Things To Do
City of Moultrie Train:
The train near Downtown Moultrie used to travel the Georgia Northern Railway in the 1900s. The 105 railroad engine is the perfect representation of how Colquitt County began. Before trains came to town, there was no fast way to travel or move timber. Trains were a game-changer, fostering rapid growth in our area. The 105 railroad engine now permanently rests at the corner of 1st Avenue SE and 4th Street SE. Take a moment to stop by and look at this unique piece of history.
Downtown Moultrie’s newest event has something for everyone! Second Saturday is held on the Second Saturday of every month. Participating businesses put out special deals for a sidewalk sale from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and food trucks roll into downtown and are set up from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Music Under the Magnolia:
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.
Lights! Lights! Thanksgiving Night:
Join us on Thanksgiving Night when people and families alike flood downtown to look up at the beautiful Canopy of Lights! Each year Santa Claus makes a special visit to Downtown Moultrie to see the children and kick off the Christmas season. When you explore, you will find live reindeer, pony rides, a train, and more.
Downtown shops begin to open at 4 pm, just two hours before the Canopy of Lights is turned on for the season. After you watch the lights come on, take a stroll around downtown to visit the many shops and restaurants that are open.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday celebrates small business owners here in Downtown Moultrie. Every purchase you make, no matter how big or small is so important. You help keep Downtown Moultrie up and running.
Santa Stroll ‘n Roll
Put on your most festive holiday attire to race under the Canopy of Lights in Downtown Moultrie. The Moultrie Service League sponsors the beloved Santa Stroll ‘n Roll every December. People dressed up as Santa and in ugly Christmas sweaters run, jog, walk, and bike one mile under thousand of Christmas lights. There will be a take-home art project and other activities for kids, including making reindeer food, and The Nativity Story will be performed.
Festival of Lights Christmas Parade:
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.
Spring Fling and Backyard BBQ Festival:
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 YMCA is focused on three areas, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y has four locations in Moultrie; there’s the main campus, the Doerun branch, 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/
Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex:
Looking for a place the whole family will enjoy? Head over to the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex. You’ll find a splash pad, 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
Moss Farms Diving Facility:
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:
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:
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 Arts Center:
The 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. http://artscenterofmoultrie.com/
Museum of Colquitt County History:
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.
Moultrie-Colquitt County Library:
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/
Learn more about your family tree at the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library. There you can find genealogical, ethnic, and historical information on your roots. The Odom Library is most known for its collection on Scottish genealogy. It has documents on the history of more than 130 Scottish Clans, rare books, and several Gaelic Bibles. For more information on the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library, visit the website https://www.mccls.org/about-library-2/branches/genealogy
Reed Bingham State Park:
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:
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 Moultrie Automotive Swap Meet:
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.
Tom White Linear Bike Trail 7+ Miles:
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.