Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Middle Georgia this Week
This week the Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra will perform their last concert of the season, lovers of Greek culture and food can enjoy both at the Greek Spring Fling, the Pan African Festival returns to Macon, and more. The following are a select list of some of the fun events taking place in Middle Georgia.
MONDAY, APRIL 17
Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra Season Finale at the Grand Opera House (7:30 p.m.)
The grand finale of Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra’s second season will take place on Monday night. The orchestra’s conductor, Jeffrey Turner, will lead the orchestra through Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 and more. Ticket prices start at $35 online.
- Grand Opera House - 651 Mulberry Street, Macon
TUESDAY, APRIL 18
Macon200 Shines: A Light on Our Journey - Transportation (6 p.m.)
The Bicentennial History Series continues on Tuesday and the theme for this free event will be Transportation: River to Rail – Automobile to Air. Macon Transit Authority representatives will be the panelists and the educational presentation takes place on the campus of Wesleyan College in Taylor Hall and the Peyton Anderson Amphitheater. This event is free and open to the public.
- Wesleyan College - 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
New City Church Music at The Society Garden (6:30 - 8 p.m.)
The New City Band from New City Church in Macon will be playing favorite gospel tunes at The Society Garden on Wednesday night. This event is free and open to the public.
- The Society Garden - 2389 Ingleside Avenue, Macon
THURSDAY, APRIL 20
The West Collective Jubilee and 420 Forum at The Society Garden (4:20 p.m.)
This edutainmental (educational + entertainment) event will feature multiple bands performing live music, forums with medicinal marijuana industry experts, storytelling from Storytellers Macon, vendors, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Macon Volunteer Clinic. The following bands will be performing during this event: The Restless Natives, Adam and the Testifiers, Shy Company, and Dean Brown and the Dubshak Band. Tickets to the West Collective Jubilee and 420 Forum cost $15 online.
- The Society Garden - 2389 Ingleside Avenue, Macon
The Restless Natives is just one of the bands that will perform at The West Collective Jubilee
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
Wild Words at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (6:30 p.m.)
Wild Words is a celebration of Earth Day that will include live music and readings, and more. Guests are invited to bring picnics and lawn chairs to the Edenfield Amphitheater to hear Gordon Johnston (Seven Islands of the Ocmulgee), Kevin Cantwell (One Thousand Sheets of Rice Paper) and musician Matt McMillan perform in celebration of Earth Day. Additional guests include representatives from the Georgia Wilderness Society, Water Trails, Rails to Trails, and Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and entry to Wild Words is free.
- Museum of Arts and Sciences - 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon
Embroidery Workshop at stARTup Studios (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
stARTup Studios’ Daisies - Embroidery Workshop will teach students the basics of the art of embroidery as well as help them create their own embroidered pieces of art. Tickets for the embroidery workshop are $35 per person online and attendees must be 10 years old or older.
- stARTup Studios - 1055 Riverside Drive, Macon
2023 Pan African Fest Sneaker Ball at the Tubman Museum (7 - 10 p.m.)
The 27th Annual Pan African Festival of Georgia’s kick-off event will be the Sneaker Ball on Friday night at the Tubman Museum. This event will include a lot of style and live music from Cash’s Juke Joint. The attire for the evening will be either African or cultural attire. Tickets for individuals are $35 per person online.
- Tubman Museum - 310 Cherry Street, Macon
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
ROAD TRIP: 25th Georgia Strawberry Festival in Reynolds (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
The 25th Georgia Strawberry Festival will take place this Saturday in Reynolds, which is about 41 miles southwest of Macon. This year the the festival will include a new Elvis tribute contest, a Georgia Strawberry Festival parade, arts and crafts, food, activities for kids, a petting zoo, a Weenie Dog Race, a dunking booth, fresh picked strawberries, and more. There will be free parking for the event at the Strawberry Patch and a “Tractor Transit” will take you to the festival. This family-friendly event is free to attend.
- Parking for the Georgia Strawberry Festival - 41 Race Track Road, Reynolds
Pan African Festival 2023 at the Macon Centreplex (11 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
The Tubman Museum’s 2023 Pan African Festival will take place at the Macon Centreplex on Saturday and Sunday this week. This year the festivities will be even bigger than previous years and attendees will be able to enjoy music, dance, food, art from local and regional artists/artisans, storytelling, food trucks and Caribbean and Soul food option, and the return of the festival’s Children’s Village. There will be multiple live music performances during Saturday’s event from Con Funk Shun and The City Band. John P. Kee and The New Life Community Choir and Canton Spirituals will perform during Sunday's festivities when the Pan African Festival will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Individual tickets to the Pan African Festival cost $18, two tickets cost $36, and four tickets for the Tubman Pan African Festival cost $72 online.
- Macon Centreplex - 200 Coliseum Drive, Macon
Con Funk Shun will perform at the Pan African Festival this Saturday
Greek Spring Fling at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church (11 a.m.)
The Greek Spring Fling invites you to come enjoy Greek culture and delicious Greek foods like gyros, greek fries, loukoumades (Greek donuts), and a new item called Tiropitas. This cultural event is free to attend.
- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church - 859 1st Street, Macon
30 Minute Session with the Nirvana Holistic Studio at The Bohemian Den (12 - 4 p.m.)
The Bohemian Den is hosting 30 minute sessions from the Nirvana Holistic Studio that are a combination of restorative yoga, assisted stretching, and adjustments. These events will take place in the Bohemian Den’s Meditation Room every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. To schedule an appointment, text “Stretch” to (478) 993-5211. Sessions are $30 for 30 minutes.
- The Bohemian Den - 502 Cherry Street, Macon
7th Annual Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival in Downtown Macon (1 - 5 p.m.)
The 7th annual Just Tap'd Craft Beer Festival returns to Downtown Macon this weekend. Attendees 21 years and older will be able to sample a large variety of craft beers from breweries across the nation, enjoy live music, play yard games, and purchase food from local vendors. Entry is free for all ages and tickets for beer tasting start at $45 online.
- Just Tap’d - 488 1st Street, Macon
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
Domochaos’ Legacy Tournament at Reboot Retrocade & Bar (2 - 10 p.m.)
Domochaos’ Legacy Tournament is a competitive video game tournament that is held in honor of a beloved video game player who passed earlier this year. Games that will be played during this tournament include Smash Bros, Tekken 7, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and Mortal Kombat X. Venue fees for this event will go to Mental Health America of Georgia. Attendees who wish to compete must pay a $5 venue fee (which can be waive if the player’s full gaming setup is brought) and a $5 game fee. Preregistration is required.
- Reboot Retrocade & Bar - 566 Cherry Street, Macon