Macon's "Friday Fest," a weekly festival full of discounts and concerts, sets a general standard for the city and surrounding community. While the overall size of the city is smaller than Atlanta, it possesses a diverse and historical presence that greets visitors upon entry. Some areas of Macon are less desirable than others, but downtown offers a variety of activity for those willing to find it. Museums, bars, theaters, malls, parks, clubs, coffee shops, and movie theaters are tucked away on streets near and far from the College. Every March, Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the incredible, blossoming Yoshino cherry trees that are scattered around Macon. This event is a favorite among Wesleyan students, Maconites, and international visitors. Depending on the events in town and how heavy their coursework is, Wesleyan students tend to spend their free time on campus rather than in outside local areas.
The quality of nearby attractions varies. Museums, theaters, and festivals are always highly satisfactory, as well as events hosted by nearby schools. Mercer University is roughly a 15-minute drive from campus, and Macon State College is a 20- to 25-minute drive with traffic. In regards to safety concerns within the local community, it is unwise for any student to be anywhere alone in downtown Macon at night. Also, if students are at a club, they need to be wary about their drinks and not accept one from strangers. It is very easy for someone to slip a drug into an open bottle/cup when no one is looking.