Weekly Adventures: Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Macon and Middle Georgia


The Cherry Blossom Festival Veterans Day Parade featured a flyover from a F-15, multiple bands, colorful floats, and more this past Sunday (Photographer Nate Weeks)

The first full week on November will be a busy one for many Middle Georgians. Thankfully, there will be plenty of fun things to do as well, including a 100th birthday party for the historic Washington Memorial Library, the Grand Opening of a new dessert shop in Downtown Macon, and a free concert from The Open Seas on Coleman Hill. The following are just a few of things going on this week in the heart of Georgia.

MONDAY, November 6

The Great MILLY Reveal by Milledgeville Main Street (5 p.m.)

The ribbon cutting for an art installation in Downtown Milledgeville whose planning started over a year ago will take place on Monday. The ceremony that will reveal the artwork that Macon Metal Works helped create will take place at the city’s Pavilion.

  -  Milledgeville’s Pavilion - 214 E. Hancock Street, Milledgeville

Tatham Mound Talk with Archeologist Jeffrey Mitchem at Fort Hawkins (6:30 p.m.)

The Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will host a meeting at historic Fort Hawkins on Monday where archeologist Jeffrey Mitchem will discuss the excavations of Florida’s Tatham Mound in the 1980s. The Tatham Mound is located near the Withlacochee River and was in use when Hernando de Soto arrived in the mid-1500s. Many artifacts were found there including beads, ceramic vessels, and tools as well as Spanish artifacts like spikes and armor fragments. This event is free and open to the public.

  -  Fort Hawkins - 736 Emery Highway, Macon

TUESDAY, November 7

sisters of the bluemoon at Parish on Cherry St. (6:30 - 9 p.m.)

sisters of the bluemoon, a talented trio from Macon, will be performing at Parish on Cherry St. this Tuesday. This live musical performance is free and open to the public.

  -  Parish on Cherry St. - 580 Cherry Street, Macon

WEDNESDAY, November 8

Champagne Preview of the 37th Annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (12 - 2 p.m.)

Guests at this event will get a sneak preview of the 37th annual Festival of Trees along with a first look at the White Glove Art Sale and sweets from the Sugar Plum Shop. The Gala for the Festival of Trees will take place on Thursday and will include food, live entertainment, and a fine art sale. Tickets to the Champagne Preview of the 37th Annual Festival of Trees cost $50 online.

  -  Museum of Arts and Sciences - 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon

DIY Wooly Wreath Workshop at Just Tap’d - Macon (6 p.m.)

MD Exchange will host a Wooly Wreath Workshop at Just Tap’d this Wednesday. Attendees will learn how to create their own wreath to take home while Just Tap’d will provide personal charcuterie for participants. Tickets to the workshop cost $48.99 online.

  -  Just Tap’d - Macon - 488 1st Street, Macon

THURSDAY, November 9

Washington Memorial Library’s 100th Birthday Party (4 - 6 p.m.)

The historic Washington Memorial Library is turning 100 and they are celebrating with a party that will include live music from Green Grass Green, face painting, activities, snacks, and more. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

  -  Washington Memorial Library - 1180 Washington Avenue, Macon

Macon Bike Party: Cranksgiving with Bike Tech (6 p.m.)

Bike Walk Macon and Bike Tech will be hosting the Macon Bike Party’s Cranksgiving this Thursday. This event is “part bike ride/part food drive” that will benefit the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. Participants are asked to bring 5 dry good/canned goods as well as their helmets. Registration and the bike ride will start at Fall Line Brewing Co. This is a free event for people with all levels of biking experience.

  -  Fall Line Brewing Co. - 561 2nd Street Lane, Macon

FRIDAY, November 10

5th Annual Fire & Ice: Ceramic and Glass Festival at Carolyn Crayton Park (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

The Macon Arts Alliance’s popular Fire & Ice: Ceramic and Glass Festival will take place from Friday, November 10th through Saturday, November 18th and will feature thousands of original glass and ceramic functional and artwork pieces from artists from all over the southeast.

  -  Round House - Carolyn Crayton Park (aka Central City Park) 225 Willie Glover Drive, Macon

Donut Flights at Fall Line Brewing Co. (12 - 9 p.m.)

This weekend Fall Line Brewing Co. will be presenting their beer and donut flight pairing with Warner Robins’ Mini Dixie Donuts baking donuts for Fall Line’s taproom while the brew pub’s team pairs them with some of their favorite beers.

  -  Fall Line Brewing Co. - 561 2nd Street Lane, Macon

Sweet Eleanor’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration (2 p.m.)

