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Visit Historic Downtown Moultrie, GA where, you can stroll, shop, and dine in over 30 specialty shops and restaurants. Whether you are shopping for clothes, gifts, jewelry, or furniture, Downtown Moultrie has something for everyone. After strolling and browsing through many of Downtown’s specialty shops, relax and enjoy a meal in any of the unique restaurants.
More than 9,000 lights come alive as the traditional Canopy of Lights illuminates over Downtown Moultrie. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. every Thanksgiving Night. The Canopy of Lights shines bright every night Thanksgiving through New Years’. Enjoy shopping, pony rides, Santa, live reindeer, musical entertainment, character stilt walkers, and more.
Attend the most festive parade in Georgia on the second Thursday in December at 6:00 p.m. All organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the parade. This traditional parade is becoming known as one of the largest in South Georgia. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a night of Christmas cheer.
The 2020 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade theme is “Home for the Holidays.”
Visit Downtown Moultrie the third weekend in April for The Spring Fling and Backyard BBQ Festival. You can enjoy arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, a BBQ competition, and more.
Moultrie’s newest event takes place the Second Saturday of every month from March – October (excluding July.) On the Second Saturday of every month, store owners stay open late, and starting at 5 PM, if you’re 21-years-old or older, you can get an event armband and cup from participating restaurants. The armbands and cups allow you to sip and stroll outside with beer and wine. Then, at 7:30 PM, a band will take the stage and perform until 9:30 PM.
Music Under the Magnolia Downtown Jamboree is the perfect event to attend in the fall. By November, temperatures have started to drop in South Georgia, making it the ideal time to sample chili from different contestants in Moultrie’s Chili Cook-off. Participating merchants will have racks of clothes outside for you to browse through and buy as part of a Downtown wide Sidewalk Sale. If activities are what you enjoy, sign up for the Cornhole Tournament and compete to see if you’ll be named the champion! A bouncy house and other kid-friendly activities will be set up for your little ones to enjoy around the square. And of course, what would Music under the Magnolia be without magnificent music!?! Live music will be played throughout the event; then, the featured band will take the stage at Lewis Hill Amphitheater at 7:00 PM.
Moultrie’s YMCA is focused on three areas, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y has three locations in Moultrie; there’s the main campus, the Pineland Y, and the Downtown Y. The main campus has an indoor Aquatics Facility, Sports Performance Center, exercise room, a half-court basketball gym, two racquetball courts, tennis & pickleball courts, soccer fields, and a 35-acre adventure court, zip line, paintball course, and walking course. For more information on the YMCA, head to its website. www.moultrieymca.org/
Looking for a place the whole family will enjoy? Head over to the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex. You’ll find an indoor basketball court, eight tennis courts, five youth softball fields, an 8 -lane heated competition pool, and the Moss Farm Diving Facility. The Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex is located at 1020 4th Street, SW. www.mccpra.com/parks-facilities
The Moss Farms Diving Facility is a nationally sanctioned diving facility. It features eight springboards, 10-meter towers, and an indoor training facility. In 1996, 6 Olympic diving teams trained at the Moss Farms Diving Facility in preparation for the 1996 Olympics. Moss Farms Diving Complex is a junior diving powerhouse and a U.S. Diving sanctioned training site where local, state, national, and international diving meets are held. mossfarmsdiving.com
William Bryant Park features an interactive feature pool and a lap pool. You’ll also find indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a playground, the R.D. Smith Youth Center, and the Ryce Community Center. It is located at 735 5th Avenue, NW. For more information, click here.
Main Street Park, located at 1220 South Main Street, is a place where families can go and have fun for hours. With children’s swings, duck & vehicle spring riders, play panels, and balance structures, the modern handicap-accessible playground brings children’s imaginations alive. Main Street Park has benches, restrooms, & picnic tables. There is also a quarter-mile walking trail and more than 700 feet of sidewalks for those looking to get in shape. www.mccpra.com/
The Colquitt County Arts Center is a landmark for the artistic community. Formed in 1987, the Arts Center offers lessons in dance, music, visual, and performing arts year-round. Enjoy world-renown exhibits throughout the year as well as collections on permanent display. The Colquitt County Arts Center’s address is 401 7th Avenue Southwest, Moultrie. www.colquittcountyarts.com
Discover the history of Colquitt County. Maintained by volunteers, the Museum welcomes visitors for tours of special exhibits and permanent displays. Museum hours are Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday’s 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The Museum of Colquitt County History is open for tours anytime through the week. If you call, they will make sure someone is available to guide you through the Museum. The number is 229-890-1626. The Museum’s address is 500 4th Avenue SE.
