan. 1. For hotel accommodations, consider enhancing your experience by booking a room at the fabulous Windsor Hotel downtown.
For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or email qwillis@americusga.gov.


MARCH 2023

3
First Friday Americus – Downtown Goes Disney
5 PM – 8 PM

Come to downtown Americus and the Americus Visitor Center as Americus Main Street brings the Most Magical Place on Earth to Sumter County! As you stroll through our downtown district, enjoy the sounds of iconic Disney classics from the Lion King to The Jungle Book to Frozen and so much more. Character meet and greets will be stationed throughout the various participating businesses and shoppers can enjoy various specials and activities throughout the evening.
For more information, call Jennifer at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

4
2nd annual Motor Show – Andersonville
11 AM – 3 PM

Visit the Civil War Village of Andersonville for the second annual Motor Show, one of Sumter County’s favorites. The show is open to all classes. The registration fee is $20. Dash plaques will go to the first 100 registered vehicles. Trophies will be presented in several categories. A 50/50 raffle will be held, and the Saturday event takes place rain or shine. While in town, be sure to stop by the unique shops and grab a bite to eat!
For more information, call 229-924-2068.

12
Food Truck Fest – Americus
NOON – 8 PM
Come to downtown Americus to enjoy the best of the best food truck vendors from around the region.
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.


APRIL 2023

7
First Friday Americus – Artsapalooza!
5 PM – 8 PM
Downtown Americus will host the annual First Friday Art Show, celebrating Artist Appreciation Month, by hosting artists throughout downtown on the sidewalk or in businesses. Artists are encouraged to create live demonstrations during the event. Businesses are encouraged to host an artist of any kind and incorporate the Artsapalooza theme into their activities for the night.
For more information, call Jennifer at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

8
Hot Glass Craft Beer Festival – Americus
2 PM-6 PM
Tapping into Americus’ rich history of artisan glass blowing and combining it with Georgia’s innovative craft brewing culture, this Saturday event fuses the two artisan worlds together for one epic showcase. Festival participants are provided the opportunity to experience regional breweries with a variety of beers from each, along with live mobile glass-glowing by artists from across the country.
For more information, call Jennifer at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235, or Qaijuan at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.  




Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: Americus Sumter Tourism
Twitter: @SeeSumterCounty