The official Grand Opening of Sweet Eleanor’s, the newest venture of Scott Mitchell (of Bohemian Den, will take place on Friday afternoon.

  -  Sweet Eleanor’s - 530 Poplar Street, Macon

There are many creative design elements to be discovered at Sweet Eleanor's (Photographer Nate Weeks)

ROAD TRIP: Winter Lantern Festival at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds (5 - 10 p.m.)

The 4th annual Winter Lantern Festival will take place Friday evening in Lawrenceville. This family-friendly festival will include colorful and artfully designed and painted lanterns made with traditional Chinese silk cloth. Visitors will also learn about the “culture and craftsmanship of traditional Chinese lantern festivals”, according to the organizers. Every detail, from the traditional Chinese silk cloth to the painted designs, will be illuminated as creatures made of lanterns come to life before your eyes. If you can’t make it to the festival on Friday, it will take place very weekend in November. Tickets start at $17.99 for children 4 to 13 years of age, $25.99 for those 13 years old and older, and $20.99 for seniors 65 years old and older, students, or military members.

  -  Gwinnett County Fairgrounds - 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

CANCELLED: Yoga in the Plaza (7 - 8 p.m.)

Macon Mental Health Matters will be doing Yoga in the Plaza every second Friday of the month. These yoga classes are perfect for those completely new to the practice of experienced yogis. Macon Mental Health Matters even provide yoga mats for those who don’t prefer to bring their own.

  -  Cotton Avenue Plaza, Macon

SATURDAY, November 11

The Festival of Darkness at The Society Garden (6 - 11 p.m.)

The Festival of Darkness is a yearly tradition at The Society Garden and includes lots of dark beer, sideshow act Captain and Maybelle, fire-breathers, palm readers, and more. This year, at the end of the event, the venue will also present a drag show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets to The Festival of Darkness cost $20 on eventbrite.com.

  -  The Society Garden - 2389 Ingleside Avenue, Macon

Image courtesy of The Society Garden

RESCHEDULED TO 11/18: Wild Heart Yoga’s Goddess Camp Flow Mini Retreat (3 - 7 p.m.)

Wild Heart Yoga is hosting a Goddess Camp Flow Mini Retreat at a private home in Macon that will feature yoga (including aerial yoga), meditation, gift bags, a mimosa bar, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Tickets to the Goddess Camp Flow Mini Retreat cost $35 online.

  -  Downtown Macon

MGMTA Grand Ensemble at the Wesleyan College’s Porter Auditorium (7 p.m.)

The teachers and students of Middle Georgia Music Teachers Association (MGMTA), along with students of Wesleyan College, will perform this Friday night at the school. The entrance fee is $5.00 (cash/check/Venmo payment accepted). Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships and the MGMTA.

  -  Wesleyan College’s Porter Auditorium - 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon

ROAD TRIP: Mark Ware at the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Tribute Concert (7 p.m.)

Mark Ware is a musician and songwriter whose recently released several singles have been streamed over one million times online. His unique sound mixes country, rock and roll, and plenty of soul. All veterans can attend the event free along with one guest: tickets for veterans can be obtained by emailing operahousegriffin@gmail.com or texting (770) 688-7188). There will also be limited tickets available for non-military members.

  -  Griffin Opera House - 102 N. Hill Street, Griffin

SUNDAY, November 12

Bragg Jam’s Second Sunday Concert Featuring The Open Seas on Coleman Hill (6 - 8 p.m.)

Bragg Jam’s fall season of their Second Sunday concert series continues this Sunday with a show from The Open Seas on Coleman Hill. The Open Seas is a band made up of local talents Wesley Cook, Casey Meadows, Shawn Williams, Justin Cutaway, and Daniel Graves. Attendees are encouraged by Bragg Jam to bring picnics, lawn chairs, and their leashed, friendly pets. This event is free and open to the public.

  -  Coleman Hill - 921 Georgia Avenue, Macon

Classics at the Bibb: Mary Poppins (6 p.m.)

Classics at the Bibb returns for its second show this Sunday with a screening of the classic Disney film Mary Poppins (1964) this Sunday. The first movie played after the iconic Bibb Theatre markee lights were reignited after 40 years of being inoperable. Attendees are encouraged to bring comfortable chairs or picnic blankets to watch this heart warming family-friendly film with other Middle Georgia families. This event is free and open to the public.

  -  Bibb Theatre - 455 3rd Street, Macon

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Commissioner Elaine Lucas of Macon-Bibb District 8 was one of the dignitaries who took part in the Cherry Blossom Festival Veterans Day Parade (Photographer Nate Weeks)
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