Adventures in Middle Georgia: Things to Do this Week in the Heart of Georgia


Terminal Station is presently the location of the filming of "Superman", a reboot of the original Superman movie series (Photographer Nate Weeks)

This week includes events celebrating the start of summer, travel, tourism, and even pirates! With Memorial Day next Monday, this weekend will be a time for maximizing relaxation and decreasing responsibilities. The following are just a few interesting and unique things to do for the adventurous in Middle Georgia from May 20th through 26th.

MONDAY, May 20

Beginning of National Travel and Tourism Week

Visit Macon is hosting several events around Macon this week to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. There will be events to celebrate business employees and owners, first responders, Macon-Bibb County employees, and those in the hospitality industry.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party at Bear’s Books (6 - 8 p.m.)

Bear’s Books, one of the newest bookstores in Macon, will host a “beach bash” to kick off their adult Summer Reading Program party on Monday. The actual summer reading program will start on June 1st and run through August 31st. This event will include light food, an adult lemonade stand, beach read bingo, and more. Registration for the adult Summer Reading Program costs $20 online at this link.

 > Bear’s Books - 835 Forsyth Street, Macon


Free License Plate Date at Luther Williams Field (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Visit Macon is giving away front Macon-themed logo license plates at historic Luther Williams Field on Tuesday. The Macon Bacon will be on hand as well and someone will even help you put on the license plate if requested. This is a free, family-friendly event.

 > Luther Williams Field - 204 Willie Smokie Glover Drive, Macon

Graphic courtesy of Visit Macon

Macon Women Business Owners Networking Event at Kinjo Kitchen + Cocktails (5 p.m.)

This event is the first networking event from Macon’s Saralyn Collins, Chelsea Hughes, and Macon Women Business Owners and will take place at Kinjo Kitchen + Cocktails. For $15, attendees can get refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages, and for $25 one alcoholic drink as well. Pre-registration is required with the Macon Women Business Owners Facebook page at this link.

 > Grant’s Lounge - 576 Poplar Street, Macon


Homeschool Field Trip Day at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Families will be able to learn about the delicate balance of life on Earth at this event for homeschoolers. Tickets cost $9 for students and $10 for additional adults at this link.

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


Pups and Pints Pool Party at The Patio at Rigby’s in Warner Robins (5 p.m.)

This adult and dog-friendly event will include playful puppies splashing in the water at Rigby’s for a “doggie pool party”. This BYOP (bring your own pool event) includes fun water activities. There will be no cover charge for this unique event.

 > The Patio at Rigbys -2001 Karl Drive, Warner Robins

Graphic courtesy of the Patio at Rigbys

Friends Trivia at The Society Garden (7 p.m.)

Fans of Rachel, Joey, and the other four Friends will have an edge at this trivia event at The Society Garden. There will also be specialty cocktails, prizes, and more.

 > The Society Garden - 2389 Ingleside Avenue, Macon

FRIDAY, May 24

Macon Car Free Day

Bike Walk Macon is spearheading a car-free movement in Macon and getting others to pledge to use alternative transportation or reduce car use by ride-sharing or carpooling. On Saturday, Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority will also provide free rides to passengers from bus stops or at the Transfer Center in Downtown, according to Bike Walk Macon. Those who sign the pledge will also receive some perks from local businesses. Sign the pledge to go car free on Friday at this link.

Summer Kick-Off Late Skate at Gray-8-Skate Family Entertainment Center in Gray (6 p.m. - 1 a.m.)

This family-friendly skating event will include groovy music and disco lights. The Summer Kick-Off Late Skate will go into the early morning on Saturday and $35 admission includes skating with rentals, laser tag, an arcade card, a slice of pizza and a drink.

 > Gray-8-Skate Family Entertainment Center - 4151 Gray Highway, Gray

Emo Drag Show at Reboot Retrocade & Bar (9 p.m.)

Emo kids can finally rejoice at this drag and music event for the 18 and older crowd. There will also be a dance party and no cover for those 21 and older.

 > Reboot Retrocade & Bar - 566 Cherry Street, Macon


ROADTRIP: Pirate Invasion at the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn (9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Pirates unite for this invasion of the Georgia Renaissance Festival for three days. The medieval and fantasy event seeks to recreate England’s renaissance period. You might see fairies and less expected cosplayers as well at the family-friendly festival, especially of the one-legged variety. Ticket prices vary but range from around $27 to $31 for adults and $14 to $17 for children 6. to 12 with younger children receiving free entry. Tickets can be purchased at this link.

 > Georgia Renaissance Festival - 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn

Some of the attendees at rennfest might be a bit frightful (Photographer Nate Weeks)

Beach Bash with Macon Pops at the Macon Museum of Arts & Science (6 p.m.)

The sounds of beach music will fill the air at the Macon Museum of Arts & Science’s amphitheater on Saturday night. This family-friendly event invites attendees to bring lawn chairs and coolers and relax beach style.

 > Macon Museum Arts & Sciences - 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon

Reggae on the Rooftop with DJ T.K.S. at Hotel Forty Five (8 - 10 p.m.)

This event will feature DJ T.K.S. playing dancehall, house music, hip hop, and more. DJ T.K.S. hails from Brooklyn and will be creating a dance party looking out over busy First Street in Downtown Macon. There is no cover charge for this event.

 > Hotel Forty Five - 401 Cotton Avenue, Macon

SUNDAY, May 26

Workday at Old City Cemetery (8 a.m.)

The Fringed Campion Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society (FCCGNPS) , a great organization with a very long name, invites helpful people to help weed the historic Old City Cemetery, which has been maintained less than the larger Rose Hill Cemetery. Attendees are asked to dress for gardening with long pants/sleeves, gloves, a hat, and work boots, and to bring water and tools for digging and weeding. This volunteer event is free to attend but participants must be over 18 to sign a waiver.

 > Old City Cemetery - 180 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Macon

Image courtesy of FCCGNPS

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