Local Events




Waycross Local Events

Living here in the South, we have a tradition of not letting our spare time go to waste, you’ll always find us out and about making the most of it. This means that we’ve always got something going on, so if you’re visiting, the likely hood is that you’ll be able to sample our Southern hospitality.

Below, we’ve listed our large annual events, but if you need more information, just contact us and we’ll happily help however we can.

We know that if you visit our community you’ll have a great time and want to come back again real soon.

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MARCH

Okefenokee 10k Swamp Run and Fun Run 10k Swamp Run

Presented by the Okefenokee Track Club and held at the Laura S. Walker State Park. A 1-mile Fun Run follows the 10k event.
w: okefenokeetrackandcyclingclub.com

 


APRIL

April Fool’s Rod Run

For over 30 years, car aficionados have come to the April Fool’s Rod Run to see everything from Model T’s to foreign sports cars. Over 500 cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles converge at this weekend’s event held at the Twin Oaks Park.
w: aprilfoolsrodrun.com

SwampFest

Don’t miss this annual spring event held in Downtown Waycross featuring arts & crafts, games and activities for the kids, great food, music and entertainment. SwampFest starts on Friday afternoon and continues to Saturday night when the events culminate with a street dance and free concerts throughout the weekend.
w: swampfest.us

Big Z Garage Sale

Held twice a year at Twin Oaks Park in Hoboken, GA, the Big Z features garage sale items, arts & crafts, and so much more.
w: twinoakspark.com

Twin Oaks Blue Grass Convention

Twice each year, the Flat Top Travelers host 3 days of Gospel and Bluegrass music at the Twin Oaks Park-in Hoboken, GA. The spring convention is usually the weekend before Mother’s Day and the fall convention is the weekend after Labor Day. Camp sites and RV hook-ups are available.
w: twinoakspark.com

 


JULY

Jaycee’s 4th of July Celebration

Every year, the Waycross Jaycees celebrate with music, food and fireworks at the Memorial Stadium located on US 1. People from all over the area come and enjoy live entertainment and activities for the whole family at the stadium. The grand finale of the evening is the fireworks show at about 9pm and can be seen for miles.

 


SEPTEMBER

Twin Oaks Blue Grass Convention

Twice each year, the Flat Top Travelers host 3 days of Gospel and Bluegrass music at the Twin Oaks Park-in Hoboken, GA. The spring convention is usually the weekend before Mother’s Day and the fall convention is the weekend after Labor Day. Camp sites and RV hook-ups are available.
w: twinoakspark.com

Rumble in the Swamp

Rumble in the Swamp Football Classic brings College Football to Waycross each September. This event includes an after¬noon of Football, Battle of the Bands and Tailgating! A gospel concert, college fair, health fair, blood drive and many other events take place during this week. This event is brought to you by 100 Black Men of South East Georgia.
w: 100blackmen.org

J-Fly Music Festival

Nationally renowned jazz artist, Jorel “J-Fly” Flynn, returns to his hometown for this annual music festival. This fun free event takes place in Phoenix Park located in Downtown Waycross. Bring the family and your chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of great musical performances, good food, and fine arts.
w: jflymusic.com

Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute Festival

Come for a weekend of great music in honor of the Waycross native Gram Parsons. Parsons was the founding father of country-rock and alternative country music genres. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and camera but no pets, please. Camping is available.
w: gpgpfest.com

 


NOVEMBER

Okefenokee Agricultural Fair

Hosted by the Waycross Exchange Club. Livestock, midway rides, local entertainment, concessions, games, livestock shows, petting zoo, rides, & many more exciting events. Admission fee charged daily. Ride rates vary.
w: exchangeclubofwaycross.com

Oak Street Festival

An annual fall festival celebrating the Oak Street area of Waycross. Festivities include a concert, basketball tournament, food and craft vendors.

Big Z Garage Sale

Held twice a year at Twin Oaks Park in Hoboken, GA, the Big Z features garage sale items, arts & crafts, and so much more.
w: twinoakspark.com

 


DECEMBER

Okefenokee Swamp Park Holiday Light Show

The Light Show is held on certain nights during the holiday season. Get aboard the Lady Suwannee Railroad and be dazzled by the lights throughout the Okefenokee Swamp Park! For more information call 912.283.0583
w: okeswamp.com

Main Street Christmas Parade

This Annual Christmas parade held in historic downtown Waycross features colorful floats, festive walkers, the Golden Gator Marching Band, and Santa Claus on the “Big Red” fire truck!
w: waycrossga.com/ms

The Regional Visitor Information Center located in Downtown Waycross, Georgia can help you find your adventure! Stop by and see us, pick up a map, brochures, flyers, books, information and so much more. Whether you are staying overnight or just traveling through, Waycross will be a place to remember.

The Okefenokee Heritage Center is a regional art and history museum located amongst twenty acres of beautiful pine woodlands. Over the past thirty years it has served the surrounding Okefenokee area by promoting an appreciation of the arts and an increased understanding of this region’s history. with its exhibits, programs and activities.

Southern Forest World is a museum dedicated to the history of forestry. There are many interesting artifacts. Southern Forest World has “Stuckie” the petrified dog (He’s also been on display at Ripley’s Believe It of Not).
If you are interested in Forestry this is the place for you! If you’d like to see a petrified dog then this is a MUST!

The Okefenokee Swamp Park can be found at the northern tip of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. This locally owned and operated park is filled with adventure for all ages. Boat tours, train tours, and “Eye on Nature” shows are all part of the daily schedule.

Laura S. Walker State Park is located just a few miles from the Okefenokee Swamp Park. Fishing and watersports are popular during the summer in the park’s 120-acre lake, while camping is popular year-round. Laura Walker also provides a beautiful layout of picnic areas and group shelters that are great for family outings.

The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker State Park features an eighteen-hole course, a full-service golf shop and campsites or hotel accommodations for extended stays. The course inherits the natural beauty that glorifies the park area, and is further enhanced by three beautiful lakes.

Obediah’s Okefenok is the 1800s pioneer homestead of Obediah Barber. Since 1989, this homestead has been restored and turned into a park, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can venture down the 1100-ft. boardwalk, walk the nature trails, or just stroll through the many buildings and museums.

As you explore our downtown, note the many examples of period architecture that give this area its character. Even though some buildings are getting a face lift, others remain towering testaments to Waycross’ close proximity to Florida and its Spanish Influence. This Spanish Mission style architecture is reflected in stucco finishes, stylized gables, and clay tile roofs.

The Historic Passenger Rail Depot is an ideal place in Waycross to see trains lumbering through town, but rail fans will also want to get a glimpse of Rice Yard, named for former Atlantic Coast Line Chairman Thomas Rice in 1978, which is the largest of nine classification yards on the CSX Transportation Railroad network.

The crown jewel of the Ware County Recreation Department, the 123-acre facility features three complexes within walking distance of each other, and surrounded by ample parking. Building on the Trembling Earth Sports Complex
began in the early 2000s and has been completed in stages as funds became available. Your team is sure to appreciate the 12 tournament quality fields for play: the youth baseball complex with its six fields; the adult softball
complex, with four fields; one full-sized football field; and one multi-purpose soccer field.

A dream in the hearts of many post-World War II Ware County citizens, Memorial Stadium became a reality in 1948, dedicated to the many Ware County women and men who gave their lives in defense of their county in two world wars. Until 2002, Memorial Stadium was the hub of Waycross’ community life, drawing its citizens to regular minor-league baseball games, where major-leaguers such as Hank Aaron and Stan Musial would disembark from their train trips to make cameo appearances on the field.