Fun, Festivals and Live Music
Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club in Cordele, Georgia is a summer haven for families, couples and friend groups. In addition to being a premier lake resort and home to one of the best Georgia golf courses, we host events, festivals and live music all season long.
Spectacular Local Events and Attractions
Cordele, Georgia is known as the “watermelon capital of the world.” Every June, the city celebrates the watermelon harvest with the Watermelon Days Festival. Activities and events include contests, the 4-H Dog Shows, horseshoe tournament, gospel singing and much more. Starting in 2019, the festival will now be hosted at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club exclusively.
While in Cordele, be sure to get tickets for a ride on the renowned SAM Shortline Excursion Train, a vintage 1949 locomotive pulling passenger cars across the southwest Georgia landscape. As one of the most celebrated local attractions, the train offers mid-century style with the modern comfort of air conditioning. Riders can tour the beautiful landscape from Cordele to Archer without breaking a sweat.
Another reason to flock to Lake Blackshear and Veterans State Park for a Georgia vacation is the Watermelon Days Hot Air Balloon Festival. Visitors and locals can experience the visual enchantment of this special event while enjoying fun, food and fellowship with their feet firmly on the ground.
The retreat at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club offers amazing resort deals on fabulous accommodations throughout the festival season. Cut down on time in the car and book your room, cabin or campsite for savoring these sweet summer celebrations and attractions.
July Fourth at GA Veterans State Park
Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club is the perfect spot to meet up with friends and family for a Fourth of July gathering. Many patriotic visitors and guests take advantage of all the resort has to offer by turning a day trip into a full-fledged summer getaway. Throughout the holiday weekend, our waterfront Cypress Grill will feature live music and our celebrated local culinary star, Chef Matt Lamb, will present special delectable offerings to resort guests.
Spending Independence Day with us means you’ll always have plenty of choices, even when it comes to where you watch the fireworks on the Flint River. With some of the best boat rentals in Georgia, consider loading up your crew and picnic supper to view the show on the water. Another one-of-a-kind vantage point is a seat on the SAM Shortline: the vintage train stops over the middle of the lake as fireworks streak the sky. If you’d rather hit the beach, we’ve got you covered there, too. Swim, play and lounge until the sun goes down. Then simply lean back and enjoy a traditional July Fourth finale without fighting a crowd.
For those who would like to celebrate freedom with great fishing and a little peace and quiet, Lake Blackshear and Georgia Veterans State Park awaits you. Take a break from the conventional and enjoy a day of casting and relaxation in serene natural beauty.
Live Music Weekend Getaways to Fit Every Vibe
Love live music and looking for a fresh vacation idea? Every weekend from St. Patrick’s Day weekend to Halloween, Cypress Grill features music on the water, from country and rock, to acoustic and R&B. Take a look at the lineup to find the band or artist that fits your vibe. Unless tickets are issued for the show, a cover charge applies to all Cypress Grill guests after 8 pm.
Plan a weekend family getaway, girls night or guys trip, with a lakeside dinner and concert with accommodations to match your mood. Between Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club and Georgia Veterans State Park, it’s easy to create a customized trip, whether you are looking for the luxury of our guest rooms or a return to nature via a cabin or campsite.