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!

2022
OCTOBER

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Happy 98th Birthday, President Carter!

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Haunted History Tour – Americus
7:30 PM
Be the first to show your courage and take the initial 2022 Haunted History Tour in Americus, the favorite in Georgia’s Sumter County. Stops include the oldest cemetery in the city; the site of a 1913 lynching; and the historic Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel. Tour dates are spread throughout the month through Halloween night. The tour starts at 7:30 p.m. just outside the Visitor Center, 101 W. Lamar St. downtown. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance at the Visitor Center.
For more information or to make reservations, call 229-928-6059.

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Andersonville Encampment – Andersonville
ALL-DAY
Food, sutlers, vendors, and mock Civil War battles make this annual event one of Sumter County’s favorites each year. The event, formerly known as the Andersonville Historic Fair, has been held for more than 40 years and offers something new every year in the Civil War Village of Andersonville. Enjoy Living History at its best as hundreds of reenactors take part in the mock battles both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The event is free to American history lovers.
For information on being a vendor or attending, call 229-924-2558 or visit www.andersonvillegeorgia.info.

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First Saturday Storefront Sale – Andersonville
10 AM-3 PM
Andersonville Antiques on Main Street will be offering its special storefront sale during the Andersonville Encampment weekend. For some of the most unique gifts in the Civil War Village, stop in to see what’s new.
For more information, call Jeanette Arrington at 229-894-3243.  

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SAM Shortline train ride – Presidential Flyer
9:30 AM
The train will depart from Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at 9:30 a.m. for this fun trip. The train will arrive in Americus at 10:45 a.m. for a 1-hour, 45-minute layover before heading to Plains at 12:30 p.m. The Americus Visitor Center will offer a special abbreviated $1 tour of the historic Windsor Hotel for SAM Shortline riders.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755.

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Makin’ Cake – Rylander Theatre, Americus
7 PM
Wisconsin’s poet laureate is using the history of one of America’s sweet treats to get us to talking with one another, rather than at one another. Who doesn’t love a slice of devil’s food, red velvet or caramel cake? But have you ever thought about how it came to be? In a one-woman show, Dasha Kelly Hamilton serves up the history of a sweet treat. The poet wrote this piece after years of research.
For tickets or more information for this Thursday’s show, call the theater at 229-931-0001.

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First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM
The theme for this month’s First Friday is “Flashback Friday.” Join hundreds of friends downtown for this fun event. Take a free trolley ride across town, and be sure not to miss what’s in store at the Americus Visitor Center, 101 W. Lamar St. For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247 or 235, or follow Americus-Sumter County Tourism on Facebook.

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Centennial Chamber Cup Golf Tournament – Americus
1 PM
All player levels are welcome and golf clubs are available to rent in advance for the Centennial Chamber Cup Golf Tournament, a fundraiser at the Griffin Bell Golf Course in Americus. Registration begins at noon, with lunch available and warm-up. The tournament starts at 1 p.m. At 6 p.m., dinner, awards ceremony, and trophy and prize presentations take place. At 7 p.m., the First Friday 19th Hole Reception is held in downtown Americus.
For more information, contact Amber Batchelor at 229-924-2646.

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Americus Music Fest – Americus
10 AM-10 PM
The City of Americus expects hundreds of visitors to come into town for this daylong music festival that celebrates a broad genre of talent, and best of all is free! The Saturday event takes place at the Jackson Street Depot. Lawn chairs are recommended. Coolers are not allowed. Food trucks will be on-site, as well as arts and crafts vendors. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train will bring lots of music fans. Riders also will have the option to go to Plains. Performances are by DJ Deck (all day); Low Flying Angels; The Plucktones; Classic Soul; Dean Brown & The Dubshak; Southern Arts Music Ensemble; Frank Jones Blues Band; The Joel C. Johnson Modern Jazz Group; and The Palace Jesters.
For more information, contact tourism director Nicole Kirksey at 229-924-4411, Ext. 254.    

