IT’S BACK!  The Annual Geranium Festival will return on Saturday, July 31, 2021!  We cannot wait to see all of you in historic downtown McDonough for our family-friendly festival!  Find more info on the Lion’s Club event at

Scarecrows are coming to town!

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YAY!  This is news we’ve all been waiting for!  Scarecrows are coming in October to the McDonough Square!

The annual tradition of Scarecrows will decorate downtown McDonough, GA this fall once again!  For more information, check the Main Street McDonough Facebook page.  If you’re interested in creating a scarecrow,  find registration info here.

Take an Art Walk in McDonough!

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Take an Art Walk in McDonough!  What a fun way to get out and explore the beautiful city along with the creativity around town! 

Participants can stop in the McDonough Welcome Center located at 15 Griffin Street and pick up an official Art Walk McDonough printed guide.  The 1.5 mile self-guided walking tour will begin at the Welcome Center and will feature 15 murals, models, and artworks by both local and national artists.  Artist Melissa Burgoyne’s Luna Moth is just one of the murals featured on the Art Walk McDonough guide.  The tour will end at the Hood Street Gallery where Art Walk McDonough participants will receive an “I Walked the Walk” magnet to commemorate their journey.

McDonough Art Walk

 For a chance to be featured on Main Street McDonough’s social media, participants should include #ArtWalkMcDonough when posting photos of the tour.  With their inaugural Art Walk, Main Street McDonough chose to feature artwork located outside in order to allow for social distancing between participants.  While the goal of the Art Walk is to showcase the artwork throughout downtown McDonough as well as to provide a safe event for the public to enjoy, Main Street McDonough also encourages participants to visit businesses on the Square. 

Thank you for your interest in McDonough, Georgia!  While we understand the current COVID-19 pandemic may impact your travel plans or day to day plans, we want to keep you updated on our local places of business.  Our Welcome Center is closed to walk in visitors at this time, but we can still assist you over the phone 770-898-3196.  We also share updates and other info through our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.

In an effort to help support our local restaurants, shops and businesses in McDonough, GA, we have summarized a list of their updated hours and services.  We are proud of all the creative measures these businesses are taking to stay open to serve our community.   

Here’s a list we will continue to update as often as we can.  Keep in-mind this information is constantly changing, so please always check with each individual business to verify.  Thank you for supporting local businesses in McDonough, GA and stay safe!

For a printable list, click here.

We appreciate everyone doing their part in efforts of social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic, while also supporting our local businesses.  We are continuing to communicate with state officials and local partners on COVID-19’s impact locally.  Please also refer to the CDC website for prevention and other helpful information on COVID 19 virus.  

2020 Top Plates of McDonough

2020 Top Plates Awards of McDonoughYou do not have to travel all over the world to taste international flavors.  Just make a visit to McDonough, Georgia, just 30-minutes south of Atlanta, where small-town charm and great food await you!  From Mediterranean, to Jamaican to Indian and Italian cuisine, McDonough restaurants offer authentic dishes and dining atmospheres.   

No matter what you are in the mood for, you are sure to find it in McDonough, Georgia.  Enjoy a unique dining experience on the historic downtown square, and even more dining experiences spread round town at some hidden gems and in the McDonough hotel district.  With so much to offer, McDonough Hospitality & Tourism Board created the first-ever McDonough Culinary Guide to restaurants in the City.

The guide features Hidden Gems, off the menu Chef recipes for you to try at home and winners of the Top Plates locals love!  We had lots of fun recognizing our Top Plate Award winners, voted on by locals, at our reveal event and awards celebration.  See photos on FlickR.  And here’s a full list of these winners:

2020 Top Plates of McDonough, GA
Best Tacos – Macon Street Tacos
Best Dessert – Scoops
Best Burger – Kirby G’s Diner & Pub  (Old Blue Eyes burger)
Best Steak – Longhorn Steak House (Flo’s Filet)
Best BBQ – Pippins BBQ (Pulled Pork & Brunswick Stew)
Best Southern – Gritz Family Restaurant
Best Pizza – Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta
Best Healthy Fare –  BoJaynes Specialty Foods
Best Asian – Red Orchid Thai
Best Asian – Quick Bowl Asian Kitchen
Best Mexican – Mesquite Mexican Bar & Grill
Best Date Spot – Pasta Max Cafe
Best Family-Friendly – Dave & Buster’s
Best Outdoor Patio – Queen Bee Coffee Company
Best Vegan – BoJaynes Specialty Foods
Best Bar & Cocktail- Southern Roots Tavern & Eatery
Best Breakfast – Gritz Family Restaurant

McDonough Hospitality & Tourism Board would like to thank some of our fine folks who helped make the Culinary Guide reveal a wonderful event, that was held at The Gallery at Hood Street!  Our event was a team effort thanks to … Julie Collier & Kerry Williams at Hood Street, Soul to Table Catering, Main Street McDonough Program, McDonough Events Coordinator – Cinderella Bennett, SCBTV, McDonough Public Works & Chief Morgan.  

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