Things to Do this Week in the Heart of Georgia


The skies in Middle Georgia can look otherworldly sometimes (Photographer Nate Weeks)

This week there are plenty of adventures for Middle Georgians including a five-day-long Winter Fest at Longleaf Distillery, line dancing at Emerson at Plum, and tasty chili at The Society Garden's annual Chili Show Down. The following are just a few interesting events taking place this week in the heart of Georgia.

A fountain in Downtown Macon looked like a work of art after a few nights of frigid temperatures (Photographer Nate Weeks)

MONDAY, January 22

Pianist Ryan Fogg and the David Detweiler Jazz Quartet (7:30 p.m.)

Georgia College & State University will host a performance from pianist Ryan Fogg in their Max Noah Recital Hall this Monday. Fogg is scheduled to play “neoclassical and impressionist selections by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. A $5 donation is encouraged for this show.

At the same time, Mercer University will host saxophonist David Detweiler and his Jazz Quartet (composed of Bill Peterson on piano, Fumi Tomita on bass, and Ben Adkins on drums). This performance is free.   

  -  Max Noah Recital Hall - 210 N. Wilkinson Street, Milledgeville   

  -  Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music - 1329 Adams Street, Macon

Image courtesy of Georgia College & State University

TUESDAY, January 23

Line Dancing and Cardio at Emerson at Plum (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.)

Emerson at Plum will be hosting dancing and cardio classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tickets to the class will cost $10 at the door.

  -  Emerson at Plum - 543 Plum Street, Macon

WEDNESDAY, January 24

Longleaf Distillery’s Winter Fest at Longleaf Distillery (4 p.m.)

This unique five-day festival will take place from Wednesday through Sunday and includes a “Longleaf Olympics” with prizes awarded to patrons who come in, sign up, and play up to three games a day until Sunday. The event will also feature a Trivia Night, Nocino Cocktail Flights (on one night of the festival), Dessert Day (starting at 6 p.m. and featuring Nocino bread pudding and homemade ice cream), tacos from the Gym Cantina taco truck, and Longleaf Distillery’s Winter Market.

  -  Longleaf Distillery - 664 2nd Street, Macon

Image courtesy of Longleaf Distillery

THURSDAY, January 25

Lights and Strings - Music on Macon Streets (6 p.m.)

The first-ever Lights & Music Tour Series will “highlight the homes on Magnolia Street” and feature free live music from the talented Headstrings Acoustic. InTown Macon Neighborhood Association and Visit Macon are presenting this event.

  -  Serenity Entertainment Complex - 427 Poplar Street, Macon

FRIDAY, January 26

January Karaoke at Reboot (9 p.m.)

Talk Nerdy to Me will present Reboot Retrocade & Bar's first karaoke night of the year this Friday. The theme for the night will be the Guardians of the Galaxy film series. This show is for patrons 18 years old and older and is free to enter.

  -  Reboot Retrocade & Bar - 566 Cherry Street, Macon

SATURDAY, January 27

15th Annual Boutique Warehouse Sale (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

The 15th Annual Boutique Warehouse Sale will feature multiple boutiques selling goods at the Rescue Mission Dining Hall. Participating boutiques include Abreannes LLC, BB & Bernies, Frankie’s, Head Over Heels Boutique, Merry & Bright, Rumor Boutique, The Exchange, Pure Barre (Macon), The Vine Boutique, Britique Boutique, and Dolly James Boutique. Proceeds from the 15th Annual Boutique Warehouse will benefit the Rescue Mission.

  -  Rescue Mission Dining Hall - 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon

Block Printing at Artspace Macon (10 a.m.)

This art class will teach participants how to make their own block prints without the expense of buying a press. All materials will be provided and the final product will be a series of 4” by 4” prints on Japanese Mulberry paper, according to the art gallery. Tickets to this class cost $30 online.

  -  Artspace Macon - 2378 Ingleside Avenue, Macon

ROAD TRIP: Braves Fest at Truist Park in Atlanta (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Braves Fest is an event presented by Delta Air Lines and will take place across Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta. Braves Fest will feature Braves’ players signing autographs and taking photos with fans, as well as dining, interactive entertainment, and more. Braves Fest is free but you must register online for a ticket. Attendees are requested to enter Truist Park at the Chop House and the Right Field Gates.

  -  Truist Park - 755 Battery Avenue SE, Atlanta

ROAD TRIP: Lanta Gras 2024 Featuring Cha Wa in Kirkwood, Atlanta (12 - 5:15 p.m.)

Lanta Gras will include a parade and festival, with a performance from headliner Cha Wa, as well as from Wasted Potential Brass Band, and The Squirrelheads. You can sign up your “krewe” online, volunteer, or learn more by visiting this link.

  -  Kirkwood - 201 Southerland Ter. NE, Atlanta

Annual Chili Show Down at The Society Garden (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

The Society Garden is presenting its Annual Chili Show Down this Saturday with bourbon, bonfires, hot toddies, and their winter Old Fashioned menu. Tasting tickets will cost $5 and the judges winners will receive $250 while the People’s Choice winner will receive $75. You can enter by registering your chili recipe by emailing to receive a quick registration form.

  -  The Society Garden - 2389 Ingleside Avenue, Macon

SUNDAY, January 28

Longleaf Distillery’s Winter Market (1 - 5 p.m.)

Longleaf Distillery's Winter Market will feature unique products and artworks from local vendors like Genstylesco, Vsidesart, Grisworksco, Frankies Boutique, and Ocmulgee Artists Guild. This event is free to attend.

  -  Longleaf Distillery - 664 2nd Street, Macon

“Suzume” Movie Night at Hello Boba Cafe (5:30 p.m.)

Hello Boba Cafe will be screening the animated movie “Suzume” on Sunday. This family-friendly movie follows a “young teen who has found herself with the fate of Japan on her shoulders”. Guests are asked to arrive before the movie starts and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase before the movie begins, according to Hello Boba Cafe.

  -  Hello Boba Cafe - 359 Third Street, Macon

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