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Food Truck Fest – Americus
NOON-6 PM
This great event will whet your appetite and is a favorite for culinary fans. For information on all the trucks that will be present, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247 or 235.

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International Observe the Moon Night – Plains
7-9 PM
Jimmy Carter National Historical Park in Plains is celebrating International Observe the Moon Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Telescopes will be available for observation. Binoculars also are useful for seeing some features of the moon. You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars and observe the Park. Participants should meet in front of Plains High School, 300 N. Bond St.
For more information on this Saturday event, call 229-824-4104.

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Haunted History Tour – Americus
7:30 PM
Show your courage and take the 2022 Haunted History Tour in Americus, the favorite tour in Georgia’s Sumter County. Stops include the oldest cemetery in the city; the site of a 1913 lynching; and the historic Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel, among others. Tour dates are offered through Halloween night, and include at least one Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday. The tour starts at 7:30 p.m. just outside the Visitor Center, 101 W. Lamar St. downtown. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased in advance at the Visitor Center.
For more information or to make reservations, call 229-928-6059.

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GSW Chamber Concert Series – Americus
7:30 PM
Georgia Southwestern State University will feature Astralis Chamber Ensemble 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.

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The Adventures of Tortoise & Hare: The Next Gen – Rylander Theatre, Americus
7 PM
Everyone’s favorite glow-in-the-dark performers are back with a brand-new show. Lightwire Theatre quickly became a household name when they made their first appearance on “America’s Got Talent!” Since then they’ve become an Americus favorite with their heartwarming and truly magical performances. The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare: The Next Gen starts 10 years after that famous race between the Tortoise and the Hare. But now they have children of their own and modern-day distractions like smartphones and video games. Tortoise Junior and Lil’ Hare are in a whole new kind of race and their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. Their dads must come together despite their legendary differences to save their children. Patrons with Friends of the Rylander memberships should contact the Box Office directly to reserve your complimentary tickets for this Thursday’s show.
For ticket information, call the theater at 229-931-0001.

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Sumter Pink Walk for Cancer – Americus
9 AM
Phoebe Sumter Foundation’s Sumter Pink Walk for Cancer will be held in person. The event raises money for local cancer patients and will take place at the Mattie H. Marshall Cross Country Trail, at 112 Odom Road in Americus. Registration is $25 per person through Oct. 14 and $35 per person on Oct. 15 and after. To register, go to phoebehealth.com/sumterpink.
Each registrant will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag with refreshments and coupons to local restaurants. The walk will benefit the Oncology Expansion project.
For more information, call 229-931-6812.

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La Fiesta en el Parque – Plains
10 AM-5 PM
Live music, games, face painting, soccer games, and more will be part of the La Fiesta en el Parque event on the baseball field at Plains High School. The Saturday event is being held by the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the field, at 300 N. Bond St.
For questions or for more information, contact Cameron at 229-824-4104, Ext. 0.

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SAM Shortline train ride – 20th-anniversary Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Travel from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear and enjoy rolling farmland as the train makes its way to Plains, where you will enjoy a two-hour layover. See and enjoy all the shops in President Carter’s hometown. The train also will make a 40-minute stop at the Carter Boyhood Farm in the Archery community.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or go to www.samshortline.com.

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SAM Shortline train ride – 20th anniversary Leslie Explorer
11 AM

On this day, exactly 20 years ago, the SAM Shortline made its first public run. Climb aboard the train as it replicates the excitement of that anniversary. The train will depart from the downtown Cordele Depot and travel to Leslie, in  Sumter County. There you will be able to explore the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum, the world’s largest collection of telephone memorabilia, for one hour. And don’t miss the antique cars at back! It promises to be a truly memorable ride.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or go to www.samshortline.com.

