Kick off Summer With Callaway Gardens at the Memorial Day Weekend Festival!

5/19/2016 – There’s plenty of summer magic at Callaway Gardens beginning with the Memorial Day Weekend Festival May 27 through May 30, 2016. The festival is a great way to begin the summer with plenty of activities for all ages. For information about the festival regarding tickets, vacation packages from Atlanta, or the 50 percent discount to the festival with the purchase of an annual pass, contact Callaway Gardens and get ready for summer fun-in-the-sun.

Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament®

Celebrating its 57th year, the tournament creates a splash at Robin Lake Beach. Presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, watch as experts show off their techniques skimming across the water on skis or sailing through the air wakeboarding off a ramp. Each day brings more excitement as visitors enjoy live music, assorted food and drink options, and a merchandise plaza with clothing and water sports equipment. Stake out a place on Robin Lake Beach with its golden sand and emerald-green water to enjoy all of the competition.

Schedule of Events

On Friday, May 27, the festival kicks off with the Masters junior semifinal and final rounds from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Watch as competitors compete in jumps, slalom, wakeboard and tricks competitions. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., activities continue with table tennis, miniature golf, and shuffleboard. For an additional fee, visit Aqua Island or take a spin on a paddle boat. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Kids Zone has face painting, bounce houses, and a rock climbing wall. At dark, sit back on the beach and enjoy the movie.

Saturday, May 28, begins with the Masters Pro semifinal rounds with wakeskate and wakeboard competitions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. enjoy the day with recreational activities and the Kids Zone from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Palate pleasing food and drink specials are available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A DJ will be on site from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and live music keeps toes tapping from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At 10 p.m., fireworks light up the sky.

Sunday, May 29, the Masters opening ceremonies run from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and recreational activities from 10 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Masters Pro final rounds feature competitors from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the Kids Zone, food, drink, and live DJ at intervals throughout the day. At 6:30 p.m. the Mountain Creek Inn Ballroom hosts the Masters Award Ceremony. The day ends with live music starting at 7 p.m. and a thrilling skydiving demonstration at dusk.

Make plans to bring the whole family to Callaway Gardens Memorial Day Weekend for this fun-filled three-day event!


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