The mission of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System is to ensure that the citizens of Colquitt County have the right and the means to free and open access to ideas and information which are fundamental to a democracy. The Library will protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, encourage lifelong learning, and provide library materials and information sources in a variety of formats. The library’s address 204 5th Street, Southeast. https://www.mccls.org/
The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library was made possible by a bequest from Ellen Ashby Payne Odom. Mrs. Odom was a trustee of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library and very interested in genealogy. She was an accomplished musician as well as an active leader in the 4-H Program and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Her interest in genealogy led to her membership in the Huguenot Society and the UDC. She co-authored two books: A History of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library and Colquitt County Confederate Soldiers. At her death, it was revealed that she had bequeathed the proceeds of the sale of her land and home to the library for the purpose of building a genealogy library in Moultrie. The Odom Library was built in 1988-1989. Today, the Odom Library operates on the interest from her estate. https://www.mccls.org/about-library-2/branches/genealogy
Reed Bingham State Park is a popular recreation area situated along the county lines of Colquitt and Cook Counties. The 1,620-acre park encompasses a 375-acre lake, a 3.5-mile nature trail which includes a cypress swamp, a pitcher plant bog, and other habitats representative of South Georgia. Campgrounds and areas for picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, biking, and even a miniature golf course are available to the public. Paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks to explore this beautiful lake lined with fragrant water lilies and tupelo trees. Guided pontoon boat tours are sometimes offered during events. The beachside pavilion, picnic shelters, and group shelters are scenic spots for parties, reunions, and other celebrations. Reed Bingham is less than six miles from I-75, making it a relaxing stop for travelers. It was named for Amos Reed Bingham, who was instrumental in having the park established.
Spence Field is the site of many of Colquitt County’s favorite events. The former Spence Air Base is where the Sunbelt Ag Expo, Calico Arts & Crafts Show, and the Automotive Swapmeet take place. Before then, it was Spence Air Base; to read about its history, click here. There is also a Community Center there than can be rented out, as well as RV Rentals. To rent a site, click here.
Known as North America’s Premier Farm Show, the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has more than 1200 exhibitors
showcasing the latest in farming technology. The Expo’s unique site has a 100-acre exhibit area adjoining a 600-acre working research farm. In the exhibit area, which includes outdoor and indoor exhibits, visitors will find every imaginable product or service a farm could ever need. Whether you are a large acreage production farmer or a weekend lifestyle farmer, the Expo is an event you don’t want to miss.
The Calico Arts and Crafts Show is a one-stop shopping extravaganza for Southwest Georgia and the surrounding area. You can find ornamental iron, home & garden décor, painted glass, antiques, whimsically painted children’s furniture, and much more, all in one location! Approximately 500 vendors attend the event to feature fine arts, handmade crafts, and hand-decorated items. The show has become an established, highly anticipated event held each March and November. Free parking and convenient access make it easy to start having fun immediately.
The popular Automotive Swap Meet is a bi-annual three-day automotive event with 70,000 square feet of inside space and over 4,000 outsides spaces. This event is an automobile lover’s dream with parts, tools, literature, equipment, antique and performance parts, crafts, and collectibles. Not to mention thousands of automobiles of many makes and models ranging in various stages of restoration. While at the Automotive Swap Meet swing by the auto auction and visit the many vendors.
Cyclists, walkers, and joggers can enjoy 7.2 miles of meandering trails that extend from Downtown Moultrie to the community airport. As part of the “Rails to Trails” program, the linear park replaced the old railroad tracks and now provides a scenic route for bikes and walking enthusiasts of all ages. The United Way Born Learning Trail provides a 200 square foot track with stations for parents and toddlers to improve interaction and education skills.
Westview Cemetery is the final resting place for many promenade Colquitt County men and women. Several unique headstones can be found within its gates, including a carving of a woman holding a baby, a rocking horse, an apple, and one headstone even has a car carved into the back of it! The interesting and sometimes tragic lives of the owners are preserved in a video from the Morning Glory Club. Download it here and head over to the cemetery to follow along the walking tour as you learn about the history of Moultrie and its fallen heroes. Including Richard King, a man who was ‘missing in action’ for more than 60 years before his body was discovered and returned home.