Here is our calendar of events scheduled for 2018. Please remember that all events are subject to change! Please call before coming to make sure the event has not been cancelled. All events are weather permitting! All events take place outdoors!

2018 Events Calendar

Dog Day Flyer
National Bark Ranger

NPS Drawing

National Dog Day- August 25th from 9:00 am-
5:00 pm

Bring your furry friend to enjoy our six miles of trails!

We will have clay available from 9:30am-11:30am so you can make a pawprint to take home.
Earn a National Bark Ranger dog tag for your furry friend by completing a National Bark Ranger booklet.
Please keep in mind pets must be on a six foot leash (max) at all times and are not allowed in the Visitor Center unless they are a service animal.
This is a free event.
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Earth Lodge

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Earth Lodge Ranger Tour- September 1st from 11:00-11:30

Join us for a Ranger-led tour to the Earth Lodge! The tour begins in the Visitor Center and walks up the hill to the Earth Lodge. The space inside the Earth Lodge is accessed through a short, 20 foot long tunnel and is not wheelchair accessible. These tours cover the same information, and usually occur on the first Saturday of the month (with a few exceptions, so please check the dates).
This event is Free!

Flower Bookmark Kids'Craft- September 9th from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm

Celebrate National Grandparents' Day by making a pressed flower bookmark.
American Indians

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Ocmulgee Indian Celebration- September 15th & 16th from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Celebrate the culture of the Southeastern Native Americans at the 27th Ocmulgee Indian Celebration. It is a fantastic event for all ages, drawing thousands of visitors each year for dancing, storytelling, music, crafts, games, food, and demonstrations by Native Americans, as well as exhibits about the first cultural community of Macon. Additional activities include: Warriors on horseback, living history camps, primitive technology & cooking, pottery, and much more. It is also an excellent chance to rediscover the grounds, artifacts and nature within the 702-acre Ocmulgee National Monument. The Visitor Center featuring over 2,000 artifacts and exhibits will be open to the public.
Parking is easier this year with a handicap accessible shuttle option just down the road at the Macon-Bibb Health Dept located at 171 Emery Hwy.

Admission- 13 & up $6.00; 6-12 $3.00; 5& under free; Militiary with I.D. $3.00
leaf coaster
leaf coaster

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Leaf Coaster Kids' Craft- September 22 from 3:00-3:30

Celebrate the first day of fall by making a leaf coaster!
spider craft

Spider Kids' Craft- October 21st 3:00 pm-3:30 pm

Celebrate National Spider Day by making a spider that doubles as a picture frame (4.5 in x 3 in). Learn about spiders and find out which ones are actually good to have around!

This is a free event. Program begins at 3pm and will finish at 3:30pm.
reptile flyer

Southeastern Reptile Rescue- October 27th 10:00 am-3:00 pm Shows at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Celebrate Reptile Awareness Day with the Southeastern Reptile Rescue!

Mobile wagon will be open from 10:00am to 3pm. One hour programs at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Come learn about different reptiles and see them firsthand!

This is a free event.
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Earth Lodge craved pumpkin

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Pumpkin Carving Competition- October 27th 12:00 pm-1:00 pm & 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.

Join us for Ocmulgee’s first pumpkin carving contest! We want to see your creative designs! Bring a pumpkin to carve and enter into the contest. Winning pumpkins for each age group will be announced and displayed at the start of the Pumpkin Night Walk ( that evening. All other pumpkins will be lit and on display along the path to the Earth Lodge. Even if you don’t want to participate in the contest, feel free to carve one for the Pumpkin Night Walk display anyway! We will also have paper bags for you to create luminaries as well.

CARVING: 12pm-1pm and 2pm-4pm outside of the Visitor Center
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: 6:55pm on the front steps of the Visitor Center
ON DISPLAY: 7pm on the path to the Earth Lodge during the Pumpkin Night Walk

-You must purchase and bring your own pumpkin.

-Carve off the top and empty your pumpkin before you bring it here. We do not have the capacity to dispose of all the pumpkin waste. You should only be carving your design while at the park.

-The park has ten sets of carving tools that you may use while here, as well as a book of stencils.

-All carving must be done at the park with a Park Ranger present if you wish to enter your pumpkin in the contest. The carving must be completed in the time frames available.

-You may pick it up your pumpkin as you end the Pumpkin Night Walk so you can take it home.

Age Groups:
12 and under (may use some parental assistance)
18 and up
Each age group will have one winner. They will each win a $15 gift certificate to the Museum Store, courtesy of the Ocmulgee National Monument Association!
Pumpkin Night Walk flyer

Pumpkin Night Walk-October 27th at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Join us for a one mile round trip walk with Park Rangers from the Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound. The Earth Lodge and Visitor Center will be open. Carved pumpkins and luminaries made earlier during the Pumpkin Carving Contest ( will line the walkway to the Earth Lodge. Winning pumpkins from the contest will be announced at 6:55pm on the front steps of the Visitor Center. Walk begins at 7pm and will finish by 8pm. This is free!

Gates to the park will close at 5pm as normal and will reopen at 6:15pm.

Last updated: August 20, 2018

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Macon, GA 31217


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