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Kiwanis Pet Parade & Downtown Trick-or-Treat – Americus
4 PM-8 PM
Come to downtown Americus for this annual event that draws scores of kids each year. The Kiwanis Pet Parade kicks off the fun Thursday Halloween-related event. Be sure to bring your bag and take home some great candy!
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

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SAM Shortline train ride – Halloween Express
3:45 PM
The train will depart from Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear and travel to Plains. You can enjoy an hour-and-a-half layover for “Trunk-or-Treat” on Main Street, shopping, and walking around President Carter’s hometown. All participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. All passengers will receive a candy treat onboard the train. The train will depart at 3:45 p.m.
For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 229-276-0755 or visit www.shamshortline.com.

 


NOVEMBER

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First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8 PM
“Downtown Tailgate & Bar Fight” is the topic for the next-to-last First Friday event of 2022. Stores will be open late with an emphasis on tailgating throughout downtown. Wear your favorite team’s school colors and get in the spirit! Don’t forget the free trolley rides aboard the new Americus Trolley.
For more information, call Jennifer at Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

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Georgia Sugar Cane Festival – Leslie
ALL DAY
Visit Leslie for family-friendly activities at the Georgia Sugar Cane Festival on this first Saturday of the month. Traditional sugar cane grinding/cooking; live music; wagon rides; the crowning of the Georgia Sugar Cane Princess; and so much more will fill the day. The event takes place at 148 E. Allen St. in Leslie. Among the vendors will be Church Road Ranch, offering farm fresh lamb and beef. All approved vendors are welcome!
For more information, contact Benjie Johnson at 229-942-1111.

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GSW Chamber Concert Series – Americus
7:30 PM
Georgia Southwestern State University will feature the Konrad Paszkudski Trio as part of the 2022-2023 Chamber Concert Series. The Wednesday 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.

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Christmas Open House – Americus
5 PM-8 PM
Visit downtown Americus for this favorite event of the holiday season, and get some shopping done early. See the decorations in the shops and get in the Christmas spirit.
For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

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Small Business Weekend – Americus
ALL DAY
Shop small this weekend, one of the best times to find a bargain in beautiful downtown Americus. Be sure to check out all the special sales for the holiday season.
For more information, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 247 or 235.

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Koinonia Farm Open House – Americus
NOON-5 PM

Visit Koinonia Farm on Ga. Highway 49 southwest of Americus for fun for the whole family at Koinonia’s Open House. Come celebrate 80 years of Koinonia with the crew, starting at noon! Fun, free activities, and games for kids of all ages will be offered.
For more information, call 229-924-0391.

 


DECEMBER

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Annual Christmas Parade – Downtown Americus
7 PM
Dozens of participants including marching bands, dancers, politicians and other special guests including Santa Claus will take part in the 2022 annual Christmas Parade downtown. Beautiful floats are a favorite each year! Awards will be given out in several categories.
For more information, contact Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

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Merry & Bright: Songs of Christmas Cheer by Ryan & Ryan – Rylander Theatre, Americus
8 PM
Barron Ryan helped reopen the Rylander Theatre post-Covid performing for a limited capacity audience. Now he’s back with his father, Donald, to kick off the holiday season! Join father-son piano duo, Ryan & Ryan, for a classical, calypso, and funky take on holiday music with their Friday program “Merry & Bright: Songs of Christmas Cheer.” Donald and Barron delight with exciting two-piano renditions of traditional carols, modern songs, and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah while sharing memories from their childhoods in Trinidad and Tobago and Tulsa. You get to join in the music-making with a rousing sing-along that will put you in the holiday spirit! Single event tickets priced at $26 will go on sale Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. Patrons with Friends of the Rylander memberships should contact the Box Office directly to reserve your complimentary tickets.
For more information, call 229-931-0001.

 

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Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale – Americus
10 AM-2 PM
Shop downtown Americus for this monthly event and pick up all kinds of bargains, especially for the Christmas holiday. The event starts at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 235 or 247.

 


JANUARY 2023

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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.

 




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